Arzoo (1965)

If there’s one thing I know, it’s that when two male friends love each other in that peculiarly intense way of Hindi film heroes, the women in their lives will suffer. It would just be better all around if the two guys set up house together and called it a day, na? Rajendra Kumar and Feroz Khan would have such lovely children.

But it’s not meant to be, of course. In 1960s era cinema God wants man to be with woman, even if the woman is a stark raving beeyotch when they meet and the man could be forgiven for wanting to hang with his dost instead.

Gopal (Rajendra Kumar) and Ramesh (Feroz Khan) are next door neighbors and lifelong best buddies. Ramesh works for his businessman father (Brahm Bhardwaj) while Gopal has just finished his medical training and become a doctor. To celebrate, Ramesh buys tickets for the two of them to have a holiday in Kashmir, but his trip has to be postponed at the last minute. Gopal goes ahead with the idea that Ramesh will join him in a week and meets an unpleasant girl named Usha (Sadhana) on the flight.

Once there, Gopal settles into a houseboat called Jannat owned by Mamdu (Mehmood, of whom once again there is Entirely Too Much) and soon meets up with Usha again.

Oh no, honey. Now you’re just talking crazy talk!

For some reason (lazy plotting?) which is never elaborated upon, Ramesh had booked tickets for them under fake names. Gopal’s fake name is Sarju and that’s how Usha knows him. They soon fall head over heels for each other. She sneaks out to spend time with him and their romance is encouraged by her uncle Colonel Kapoor (Hari Shivdasani) and aunt (Praveen Paul). Mamdu “helps” out too:

when he isn’t busy wooing his own love interest Savi (Malika) by threatening to off himself.

Back home, Ramesh is finally free of his business obligations and about to set off for Kashmir. His father has one thing for him to do there too: have a look at the girl he wants Ramesh to marry. He shows Ramesh a photograph of her—and of course it’s Usha!

(I could have shown you the photograph of her instead, but Feroz looks so pleased with himself and so handsome that I couldn’t resist. My blog, my eye-candy rules.)

Gopal has written to Ramesh to tell him that he’s in love with a girl, but doesn’t give her name even though it’s what most people would do. Ramesh promises Gopal’s mother (Achala Sachdev) and sister Sarla (Nazima) that he’ll check out Gopal’s girl along with his own.

But Gopal now gets an urgent summons to report to his new position at a hospital in Delhi. He has to leave before he can meet Usha’s father (Nasir Hussain) but promises to return that weekend to ask for Usha’s hand. He tells her that Sarju is not really his name but is forced to board the plane before he can tell her what his real one is.

After he’s left, Usha’s father informs her that he has picked out a husband for her (Ramesh, of course) and she finally works up the courage to tell him that she’s fallen in love elsewhere. A scene which has probably played out in quite a few Indian households now takes place between our baap-beti. Usha accuses him of not trusting her when he berates her for sneaking out; he points out with some justification that she is kind of silly putting her trust in a man who hasn’t told her who he really is. Cornered by that logic, she plays the Poor Motherless Daughter card. Ooooh!

Dad ups the ante with the Complaint Against God card!

aaaaannd she folds, sobbing. They hug and make up and her father magnanimously agrees not to decide on her marriage until he gets to meet this so-called Sarju.

But the Trauma-Drama-O-Rama is just beginning.

On his way to Delhi, Gopal is in a car accident and the doctor is forced to take drastic measures to save him.

I like to think that were I in that kind of situation, I would thank my lucky stars that it wasn’t worse—it’s just a foot, after all, not even a whole leg—and rely on my loved ones to help me through it. Not Gopal though, no.

You have not truly seen male Nahin Face until you have seen the last half of this movie, trust me. And actually I should point out that the doctor (Nana Palsikar) could have handled it far less dysfunctionally than he did as well: he basically told Gopal that everything was fine and let Gopal find out for himself that one of his feet had been amputated.

I guess at least he didn’t say “Oops!”

Gopal now decides that in his severely crippled state (he gets a prosthetic a few days later and can walk—but needs a cane, poor broken fellow) he will be a burden to his family and Usha. He spins a tale to Ma and Sarla about being too busy to visit them, and blows off Usha altogether. It naturally breaks her heart into chhote chhote pieces when he doesn’t turn up as promised to meet her father, and weeks pass with no word from him.

Her father—to give full credit where credit is due—puts no pressure on her, and when she sets her heart on going to Delhi to find Sarju (despite not knowing his real name or whereabouts) he agrees to enroll her in college there. Meanwhile Ramesh has spread that word that he is smitten with Usha and is showing her photograph to everyone. Sarla is one of Usha’s new classmates; being also Ramesh’s sister (by bromance) she thinks Usha reciprocates his feelings and gets all her girlfriends together (including Daisy Irani) for a lively song teasing Usha about love. It’s a bit sad that they are unwittingly cruel to poor bewildered Usha, but it is a FAB SONG.

I am thrilled to see a new friend in it too: Edwina, who is one of Ted Lyons’ sisters and can be seen shaking a leg in just about every song of this kind from the early to mid-sixties. She has a small speaking part in this one too as one of Usha’s friends; here she is on the right (with Oscar’s wife Teresa, also a dancer). I’m planning to write a post about her soon. She’s a beautiful woman still, and a complete hoot into the bargain.

Gopal decides to come home and cooks up a story about falling off a horse to explain the cane and his limp because, you know, women are too weak to survive such bad news. Sarla now also discovers that the man Usha really loves is her brother Gopal, although Usha calls him Sarju.

What will happen when they are all in the same town? Will Sarla tell Ramesh about Gopal and Usha? Will she tell Usha that “Sarju” is her brother Gopal? Will Gopal discover that his beloved Ramesh loves the same girl he does? Will Gopal insist on sacrificing himself further (of course)? Does anybody care what Usha herself might want (not really)? Will even higher levels of melodrama be reached (oh yes)?! Do YOU think Gopal and Ramesh should just set up house together already and leave poor Usha alone (I do)?

This film is about as overwrought and silly as anything gets. It is of An Affair To Remember (my personal benchmark for OTT emoting) proportions. If you can forgive all that, there is a lot of hilarity (much of it unintentional) to be had and plenty of eye-candy too.

Nahin! Mehmood in drag is not eye-candy (although it’s better than a loincloth)! But the Kashmiri scenery, Sadhana, Feroz, and the stylish clothing and sets almost make up for it.

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83 Comments to “Arzoo (1965)”

  1. Ohhh Sadhana looks so divine. She was such a pretty actress and Feroz is HAWT. No comments on Rajendra Wooden Kumar – I cannot stand him. Also, why is his name almost always Gopal? I hear Gopal, I think Rajendra! I’m with you on the bromances of that era. So OTT and they ALWAYS resulted in a weepfest for some poor girl who crossed their paths :P And then there’s always that one showdown where the girl gets to tell them she isn’t a ‘toy’ to be passed around and played with. *sigh*

  2. I dont kno why in a 2-hero movie, Firoz was nearly always overlooked by the girl! It seems to me a highly frequent phenomenon in the 60s, and I dont see the pt of it. Firoz looks lovely; lovelier to me than Rajendra ever did. And isnt it interesting that the women seemed to be a bit manic and shrewish when they met the hero, then turn into sari-clad soft spoken cow-types as soon as they r in love. I repeat pitu’s sigh. *sigh*

    • I know!!! It makes no sense! And in 1980 when it WOULD have made sense (Qurbani) he wasn’t! :D I don’t really understand the need to make the heroine so bitchy at the beginning, but it does seem to be a staple plot point.

      • The whole idea is to try to make the heroine play “hard to get”. Much like happens in real life.

        Then, after a few “teasing” songs, she becomes putty in his hands. Not sure this happens in real life though. ;-)

    • Can’t agree with you more, Shweta. It happened in Aadmi Aur Insaan (1969) and Safar (1970) too. In the latter, he did marry the heroine, but could never prove himself worthy of her love. He had to ultimately kill himself in the movie.

      Of course, the heroes in question were Dharmendra and Rajesh Khanna in the two movies. Can’t imagine either of the two losing out to Feroz Khan since they were such handsome and in-demand stars.

  3. Oh goodie! The only blog with my favourite film in the entire world!!! Wow – how I love the way Mehmood acts in this – thankyou so much memsaabstory, I’ll sure be visiting this blog again!!! You have made my day :) Only one thing left to do – I need to watch it again!!

  4. >For some reason (lazy plotting?) which is never elaborated upon, Ramesh had booked tickets for them under fake names.

    IIRC the reason they don’t give their real names is because they had got into some trouble in Kashmir during their last visit. Something to do with the skiing event. So they both discuss and decide against using their real names.

    Your last line
    >the Kashmiri scenery, Sadhana, Feroz, and the stylish clothing and sets
    sums up why I like this film. :-)

    • Oh…I missed that for some reason. Still—LAME! :) Yes, it was kind of fun to watch although I did roll my eyes a lot. Plenty of pretty to keep me going, and I did laugh quite a bit too.

  5. This is just one fantastic review, Greta. I was ROFL all the way through the review. Just brilliant!

    I saw this movie about 30 years ago. I still remember the first half but seem to have forgotten much of the second half. I think, from the time his leg gets amputated, I totally switched off. I was like “Rajendra Kumar! Not again!”. In every other movie, he either loses a leg or his eyes. It is like he tells the director “no, not eyes this time, just did that last week. Let’s make it legs for now, next time we can do eyes”. :-)

    Those Nazir Hussain screen caps are just perfect. One of those “Aaj agar tumhaari maa zinda hoti (if only your mother were alive today)” scenes. I think he may have shot that once – and the reel just got recycled throughout the 60s. :-)

    So a lot of the story hinges on his being called Sarju and not Gopal. And on his not mentioning his girl’s name in his letter to his friend. Oh, on such details do Hindi movies manage to carve out a two-hour melodrama!

    Btw, in Sangam, Rajendra Kumar’s name was Gopal. It was a super-duper hit. This may have triggered off more Gopals in his life, with/without eyes/legs. :-)

    Have re-read this review. It is just fantastic! Very very funny!

    And yes, RK and Feroze Khan may have had lovely children together. But I would get their eyes and legs checked thoroughly at birth itself and forbid them from participating in anything that could remotely endanger these limbs/organs. :-)

    • I am glad you understand that Rajendra and Feroz would have had pretty kids together, I’m thinking Feroz’s looks and Rajendra’s height—and yes, precautions would need to be taken!

      I haven’t seen a lot of RK movies (there are too many Indian actors with those initials btw). But if they are always this comically tragic I might have to see more :)

  6. Great review. This used to be one of my father’s favourite films. Although I like this film but the melodrama is a bit too much too bear at times. ANd lol at Raja’s comment about RK and Feroze’s kids.

    • One def. needs to be in the mood for melodrama, but luckily I have a fairly high tolerance for it at the best of times. And yes indeed, perhaps Raja should be the one to bring their children up. He could be Ramu Kaka, as it were :D

      • I don’t mind being Ramu Kaka if I can have Nazir Kashmiri’s voice. :-) And if the kids are like Honey Irani. :-) I can then sing “chal mere ghodey tik tik tik” to them. :-)

  7. Memsaab I saw that you have been suggested some Punjabi films (yeah, have been reading your blog word to word, i am so cool):D. I would like to suggest 2 films as well, Marhi da deeva and Chann pardesi. especially marhi da deeva.
    I tell myself that there have been about 3-4 good punjabi films until now. the rest have some nostalgic value for us punjabis but for the most part they are a bit rubbish.
    both the films are on youtube, albeit without subtitles. But really do watch marhi da deeva- it has excellent performances by Raj Babbar, Deepti Naval and Pankaj Kapoor especially.

    • Without subtitles I will be totally lost if it’s a story that depends on dialogues (as opposed to swords, magical special effects and Helen)…I do love Deepti Naval and Pankaj Kapoor (not so familiar with Raj Babbar, being 80s-averse and all), maybe I can find the films with subs if I look hard enough :)

      • It doesn’t depend so much on dialogues I think as the emotion is conveyed wonderfully by these amazing actors. And I would say the film gives women’s lib one up as the character played by Deepti Naval is in love with a man other than her husband and the film doesn’t judge her or question her. At it’s heart, the film is a love story with the end of feudalism as the backdrop.

        • You might be surprised at how much one misses without understanding what the characters are saying…it doesn’t matter as much for things that are more action-oriented (although it does make a huge difference to have them even then)…but stories with meaning and depth are lost on me anyway without subs.

  8. Wowie! I remember loving this movie when I watched it some 14 years back. I haven’t seen it since but I was just discussing it with my dad two weeks back. It would be so much fun to see it again. I vaguely remember the wood cutting scenes and Sadhana wearing a light green dress and all. Best thing about this film is the songs. Just mindblowing!!

    There was this really nice website of Sadhana made by a girl fan of hers a few years ago. It’s not turning up on google right now but that one had some really nice old articles about her and how she and Rajendra Kumar gave to many hit movies.

    ps. I like Rajendra Kumar, a lot! :D

    • I don’t mind Rajendra Kumar, I feel sort of neutral about him. He might grow on me a lot though if he continues to lose his eyes and limbs as Raja describes above though :D

      • Oh, there are plenty of movies where Rajendra Kumar lost his eyesight or limbs. And if he did not, the heroine did. Am not going to suggest names here – will leave it to you to discover for yourself, Greta. :-)

        The packaging laws in those days were not all that strict. Otherwise the films would have been required to specify in their promos, Rajendra Kumar ALI (all limbs intact) or Rajendra Kumar PD (partly damaged).

        People are entitled to feel short-changed if they come to see ALI and end up with PD.

      • I believe that some roles are made for some actors and Rajendra Kumar just happens to be in that category where he can play those PD roles really well or say for example where he has to give up on the most loved one (Sangam, Dil Ek Mandir). Of course, there are exceptions to the rule here… e.g. Mere Mehboob. And I’m sure there’s more to add to the list here. And when it comes to innocent comic lover-boy roles, Shammi Kapoor is just a perfect fit that they wouldn’t even think of starring Rajendra Kumar or Dilip Kumar in those roles. Where as the saddest Shammi Kapoor I have ever seen is in ehsaan tera hoga mujh par, so may be he can’t do them or wouldn’t do them. The thing is, we just won’t see him like that. More and more of this eventually leads to stereotypes being cast on these stars.

        The reason I like so many of RK movies is for him and the songs in them.. I mean if you listen to soundtracks of films like Gharana, Mere Mehboob, Dil Ek Mandir, Sangam, Suraj, Aarzoo, Aman, Saathi, Goonj Uthi Shehnaayi, Saathi, etc it is so hard to find a song that one doesn’t like.

        • They don’t call him Jubilee Kumar for nothing!!! I don’t mind him, I really don’t. I don’t LOVE him, but he’s not a hero I don’t want to watch either.

          But now I am going to be on the lookout for PDRK, LOL!

        • Kanan – One other song in which u get to see a very sad Shammi Kapoor is “Hai duniya usi ki” from Kashmir Ki Kali (1964).

          • Hi,
            All Shammi Kapoor’s fans how can you forget his saddest song from movie Pagla kahin ka “Aaye mere dil yaha”

      • Ooops! Sorry, I meant that Mere Mehboob is an exception for the PD rule, but our Anwar does almost give up on Husna for greater good. :)

  9. Not one of my favourite films, mainly because it gets so terribly melodramatic in the second half – and the climax had me rolling my eyes. But oh, the songs. The songs are the one reason I’d see Aarzoo again. Lovely.

  10. :) very funny. love the idea of feroz khan and rajendra kumar having kids. isn’t rajendra kumar awful with his ‘nahin’ sad faces. especially with all the lipstick and rouge. :)

    by the way, it’s chhota pieces, not chhoti. pieces is masculine in hindi. :)

  11. What a coincidence! And they say that is only in Indian movies! I just watched this after many years. I just love Kashmir-never been there except in the movies of the 60’s. There was a Filmfare special in mid 60’s on Kashmir. Not a big fan of Sadhana but the others are good.

  12. Have just been thinking about the idea – and don’t kill me – but I cannot come up with a single movie with Shammi Kapoor losing either his legs or his eyes! I think there may have been a small part in Tumse Achha Kaun Hai but that was it?

    Maybe you know other movies, not that you want to think of Shammi this way.

    I can think of so many other heroes – Dev in Hum Dono, Dilip in Aadmi, Manoj in Do Badan, Jeetendra in Kathputhli – but not Shammi.

    But maybe this is a subject for another post. :-)

    Btw, that reference to An Affair To Remember is perfect. For me too, that is the ultimate OTT Hollywood movie, esp that last half-hour Empire State Building drama. Very Hindi film-ish. :-)

    • The worst thing that I can recall happening to Shammi is that he was boiled alive in Shama Parwana. I think that fate trumps all loss of limbs/sight/etc.

      I think it’s no coincidence that An Affair to Remember has been remade in Hindi cinema form on several occasions :D

  13. It does get weepy, and its hard to see Rajendra Kumar on a self sacrificing roll, but then, the songs, the kashmir scenery, the qawwali, the lovely lovely songs, sadhna, feroze khan, nazima are definate pluses for me. I can watch it anyday.

    Great to get a glimpse of lovely Edwina.

    • Edwina is so striking and a great dancer too. I see her in everything now as does Tom :) And she is really a lovely and hilarious person too, like Ted. They have had really amazing careers and lives…

  14. Yes, it is nice to see Edwina. Have seen her in lots of dances of the 1960s.

  15. A movie full of wonderful songs!!!! Just love them! Sadhana looks good as does feroz khan. Althogh this is typical cliched love triangle… its still watchable.. ppl desperate 2 make scrifices (it gets OTT esp when Sadhana tries 2 cut her leg!!!)

    • Ha ha ha!!!! I forgot about Sadhana trying to cut her own leg off too!!! I fell off my couch I was laughing so hard at that point. Thank you for reminding me of that particular gemlike moment!

      *falls over laughing at the memory*

  16. “Sister (by bromance)” is a concept that I found extremely confusing when I first started watching Hindi films. Really a sister, or just called “sister”? Really a brother or just called “brother”? I’m a bit more practiced, now.

  17. If this movie, and similar movies became successful, it was not because of the histrionics of Rajendra Kumar and co, rather it is the music that carried the day for such movies. If one removes the songs from this movie, I bet that there will be few takers for this movie.

    That way people like Rajendra Kumar owe a lot to their musical team (typically Shankar Jaikishan as music director, Shailendra/Hasrat Jaipuri as lyricists and Rafi as the playback singer).

    So my way could well be the best way to enjoy this movie, viz. just watch the songs and give the rest of the movie a miss (or may be watch the movie selectively.

    • Oh Atul *shakes head mournfully* But then you miss all the Nahin Face, the Father-Daughter and Sister-Brother Guilt Trips, Sadhana trying to cut her leg off with a timber saw, and so much more!

    • It’s my way too Atul. If the songs are exceptional , I get curious about the movie too. I’ve seen a lot of movies that way. On my next trip to India I hape to see some of these.

  18. We used to laugh at the leg cutting scene (which is funny in itself) because of Sadhana sitting at quite a distance, moving slowly towards it, and giving the hero, slow with one leg, plenty of time to rescue her.

    • LOL indeed. There are lots of contrived LOL moments in this :D

    • I did say that there was not much of the second half I remember after all these years. But I do remember that scene of Sadhana trying to cut her leg off. That was just so OTT, it was really fun!

      One of the best things about old Hindi movies is that very often without actually intending to be funny, they come up with pretty comical situations and scenes. Very earnestly intended, everybody looks serious in the scene. Only the viewer is ROFL. That is part of their charm!

      One should not think rationally or look for too much logic in these movies – one will probably only end up disappointed. :-)

  19. Greta, does Mehmood sing a song in the drag? I’ve forgotten. I’m trying to start making a list of these drag songs ;)

  20. Love the songs, now must watch the movie….so much to do, so little time!

  21. Ah, yes, Aarzoo. One of the movies I utterly HATED! The only reason why I endured the movie was because I had a monster crush on Sadhana and the music was awesome.

    A big part of my dislike had to do with Rajendra Kumar, who has never really worked for me. If you compiled a list of what happens to his character in his various movies, it could be called A Series of Unfortunate Incidents — I don’t think anyone died more often and in so many ways on screen. I mean, suicides and heart attacks and cancer are okay, but radiation sickness?

    • Ha ha ha!!! If I thought I could stomach it I would watch all his films and then make a list called “How do I suffer? Let me count the ways!”—could be categorized as ALI RK (very short list), PD RK (Partially Damaged) and TD RK (Totally Destroyed).

  22. re pammi’s comment:
    a bit off-topic
    I didn’t know marhi da deeva had been made into a film: Gurdial Singh is one of my favourite novelists in Punjabi, all though it can be very tough to read his honest accounts of rural lives.

    The novel (a very slim one) has been translated into English, as “The Last Flicker” as well as Adh Chanani Raat “Night of the Half-Moon”.

    Recommended for those of you who like a bit of serious reading and a lovely man.

    • Thanks for the link. I don’t know much about the author although I felt it was a really honest depiction of rural life in Punjab. You should watch the film if you have read the novel.

      It’s here although without subtitles.

  23. Saw this ages ago on DD on a sat evening. All I remember is the lovely songs. The movie itself was very long and boring esp the bits of his losing his leg, sadhna weeping enternally. Kashmir was lovely. I can’t understand Rajendar Kumar’s appeal. I don’t like him. I think one can see the songs on a songs DVD or Youtube and miss the agony of watching this sob fest.

  24. Thank you for this review, really put a smile on my fave (especially the father daughter bit)

  25. Arzoo is many things, but I did not find it boring :D Of course, I get a kick out of all the wringing of hands and flinging of accusations, and anytime spurious medical treatment is part of the equation I am thrilled.

  26. I saw the movie when it was released in 1965. In those days, Sadhana was the Katrina Kaif, beautful but wooden. She looked divine in those stylish outfits. She looked her best in Waqt (65). The songs of SJ were rage and so was Rajendra Kumar (bets me why). I thought his gestures were feminine and so was his walking style. A poor Dilip Kumar persona. He was lucky that his movies clicked and music played a big part.
    The movie was a typical 60’s without the villian (Pran). I enjoyed the Mehmood/Dhumal sequence which got repeated many times later in Love in Tokyo and Tumse Acha Kaun Hai. The film was a big hit in 65.

  27. BTW, memsaab, I totally forgot that I want to give you a Gold Medal (first-class) in the best hindi movie tradition, for the term



  28. did you notice my sister Edwina & Thresa Oscars wife in one of the photos standing?

  29. I have not seen too many Hindi movies; but Sangam I did see. I could not understand RK’s appeal at all: He is non-descript at best. And nor do I understand why Sadhna would be considered heroine material: I always have trouble recalling her (generic looking) face clearly no matter how much I might try. I grope for explanations:

    This was pre Dharmendra-Rajesh Khanna reign. The getting-up-there-Raj and the second-only-to-his-brother-Shammi, in short the Kapoor brothers, were ruling with near no competition. And the counterpoint needed in a triangle love story was provided by a chalega looking actor like RK. But a star? or a lead?

    And Sadhna’s stardom: I know there existed (and still exists) a critical cut-off age for female leads in Indian filmdom. Vyjayantimala and Meena Kumari defied that and played leads into the ripe-old age of thirty something. But there were Waheeda Rehman and Asha Parek, both talented with plenty of screen charisma. Maybe someone here who sees it like me can give an explanation of Sadhna’s pull/rise.

  30. No closeups of Sadhana? =( It’s painful looking at her beauty from so far away…

    Anyway, thanks for the Feroz eye-candy, He looks so much like Victor Mature!

    Feroz is less scary lookin though.

  31. Sadhana was beautiful and did some very good films like Gaban with Sunil Dutt, based on Munshi Prem Chand’s novel of the same name, Parakh, Prem Patra etc.

    I like her. Her charisma also lay in films like Anita, Mera Saya and I must add – Mere Mehboob.
    I hope this short explanation explains part of Sadhana’s charisma for some, reva. :-)

  32. pitu Says: …. No comments on Rajendra Wooden Kumar – I cannot stand him.

    I am glad there is someone who can’t stand Rajendra W Kumar just as much as I (can’t).

    Except ….

    Just in one movie, just one, I could tolerate him, perhaps the presence of Nanda contributed to this attitude. The movie is the songless Kanoon with Ashok Kumar and Mehmood.

    I said there is no song; but there is a scene where Mehmood is ecstatic and bursts out laughing, for almost the length of a song.

  33. how dare all of you to say rubbish things about Rajendra Kumar The Legend.

    Great Actor.This movie is classic only because of Rajendra kumar.

    So,plz stop your nosense

    • People have a right to express their opinions; if you don’t like what you see you can move along. OR you could try adding a *thoughtful* defense of him, even better, if you are capable of it.

  34. “If there’s one thing I know, it’s that when two male friends love each other in that peculiarly intense way of Hindi film heroes, the women in their lives will suffer. It would just be better all around if the two guys set up house together and called it a day, na? Rajendra Kumar and Feroz Khan would have such lovely children.

    But it’s not meant to be, of course. In 1960s era cinema God wants man to be with woman, even if the woman is a stark raving beeyotch when they meet and the man could be forgiven for wanting to hang with his dost instead.”

    -No words for such wit….you’re starting to give Wodehouse serious competition…:)
    I too want to see a lovestory between Rajendra and Feroz…Sigh!

  35. I’m not getting all of the Rajendra Kumar hate here? He was gorgeous! and there was something really sweet and charming about him. Feroz Khan is handsome too but Rajendra is better. He was a good actor and his movies were thoroughly enjoyable- especially mere mehboob!

    • Oh I don’t think people hate him :) I have found him tolerable and even likable in some films. But his ACK-ting in this one was shudder worthy, albeit hilarious. I am certainly glad that he has a fan in you, and agree that he could have a sweetness about him.

  36. Come on guys! Arzoo is great! Wonderful songs. It’s so over the top melodramatic that it sweeps you away. I love it. Rajender is so great and the entire movie is like a beautiful postcard. You got to love it. Bollywood three hanky weeper! I highly recommend it. Watch it and keep a box of cleanex handy for the tear drops!

  37. The songs in Themis movie were amazing and are still played today. Rafi’s number were amazing. Sadhana looked raveshing, much like Audrey Hepburn but even prettier. Rajendra kumar is rajendra kumar and feroz Khan is just there, would have preferred another actor

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