Garam Hawa is social film which was released in 1973. This film was directed by M. S. Sathyu and was based on a short story written by Ismat Chughtai. The film deals with the plight of a North Indian Muslim family during the years of Partition in India. Mirza Salim in Garam Hawa ranks among the unforgettable characters in Bollywood because of the excellent performance by Balraj Sahni. Other than the excellent performance of Balraj Sahni as Mirza Salim in Garam Hawa, this fim also launched the career of Farooq Sheik. This film has brought a new wave of alternate or art cinema movement in India. It is amomg the Top 25 Must See Bollywood Films according to Indiatimes Movies.
The character of Mirza Salim in Garam Hawa is famous because Balraj Sahni depicted this complex character with ease. In this socio political film, Mirza Salim is a shoe maker who tries to come in terms with the sudden changes that has come in his life. He is in a state of shock as his friends and other family members leave for Pakistan after the partition. The character of Mirza Salim in Garam Hawa has been critically acclaimed because Balraj Sahni was in sync with the character. He portrayed the minute details of the character in an excellent way.
Mirza Salim in Garam Hawa faces a crucial choice to make as the head of the family. He is confused whether he should continue the ancestral business and stay in India or to migrate to the state of Pakistan which is newly formed. In the mean while Salim`s brother, Halim and his family migrate to Pakistan. Kazim, Halim`s son tries to return to India illegally to marry Salim`s daughter. However he is arrested and gets killed. This is yet another shock for Mirza Salim.
The refugees from Pakistan start competing with Mirza Salim`s business. The moneylenders refuse to invest in his business because they are afraid that he might emigrate to Pakistan. Amina, Salim`s daughter also commits suicide because her lover had shifted to Pakistan. With so much of discrimination, Mirza Salim in Garam Hawa finally decides to leave the country and go to Pakistan. However when they are going to the station, the family comes across a communist rally which proclaims the unity of all the dispossessed, regardless of religion or caste. Salim`s son, Sikandar (Farooq Shaikh) refuses to emigrate and joins the rally.
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