30 years of Madhuri II Prem Pratigya
If there is one movie that people remain generally oblivious to undeservingly, it is Prem Pratigya. Released in 1989 it starred Madhuri opposite Mithun Chakraborthy, and while their other movies together were unremarkable, Prem Pratigya gave them both a chance to shine and enact a truly beautiful, humble story about love and value of honest work. Madhuri played Laxmi, a poor girl who looses her father and home, and unwillingly accepts protestion of a local “don”, who lives off money he collects from people he protects from random goondas. He is also a gambler and alcoholic. Laxmi detests him, and tries to change his life. Among all the huge commercial hits Madhuri had at the time (including Ram Lakhan and Tridev), Prem Pratigya is largely forgotten these days, even though it fared very well at the box office and even earned Madhuri her second nomination for Filmfare Best Actress.
Prem Pratigya is a gem of a film and one not to be missed.