is a social drama covering the topic of widow re-marriage brought
to celluloid by one of most celebrated movie mavericks of Indian
cinema, B R Chopra and Ravi Chopra of B R Films. Baabul in essence
is the story of a father who gave up all relationships to make
one; it is the story of one man who overthrew traditions, berated
conventions and questioned superstitions to bring happiness to
his daughter in law.
Baabul trails the story of progressive and fun loving father and
husband Balraj Kapoor (Amitabh Bachchan), happily married to wife
Shobhana (Hema Malini) who have a son Avinash (Salman Khan) -
the apple of their eyes. Soon when Malvika "Milli" Talwar
(Rani Mukerjee) enters Avinashs life, love blossoms and
they soon marry and are blessed with a son.
tradegy strikes the family when Avinash dies in an accident, and
with this being too much for Milli she slowly falls into depression.
With an unpleasant situation like this and no respite in the future,
Balraj decides to re-marry Milli and who better with than her
childhood friend Rajat (John Abraham) who has secretly loved her.
Balraj faces huge opposition from his conservative elder brother
Balwant (Om Puri), a man attached to his roots and tradition who
shuns upon the idea of Milli remarrying.
in contemporary times, widow re-marriage is frowned upon in many
parts of the world resulting in widows enduring a sentence of
shame. In India alone, there are over 33 million widows who come
from all cross sections and socio-economic structures in India.
Over many centuries, there has been evident gender discrimination
amongst Indian communities - whereas a widower can remarry as
many times as he likes, a widow cannot remarry irrespective of
her age. In poorer parts of the world such as in parts of India,
widows face economic depression, illness and in many cases death,
but the plight that widows face are not limited to economic boundaries.
Widows from affluent families such as for character Milli face