Boy Friend (1961)


Although filmed in black and white, this film has a lot of sparkle: the songs by Shankar Jaikishan, the effervescent Madhubala, shiny-scrubbed baby-faced young Dharmendra, and of course my very own favorite sparkly person Shammi Kapoor. It also has astonishing coincidences and large plot holes, and despite a strong beginning the plot becomes incoherent at times by the end; but with long-lost children, a stolen necklace and sweet, sweet romance it’s heartwarming *and sparkly* enough to watch anyway, especially if you are a Shammi fan.

Eight-year-old Madan is separated from his wealthy parents, Thakur Harcharan Singh (Shivraj) and his wife Rajni (the great singer-actress Ameerbai Karnataki whom I last saw in 1943’s Prithvi Vallabh), who spend the next twenty-two years grieving and praying at temples for his return.


They have another son, Sunil (Dharmendra) who has grown up to become a police inspector—and who (at the urging of his Ma!) also spends a lot of time searching for his lost brother Madan.


Madan—who now also goes by the name Shyam (Shammi Kapoor)—has supported himself through life by stealing, and is getting sprung from the big house in Simla when we meet him. He hops on a train to Bombay, and meets a man he had known earlier in jail. Shantilal is old and ill, and he asks Shyam to find his two daughters, Sangita and Sushma, whom he had abandoned to poverty and debt years ago.


Shyam’s new quest will also lead him to his long-lost father! Sweet. This makes me clap my hands and bounce in my chair. When Shyam arrives in Bombay, he begins searching for the sisters immediately in the most straightforward way possible.


It being the movies and all, this approach actually works, and he soon after bumps into (literally) a young woman named Sushma (Nishi Kohli). When she drives off in a huff, he follows her in a taxi to a theater owned by Harcharan Singh—who arrives with Mrs. Singh hot on Shyam’s heels. We are treated to that lingering moment of not-quite-recognition that we squishy-dil™ lovers thrive on. All this and not even fifteen minutes have passed! Oh, the happiness.

Sushma’s sister Sangita (Madhubala) is practicing dance for her stage debut in a play called “Boy Friend.” All that’s lacking for the play to be a huge success (or staged at all, to be truthful) is a hero, who needs to be young, handsome, and six feet tall. Who could possibly fit that bill? It’s fortuitous, especially since the director is already advertising the play and scheduling performances despite his lack of a leading man. And the sisters are already following their absent father’s wishes.


While they are at the theater, Mrs. Singh’s necklace is stolen by someone in the crowd. Sunil has just arrived with some of his men, and they give chase. Shyam watches as the thief hides the necklace in a case in the sisters’ car. Sunil is already familiar with Shyam, whose reputation precedes him.


He searches Shyam but finds nothing and goes on his way. That evening Shyam sneaks into the sisters’ house and retrieves the stolen necklace from the case. He is torn between selling it—it’s expensive and his “life would be made”—and doing the right thing by returning it to Sunil. Circumstances dictate that he meets Sangita that same night, and he’s invited by her to stay with the sisters when he relays their father’s message to them. As she sleeps, he sings the very beautiful “Salaam Aapki Meethi” to her. I melt into a puddle.

Shammi himself has said that when he shared scenes with Madhubala, he would be so distracted by her beauty that he would forget his lines.


Shyam leaves early the next morning to return the stolen necklace to Sunil (yay! he made the right choice!). But alas—the Singhs’ servant Sampat (Dhumal) steals the necklace from him before he is able to give it to Sunil. This puts the necklace squarely in the middle of the Comic Side Plot, an unfortunate place for it (for anything, really) to be. Sampat sells the necklace to a dealer, and also has his eyes on the Singh family safe, which he wants to loot. There is another side plot involving a romance between Sushma and Sunil, but it’s not really that germane to the main story so I won’t dwell on it here.

Shyam needs a job, having decided to take the straight and narrow path. He sees the ads for a hero opposite Sangita in “Boy Friend” and goes to see Thakur Harcharan Singh.


He is hired on the spot (after singing another great song) and this gives him ample opportunity to romance the beautiful Sangita, which he does with his usual aplomb (and another song). Their first performance is in Simla, and they are a smash hit. The show entertains me because it’s presented as a movie with stage curtains around it, which is just nuts—although the theater audience seems to accept it just fine.


Afterwards Shyam takes Sangita skiing (he calls it “skating,” in English) and she breaks her leg. It seems to be a career-ending injury, and the surgery which might cure her is expensive. And now that he’s not making money from Sangita’s performances, the Thakur sends his manager to demand that the sisters pay off their debt to him or lose their house. Shyam is furious at this, and quits his job as hero for the theater company.

Without it, can he find the money that Sangita needs desperately without resorting to his old ways? Will society—and Sunil—give him a chance? What has become of the stolen necklace? Will the Thakur, his wife and Sunil find out that Shyam is their long-lost son and brother? Watch Boy Friend to find out! It has its problems, but is a fun watch for the beautiful cast and the catchy songs—and for the moral of the story, which is displayed hilariously in this screen shot (I guess in case we all missed it).


It is also one of Madhubala’s last screen appearances.


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61 Comments to “Boy Friend (1961)”

  1. madhubala and shammi sharing the same screen??? i have to see it!
    sounds like a great movie….

  2. It’s not a great movie…it had potential, but the story kind of fell apart in the second half, that old Curse of the Second Half thing again.

    But still worth watching for the stars (and Shammi is just gorgeous in it!). Really lovely songs too.

  3. I saw this years ago but dont remember much except for the Dheere chal dheere chal song. Shammi looks fiiiiine and Madhubala… sigh! Have to re-watch. I dont remember Dharamendra in it – he looks terribly lean and hungry and sooooo proto Garam Dharam!

  4. Shammi does look FINE :-) Madhubala looks a bit tired and older, but that doesn’t much dim her luminosity anyway, and Dharmendra is so lean and baby-faced! The songs (I know, I’m repeating myself) are fab.

  5. Saw this movie a few years ago.
    Like you, I was also a bit disappointed that the storyline fizzled out after starting off OK.
    But Shammi and Madhubala are a rare combo – and to see them together was special.
    Lovely songs too.
    Apart from “salaam” and “dheere chal”, I remember a nice, chirpy song on a train (literally on a train or hanging out) in Shammi-style. That was “mujhe apna yaar bana lo”.

    Would certainly not consider it my favourite Shammi movie (that would still have to be Brahmachari or Professor). But Shammi is in a class of his own anyway – so always worth a watch.

  6. I could not possibly agree more with you, raja! :)))

  7. Looks like a fun film. Love Shammi and Madhubala. I was wondering when this whole two brothers, one good one bad, started in bollywood? Are there any earlier films who explore the subject? I know it got popular in the 70’s with Yaadon Ki Baaraat and mostly with Shashi and Amitabh. Thanks. Nice post.

  8. I think this was one of the first 5 or so Bollywood movies that I watched and I think I bought it just because I loved to get Indian movies that had English titles. Other then that I have no recollection of the film at all and I saw it long before I knew who Madhubala was (although I did know who Shammi Kapoor was, having seen TEESRI MANZIL prior to this one).

  9. I don’t remember how long it’s been I’ve been wanting to see this film – and simply haven’t gotten hold of it. I guess I’m willing to forgive idiotic side plots and general disintegration in the second half if I can feast my eyes on Shammi Kapoor and Madhubala. :-) IMHO, the most beautiful people in Bollywood. I do wish they’d done more films together…

  10. Mmm. Delicious. Two of my favourite people on one screen? Loved that ‘movie on stage’ bit.

  11. Wow this looks fun, but alas the dreader curse of the second half usually makes me feel like throwing pie, so i dunno whether to get this!
    But what caught me the most was the YELLOW subtitles wow! lol I’m so silly and Dharam looks soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo cute and Punjabi so I guess I’ll search for it!

  12. So it is another movie that heldlots of promise but failed to deliver ? Ity sounds so much like Indian politicians. ;)

    The songs are great, which I discovered recently, since Raja would give his farmaish for these songs in my blog.

    I am sure this movie can be watched for the sake of Shammi Kapoor and Madhubala.

  13. Yet another great review, thank you Memsaab!

  14. I believe by that time Madhubala was feeling the effects of her illness. I remember reading in Filmfare (but this not 100% reliable as it was a long time ago so don’t quote me on it) that one of the last scenes shot for Mughal-e-Azam, released 1960, was the famed quawali scenes.
    And Madhubala definitely wasn’t well enough to do more than sit there and thus the reason that it was a comparatively still picturisation, everyone including Nigar Sultana then also couldn’t do much more!

    But Boyfriends songs are Shammi at his energetic best and at least Madhubala would be a real reason for so much rocking and rolling!

  15. Stella: I wondered about that myself while I was watching this :-D Great minds, etc. etc…I know that filmi parents were losing their kids early on, even in the 50s if not before; but the brothers growing up on opposite sides of the law thing I don’t recall seeing earlier than this…maybe some others can help out!

    Michael: I love your criteria for picking films, LOL…what can you do when you have no clue? I think I picked films early on for their covers. Anyway, watch it again and I think you’ll remember Madhubala and Dharmendra this time :)

    dustedoff: I don’t think it’s that hard to find…try eBay if usual online places don’t work! It’s worth watching for sure. I think they did one other film together in the early 50s—Rail Ka Dibba—but I haven’t been able to find it on VCD or DVD.

    Banno: LOL@movie on stage. It was just strange. Don’t know if it was a cost-savings measure or what, because it was just a song basically and would have been easy to picturize on an actual stage (other films have done it!)

    Rum: There will be no pie thrown at Shammi!!!! :) It’s worth seeing, I think you would like it. And actually the yellow subtitles (once I got used to them) were much easier to read than white ones!

    Atul: You are funny :) Yes, I don’t know what it is with the Curse of the Second Half (Hollywood films often suffer from it as well), but what can you do? Enjoy it for the songs and for Shammi and Madhubala for sure.

    Eliza: Thank YOU!

    bawa: Yes, I think she was suffering from her illness by this time. She’s not her younger self, but she’s still beautiful and it’s always nice to see her—plus as you say, she gave Shammi an excellent excuse to sing!

  16. Nice review, memsaab!

    I love this movie — perfect lightweight fare with amazing music. Salaam aap ki is probably one of the most romantic songs I have ever heard. I have no idea why, but for some reason I happen to find songs sung to sleeping women very romantic :-)

    Then there’s Aigo Aigo Aigo yeh pyaar ho gaya, which I suppose can be described as an uncredited cover of Connie Francis’ Stupid Cupid but is delightful anyway…

    And of course that hilarious “stage play”. It’s almost Pythonesque in its conception.


  17. Now I have to track down Connie Francis’ Stupid Cupid :-D

    I thought the stage play was very Manmohan-Desai-ish…maybe he had some influence there! But it didn’t really fit in with the rest of the film at all.

  18. memsaab, thank you for the tip – will see if I can find it on ebay!

  19. Ramsu: Oh it does sound like Aigo Aigo! Thanks :)

    dustedoff: I’ve found several hard-to-find DVDs there, and the sellers are often in India too.

  20. See, this is why I love your blog: I could;ve sworn I’ve seen every early Shammi movie ever released… but I didn’t even know this movie existed. Next time my brother and I are in the same city, I know what we’re going to bond over.

  21. I wish more of his old ones would be released….*sad* I’d love to see him with Geeta in a film for instance (Mujrim’s dance doesn’t count, although it’s better than nothing) :-)

  22. Talking of brothers on opposite sides of the law, there was the all-time classic Mother India in the mid-/late 50s. With Rajendra Kumar the good son and Sunil Dutt the troublesome one.

    Then there was another all-time classic movie of 1961, Ganga Jumna. With Dilip Kumar on the wrong side of the law and Nasir Khan the police inspector.

    “Waqt” had 3 brothers – Raj Kumar could loosely be called “bad brother” (though actually in all these movies they are not really bad, they just get into trouble with the law).

    I think “Boond Jo Ban Gaye Moti” (Jeetendra, Akashdeep) was also a “good brother, bad brother” story. Late 60s.

    Haseena Maan Jaayegi – Shashi in double role, one good, one bad.
    Sacha Jhootha – Rajesh in double role (am not sure, were they brothers ?)
    Yakeen – Dharam in double role. Again am not sure if they are brothers, it was a long time back that I saw this movie.

    Mela – Sanjay Khan, Feroz Khan.

    Then there was Haath Ki Safai in the mid-70s with Vinod Khanna and Randhir Kapoor.

    Then the very famous, in fact, all-time classic, Deewar. This is probably the most famous “good brother, bad brother” movie of all-time. With Amitabh and Shashi.

    There was also an Amitabh, Vinod Mehra movie – don’t remember the name now.

    They are never really bad…but, for the story, they need to confront each other.

    There are many others too, even in the 90s.

  23. raja: The brothers in Mother India weren’t separated in childhood…but it’s a great list of brothers on opposing sides!

    I wonder if there are films prior to 1961 where they were separated in childhood and grew up on different sides of the law as happened a lot in the 70s especially.

  24. This sounds wonderful- I Madhubla, Shammi and Dharam all together- all looking fantabulous!!! need to find this.

  25. Little clarification here: Sachcha Jhootha, Haseena Maan Jaayegi and Yakeen didn’t feature brothers – just men who looked alike.

    There’s a 1951 movie called Afsana, starring Ashok Kumar, Veena and Pran, in which Ashok Kumar’s in a double role as twin brothers. One becomes a magistrate, the other a theatrewallah who murders an actress… so actually on opposite sides of the law. There’s an unexpected twist in the tale as a result of which it never comes to a confrontation, though.

    And if you’re willing to stretch it to sisters, then there’s Nargis in Anhonee: half-sisters, one good and the other not-so-good.

  26. This is an interesting pair, I must say… ;)

  27. Shammi Kapoor really looks good here being before his puffy face and personal loss. I wish I knew him personally during this period and could have kept him lean and fit with my expertise as a fitness trainer. I really wish! I could have prevented his weight gain so he could have acted into the 70’s. What a loss for the film industry not to have his handsome face on the screen.

    I really love theera jal and Shammi Kapoor’s rendition of it!

  28. Shammi himself attributes some of his weight gain to the fact that he’d hurt himself so often on the sets (and certainly you can see how he would have!) that he just couldn’t really keep fit any more. But yes, I would have loved his career to go on longer as a hero myself :-)

  29. Never knew that Dharmendra and Madhubala starred in a movie together.
    Thanks memsaab for digging out such old movies.
    The stage play as movie (or the other way round?) is impertinent in such a cool way!

  30. Yes, and actually this was their third film opposite each other :-) Rail Ka Dibba (1953) was their first, and Naqab (1955) their second. Maybe some day those two will see the light of day again as well!

  31. Has anyone seen the movie Pleasantville? I sometimes feel it would be so cool to just walk into the scene and talk to him in person at that time and place in that character. I was just watching Dil Dekh Dekho and there are many times when I would like to do that. Way cool acting in that movie!

  32. Hema: I love that film too—here’s my review of it:

    What a great idea :-)

  33. On weight gain: I agree he hurt himself. But his family does have a history of largeness as Rishi ji himself has stated. They just like doing things big. In the 60’s fitness techniques were not as well known as they are now. Unfortunate. We could have done something as we do now with people who try to keep fit while being injured. In fact, all of my clients have some injury or another. Then my prenatal clients are another story! I think in the 60’s there just wasn’t enough info on fitness and I so do wish there was. There is a genetic factor to his weight gain as well as social customs.

    How do you choose what movie you are going to watch next?

  34. Same way I do everything—figure out what I’m in the mood for :-)

  35. Here is a list of Shammi ji’s movies in case anyone is interested:
    I just decided to watch them in order rather than my sporadic watching which has peaked my curiosity of more..I am beginning to sound like memsaab herself…

    Jeevan Jyoti (1953)
    Rail Ka Dibba (1953)
    Thokar (1953)
    Laila Majnu (1953) Nutan
    Ladki (1953)
    Gul Sanobar (1953)
    Khoj (1953)
    Shama Parwana (1954)
    Mehbooba (1954)
    Ehsan (1954)
    Chor Bazar (1954)
    Tangewali (1955)
    Naqab (1955)
    Miss Coca Cola (1955)
    Daku (1955)
    Sipahsalar (1956)
    Rangeen Raatein (1956) Mala Sinha
    Memsahib (1956)
    Hum Sab Chor Hain (1956)
    Tumsa Nahin Dekha (1957 film) Ameeta
    Maharani (1957)
    Coffee House (1957)
    Mirza Sahiban (1957)
    Mujrim (1958)
    Dil Deke Dekho (1958) Asha Parekh
    Ujala (1959) Mala Sinha
    Raat ke Raahi (1959)
    Mohar (1959)
    Basant (1960)
    College Girl (1960)
    Singapore (1960)
    Boyfriend (1961)
    Junglee (1961) Saira Banu
    Dil Tera Diwana (1962) Mala Sinha
    Professor (1962) Kalpana
    China Town (1962) Shakeela/Helen
    Bluff Master (1963)
    Shahid Bhagat Singh (1963)
    Rajkumar (1964) Sadhana
    Kashmir Ki Kali (1964) Sharmila Tagore
    Janwar (1965) Rajashri
    Teesri Manzil (1966) Asha Parekh
    Preet Na Jaane Reet (1966)
    Budtameez (1966)
    An Evening in Paris (1967) Sharmila Tagore
    Laat Saheb (1967) Nutan
    Brahmachari (1968) Rajashri
    Prince (1969) Vyjayanthimala
    Tum se Acchaa Kaun Hai (1969) Babita
    Sachchai (1969) Sadhana
    Pagla Kahin Ka (1970) Asha Parekh/Helen
    Andaz (1971) Hema Malini/Simi
    Jawan Mohabbat (1971) Asha Parekh
    Jaane Anjane (1971) Leena Chandavarkar
    Manoranjan (1974) Zeenat Aman
    Chhote Sarkar (1974) Sadhana
    Rocky (1981)
    Naseeb (1981)
    Prem Rog (1982) Sushma Seth
    Vidhaata (1982)
    Desh Premee (1982)
    Hero (1983) Urmila Bhat
    Betaab (1983)
    Sohni Mahiwal (1984)
    Ijaazat (1988)
    Ajooba (1991)
    Chamatkar (1992)
    Aur Pyar Ho Gaya (1996) Shammi
    Kareeb (1998)
    Jaanam Samjha Karo (1999)
    East Is East (1999)
    Yeh Hay Jalwa
    Waah! Tera Kya Kehna (2002)
    Bhola in Bollywood (2005)
    Sandwich (2006)

  36. ***Don’t watch Jeevan Jyoti!! Don’t watch Jeevan Jyoti!! AVOID YAAR!***

  37. but he looks sooo cute yaar….

    I think it is really unfair to pull that song in dil deke dekho with that awesome white outfit, killer good looks and then sing in Rafi’s voice Hum Aur Tum Aur Yeh Sanam. Any girl would cry even if you are not in love with the guy before that…you will be by the end of the song. That was a really low trick to play. But it works every time I bet! Fortunately most guys don’t have a fake romantic background, a 30 piece orchestra and rafi’s voice when they walk around trying to get a girl.

  38. Hi all
    I can shed a little light on why the movie starts off so well and then falls apart…
    The sad fact is that by 1959/60 Madhubala’s long term heart defect began to take its toll. Her health deteriorated so rapidly she could not even finish her existing asignments and had to leave several films like Boyfreind, Sharabi, Half ticket etc uncompleted.

    Some films like chalack with Raj Kapoor had to be completeley shelved but producers of films like Boyfriend atempted to cut their losses by reworking the stories around what ever madhubala footage they had canned or could even get their hands on from other films.

    The result is these patchworked films that use doubles (clearly seen in the skiing scenes in Boyfreind, its not madhubala) and inconsitent plot twist to work around the absent heroine.

    this is also the explanation as to why the strange film within a theatre song is seen. frankly the producer did not want to lose the footage of the song that had been shot so incoporated it by super imposing that odd curtain around it, the inference being they were perfoming on stage. ludicrous.

    Further more Nishi, the second leads filmed a stage song that was a reprisal of the Film within a stage song, that was meant to be sung by and picturised on Madhubala! .

    sad when one thinks what a film Bopyfreind might have been if these compromises had not been nessesary. the two stars really had great chemistry!

    Why would they go to all this trouble?. well apart from financial ruin, Madhubala was extremley hot property post Mughal-E-azam and even Barsaat Ki Raat which both struck box office gold, so it was natural that any film she was associated with was rushed into release..

    unfortunatley for Madhubala, while she could have now had her pick of author backed roles she was too ill to enjoy the fruits of her efforts. Its testimony to her star power that even her incomplete films like Half Ticket, Jhumroo and Sharabi performed well at the box office, despite the compromises made to complete them without her.

    its all very sad for poor Madhubala:-(

  39. Hi memsaab
    your very welcome. I am quite a fan of MAdhubala and have read adn watched anything remotley connected with her. if your interested i wrote an exxtensive entry on wikipedia about her which talks more about her illness and incomplete films and failed attempts at a comeback in the mid sixties.

    sadly her illness reared its head as early as 1950 but the seriousness of her condition was not realised till nearly 9 years later. Though the poor thing lingered on for 9 years, mostly confined to her bead with a failed marriage also on her hands…

    well yes i am related to pran. my mother is his cousin but neither she nor I have ever met Pran. she is very close to his brother Kerpal uncle though , who is a lovely, lovely man!

    • I have a biography of her written by Mohan Deep…she has been one of my favorites too. I’ll check out your wikipedia entry :) She did have a difficult life, poor thing.

      And we *totally heart* Pran here :-D By all accounts he is a lovely man as well!

    • Hi Nav Sikand

      I’m 12 years late to this post, so entirely sure if this will ever get to you. Although dear Madhubala passed away a few decades before I was even born, I recently watched Tarana and was bowled over by her timing and ability to emote ( a commodity at a premium) at the best of times. DK and Madhu set the screen ablaze in this film, and caused an array of ripples in my little heart. I decided to look them up mainly because I had heard murmurings of their celebrated romance, and stumbled across the comments by her sister, Madhur last year re DK, AK recently. Based on the content available online, the balance of probability indicates a meddling father. As you have indicated that you have read extensively about the actress, what are your thoughts about this article? It paints a very interesting probability-
      However, history too is reshaped and reframed by those who live to narrate it, so one can only seek to read diverse perspectives on a topic and infer things for oneself. Is there a good biography on her worth reading? :)

  40. lol well I love pran to on screen. One of the celuloid greats! Other than that i dont know him at all…

    Oh be careful with the Mohan Deep book its quite sensationalised and full of scurrilous gossip. but then the other book by Khatija Akbar is a bit too much of a fawning glorifying by a devoted fan. somehwere between the two books, and reading between the lines one can get a more realistic picture of Madhubala. neither saint nor sinner like all of us i guess!

    Let me know how you liked the madhubala page, i also wrote one on Nimmi and Ameeta.

    BTW am so star struck that you met Shammi Kapoor lol!! how wonderful how did that come baout? what was he like?

  41. п»ї
    This is funny. A good distraction from the days work.

  42. Surprisingly, I haven’t seen this movie, despite my love for Shammi and Madhubala. I think I was too traumatized by the dreary “Rail Ka Dibba” to trust that film producers/directors would do right by this dazzling jodi.:-(

    But it sounds like “Boyfriend” is a remake of one of my all-time favorite movies, the iconic Kismet (1943, Ashok Kumar, Mumtaz Shanti) and therefore worth a dekho. Kismet, incidentally, is the original lost-n-found movie.

  43. Oh say it isn’t so! Rail Ka Dibba is dreary? I just ordered the VCD of it. Maybe since I won’t have a clue what’s going on it won’t be so bad :-)

    Boyfriend is fun, although it’s not great. It’s NOT depressing and dreary at least.

    I also have my eye on Kismet except I really would rather see it WITH subtitles!

  44. You could have said this was the worst film you’ve ever seen but I would still want to see it because of Shammi Kapoor and Madhubala sharing the screen.

    *adds to list*

  45. dharmendra his a best actor.

  46. This film stands out for its songs. They were so well executed Shammi. The magic formula of Shankar-Jaikishan/Rafi/Shammi Kapoor just come to the fore. We, Shammifans, do not care much for the storyline.

  47. wow, shammi sure does look hot there! cant believe that film was made in 1961, he looks so much younger!

  48. Today I was searching on youtube for “Tequila” by The Champs and I came across their “Train to Nowhere” video.

    Imagine my surprise when I clicked on it and found a familiar tune. Here is the Champs’ version.

    And this is “dheere chal, dheere chal” from Boyfriend. Shankar Jaikishen clearly lifted this from the above song (or some may say “were inspired by” the above song).

    Greta, I know you have a separate thread about “inspired songs” but I could not, for the life of me, locate that post on your blog. :-) So I’ve posted this here. I know there’s even a website out there which lists out inspired songs but I don’t remember which one it is. It may well have this song listed already but since I came across it today, I thought I’d mention it here anyway.

    • I think there was conversation about “inspired songs” in the Pancham Da documentary review I did…there is a great website which tracks songs from Hindi films which have been lifted from other sources, it’s :)

  49. Madhubala’s last official film was Jwala in 1971, may be a long time in making. But then after Boy friend in 1961, Half ticket in 62 and Sharabi in 64(?) with Dev Anand were her two latter films too

  50. Memsaab,
    Where can I buy this movie, (Boy Friend, Shammi Kapoor 1960)? I really wanted to see it, of course I need subtitles.

  51. Love this review Memsaab

  52. Hi I recently saw the film Anupama of sixties while flying emirates 777. I was highly impressed by Surekha pandit and tarun Bose acting and persona.Sashikala was superb. Where is Surekha pandit ji . She must be 75…pl anyone know about her life let me know on

  53. There was Nishi also in Boy friend. Has anybody noticed this ? Name of Preetam was from the list provided by Hema.

  54. Just now I watched the movie for the first time, it’s a severed version, which lost several parts. Though I accumulated the parts to decode it almost, I just couldn’t resolve one puzzle. IF Shammi Ji has not stolen 5000 rupees from locker, from where did he get the big amount for Madhubala’s operation? Someone clear it please :)

  55. Never mind the plot in this film, the most important element is that it has Shammi/Rafi/S-J magic formula. The music and the songs in this movie are quite unbelievable, executed by the most inimitable and one and only, Shammi Kapoor.

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