Julie

Julie, India, 18 April 1975

This film depicts the restrictive social conventions regarding intercaste marriage and unwed motherhood in India. Julie (Laxmi) is a Christian Anglo-Indian girl with a loving, but alcoholic father (Om Prakash) and a dominating mother (Nadira), a younger brother and sister (Sridevi). She falls in love with her best friend's (Rita Bhaduri) brother Shashi Bhattacharya (Vikram Makandar), a Hindu boy, and she has a passionate encounter with him, which leaves her pregnant. He goes away to college, not knowing about her condition. Her mother is distraught when Julie tells her about the pregnancy. They don't tell the rest of the family. Her mother thinks about getting Julie an abortion, but a devout Christian (Ruby Myers) talks her out of it. Julie is sent away to have her baby in secret. The rest of the family is told that Julie got a job. After the baby's birth, Julie's mother arranges for the child to be left in an orphanage, and demands that Julie return home and forget about the baby.

When she comes back home, her father has died. She is now the primary earner in the family. Later, she runs into her old boyfriend Vikram and she tells him everything. He then asks to marry her, but his mother objects to the mixed marriage. She blames Julie for seducing her son and having the baby. Julie's mother doesn't want the marriage either, as it will represent a mixed-caste marriage, and she wants to return to England. However, the wisdom of the boyfriend's father (Utpal Dutt) prevails as he confronts the mothers' prejudices regarding caste and religion, and urges both to accept the baby boy. The film ends with the mothers offering their full blessings to the young couple, and Julie's mother promising her grandson she will "never leave him."

  • Genre: Romantic
  • Runtime: 145 Minutes
  • Director: K. S. Sethumadhavan
  • Awards: Bengal Film Journalists' Association Awards for "most outstanding work of the year", Lakshmi, Bengal Film Journalists' Association Awards for Best Actress in Supporting Role, Nadira, Bengal Film Journalists' Association Awards for Best Music Director

Story

Julie is a 1975 Hindi film that stars Laxmi in the title role. It also stars Nadira, and Sridevi as a child star. The film became a box office hit.

Julie was also a musical hit, with award winning music by Rajesh Roshan which won him the Filmfare Award for the year. It had one of the first English language songs in an Indian film - "My Heart is Beating", sung by Preeti Sagar.

It is a rare Hindi film based around an Anglo-Indian family. It is a remake of a Malayalam hit film titled Chattakari (1974), which also starred Laxmi. She would star in yet another remake, the Telugu film Miss Julie Prema Katha (1975). She didn't act in the Kannada remake, Julie, released in 2006, which had Ramya in the title role as "Julie" and Dino Morea as the leading man.