Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.
India, 1961. Subodh Mukherji Productions. Story and Screenplay by Subodh Mukherji, Dialogue by Agha Jani Kashmiri. Cinematography by N.V. Srinivas. Produced by Probodh Mukerji, Subodh Mukherji. Music by Jaikishan Dayabhai Panchal, Shankarsingh Raghuwanshi. Production Design by Shanti Dass. Costume Design by Laxman Shelke. Film Editing by V.K. Naik.
Delightful Bollywood musical whose colourful yarn keeps an audience fully locked in for its entire three hours. A very sober businessman has been raised by his mother to follow his late father’s principles of hard work and no joy (he has never laughed, and is very proud of this). He has been promised to be married to a princess and is ready to perform his duty, but unfortunately meets a gorgeously charming poor girl while on business in Karachi. Meanwhile, his sister has fully failed her upbringing, full of mirth and joy much to her mother’s shame, and makes this far worse when she secretly marries a clerk at her brother’s office and bears his son without the family knowing. The complications that ensue are hilarious to behold, and interrupted by a series of welcome musical numbers, all of them splashy and superbly choreographed (one of which stars the legendary Helen, “Queen Of the Nautch Girls”!)