Yakeen (1969)

Why yes, Dharamji, I will. I don’t even care what you want me to do.

I don’t know what it is about him, but for me watching a Dharmendra starrer is like getting a big warm hug. He is just so…comforting and solid, somehow (it’s no wonder he’s my fake-pretend bodyguard). So on a recent snowy night, missing my Dad and needing a sustaining presence, I rewatched Yakeen, one of my early favorite forays into 1960s Hindi cinema. It must be universally acknowledged that two Dharmendras are always better than one, even if one of them has blue eyes and orange hair.

A quick Google search has turned up few reviews of this fine film from director Brij, a shocking state of affairs. Spies, counter-spies, exotic subterranean locations, a Hitler-like villain, the unusually loquacious Shetty, gorgeously modern Sharmila, great music from Shankar and Jaikishan, and—not least—a spectacular Helen dance make this one a classic from the get-go!

How fantastic is it that without even seeing his face, we know in a single shot that there is trouble ahead and from whom it will come.

Admittedly, my knowledge of world cinema is miniscule and restricted only to the Holly and Bolly Woods, but Shetty should be proud that so much is conveyed by such a fleeting look at him. Surely it is a rarity in movie history that one dented but shiny bald pate could itself alone—for decades!—instil dread in film-going audiences.

He is spying on one Rajesh Verma (Dharmendra), a scientist working for Dr. Sharma (Brahm Bhardwaj, upon whose research the entire future of Hindustan depends (we know this mostly by inference, and we never actually find out what his research is). Rajesh himself is a fairly disgruntled employee at this point; he seems never to get a holiday, and it is wearing down his relationship with the lovely Rita (Sharmila Tagore) who never sees him. After an accident at the lab in which he suffers minor injuries, Rajesh convinces his doctor to prescribe mandatory rest and escapes from Dr. Sharma’s control to make amends with Rita. Her price for forgiveness this time is steep!

Despite his Greek God good looks, Dharmendra is just so excellent at being humble: his Rajesh asking for Rita’s hand is very cute, his nervousness believable and funny. The chemistry between these two in this film is wonderful, one of my favorite Sharmila roles for sure. I am not always a huge fan of hers (I find her a bit cold sometimes) but Dharmendra’s considerable warmth spills over onto her, and Rita is a fantastically modern character: she wears little short shorts when she goes running! She HAS SEX with Rajesh before marriage! (It isn’t Hypothermia Rape either: so refreshing!)

Their “song” is the lovely and justly famous “Gar Tum Bhoola Na Doge” and their chemistry together is heart-meltingly sweet.

I don’t even mind that their romancing takes up a good part of the first hour of the film, with no spy hi-jinks to be seen anywhere! But eventually, Rajesh is called away from his beloved by the demanding Dr. Sharma—except that he denies having called Rajesh at all and is surprised to see him.

[On a side note, one of my favorite car songs of all time is "Baharon Ki Baraat," beautifully picturized on Rajesh in his sporty little red roadster driving along a road flanked by what we in Africa called flame trees, or flamboyants (not sure what they are called in India) with his dreams for the future peering at him from his rear view mirrors. It's lovely!]

Anyway, surprised or not, Dr. Sharma abruptly orders Rajesh to postpone his wedding for the sake of work; angry, Rajesh tells him that he would rather quit and storms out. Later that evening, Sharma calls him back to his office; Rajesh arrives to find a mysterious man (Shetty) exiting—and a dead Sharma inside!

He calls the police, but receives another strange visitor that evening in the form of Mr. Roy (David)—who attempts to blackmail Rajesh by playing a recording of his quarrel with Sharma earlier that day.

Oh, those halcyon days, when that was a tiny recorder! What does Mr. Roy want in return for his silence? Dr. Sharma’s research, of course! Principled Rajesh refuses to cooperate and Mr. Roy vanishes as mysteriously as he came. Most of the stuff that happens in this movie is needlessly complicated, a hallmark of Brij’s direction, of course, not that I am complaining.

Rajesh is arrested shortly thereafter and the news splashed in the papers. But Mr. Roy shows up again in the jail, accompanied by two men named DeMello (Anwar Hussain) and Shrivistava (?). He tells Rajesh that his visit was a test of Rajesh’s loyalty, and that they need him to get to the bottom of Sharma’s murder—committed by some enemy of India. They have devised yet another needlessly complicated plan to free Rajesh from imprisonment, in order that he carry this task out undercover.

And sure enough, Rajesh is kidnapped—and Shrivastava murdered—by Shetty, who takes Rajesh to Mozambique (“Portugeese Africa”). Mozambique is apparently a land of neon signs and thriving nightclubs, which is not at all how I remember it but never mind. I am a little surprised at this unusual enemy state setting, but unsurprised when most of the main villain’s henchmen turn out to look suspiciously CHINESE. The main villain—Shetty’s boss—is the General and played (as I had been reminded by people recently, another excellent reason to rewatch this) by that same actor whose identity eludes me, but who is a familiar face from many many films.

These are the names listed in the credits to choose from, if anyone is struck by inspiration (some of them I can eliminate, knowing who they are already, but there are still several left—although of course, there is no guarantee that his name is even there despite his large role).

Rajesh is amazed and confused when Boss orders another man brought in—a man who looks almost identical to Rajesh, named Garson (only pronounced by Boss as Garçon: “Waiter!”).

They are somewhat hilariously examined by a doctor; his expert medical opinion is that Garson’s hair and eye colors CAN indeed be changed to match Rajesh’s. Why Boss needed a doctor for this analysis (and to carry out the dye job and shampoo!) is beyond me, but never mind. Rajesh generously points out a flaw: Garson’s voice is nothing like his, so they also give Garson a neck scar and instruct him to pretend that he is now mute when he takes over Rajesh’s life (which is of course, the main aim of all this).

Equipped with brown contact lenses, Garson is shipped off to India with his orders to steal Sharma’s research and blow up his lab. In India, Roy, DeMello, and the late Shrivastava’s former assistant who has now taken over his job, have been frantic over Rajesh’s disappearance, as has Rita of course. They are all relieved when “Rajesh” washes up on a Bombay beach and welcome him back enthusiastically as the real Rajesh languishes in the General’s cold stone dungeon.

Only Rajesh’s faithful dog seems to know the difference, and Garson kills him.

But can he continue to fool everyone, even Rita (who shockingly confesses to him that she is pregnant!)? Will he succeed in his mission to destroy India’s hopes of a brighter future? Who is the traitor inside Roy’s Criminal Investigation department?

I need that VAT 69 candle!

As with all Brij films, there are gaping plot holes and a frantic pace. But unlike some, Brij manages to maintain control of this one for the most part, and it’s a fun and suspenseful entertainer. Dharmendra and Sharmila make a wonderful lead pair (or threesome, depending on how you look at it), and a nice assortment of character actors offer their able support. Dharmendra is often accused of not being a very good actor, unfairly in my opinion. I think this double role is a great example of how he is more than capable of giving a subtle performance. He lends Garson a ruthless and aloof quality that makes him truly menacing and a far cry from the happy-go-lucky Rajesh he has replaced.

He’s no cartoon villain, though: his contact lenses hurt his eyes, and he feels a pang of conscience when it comes to poor Rita.

Plus, Helen in an assortment of sparkly outfits and our friend Ted Lyons’ other band The Monkees backing her up (“Bach Ke Kahan Jaoge):

The General and his Chinese henchmen enjoy a tawdry striptease courtesy of this voluptuous lady:

And, proving that Portugeese Africa was indeed hopping with talent (and sailors!), a belly-dancer entertains a motley crew of its denizens in an underground nightclub.

The music (no lyrics) is fantastic for both of these, too. I can’t imagine that anyone here hasn’t seen this film already, but if you haven’t it is well worth sitting through this early Indian spy film (despite the murky picture). I like it much better than its predecessors Ankhen and Kismat.

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84 Comments to “Yakeen (1969)”

  1. re: dead doggie – Not Cool, movie, Not Cool.

    But apart from that Portuguese Africa sounds like my kinda place. Darn Portuguese, they always take the best bits of every place – Goa, Brazil, and now cosmopolitan belly-dancing strip-teasing red-lit, be-Vat69-ed Africa!

    • I didn’t mind it, because the dog is obviously alive, LOL. Ears pricked up, staring intently at (probably its reward) offscreen! When it comes to animals, bad acting is a plus if they are supposed to be dead! Later in the film there is a pack of killer dogs, led by that most vicious of canines—a collie (go Lassie go!) :)

      I lived right next door to Mozambique in 1969, and we went there fairly often, but I never saw anything this interesting…sadly :D

  2. Gulmohar. That’s what those trees are.
    Thank you for your reviews! I love the outside-in view of Hindi films, but with a fondness and an indulgence not everyone would have.

    • Ah those are gulmohars! Two birds, one stone :) And thanks for your kind words Swapna, I am glad you appreciate the reviews :)

    • Exactly!
      Gulmohar meaning something like peacock flower, because of the presence of one petal, which is speckled and thus looking like a peacock’s tail
      It is also mentioned in the song: Gul mohar gar tumhara naam hota (if your name were gulmohar), which I used to sing as Gulmohar ghar tumhara naam hota (if your house’ name were gulmohar), becuasea house in our neighbourhood did have the name Gulmohar. It is an eye clinic now!

      Great BTW and loved ur description of our dear ol’ Shetty!

  3. Gora gentleman – Dev Chand? A Dev Chand is credited for Wahan Ke Log too.

  4. Have seen this movie before but again, it’s been a while and I need to see it again. I remember bits and pieces – definitely the “Brahm Bharadwaj found dead” scene, the Dharam-switching scene, the dogs chasing Dharam scene (I remember that being quite a long scene).

    “Baharon Ki Baaraat” was one of my favorite songs in my childhood. I just loved it! Dharmendra, the car, the whole atmosphere…

    “Gar tum bhula na doge” is also lovely. As is “bachke kahan jaoge”.

    I think people who don’t consider Dharam a good actor have not really seen many movies of his – or they may have seen the odd third-rate film. I’ve always rated him – sensitive, action, comedy….he’s done it all – and very well.

    And of course, he’s always been the masses’ favorite. I remember reading somewhere that when Dharam was cast in a negative role opp Rajendra Kumar in “Aayi Milan Ki Bela”, a lot of people thought Dharam should have got the girl (Saira) – they could just not accept that RK would win against Dharam in a contest for the heroine. :-)

    I am also not á huge Sharmila fan (same reason as you) but I did like her a lot when I saw her in Waqt recently and I guess she has a similar type of free-spirited role in this.

    Talking about Shetty in an unusually loquacious role, you should see him in Elaan(1971). I was absolutely delighted to see him in that movie yesterday – and, for once, he is the BOSS (even ordering Madan Puri and Vinod Khanna around)!

    Btw, I think those could be gulmohur flowers (orange in color?) You find plenty of them lined up along Indian roads.

    Thanks for another good review, Greta.

    • Being the masses’ favorite maybe is what gets him no real respect, I don’t know. And he does chew up the scenery in a lot of movies. But I suspect he just gave directors what they wanted! Swapna above agrees that the red (they are red-orange) flowered trees are gulmohar :)

      • I think his 60s roles were largely sensitive but somehow in the 70s it all changed for him. His image became that of the street hero (often a mechanic or truck driver) who spends time in a daaru bhatti (down-market liquor shop/bar), bashing up the goondas and mouthing stuff like “kaminey, kutte, main tera khoon pee jaaoonga”. This may have worked for the masses but alienated the classes – whose favorite hero was often Sanjeev Kumar (he was almost entirely the antithesis of this image, his choice language for Gabbar in Sholay notwithstanding :-)).

        Dharam probably did not care too much about wooing the classes anyway IMO. He was happy with whatever he was doing, I guess. Though I do wish sometimes that he hadn’t done movies like Saazish and International Crook. He didn’t need these.

  5. hey! I have blue eyes and orange hair! Well, okay it’s not orange but a little girl did once say to me ‘why is your hair orange?’ to which I replied ‘because I was naughty when I was a kid’.

    And I don’t strictly have blue eyes which has made this rally to the defence of people with blue eyes and orange hair pretty much redundant.

    Still, such cursory remarks about orange hair won’t be any news to people with said colour hair who are so desperate for role models that they (Harry Knowles) rank Annie as a hero.

    I’ll stick with Pran (although in which film he sports orange hair has slipped me by for time being…)

    • He has orange hair most memorably in An Evening in Paris, although he does sport it elsewhere too :D

      I am envious of people with real red hair! I colored mine red for a year or two a while back and loved it, but it was too hard to maintain for lazy me :)

      • Greta, have you seen Kahin Din Kahin Raat? Also a spy film, with Biswajeet in a bronze wig. Good music, a very voluptuous Nadira as an evil but fashionable stepmother (also the villain’s moll)… and an evil scientist in a black sari.

        • Yes I have!!!!! Ah, the bronze wig. Even better than an orange one :D I think I couldn’t write up KDKR because the dvd won’t play in my computer (I have that problem with a number of good films!) :)

          • Oh. :-( I remember watching it on my laptop, so I think I should see it again and do a review! Frankly, the thought of seeing Biswajeet again in that bronze wig gives me the creeps!

  6. I thought that this movie was already reviewed. I recall reading about Sharmila Tagore in short pants in this blog in the past. Or am I mistaken ?

    I had watched this movie in a movie hall in late 1970s by bunking my classes. I had forgotten much of the story line, and in fact I often mix up this movie with “Loafer” which is another Dharmendra movie that I watched in the same movie hall at the same time by bunking my classes. The fact that the movie hall was in the same road where my college was certainly helped.
    Your review has certainly helped me recall the story of movie and fill up the gaps in my memory of this movie.

    • No, I haven’t seen this film since I began writing the blog. I probably included one of the songs in my favorite Dharmendra songs…and Sharmila was a pathbreaker in terms of wearing “little” clothing so maybe her short shorts have been discussed elsewhere :) It is excellent timepass, this one! And actually, when I decided I needed a Dharam evening I almost went for Loafer instead of this one, but have seen that one more recently I think :)

  7. I really must dig this movie out and see it again. I don’t remember if I liked it or not…it was early in my Bollywood viewing experience and I didn’t even know who Dharmendra and Sharmila were back then.

    And dear, sweet Shetty, how we love him. I wonder what he would make of knowing he has so many fans, even today…possibly more then he did when he was was alive.

    • I know. I am late to many parties on this blog :( But better late than never, and I hope Shetty is getting some kind of warm and fuzzy feeling, wherever he is now!

  8. My Yakeen DVD at home got stuck in the early part itself and refuses to budge. I bought a legitimate copy from India – supposed to be an original. Sad. Looks like urs worked as you have reviewed it here.

    My fav song is Mohd Rafi version of “Ghar tum bhula na dogey, sapney bhi saach hi hongey, hum tum juda na honge”.

    I will read and comment on your review once i get to see the movie (hoping but dunno if I will actually be able to get a copy that works)

    • I downloaded my copy, much more reliable than buying an original dvd. Sad, but true! Try to find a version that isn’t made by the same company as the one you have. Usually if one copy doesn’t work then none of the others from that same manufacturer will either. I learned that the hard way.

      • Thanks for that tip – I wil check the company details.

        I have got a new stash of DVDs from India Yay! (courtesy my sis). Sadly she could not find any shammi movie for me ie Brahmachari, Pagla Kahin Ka and Prince. Apparently the shop keeper remarked who watches old movies like Brahmachari now a days? Why are you after Shammi movies of all hindi movies? Filmbuff shakes her head sadly.

        Saw Prem Kahani out of the pile so far – thanks to your reference. Will post my comments there.

  9. A very good review and to top it, it has my favourite Dharmendra in the lead role. I remember reading somewhere of him mentioning that this was his first double role. But he also had a double role in Izzat, that released in 1968. It could be quite possible that Yakeen might have been started earlier and could have been delayed.

    One more reason why I like this movie so much as is that it has the same team as that of Anupama (1966) – Dharmendra, Sharmila Tagore, David (in the cast), Deven Verma (as the producer), Hrishikesh Mukherjee (as the editor). Just look at the genre of both these films !!

    I know of three Sharmila Tagore movies that released in 1969. ‘Yakeen’, ‘Satyakam’ and ‘Aradhana’. All the three had her featuring as a woman who was bearing an illegitimate child. Queer co-incidence, eh?

    • Wasn’t she technically married in Aradhana although nobody believed her? So the child wasn’t illegitimate, she was only accused of it? That is fairly common (I haven’t seen Satyakam so don’t know the situation there). But for someone who hasn’t been married “in the eyes of god” even it’s pretty rare!

  10. I have seen this movie. Definitely a good spying movie. Gar Tum Bhula Na Doge is a memorable song. Dharmendra is a natural actor and quite unfairly he never got any award. He delivered many memorable movies during the sixties. His on-screen chemistry with gorgeous Sharmila Tagore was amazing with the duo giving memorable classics like Anupama, Devar, Satyakaam, Chupke Chupke etc. to the audience.

    Very good review. Thanks for sharing.

    Jitendra

    • As I said, I think Dharmendra is an excellent pairing for Sharmila because he has such considerable warmth that it makes up for her lack of it. And you will rarely see two prettier people together! :)

    • The two of them share their birthdays (December 8th). Possibly because of that, their kundlis matched :-)

      • Agreed. Sharmila always looks so relaxed opposite Dharmendra. Years later, it was great to see them paired again for the sublime Chupke Chupke – even though I thought D’s role was tailor-made for RK and imagined Hrishikesh Mukherjee not giving it to him as punishment for his antics during Namak Haram.

        • Yes, they were great in Chupke Chupke and though I agree that RK would have been very good in it, I am so glad Dharam got the chance to do it—he was so great, and got a chance to really shine in a wonderful film (and ps: you belong to the WR Inn? I used to stay there at race weekends, lovely place :)

          • My, god (khuda, rab – take your pick), yes! And thanks for the comments on the WR Inn! BTW, My Chupke Chupke reference to RK is a little game I play when I revisit a Bollyclassic and think, I really would have preferred so-and-so in this. My top candidates: RK directed by Dev Anand in “Hare Rama” – for the life of me, the Kishore Kumar songs in this are freakishly close in intonation to his RK songs, so when I listen to the soundtrack, I end up thinking of RK. Plus, what a tribute since RK has said Dev Anand was one of his heroes. Asha Parekh instead of Hema in Seeta aur Geeta – because I never tire of seeing Asha and Dharam together. And staying with Asha for the moment: redoing the “Maar Diya Jaye” stunner from “Mera Gaon” with Asha. Structurally, it has never made sense to me that Asha disappears for almost half the movie and then re-appears tied to a post. Since Laxmi’s character has already betrayed, why not have her tied to the bloody post and stun everyone with Asha reappearing as if she had turned bad – which would then also restore her fully as heroine? I say this knowing our mutual love for all things Laxmi! OK, it’s a long post:-) but bet I’m not the only one who din-dreams …? Finally, I must look through your blog for any thoughts on the psychedelic “Jal Bin Macchli.”

          • You won’t find Jal Bin Macchli here (yet)…although I love the song picturizations in them, I am not a huge fan of Shantaram’s later films (I find them boring! I am a philistine :))

        • Dharmendra and Sharmila Tagore were always going to be a part of Chupke Chupke (1975).

          For Amitabh and Jaya’s roles, Hrishikesh Mukherjee was looking for new faces. However, Amitabh and Jaya had a meeting with their ‘Masterji’ and convinced him that they would like to do it even if it was the second lead pair. They’ve gone on record to say they would have accepted even a ‘blink and you miss’ role for Hrishida.

  11. Dharam Paajee def deserved Best Actor Award in Phool Aur Pathar, without doubt a superb actor, btw did we notice Javed Akhtar Saheb wrote the dialogues and just saw folks mention the truly all rounder Deven Verma as the Producer and Director.

    Memsaab Yakeen was a wonderful read, a entertainer all the way.

    Cheers

  12. Yakeeeen! What a fun film! Although I notice that you chose not to include all the ogling of Garam Dharam’s butt that the camera does… possibly because you are much classier than me.

  13. I find Dharmendra a talented actor. He is also nice enough not to upstage his co actors (and he could have since he has ample charisma). I’m suprised to hear that he is considered not a good actor. It is probably jelaousy yaar (One of the many reasons I love Sholay is that the two talented and charismatic leads are also generous and give room to everyone else to be present on screen).

    I also liked him so much in Guddi. It wouldn’t be easy to play your entertainment persona on screen but he managed with flying colours.

    Sadly despite finding him very good looking (well, I have eyes after all), he is not really my type. It would have been nice to have a crush on him on top of my admiration :)

    • Yes, indeed, amen to everything you have said…and crushes are overrated, I’ll bet that he would more appreciate your articulately stated awareness of the things that made him such a great actor and by all accounts a great guy too :)

  14. This is one of my favourite films, here is bit of trivia—- do you know who dubbed for Dharmendra – the villain? His name is there in the screen cap of the credits, it is Vinod Sharma. Mr Sharma – a dear family friend – passed away a few years ago. He was a very well -known Hindi voice artiste, he was AmeenSayani’s contemporary in the world of radio. He was a host of several shows on radio, he also did small roles in films.

    • I love your bits of trivia Shilpi! Especially since we can take Vinod Sharma’s name off the list as being our mystery man :) I thought having the villain’s voice be different was a nice little touch, although maybe it stemmed from Brij’s love for overly complex plotting more than anything else :D

    • That’s an interesting trivia. Do you know what was his role in the movie apart from the dubbing?

      • I have to see the film again, I saw it long ago, so I do not remember, he played a small role in Anokhi Raat, he was one of the villains who spend the night in Sanjeev Kumar’s house soon after he gets married to Zahida.

    • Vinod Sharma was of course a very well known radio artiste, most notably being the voice of Inspector Eagle in the eponymous ’70s radio serial, with his sidekick Havaldar Nayak being voiced by Yunus Parvez, also a very popular character artiste in the movies.

      This serial was later to be the basis of a fullfledged movie in the late 70s, starring (of all people!) Sanjeev Kumar as the detective hero. Bindu has a nice little cabaret number as well.

  15. It’s been ages since I watched this movie but I remember having difficulty following what was happening. You’ve explained a LOT.:-) Must rewatch.

  16. Memsaab, I also loved the way the doctor had to sneak in to Rajesh’s house every night, to remove Garcon’s lenses. :)

    And Sharmila was way too cute, in those running shorts and a full-sleeved jumper.

    Nice, nice film. Mozambique filled with Chinese people, and the belly dancers. Pity you missed seeing these while you lived there, :)

    And Kamini Kaushal, a more than hep mother for a hep daughter, equally charming in her chiffons and bob cut and pearls.

    Me thinks I shall watch this again.

  17. I get reminded of “satte pe satta” 2nd half when i watch Yakeen’s double role part. Quite similar or is it a coincidence?
    Though I have liked all “spy” thrillers of Dharam including Saazish, well generally I am yet to see a bad thriller/suspense mystery from 50’s to 80’s.

    • Interesting point about Satte Pe Satta (1982). The climax of the movie shows the two Amitabhs joining hands and fighting the evil force.

      This was exactly why Yakeen did not turn out to be a bigger hit than it was. Dharmendra (in an interview) had said that the audience preferred the good and the bad to join hands and fight the mysterious boss. Brij however chose that the two fought each other in the climax.

  18. Love d the film too, memsaab. But surprised you didn’t mention the fab title music by Kalyanji-Anandji. Also, Helen’s video is one her best and is stylishly directed. And it features priceless reaction shots from David Abraham and Dharmendra while she’s dancing that nicely adds to the intrigue. And love the song Bachke (Escape) that she dances to with the fine backing from Ted’s other band – The Monkees. :)

  19. This was one I bought partly just to discover what was actually happening during the Bachke Bachke clip – didn’t guess it was actually the good guys trapping a bad D-man! I love the evil white guy in disguise angle; felt bad about the dog and the servant, though. Might have to throw this in again soon.

  20. Looks like I’m the one person who hasn’t seen (or even heard of) this! Deol Dhamaka (all March long!) is providing such good ideas…. :)

  21. I didn’t know Mozambique is a land of neon signs. But it’s good to know for our business :)

    thanks

  22. Thank you for the review, I enjoyed reading it. I should try to get a copy to rewatch..I think I saw it on the telly in India years and years back.
    I saw that you list Loafer as one of your fav movies of Dharm. If you ask my generation of Indian women who were either pre-teen or early teens when this movie came out, many of them would list Dharm as their first crush after having seen Loafer :) I remember impatiently waiting to see ‘Aaj Mausam bada beimaan hai’ play on Chitrahaar, the weekly film-songs programme on TV, waiting for that funny feeling in the tummy, Lol :) To test that, I recently found that song on Youtube and am happy to report that it still manages to release a few butterflies in the tummy!!

  23. Another Dharmendra movie similar to these movies (Loafer,Yakeen) has to be Rakhwaala, which was also released around the same time.

  24. The main villain of Yakeen (the Boss/General whatever) was played by Gautam Mukherjee — a production manager who was interested in acting.

    • HOORAY!!!!!!! Thank you for identifying him! I don’t know about the acting part, but he certainly is THERE in a great many movies. Thank you, thank you.

  25. Thank you for this excellent recommendation. I love Sharmila’s make up, bouffant hair dos and the way she wears her saris so much the acting is secondary to my enjoyment of her movies of this era. Dharmendra’s 60s spy movies are a great discovery for me, so thanks, AGAIN. 1st class Helen number. Now, a Shetty question: There is a fight director named Shetty (or Master Shetty). Not the same person as the actor, or is it?

  26. The bald baddie of 1960s and 70s, popularly known as Shetty, is the same as M B Shetty. He is the father of Rohit Shetty and Hriday Shetty, both directors in Hindi movies.

    • MB Shetty, the great baby faced henchman is from Kannada (according to Rohit Shetty’s wiki)! I didn’t know that!

  27. About those trees, the ones you called ‘flamboyant’, I can’t be sure of the hindi name for them but in bengali, we call them ‘Krishnachura’ [because apparently it was a favourite tree of the god Krishna] and their yellow petalled variety- ‘Radhachura’ [Radha was Krishna's love and divine consort].

    I’m supposing there are mythological reasons here that I don’t know but would love to find out. The still with the red car and lovely avenue of trees is awesome.

    Thanks for the review. Didn’t know about this movie and only recently finished watching Ankhen after a very long time. A better spy movie will be really refreshing just about now.

    • This one is somehow more entertaining than Ankhen (also reviewed here :)…love the Bengali name! In Hindi (from the comments here) it is called a gulmohar tree. I always learn so many things here!

  28. Gora guy Supariwala (plausible, with a Parsi name since he looks Parsi) or Billimoria, uncredited but old timer

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