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Chashme Budoor, 1981

Somewhere in a middle-class neighbourhood of Delhi, three roommates plus cigarette-sharing buddies lose their heart to a certain Miss Chamko. What ensues is an utterly charming slice-of-life caper, directed by Sai Paranjape bearing tremendous repeat value.

Here, smitten is defined as lending a laundry-fresh garment to detergent salesgirl for sampling purposes, dating involves slurping on dollops of tutti-frutti and an all-knowing paanwala expounds gyaan on matters of heart and like.

Without treading any stereotypes, Farookh Shaikh plays the nerdy nice guy allowing his inherent boyish personality to take over. As his lady love, Deepti Naval is suitably coy on the surface and spirited beneath. The duo, as witnessed in several films, share an easygoing chemistry that always makes their affections appear real and relatable.

Adding zing to all this is Rakesh Bedi and Ravi Baswani's rollicking combination of Ghazal 'n' Pop. Idle and unemployed, these smoke-puffing dreamers are eternally on vacation, high on Bollywood-inspired imagination and allergic to everything work.

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