BOBBY is a film I've always been fascinated by. It's a typical Bollywood love story but with a difference. Sure it got a little melodramatic at times and the editing can get choppy. It's not perfect but I was delighted and surprised by how fresh it stills seems. I noticed that besides the fact that Raj Kapoor used a pretty cliche' formula he presented the film in a different and unique way that Bollywood filmmakers have been trying to copy ever since. The first thing I'd like to mention is the energy in this film! It's bursting with energy from a filmmaker who is clearly excited by what he's doing here. I loved that he actually used real teenagers...and then through his characters he perfectly captured how being a teenager feels. The confusions, the uncertainties and the sexual awakenings. Next, he presented us a complex relationship between Rishi Kapoor's character and his parents. So, it wasn't just about the fact that Bobby was poor and he was rich, it wasn't just THAT conflict..the conflict was actually deeper. We also noticed a rift between the parents themselves, in one poignant scene when they are arguing about him..his wife confesses how he never had time for her. All this is shown with great sensitivity; sincerity and intelligence...a film like this coming from a man who at the time was 50 years old is quite an interesting thing. Bollywood films after BOBBY, like Qayamat se Qayamat tak while were big hits fail to feel as fresh as this film does...it's just another typical love story without everything that makes BOBBY so special.