Jhoota Kahin Ka (1979)

Minutes pass…

Finally!

Mother Shanti (Indrani Mukherjee) and son Ajay survive the shipwreck together; father Rai Sahab and the son with a trident-shaped birthmark (Vijay) are separated from each other and from the other two.

Years pass…as do the credits, and the two good Samaritans above.

Then:

Seriously. There’s never any back story on how Rai Sahab met Vikram (didn’t recognize him), hired him to work for Khanna & Khanna and mentored him. Or on Ajay’s childhood and how he and Shanti have survived. We just arrive in the middle of the story with no explanation. Oh well.

I wonder if he even looked for his wife and kids?

Ajay cons a chauffeur into giving him a ride (instead of having to take the bus). They bond over bad poetry.

Turns out that he is Sheetal’s driver.

Pathological liar that he is, Ajay plays along. Meanwhile…

Aaj ki taaza khabar!

Ajay for some reason decides to run with it even though common sense might dictate otherwise.

Hours pass (not in the movie, but for me) as Sheetal pretends to be Anita and barely prevents the truth getting out a number of times, while Ajay remains obliviously oblivious.

Elsewhere…

Poor Mala! Her taste in men is abysmal.

The only person who is surprised when Prem begins blackmailing him is Vikram.

Hours pass (not in the movie, but for me) as Prem milks Vikram’s income from him, Vikram works on convincing Rai Sahab to marry Sheetal off to him, and Sheetal and Ajay run around with little hearts popping up around their heads although he still thinks she is Anita the Press Reporter and she still thinks he “loves” the real Sheetal Khanna. Plus:

(or sometimes Faryal.) Helen still looks totally awesome at 40 years of age.

Another bright spot is Preeti Ganguly (Ashok Kumar’s daughter) who plays Sheetal’s best friend and is lively and funny as usual, and a plethora of character and comic actors punctuating the interminable lack of plot.

What will happen if/when we eventually get around to the murder mystery part of the plot (Iftekhar is also now sneaking around trying to solve Mala’s homicide)? What will happen when Ajay realizes that he has been romancing the actual Sheetal Khanna this whole time? Is a motor mechanic good enough for a rich girl? Will the Rai family ever be reunited? Or will Ajay and Vikram beat each other to a pulp first?

For all the answers, and not much more, watch Jhoota Kahin Ka. It’s cute, but it meanders on for ages without ever gaining any traction until long after I’ve lost interest. The songs are nice, there is a liberal sprinkling of comedy which is sometimes even funny, and Neetu is always a joy to watch (and she elevates Rishi, at least for me). If you are a rabid Rishi or Neetu or Rishi-Neetu fan you might enjoy this. Or, you can pretend that you’ve watched it now and thank me.

This plot was also used in 1969’s Sajan with Asha Parekh and Manoj Kumar (except gender-reversed and without the separated-by-shipwreck scenario), and I’m guessing it originated in Hollywood (although not necessarily!). Does anyone have any guesses (or the answer)?

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48 Comments to “Jhoota Kahin Ka (1979)”

  1. Ha, ha, ha! Love your version of events on the screen-caps. And back story? You wanted back story?? :)

    Thanks for this one. Even though I love the Rishi-Neetu pair, I will give this one a pass. I seem to have done it quite successfully once before in my misbegotten youth.

  2. Am sure the movie wud be no fun but ur post & review(?) is funnest. U rock!!!!!!!! Love the style of 2 SC’s AND ur comments on the SC’s……

  3. This was a huge flop. A bad film also. offcourse had a great music thanks to RD.

    Rishi Kapoor got 51 films as the solo lead hero from 1974-1997 but of them 40 were box -office flops and managed only 11 hits – which were Bobby, Laila Majnu,Rafoo Chakkar, Sargam, Karz, Prem Rog, Nagina, Honeymoon, Banjaran, Heena and Bol Radha Bol. So he was offered the role of playing younger brother to lead heroes in multi star-cast movies from 1977-1994.Rishi Kapoor did 41 multi star cast films from 1976-2000 where Rishi was casted as 2nd or 3rd lead hero and of them 16 were flops and 25 were hits.So Rishi as a hero was never really a success.Its surprising that after Ranbir becmae a hit star , Rishi is being praised as if he was celebrated actor in 70’s and 80’s.

    • The songs were okay, but I didn’t love them. Even Helen’s cabaret was so-so. But you can’t win them all!

      • Memsaab may be u did not enjoy because you were watching it with the film!!

        Listen it in mp3 format in a CD – all somgs are melodious and each different from each other!!

        Let me rank them from best preceding the next nice song 1)barah baje ki suiyon jaise 2) Jhoota Kahin Ka mujhe aisa mila (classical asha solo) 3)Jeevan Ke Har Mod Pe 4)Dil Mein Jo Mere Sama Gayee 5) Dekho Mera Jadu

      • Memsaab may be u did not enjoy because you were watching it with the film!!

        Listen it in mp3 format in a CD after getting them downloaded especially barah baje and jeevan ke – all songs are melodious and each different from each other!!

        Let me rank them from best preceding the next nice song 1)barah baje ki suiyon jaise 2) Jhoota Kahin Ka mujhe aisa mila (classical asha solo) 3)Jeevan Ke Har Mod Pe 4)Dil Mein Jo Mere Sama Gayee 5) Dekho Mera Jadu

  4. Might as well mention that the poor girl pretending to be rich guy’s girlfriend plot was also used (and molested) in Ghajini. But surely you’ve seen that.

  5. Love the annotated screencaps :D And this is another film I feel I have experienced without actually watching it. Thanks!

  6. I loved this comic book style. You should do it again some time. :) More often :)

    The movie sounds tedious. I think there were some good songs in the movie.

  7. My favourite part; :-D
    Awesomely, Masculine masculinity – can only mean one thing – Helen (who’s saying “In the blink of an eye I’ll make you uncontrollable”) — HAHAHAHA!!!!!

  8. Well, I am a rabid Rishi-Neetu fan, always was. And I’ve been looking for this DVD, without success for so long now. :) But you are right, it is Neetu who elevates Rishi. Anyway, I remember loving the film when I watched it as a kid. I guess I liked charming liars back then.

    And defenestrate? That nailed it for me. That is exactly what Prem Chopra does, with such aplomb.

    Loved the comic book style.

    • Yes indeed he does! Poor Mala. She was so doomed. Induna has this dvd (without subtitles, a T Series one) I am pretty sure :) My copy is a Sky video made ages ago and no longer available apparently. But you don’t need subs, so you should be okay :)

  9. Q: If ‘Rai Sahab’ – a name hinting at high caste considerable family wealth – was shipwrecked and rescued, and recovered and went on to become a powerful man, did he never try to go back home from where he came? Did none of the shipwrecked family have their original address and keep hanging out there, just in case? What the hell were they doing on a ship, not holidaying, from the look of it?

    (Please tell me there’s some back story of a family business in South Africa that they wrapped up and fled to India to escape the anti-Indian regime… there’s some back story like that in Hum Kisi Se Kum Nahin, which was made around the same time)

    • The only thing they gave us was the info that the family was going to live in India from some vague place abroad (in Africa maybe?).

      Indeed, that was one of the problems in this film for me: nothing was ever given a back story, or an explanation—the family was shipwrecked and separated, and years later just introduced to us again without any mention of the years in between. As I said, I have no idea how Vikram came to be working for Rai Sahab (or how they kept missing the spear-shaped birthmark over all their interactions together) :D

  10. If you have not seen Ghazini, you should. It is neither my type of film and i can very much understand following your blog that you would not like to have a look. But there are moments in film which you will love a lot. The comedy moments, the romance moments neatly weave the film. It is an action film, but the heart is a love story.

  11. Oh dear god. I just stumbled across the muscleman song from this a few weeks ago and loved it, but the rest of the film seems…unrecommendable, if that is a word. :)

  12. PS BUT OH THE SCIENCE OF BALANCE ON THE BOAT! AMAZING!

  13. @Memsaab – Nice, crisp review with a comicbook format. I remember when this movie first released, it invited comparisons with another Ravi Tandon directed, Rishi-Neetu-Rakesh Roshan starrer Khel Khel Mein, a college rom-com turned murder mystery which also had other common elements like Iftekhar in it.
    I think the reactions seemed to be that in Jhoota Kahin Ka the Rishi-Neetu pair had lost its freshness and the film was undecided on what it wanted to be (a lost-found drama or a murder mystery). The redeeming feature to some extent is RD Burman’s music but maybe the songs haven’t all been well picturized. Like some others I would agree that these songs are best heard rather than seen.

  14. I remember liking it a lot as a kid! Guess it’s one of those films that should stay in memory-land.

    This plot was also used in 1969′s Sajan with Asha Parekh and Manoj Kumar (except gender-reversed and without the separated-by-shipwreck scenario), and I’m guessing it originated in Hollywood (although not necessarily!).

    Not sure about Hollywood, but I saw an old British film – Happy Go Lovely starring David Niven and Vera Ellen – that had the same plot. The British version was an all out comedy, though, and was very thoroughly adapted in Basu Chatterji’s Pasand Apni Apni (Mithun Chakraborty – Rati Agnihotri).

  15. Woohoo! This review is extra wonderful due to the remarks on the screencaps (how I love those). Thank you so much Memsaab. I’ll not be obliviously oblivious of this film from now on.

    Rishi actually is my favorite Kapoor. He is the best actor among them imho, although I can’t say the same for his entertainment personality (It seems that he is such a bully)

    • I like him a lot as a mature character actor but as a hero he does nothing for me…but each to her own :)

    • rishi kapoor as hero (especially as a solo hero) never really tasted success as he has only 11 hits from 1973-2000 and his success came only when he was 2nd or 3rd male lead hero where he was the younger brother of main heroes who would take care of the plot, action scenes. I mean in multi star cast films – is where he became famous that too those were hits not cause of Rishi but because of senior actors.

      Rishi Kapoor got 51 films as the solo lead hero from 1974-1997 but of them 40 were box -office flops and managed only 11 hits – which were Bobby, Laila Majnu,Rafoo Chakkar, Sargam, Karz, Prem Rog, Nagina, Honeymoon, Banjaran, Heena and Bol Radha Bol. So he was offered the role of playing younger brother to lead heroes in multi star-cast movies from 1977-1994.Rishi Kapoor did 41 multi star cast films from 1976-2000 where Rishi was casted as 2nd or 3rd lead hero and of them 16 were flops and 25 were hits.So Rishi as a hero was never really a success.Its surprising that after Ranbir becmae a hit star , Rishi is being praised as if he was celebrated actor in 70′s and 80′s.Rishi is doing well only now as a charcater actor.

      • Don’t know if I will agree with you on this count. He was the only son of Raj Kapoor who was considered successful.

        Of course, during his later years, he did have weight problems, and his films started flopping when he pranced wth much younger heroines like Divya Bharati, Tabu, Manisha Koirala and Urmila Matondkar among others.

        • shashi..its true that rishi was not really successful. truth is shashi kapoor was more successful than all actors from Kapoor Khandaan!!!You can go through his filmography and see whether my data is right!!
          Rishi was always hyped but he was never a success as a solo hero and in mulit star cast its was the 1st lead hero or 2nd lead hero who took care of film being a hit!!

          Shashi was lead protogonist in 8 English films and worked as a supporting actor in 4 English films. He has appeared in 162 Hindi films – of them played the solo lead hero in 63 films, was lead hero in 53 multi star cast Hindi films and 22 Hindi films had him in supporting role, worked in 19 films as a child artist and made 5 guest appearances. In all has appeared in 174 movies – 12 in English and 162 in Hindi.

          Shashi Kapoor did 63 solo lead hero films in Hindi and, of them, 35 were super-hits. Shashi did 51 multi-star cast movies where Shashi was one of the lead heroes and, of them, 30 were super-hits.

          Rishi Kapoor got 51 films as the solo lead hero from 1974-1997 but of them 40 were box -office flops and managed only 11 hits – which were Bobby, Laila Majnu,Rafoo Chakkar, Sargam, Karz, Prem Rog, Nagina, Honeymoon, Banjaran, Heena and Bol Radha Bol.So he was offered the role of playing younger brother to lead heroes in multi star-cast movies from 1977-1994.Rishi Kapoor did 41 multi star cast films from 1976-2000 where Rishi was casted as 2nd or 3rd lead hero and of them 16 were flops and 25 were hits.

  16. Hi Memsaab! I have been reading your blog for almost a year now but am commenting for the first time. I have rediscovered many films(esp. Shammi’s) because of your blog! And your reviews of really bad movies are the ones I look forward to the most! You are doing a great job!

    • Ha ha, thank you. It’s easier to write about bad movies, sadly. I don’t know why it’s so, but it is. At least there’s a positive side to regularly losing 2.5 hours of my life to stupidity :D

  17. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU !

    -Arunkumar deshmukh

  18. I don’t think I will ever watch Jhoota Kahin Ka but I just love all that captioning! Especially the tilting sequence!!!!

    Apologies for using this thread but I posted a few garas on my site that you might like:)

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  19. i had enjoyed jhoota kahinka , jeevan ke. har mod par, barah baje ki. All songs in binaka geet mala with amin sayani in those. days.i also saw this movie in cinema hall .at that time neetu and rishi were in love which you can feel in this movie. at that time i did not like much the movie .but today i want to see the movie again and again. Thanks memsaab.


  20. Compilation of Sau Crore, Krodhi and Bollywood Disastrously funny scenes

  21. The original of Sajan , first half was lifted fom a Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers movie. Where she pretents to know a famous socialite played by Astaire because the chauffeur gives her a ride. I forget the name but it is in color and was made in th fifties. The second half is from a play the name of which I also don’t know.

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