Amarjyoti (1936)

One of my dad’s favorite boyhood films was 1935’s Captain Blood with Errol Flynn and Olivia DeHavilland. I never knew that until a couple of years ago, but in the meantime it had become one of my favorites too. I love a good pirate movie! Guru Dutt’s film Baaz was an early favorite when I began watching Hindi films, especially since the pirate in question was a girl, and Geeta Bali at that. So imagine my joy when I discovered that around the time Errol Flynn was making Captain Blood, Prabhat’s own V. Shantaram was making a film starring the statuesque and beautiful Durga Khote as Pirate Queen Saudamini. Imagine! And furthermore, my beloved Chandramohan—he of the startling green eyes and overpowering charisma—is in it too!

The only fly in this delightful ointment is a lack of subtitles, especially for a Shantaram film of this vintage when meaningful dialogues and plot were the order of the day. I’ve read that the film condemned the tyranny of men over women, which I could totally get behind if I could understand it all. Khair. I could not let my ignorance stop me from enjoying the spectacular visuals.

And what visuals there are! The special effects showing a tall-rigged pirate ship at sea are no less than those of Hollywood’s Captain Blood, nor are the detailed costumes and sets. They are seriously yummy. Apparently Shantaram had a large ship replica built, and then created a backdrop on canvas which could be raised and lowered to simulate the movement of the waves.

My favorite thing is much simpler: Saudamini’s belt of knives which graduate in size along her waist until she has a sword hanging at her left hip. Want!

The bare bones of the story seem simple: Saudamini is deprived of custody of her young son when she separates from her husband by the Queen (Karunadevi) and her Minister of Justice Darjaya (Chandramohan), whose rule is patriarchal and repressive; and Saudamini embarks on a life of swashbuckling rebellion against the society which has taken her little boy from her.

The movie begins at sea years later, with Saudamini and her men capturing and sinking another vessel full of riches. Rumor has it that the Rajkumari is aboard this second ship, but she is nowhere to be found. Saudamini has a close advisor by the name of Shekhar (K Narain Kale) who lectures her gently and seems to disapprove of her methods. His young daughter Rekha (Vasanti) accompanies Saudamini everywhere dressed like a mini version of her, and if her father doesn’t quite approve of Saudamini’s lifestyle, Rekha sure is having fun.

Saudamini’s men unload the loot from their latest adventure in a cave, where Saudamini also gets into an argument with a shaggy prisoner chained up there.

It’s Chandramohan! and therefore her old enemy Darjaya—I would guess she’s had him chained up there for some time given his unkempt appearance, although the synopses I’ve read claim he is captured on the Rajkumari’s ship. He’s also missing a leg. After a fierce exchange of words Saudamini has him dragged away by his chains.

That night as everyone sleeps, the Rajkumari, Nandini (Shanta Apte), climbs out of a chest in which she had been hiding and is seen by Darjaya.

He tells her to get back into the chest after some conversation, and she does, after which he places his hand tenderly on the top of it. In the morning, Saudamini and her pirates head back to their ship. Rajkumari Nandini climbs out of her chest again and Darjaya gives her the plate of food he had been given earlier. She is touched by his solicitude; for his part, he is clearly smitten with her.

Meanwhile, her mother the Queen receives some visitors: the men who escaped the Rajkumari’s doomed ship have made it ashore. I love her Deco throne and palace!

She is distraught at the news that her daughter is missing, captured by Saudamini. She has posters put up (most likely, not that I would know) offering a reward for the capture of Saudamini. Saudamini comes to town with Shekhar and Rekha and sees the posters.

She dons a saree and goes into the main marketplace to gather intelligence from some women there, and is almost caught by watchful soldiers.

Back at the pirate cave, Nandini goes out for a refreshing swim and a song (I confess, I mostly fast forward through the songs) and meets a young shepherd by the name of Sudhir (B Nandrekar).

They fall almost instantly in love with each other. Poor disabled unkempt Darjaya! But these two are very sweet together. There’s a lovely scene of them swimming together and talking, where the camera glides alongside them. Very lyrical, and conveys how easy and comfortable they are with each other. There is a lot of this kind of imagery in this film (waves crashing against rocks as Saudamini grieves over her lost son, for instance, feeling guilty about her crimes no doubt too—oh, the turmoil!).

Afterwards, Sudhir stops Nandini from stepping on a young plant and a conversation ensues which may or may not be philosophical but goes right over my head.

In the busy town, Shekhar and Rekha rescue Saudamini when she is almost captured by soldiers, and they escape—a thrilling horseback chase!

Oblivious to all the action and concern over her elsewhere, Nandini is overwatering Sudhir’s little plant.

He wants to introduce her to his mother but the conversation beyond that escapes me (except I get that it’s a proposal of sorts). Nandini returns to the cave with stars in her eyes, where the besotted Darjaya is waiting for her (still chained to a big rock). She tells him about Sudhir and he is crushed—and angry. He tells her that she belongs to him, but they are interrupted by the return of Saudamini and her men.

Saudamini gives Nandini some sort of lecture in which the word ghulam is bandied about, and I’m pretty sure she’s warning Nandini that women are slaves to men. This seems to impress Nandini, because when Sudhir comes looking for her later that night she tells him to forget about her. The next morning she puts on her own pirate outfit (and knife belt! jealous!) and joins Saudamini and Rekha and the band of pirates.

After they leave Sudhir reappears looking for his beloved (he has passed a sad night emoting to a mournful song). Darjaya tells him (I think) who Nandini really is, and that Saudamini has taken her, and convinces Sudhir to break his chains. Sudhir accompanies Darjaya to the palace, where they are welcomed by the Queen. I still love love love her Deco decor.

Saudamini is furious when she finds that Darjaya has escaped. But he is there waiting for her, all cleaned up with a shiny new pair of crutches—his eyebrows and moustache now resemble eyelashes. Still, it’s a better look than Charles-Manson-Insane.

He’s brought a bunch of soldiers with him, and Sudhir. The pirate crew along with Rekha, Shekhar and Nandini, flee through a hidden trapdoor while Saudamini distracts Darjaya, who wants to know where Nandini is. They set sail while Saudamini is taken prisoner by Darjaya’s soldiers.

What happens now? Will Saudamini be rescued by her friends? Will she ever be reunited with her son? Can Sudhir’s love for Nandini prevail over the lure of the Knife Belt and life as a kick-ass female pirate?

Or will the evil Darjaya have his way with everyone? He is, after all, Chandramohan!

In her wonderful autobiography, Durga Khote herself says about Amarjyoti:

A film like Amarjyoti, an imaginary story and beautiful in every respect, happens only once in a rare while. The cinematography, sets, costumes, jewellery, songs, and backgrounds were so perfectly attuned, that the audience went crazy with every scene. Every element, whether it was shots of ships, surging waves and enormous rocks, or the casting and performances with minute shades of expression, heroism, self-sacrifice, and extreme tyranny—was striking in itself, and in complete harmony with every other element of the complicated plot. Shanta Apte’s songs became very popular. Vasanti’s lovable charm, the harsh anger that I, as Saudamini, expressed against injustice, Chandramohan’s impressive performance, light eyes flashing—were all wonderfully effective. The costumes of the smugglers, their lifestyle, the weapons they carried, were all imaginary, and yet they came through so convincingly on screen. Every costume was so precisely selected that it fitted in its place perfectly, as if carved for that space.

I could not say it better or agree more! This is a film with enough charm that it easily held my uncomprehending attention. If you understand Hindi, I would wager you will enjoy it a lot. I can’t say that I enjoyed the songs as much as the 1930s audience apparently did, but Durga sings one of them (I think—since actors sang for themselves during this time) which is interesting as an historical artifact if nothing else. Just see this one, do. It would make an excellent double-header with Captain Blood some evening!

Updated to add: I have subtitles! If you leave a comment with your email in the email address field (not displayed to others) I will send you the subtitle files, which synch perfectly with the vcd. Please note that you will need to have the vcd, I will not supply that.

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97 Comments to “Amarjyoti (1936)”

  1. In that second screenshot, it looks like one of the pirate’s head is on fire! I need to see this movie. Induna, I presume?

    PS. Please tell me the movie does not end with the rebellious Saudamini being punished for forgetting her place as a woman? I rather not watch the movie then.

    • The beauty of these early films is that they are very FEMINIST! So no punishment (at least that I could tell) :) I got this from one of my torrent sites, let me know if you can’t find it ;-) I think you will love it.

  2. Wonderful promo for this ancient movie. :-) Are the songs of this movie available anywhere ? Or the movie itself, for that matter ?

    • sqcutatul,
      I have the songs in 128 kbps courtesy Trini bro, can u/l on File Sharing, but am sure Memsaab also has this. I will wait for her reply and do if she can not. Cheers

    • I don’t think I kept the songs…I don’t like them that much :D Philistine that I am…

      • Ok folks those who wud like to check out these songs from yore, here is the zipped file in 128 kBps, enjoii.

        under this link-

        see for the Amar Jyoti file and if yu wanna get a XVID rip of –

        Sunehre Kadam 1966
        Super rare Jodi of- Shashikala and Rehman supported by Agha, Sabita, Randhir, Uma Devi aka Tun Tun,Wasti, S. Nazir, Rehana, Khursheed, Durani, S.Nazir

        mangne se jo maut mil jaati – Lata Mangeshkar [+], MD- Bulo C Rani LYRICS-Mahendra Pran

        na baaz aaya muqadaar mujhe mitane se – Lata Mangeshkar [+], MD- Bulo C Rani LYRICS -Mahendra Pran

        na to inkaar kiya na to iqraar kiya- Sudha Malhotra [+], G M Durrani , MD- Bulo C Rani LYRICS -G M Durrani

        nazuk hoon albeli hoon toofanon se kheli hoon- Asha Bhonsle [+] MD-S S Mohinder LYRICS-Anand Bakshi

        taqdeer ne kya angdai lee -Suman Hemadi Kalyanpur [+], Usha Timothy

        taqdeer ne kya angdai lee jeene ki fiza -Manna Dey [+], Mohammed Rafi

        eh ghar apka hai chale aaiye jee -Sudha Malhotra [+], G M Durrani, MD- Bulo C Rani, LYRICS – G M Durrani

        yeh jawaani badi badnaam hai- Asha Bhonsle [+], Sudha Malhotra , MD- S S Mohinder, LYRICS BY Anand Bakshi

        AVSEQ01.7z TO 04.7Z

        Yu can see them on yr PC or burn them for yr stand alone player.

        Besides a few other goodies there on SUFI… be free to enjoii these.

        Any probs drop a word.

        Durgabai, all her earlier movies in the 30’s. she was the heroine, a chip of da block. Check this link-

        for her earlier movies

        • When I click on the link, one file comes up that says, ‘kirwani’ is this it? Or has the file been removed? Help would be much appreciated…

          • I did not upload that, Ash did…not sure if he will see this comment or not but give it a try and see what you get! :)

          • Sry folks

            The Host Server must have removed the movie file, and the Kirwani sample file is the latest audio file from me.

            The Host Server removes files after a couple of months and unfort I do not have the originals anymore on my HD.

            Sry Hema…

  3. Long ago I remember seeing Durga Khote being interviewed on television and she was talking about Amar Jyoti. She said, she had to undergo training to convincingly perform the pirate’s role. I do not remember the details but I think she mentioned she had to rehearse her walk; she had to get the right gait. She also had to practise with the sword and so on.

    • She was just perfect—she nailed the “swagger” and is just so drop-dead gorgeous. A very convincing pirate queen! Even in the 1970s playing grandmothers she was still beautiful—in her movies from the 30s and 40s I think she is breathtaking. Her autobiography is really good reading too; she had a very tough life along with her great successes. I love her.

  4. Nice review, Greta. You always bring out really beautifully the character of a movie (and not just the movie’s characters) in your review. Had not heard of this one before but now it looks like a movie I would enjoy seeing.

    Not many Hindi movies with pirates, as far as I can remember. You mention Baaz – I have not seen it. Actually I cannot remember another movie! Maybe some B-movie of the 1960s?

    • I think you would really like it. There are some B movies which have some pirate scenes in them (like Faulad) although they haven’t been full-on pirate films.

  5. Sounds like a fab story, Memsaab. You seem to have got all of it, even without subtitles! Though I’m a big Shantaram fan, or atleast was when I was younger (I haven’t seen any of his films in a while), I haven’t seen this one. Maybe a good re-introduction to Shantaram?

    There’s no one else who does fiery woman better than Durga Khote. She just looks so strong, and confident.

    • No, Banno, I know that I missed a lot of subtext without subs :( I will have to rewatch it with you some day so you can fill me in! Durga also says in her autobiography that her two sons hated it when she played tragic figures and begged her to always play these fiery strong women types. They said she should only play characters where she could smile a lot and show her dimples! So cute, and they were so right :)

  6. I’ve got Captain Blood (I love pirate films too!), and this sounds like the perfect film to team that up with for a double bill. Or, to make it a quartet of pirate films, Baazi and either The Black Pirate (Douglas Fairbanks) or the very funny The Princess and the Pirate. But Amarjyoti, at least, sounds like it’ll be the mainstay of my pirate-filmwatching session! … as soon as I can lay my hands on it.

    • Ooh! A quartet of pirate films is at least twice as good as a double bill! :) Love Douglas Fairbanks too, although Errol Flynn is my favorite swashbuckler of all time. I was thrilled when I discovered that my father (a very peaceable and sweet man) loved him too!

    • @dustedoff – I guess there may be movies based on Sindbad the sailor.

      I remember watching one Pradeep Kumar movie as a kid. Its all replete with the one eyed monster, Pradeep throwing a spear to blind it, etc., Not sure of its name and if its a pirate movie though.

      • I reviewed one here—Sinbad, Alibaba Aur Aladin with Pradeep :) A lot of those films had pirates IN them, but very few were devoted to piracy as a way of life.

  7. LOVE the way you describe everything, Greta!

    My favorite line in this review: His eye-brows and moustache look like eye-lashes :) LOL :)

    • I was hoping that when he cleaned himself up he’d lose the facial hair. It is pretty criminal to cover a face like Chandramohan’s up with silly beards and bizarrely contorted eyebrows :)

      • Isn’t Chandramohan the same guy who died in poverty like Motilal? I remember reading his name in a Rajendra Kumar interview. He was mentioning that greats like Chandramohan and Motilal died due to excessive spending of money on drinking, horse racing, etc., Rajendra Kumar took this as a lesson learnt and started investing his money wisely.

        • Yes, he spent all his money (he was the highest paid actor in India in the 1930s) on racehorses, entertaining friends, etc. and when he died he was penniless. His funeral costs were paid for by the film industry. I am writing a post about him—he was truly a fascinating and larger than life man!

  8. Memsaab, this movie sounds delightful! And thanks so much for including the quote from Durga Khote’s autobiography–is the whole book so articulate and thoughtful?

    Thanks again for another great review!

    • It is delightful :) Yes, her autobiography is very articulate and very honest without being self-pitying or self-aggrandizing. It is translated from the original Marathi.

  9. Any film with Durga khote is worth watching and Durga Khote as a young pirate queen fighting for justice is a must.
    Where do you lay your hand on things like Durga Khote’s Autobiography? *admiring/jealousy* ;-)

    • I don’t think it’s too hard to find…was published by Oxford University press I think? (click on the wiki link in the post for the ISBN number)…

      • Recieved the book yesterday and read it one day!
        never knew that Vijaya Mehta was her daughter in law.
        Found it quite gracious of her to have revised her views about her step son-in-law!
        Wish she could have found kind words for her daughter-in-laws as well!
        made engrossing reading! Pity she doesn’t bring in her co-stars!

  10. Should have been an all-female crew, or maybe the idea was to show a female commanding the predominantly male gang? The third picture has some ladies lined up, but they do not appear like pirates. What are they, wives of the men? If that being the case, this, ironically, does not appear to be too feminist friendly! ;-)

    • No, they were captives from the Rajkumari’s ship that the pirates had just burned and sank :)

      And why an all-female crew? Saudamini was clearly their leader, and none of the men seemed to have any problem at all with that!

    • In Maya matchindra she plays a queen leading an all-female kingdom, but don’t know much about the story.

      • Harvey if I may courtesy Trini bro
        This film based on the Tantric legend about the guru Machhindranath (Tembe) and his disciple Gorakh (Master Vinayak) on the subject of ‘maya’ (belief in the illusory nature of worldly temptations). The guru appears to his student to have entered the kingdom of man-hating women, married the queen (Khote) and abandoned his commitment to celibacy and pure thoughts. Gorakh sets out to rescue him but the entire experience turns out to be an ‘illusion’ set up by the master.


  11. In short, a tale well told? I Somehow the songs of 30s don’t appeal to me though have to confess must have fleetingly heard one or two as part of some doco on DD! Same q again “from where did u unearth this gem”?

    • Yeah…I didn’t much care for the songs. They sound monotonous to me, and aren’t that well sung always :) Same old answer to your same q: online!

  12. Durga Khote as a heroine !!? Never knew such a movie existed :-) I guess your next movie review will have David playing a romantic hero :-D

    Good one as usual, Greta.

    • Durga started her career as a heroine in the early 30s (Ayodhyecha Raja, Maya Macchindra which I am DYING to see–she played a queen with a pet cheetah!) and others. She was the first woman from a “respectable” background to appear in films, and helped to de-stigmatize the profession for women. I don’t think David ever played a romantic hero though :D (If he did, I want to see it too!)

      • Me too not sure if David has ever played a romantic hero. But, I am sure you will do some searching and will come up with something of that sort :-)

        My knowledge of Bollywood is only from the late 40s to mid 90s. Before and after that, its kind of a haze. The earliest memory of seeing David is in the classic Boot Polish (1954). Even in that movie he was middle aged.

  13. Memsaab
    I am willing to bet my last USD on David Abraham Cheulkar being a romancing hero in one of these phillums(the last bet my last cent .)

    I have tried some search for sometime to get hold of his late Forties movie namely-

    Ghulami (1945)

    Mansarovar (1946)

    Pahela Pyaar (1947)

    Geet Govind (1947)

    Doosri Shaadi (1947)

    Actress (1948) -with Rehana

    A small trivia for this man of all seasons-He never married and died on 28 December 1981 in Toronto, Canada.

    May his soul RIP

    • LOL Ash! Do you actually *have* any USD? You might be right, and if you dig one up I will give you at least one of mine (I don’t have that many USD either, but sadly I live here).

      • So nice of yu G to give a helpin’ hand to this last cent guy .) LOOOOL.

        I will be able to get ye olde VCD for my collection, not bad eh, def worth more here .)

        U know I have Panch dallar from some trip .)

        But I sure wil be back to ask for my dallar once I have grabbed a David phillum as a Hero, the search has started so be ready to loosen yr purse .).)

        Cheers .)

        Oh one small note for Shilpi-

        Yu know the kwality of my VHSrip of Vachan is not so good so the audio can be distorted, but it wud be nice if yu can dig out at yr convenience if Dada actually dubbed the full phillum .)

    • Hardly had I finished commenting on not being sure of David playing a romoantic hero, here comes this interesting one from Ash.

      Are you twins by any chance? Or is it some pichle janam ka rishta with movies? :-)

      • Haanji Shashi lagata hai pichle janam ka rishta zaroor hai, we are catching up from where we lost the count, kyon Memsaab main koyee jhoot boleya .).)

        But frankly all folks who are around having love and affection for Cinema from yore, def have a bonding, yeh janam ka aur woh janam ka bhi .).)

        For that I repeat again, thx to the Internet for reviving this ‘forgotten’ era and the folks who made it.), otherwise it was dying era, exception of a few songs being played here and there, there was nothing worth a mention !!!!

        If I may Memsaab, ask the readers- name one phillum where David played a Viliian, can yu imagine humble David as a Villian ?
        I will give yu a clue- it had both Ameeta and Helen in it, and Folks it is not listed in

        Memsaab no more help as I know yu got this phillum when I had u/l it, so yu are excluded .).)

        And Shilpi
        surprise surprise browsing thru my collection I saw Dada again in Ummeed (1962) , unfort not listed under his filmography, but this was a nice musical with him and Dada Moni, Joy Mukherjee, Nanda,Agha, Leela Misra and Leela Naidu, Tun Tun, and has one of my ol time fav by Rafi Saheb ‘ mujhe ishq hai tujhi se meri jaan e zindagani’, MD was Ravi Saheb and lyricist Shakeel Badayuni Saheb.

        Director was Nitin Bose, anyway related to yu ? We know he is the cousin of Satyajitda Ray, both Masters in their respective fields also.

        Cheers .)

        • @Ash – Didn’t know my comment on David will spawn so much trivia about him. Not sure in which movie he played a villain.

          Is it “Pyase Panchi (19??)” by any chance?

        • No ash, Nitin Bose is not a relative. Umeed you will notice is a black and white film. It was long in the making. Even after completion it was in the cans not surprisingly it was a black and white film in the era of colour films. It released in a matinee show long after its completion in Metro, Mumbai. I do not know whether it released anywhere else.BTW I have replied to your other queries in the comments section of Pyaar Mohabbat. Hope you have seen it.

        • Don’t remember the Ameeta movie Ash has in mind, but another movie with David in a villianous role is “Char Dil Char Rahen.”

          • THAT’s the one I was trying to come up with :) Thanks Shalini!

          • I too can’t recall a film of Ameeta’s with David as the villain, but I have seen ‘Payal’ where he’s a real meanie. It stars Sunil Dutt with Padmini and Ragini.

      • Well whatever our rishtaa, Ash and i understand each other very well I think :D I consider him my bhaiyya now! He’s doing his best to educate me in matters of cinema history too, thank goodness.

        • Thx a lot G sister .) .), believe me I am also picking up lots of new things from yr writings and def also from yr readers, it is such a vast subject that some1 or the other always drops in with pieces of interesting info all the time.

          But one thing for sure, yu sure have a g8 hand at writing and making yr point, and another sister DO, is in the same category, so keep up ur good work sister/s .).)

          And ah let us hold Shashi for another in day in suspense Memsaab, we can reveal the correct answer tmrw .).), unless ofcors some1 else comes up the answer b4 us… so Shashi hang on, sry to keep yu waiting.

          Gd night all.

          But no Pyase Panchi is not what we are looking for, in this one he was real mean, and I mean and he wore a wig, I will post SS to show it y’all .)

        • oops i was under the impression that Ash is a lady! Sorry
          Ash – no offence meant! Being honored by Memsaab
          as Bhaiyya is no mean achievement.

          Memsaab, r u now going to send a Rakhi to Ash?
          I think Raksha Bandan is round the corner!

          • Arey koyi baat nahin Filmbuff, Ash toh Aishwariya bhi ho sakti thi… tha .).).)

            Kya patta kaun kya hai parde ke piche .).)

            Baap re Baap. kitni sisters hai meri, yu know on the other sites where we are, so all sisters send Rakhis to yeh toh bahut mehnga hisab hoga,,, chalo Memsab ko ek aachi si VCD de denge.)

            Memsaab, yu know in Rakhi many brothers ‘can’ go broke .

            Ta Tah .

    • Hi All,
      I am looking for movie songs of Geet Govind (1947) Or actual movie in any format. Kindly reply back to this thread & Please let me know.

  14. Hey Memsaab,

    I have been to your blog for quite some time now. Really appreciate for bringing up old and rare gems. I am always nostalgic for old stuff and this blog quench my thrust quite often … :)

  15. I thought this actress looked familiar, it’s the mommy from Mughal-E-Azam. It kinda got on my nerves to her with so little power in that movie, except with her motherly tears *rolls eyes.*

    Glad to see, now it’s Durga in charge! I’d like to see Akbar try not to falter in the presence of the Pirate Queen, Saudamini!

    Never underestimate the power of an angry mother with a giant-ass sword!

    • Yes, she played Jodhabai in Mughal-e-Azam, the only one of the original cast of main characters to be in it. Originally Chandramohan was to play Prithviraj’s role, and Sapru and Nargis were to play Dilip and Madhubala’s roles. But with the delay in production, the cast changed—except for Durga :)

  16. Interesting :-) I just watched a Shantaram film recommended by dustedoff on her blog, Dr Kotnis ki Amarkahani, and now I have another recommendation to look forward to.
    The problem lies in the searching ;-)

    • Early Shantaram films are really interesting, the ones from the 30s through mid-40s particularly. I recommend Duniya Na Mane (Hindi version)/Kunku (Marathi) as well, it’s really wonderful. Kunku is available on dvd with subtitles, the Hindi version on vcd only I think.

      This is on vcd although hard to find, but Dr. Kotnis is pretty easily available on dvd (with subtitles too)…

  17. I havent seen this but if this is even half as good as Captain Blood, I need to watch this!

    Hey, we should do an Errol Flynn week!

  18. Captain Blood is one of my favorite “Hollywood” films from the 30s. Have never seen anyone fit the swashbuckler part so well as Errol extreme handsome Flynn. (Ok, except perhaps Harrsion Ford in the first installments of Indian Jones and Star Wars movies, an acknowledged tribute to the Erroll Flynn films.) And don’t forget The Sea Hawk with Brenda Marshall looking radiant. Flora Robson’s Queen Elizabeth is hilarious.

    Ah! they all gave us so much joy!

    Nothing to say about the Hindi movie of this post. Can’t get a hold of even a few of the movies reviewed in your blog where I am, in Antigua.:(

    • Oh yes I love The Sea Hawk! :)

      And as far as getting hold of films…the internet is your friend :) And induna and nehaflix both ship worldwide!

      Or you can watch them vicariously through me :D

    • My personal favourite as a swashbuckler is Tyrone Power. Basil Rathbone, who was a fencer himself, (and Power’s costar in The Mark of Zorro), once said that Power could “fence Errol Flynn into a box”. Oh, and there’s the fabulous Stewart Granger too, especially in something like Scaramouche or The Prisoner of Zenda.

      • Tyrooooooone…he was so beautiful. And you are correct—he was very good at swashbuckling too, although I haven’t seen any of his films in 25 years or more :( Must rectify that!

  19. Oh I just got Payel, must see it, Pacifist for sake of Good ol David as a villain. Not seen earlier so really look fwd to that.

    ok let us get the suspense over and reveal David as a mean guy, and with a wig, it was LUCKY NUMBER 1961, check out his SS, g8 guy indeed-

    I can confirm Ummeed was never released in Nairobi, I saw this only a few months ago on a VCD, and yer right some parts the movie it seems was patched up, mayb later shooting or re editing, but we had heard the audio tracks so I had to grab the movie when it eventually came out, and yes thx indeed read yr feedback on my replies on the Pyar Mohabbat Blog.


  20. Sorry once again something wrong with the nrt connection that should read r u Ash or swarint?

    • Shilpi
      it is me aur mera khoya hua judwa invisible bhai .).) bole toh swarint and ash are exactly the same, I have tendency to use both, sry abt the confusion.

      Thx a lot for the cfrmation re dubbing done by Dada for Vachan, that means my print is the culprit .)

      Oh let me share one more g8 actor who I have mixed with DADA and Jagirdar Bhau, and that is Braham Bhardwaj, there is something in the facial features which are so, so close .Wot do yu say or pls ask Mom if she shares my opinion ?

      Cheers .)

    • I have a picture in my head of Ash/Swarint’s brain, and it is chock-full of ADHD gremlins :D (*love you Ash/Swarint bhai!*)…

      Brahm Bhardwaj is distinctive to me because he’s always had white hair (except for the occasional wig)…he seems to have gone gray pretty young (like me!)…

  21. Thats 3 of us then G, .)
    me gone grey real early, I was 20 when I graced the white, proud hair. Dats da holy truth.

    I have seen 1 mayb2 movies with Brahm with black hair, mayb he colored it >) .), but yeah he was always white hair and I think it was natural, and that this was his USP, he dared keeping it that way. Superb. Brave.

    oh pls add leprechauns, trolls, bhoot shoot to our beloved movie Grem-lins .)

    • That’s 4 of us.:-)
      I began greying when in high school. By the time I was in my mid-20s, I was almost totally grey-haired (now I definitely am). Everybody thought it looked distinguished. ;-)

      • Welcome on board Raja, aren’t we all proud of this feat, I always say… this is a sign of wiseness, kya .)

        I think since we eat, sleep and drink movies of yore, and so we have got this, but again we are proud of our distinguished look.

        Hv a nice day.

        Cheers .)

    • I am in excellent company :) The only woman I guess…but still. Although some people tell me I should color mine to look “younger” most people seem to like it. Mine isn’t really white though, it’s striped! Like Cruella De Vil!

  22. Gosh Durga Khote is so enticingly beautiful!!

  23. This seems to be a very nice movie. I’ve heard four songs and like them a lot(unlike you :) ). Could you please tell me from which torrents site you got this? Please?

  24. I remember David Played villain in movie “Lucky number” if you see his fight in the climax you will fell from your chair. also David in Sajjan & Shama starrer movie “Do Dulhe” in which he see Shama first time and falls in love with her and want to get marry at any cost.In his last movie “Door Desh” or “Gehri Chot”1986 he played villain.

  25. i would be so, so grateful if you could send me the subtitles for amar jyoti! i hope you’ll still see this comment since it’s quite an old post, haha. thanks so much in advance!

  26. hey memsaab, like M I would be delighted if you would have time to send me the subtitles, too,
    Thanks for your brilliant blog and a happy new year to you!

  27. hello! I would love to have the subtitles too, if you can send it to me.

  28. Coming very late to this review, but I just wrote this up, and both Madhu and Shalini mentioned your review had prompted them to watch the film. Love your remarks about Chandramohan, and laughed my guts out at the remark about Nandini over-watering Sudhir’s little plant. Yup, that was rather silly, wasn’t it? :)

    But on the whole, a lovely film, and I got to watch Tom’s cleaned up version, which really made me enjoy it better. Please pass on my grateful thanks to him for the yeoman service he’s doing.

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