Andaz (1971)

It’s time to return to beloved Shammi: my eyes have been roving of late (Chandramohan, Shyam, the Shash)—but they will always come back to my favorite! One of my goals for this blog is to write about all his movies that I can find and comprehend (i.e. with subtitles). This is one I haven’t watched in a very long time despite remembering it as a wonderfully romantic story which I enjoyed very much. And I love Shammi in this film; he shows a subdued maturity that is really appealing without losing the Melt Factor that I so adore in him. And although Hema is obviously much younger (she is so gorgeous in this), her character has a gravity that makes it work. The kids are not as annoying as they might be either, especially Master Alankar as Hema’s really cute son Deepu. Baby Gauri—Shammi’s daughter Munni—is a hilarious little monkey, if a little *too* spoiled rotten at times.

I had completely forgotten the other threads in the plot, so was thrilled to see Roopesh Kumar as a creepy and irresponsible stoner (complete with John Lennon dark glasses) and Randhawa as Shammi’s mute servant Gangu whose love for tribal girl Mahua (Aruna Irani) is unrequited because she has a thing for Shammi too. The last time I saw this I didn’t even know who any of these people were! I am glad I do now. The film also displays Ramesh Sippy’s deft touch with direction—it’s nicely paced and scripted (by Salim and Javed, among others). The songs too are fantastic, as you’d expect from a Shammi and Shankar-Jaikishan collaboration.

Ravi (Shammi) lives on a timber plantation which he manages for his mother (Achala Sachdev). He is a widower with a small daughter named Munni, upon whom everyone dotes—even the ginormous Gangu lets her pound on him and whine in his ear like a droning little bee.

She always gets her way.

And also: child safety be damned! Life is meant to be a roller-coaster ride in the Himalayas!

Ravi has a younger half-brother in Bombay who is supposed to be studying but actually spends most of his time partying and gambling away his money at the races with his best friend Satish (Raj Kishore).

Badal (Roopesh Kumar) resents Ravi, who was adopted by Badal’s father and treated as his own when he married Ravi’s mother. His demands for money are a constant drain on the family resources, and Ravi is determined to put a stop to Badal’s wastrel ways.

Little Munni has a new teacher at school by the name of Sheetal (Hema Malini). Ravi meets her during a game of hide-and-seek with Munni, when Sheetal mistakes him for a blind man and tries to help him. That night there is a New Year’s school charity party scheduled and Sheetal is encouraged to attend by the kindly priest Father John (Abhi Bhattacharya) who urges her to forget her sad past.

The fabulous masquerade New Year’s party is compered by David and the people present are encouraged to play of a game of keeping a ball from hitting the floor—this involves passing the ball from person to person using only body contact (no hands!) and is quite risque! Ravi, being Shammi, is naturally *extremely* adept at it.

He flirts with Sheetal gently, and she responds shyly; they sing the beautiful duet “Dil Use Do” with scantily-clad goras (one hairy guy in a blue Speedo makes me shut my eyes in horror) and crazily costumed musicians and dancers for company. Oh how I regret missing this party!

Intrigued and attracted by this quiet beauty, Ravi volunteers to take little Munni to her teacher’s the next morning. They find Sheetal singing to a little boy—her little boy, Ravi soon realizes, much to his discomfiture and initial disappointment.

But he finds out the reason for her underlying sadness after the two kids run off and get lost in the forest (a delightful little Hansel-and-Gretel type of interlude complete with scary squirrels, monkeys and other fauna!). It’s typical of the wonderful little touches throughout this story.

Sheetal and Ravi find them eventually in a forest hut, sound asleep, and Sheetal confides her history to him.

Probably this is one of the most famous guest appearances ever in films: Rajesh Khanna was riding high on his wave of super-duper-stardom at the time and he’s gotten credit (too much so, in my opinion—there are many additional reasons to love this film) for it being a hit. There is no denying that his entrance is breathtaking, helped along by “Zindagi Ek Safar Hai Suhana” and Hema on a motorcycle ride through Bombay. It’s the epitome of Seventies Cool, and a real treat to see the city as it was then.

So many reasons to envy Hema Malini in this film! As my watchalong partner Suhan (most of you know that Rajesh is to her as Shammi is to me—that is to say, catnip!) said: I didn’t even remember that there was more to the Rajesh flashback than this song, but there is.

They get caught in the rain one evening and check into a hotel to dry out. Everyone knows what happens then! (thankfully NOT Hypothermia Rape) and the next morning Raj takes Sheetal to a temple and marries her in front of God, although unfortunately for Sheetal not in front of anybody else.

Raj’s wealthy and proud father (Ajit) refuses to acknowledge Raj’s marriage to an orphan when his son informs him about it.

But Raj remains defiant and his father kicks him out. As he leaves angrily, his departure is watched by someone we have already met—Badal’s friend Satish.

Raj, whom we know by now is a fairly reckless motorcycle rider, buzzes along at top speed towards Sheetal’s birthday party with his father’s words ringing in his ears. He never makes it, and I sob. I am positive Indian movie audiences did too.

Sheetal tells Ravi that she went to Raj’s parents and they turned her away; finding herself pregnant, she tried to kill herself (arghh! NO!) but was saved by a priest who took her in. That same priest sent her to Father John, who has given her the job she now has.

The next time they meet—the two kids are doing their best to facilitate the romance—it’s Ravi’s turn to confide in Sheetal the story of his late wife Mona (Simi Garewal). Knowing how much Ravi loves children, Mona had been thrilled to discover that she was pregnant.

Told by the doctor that she should not have the baby because it might kill her (very nebulous medical diagnosis here, not to mention that Karan Johar later lifted it practically scene by scene), she doesn’t have the heart to tell a thrilled Ravi about it and has the baby anyway—and dies.

I’m not nearly as affected by this back story because that scenario is So Many Kinds of Wrong (plus Simi is no Rajesh Khanna) but Ravi’s grief at her loss is evident.

These revelations naturally bring Sheetal and Ravi closer but, feeling awkward, Sheetal begins to avoid him. An excellent example of how nuanced this film is, in contrast to so many, is that she isn’t only avoiding him because she’s a widow and not supposed to remarry—although there is part of that in it—but she is genuinely torn between moving on with her life and not wanting to let go of Raj and his memories as well. Ravi for his part tries to respect her wishes, but finally breaks down and in a wonderful, wonderful scene tells her that he loves her.

I melt into a Shammi-Induced Puddle.

But will Sheetal? Can she put Raj’s memories behind her and find love with Ravi? And even if she can—will it last? Badal and pal Satish—who is Raj’s cousin—are coming home because Ravi has put a stop to Badal’s endless supply of money, and Badal wants to rid himself of Ravi once and for all. Will he find ammunition to do so in Sheetal? What will become of her and poor cute little Deepu?

My dvd of this film (Spark) is awful—the video quality sucks, the subtitles lag behind, and it stops working altogether at some important moments in the plot. But I will search for another, because I love this movie. It’s sweet and thoughtful, and nicely written, directed and acted. There is a pretty compelling side plot as well, which for the sake of space I haven’t even gotten into (Aruna Irani’s track, and she is great in it). In short; there is plenty to entertain even if you aren’t particularly a fan of the cast (you poor people, if you exist). See it, do!

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112 Comments to “Andaz (1971)”

  1. Wow, Andaz, one of my beloved Shammi films and also so progressive!
    Love the songs!

  2. They are as beautiful as you would expect from Shammi and S-J :)

  3. Memsaab, You say your DVD is bad, but you could have or should have purchased from the reliable ULTRA who also have this title.That is pretty good…..BTW, it costs Rs 30 on WebmallIndia…

    • LOL@ “reliable Ultra”—you mean the Ultra whose logo(s) behind which you reliably can barely make out any of the actual movie? If only there were such a thing as a reliable Hindi dvd company. They are reliably awful, and that’s about the most you can say for any of them.

      • These days, I find the Moserbaer DVDs the most reliable. Even their subtitles are quite well done.

      • Memsaab,
        My apologies if you knew about all the DVD companies that well.

        but was that ” LOL ” at me, really necessary…? I will henceforth refrain from making a fool of myself.


        • No, no, no: the LOL was not at you but at the idea of reliable Hindi dvd manufacturers…sorry, did not mean to hurt your feelings :( Mujhe maaf kar do!

          I own a LOT of dvds (almost 2000 of them at this point) and there is no company which hasn’t let me down badly on numerous occasions. It is really a source of great despair to me how shoddy the treatment of these old films is. They deserve better and we film fans deserve better too.

  4. Even though I’m not a big Shammi fan I liked him very much in this film. He is sort of mature, though he got somewhat on my nerves when he waxes on about his happiness, while Simi is in labour pains. Hema Malini gives her role the needed nuances. Pretty good, considering it was one of her first films.
    I remember I was shocked at Aruna’s rape scene
    Spoiler end
    I should give this film a re-dekho!

    • I think it’s one of his best performances as an actor (if not the Rebel Shammi) :) Well, Simi’s character in general got on my last good nerve. And yes to your spoiler scene—it was pretty awful :( Very well done though, which is what made it so awful.

      • Hi Memsaab,

        I have just stumbled on this website this week. (Dec 20. 2010). Apologies if i’m taking you back to September.

        Shammi looked good to me in this Movie.(Andaz) It seemed though that Kaka stole the show with his brief special appearance.(One wouldhave thought that Kaka was the Hero).

        Is it true that after this movie(Andaz) that Shami Sahaab stopped receiving lead roles in Hind Movies?


  5. Catnip :-)

    An example of one of the reasons why your reviews are so much fun — the screen shot preceding the line, “So many reasons to envy Hema Malini in this film!”

    It really is a lovely film. Superb songs, superb actors—both in terms of looks and performances—(Hema really was in great beauty here, either the camera man or the director must’ve been in love with her!), progressive plot [what a breath of fresh air after ‘Dulhan’ and more recent fare highlighted there ;-)], really cute kiddies, pretty ‘scene-scenery’…. And, finally, I get your fascination with Shammi :-D He’s beyond sweet.

    This is not to take away from the film as a whole, but I found the attached fascinating in terms of giving a sense of those times. The entire article is a great read (note what he says about ‘Red Rose’ there!).

    “…My earliest recollection of pre release hype was that of Ramesh Sippys ‘Andaaz.’ The film starred Shammi Kapoor and Hema Malini but strangely none of the posters featured Shammi Kapoor prominently. The posters were dominated by Rajesh Khanna who had become a super-star while Andaaz was being filmed. Films like Aradhana, Anand and Haathi Mere Saathi and Do Raaste had capitulated [catapulted] him onto dizzying heights with all ages. He played just 3 scenes in the film and had the song ‘zindagi ek safar hai suhaana………..’ on the motor-bike. The posters had him wearing goggles on the front edge of his nose and his head tilted. This drove the girls mad and created a pre-release hysteria. I remember the buzz of the time. People saw the movie over and over again and would walk out the moment Rajesh Khanna died. This must be the first instance of movie becoming a hit on the shoulder of a guest appearance. This craze for Rajesh Khanna was taken advantage by a now forgotten magazine called JS (junior Statesman) in those days. For the first time, it brought out a 6 part poster of the superstar. The first of the series had the shoes. By the time it was time for the issue with the face, the JS struggled to print the required copies. Speculation regarding how the face would come out (winking? head tilted? with a hat? with goggles?) reached the peak before the final issue came out. The demand was so much that the magazine was sold in the black market at an exorbitant price….”

  6. I need to see this movie again. It’s been a while since the last time I saw it. I remember it being a sweet movie.

    When I was a kid, the songs of this movie were HUGE. There was “zindagi ek safar” of course but also “hai na bolo bolo” and “re mama re mama re”. And “Dil ussey do jo jaan de de”.

    I would consider “Zindagi ek safar” to be among the most all-India popular Hindi songs of that period, right up there with mere sapnon ki rani (Aradhana), roop tera mastana (Aradhana), dum maro dum (HRHK), chal chal chal mere haathi (Haathi Mere Saathi), hum tum ke kamre mein band hon (Bobby) AND jai jai shiv shankar (Aap Ki Kasam). It was very very popular.

    Especially because Jaikishen died at just around that time. That stanza (antara) “maut aani hai aayegi ek din, jaan jaani hai jaayegi ek din” (death has to come, it will come some day; life has to go, it will go some day) was so symbolic of Jaikishen’s death that it catapulted an already popular song to even greater heights of popularity.

    Good memories of this movie. I remember Hema doing a pretty good job in this movie, considering it was early days for her.

  7. What a lovely review memsaab. I love this movie as well.

  8. I remember ANDAAZ (1971) for a sad reason. This was to be the almost last movie of my favourite hero, Shammi Kapoor. Of course, the same year we also had JAANE ANJAANE and PRINCE and the late-released JAWAAN MOHABBAT.

  9. Excellent review Memsaab! I had watched it when I was a kid and had really loved it. I think Shammi was perfectly cast in the film. It must have been a bit of a commercially risky proposition for Ramesh Sippy, as its far cry from Shammi’s usual roles. Maybe thats why they had Rajesh Khanna do that special appearance ;)

  10. You had me at the first screenshot.


  11. I absolutely love this film. From early, early childhood. Hema Malini is breathtakingly beautiful in this one. And Shammi is Shammi. :) But yes, the Rajesh Khanna song on the motorbike was what had everyone in the guts.

    • She is stunning all right. And Shammi is so restrained and mature (but still so handsome—well, IMHO he still is today). The Rajesh track was beautifully beautifully done too, and just elevated the film even more!

  12. Memsaab, this is one of the shammi movies I love – a very romantic movie. As you know I have only seen a few shammi movies. I particularly liked the way Shammi woos Hema although this movie is famous for its songs esp the RK one. After reading ur review, I want to see it again! Alas i don’t have the DVD.

  13. Ramesh Sippy has done an awesome job directing this movie. He followed it up with another super hit with hema in Seeta aur Geeta.

  14. This was Ramesh Sippy’s debut movie as a director. If I remember correctly, Mumtaz was supposed to play Hema’s role, but couldn’t.

    Hema was just too good in this movie. While watching the movie a long time back, I just wanted to reach out to her and wanted to assure her that everything will be ok. That’s the kind of impact her performance had.

  15. Thanks Memsaab – Good review. Here comes our real & original Super Star Rajesh Khanna of Indian Cinema. He played just 3 scenes in the film and had the song ‘zindagi ek safar hai suhaana………..’ on the motor bike which created history in Indian Cinema.

    Song Title : Zi.ndagii Ek Safar Hai Suhaanaa

    Movie : Andaz – 1971
    Singer : Kishore Kumar
    Music : Shankar Jaikishan
    Lyricist: Shailendra
    Star cast : Super Star Rajesh Khanna & Hema Malini.

    Lyrics :

    (zi.ndagii ek safar hai suhaanaa yahaa.N kal kyaa ho kisane jaanaa ) – 2

    (ha.Nsate gaate jahaa.N se guzar duniyaa kii tuu paravaah na kar ) – 2 muskuraate hue din bitaanaa yahaa.N kal kyaa ho kisane jaanaa haa.N zi.ndagii ek safar…

    (maut aanii hai aaegii ik din jaan jaanii hai jaaegii ik din ) – 2 aisii baato.n se kyaa ghabaraanaa yahaa.N kal kyaa ho kisane jaanaa haa.N zi.ndagii ek safar…

    (chaa.Nd taaro.n se chalanaa hai aage aasamaano.n se ba.Dhanaa hai aage ) – 2 piichhe rah jaaegaa ye zamaanaa yahaa.N kal kyaa ho kisane jaanaa haa.N zi.ndagii ek safar …

  16. sonia sahni(my another favourite-I think she still appears here and there in t.v.serials. I think she has got a seductive song in this, if my memory serves me right)roopeshkumar(he is no more)achala sachdev(so much of grace personified),raj kishore,randhwa,simmi,raj kishore, aruna irani, master alankar joshi,abhi bhattacharya- I love all these actors of 70`s. where can we find today such actors having so much charishma. I miss them a lot.

    • Sonia Sahni indeed appears in a seductive song with Raj Kishore and Roopesh—and actually what I like about it is that as seductive as she is, she manages to convey a certain unhappiness which underscores how sleazy and ugly Satish and Badal’s lifestyles are.

      Agree with you on actors of yesteryear—all the way back to the 30s they had something special.

  17. I have not seen too many Shammi Kapoor films.This is one of the few films I saw and what I liked about him was his wonderful interaction with the kids. He obviously loves kids.

    • Yes indeed—I thought of that too, excellent point. As with Brahmachari, he just was so engaged in scenes with the kids. I imagine he put them at ease too, making the director’s job a little easier too!

  18. what about shammi kapoor starrer 1974 released “CHOTE SARKAR”, it has got starcast comprising sadhna,helen,shashikala and music by shankar jaikishen & directed by shankar (who I think directed shammi starrer rajkumar).Whether chote sarkar is the last film released,shammi as a hero or any other film?

    • I haven’t watched Chhote Sarkar (not subtitled, again!) but I think it was released much later than it was made, wasn’t it? I don’t know what his last film shot as a hero was.

  19. Andaz was a copy of (okay, inspired from) A Man and A Woman. Those days Salim Javed used to get inspiration from a variety of Hindi and English films. Andaz also saw the decline of Shammi Kapoor — it was his last hurrah as a hero — and the irresistable rise of Rajesh Khanna. Kaka, as he was called, had made it a habit to die in his films, making him a huge tragic hero for his female fans. Great songs and locales and a promising showing by a young Ramesh Sippy

  20. It is a wonderful review of a movie which treats its subject matter with more sensitivity and understanding than most Hindi movies.

    Two grown ups of the two genders, each with one kid each, grown ups in need of companion for themselves and for the sake of the kids – the plot cannot get any better and any more sensitive. Indeed such a plot can have us eating out of the hands of the movie maker, if the movie is made well, and this movie is made competently enough.

    I am talking as if I have seen this movie. I have not. I have based my judgement of this movie on the songs of this movie so far , and reading your review tells me that I was not wrong in my assessment of this movie.

    The songs are fantastic ! The song “mummy ko papa se papa ko mummy se pyaar hai” is very sweet and an emotionally satisfying song to listen to. I thought all these days that the kids were singing about the love that their legally wedded parents have for each other. It is only now I have come to know that the two kids, each with a single parent, are cheering the two grown ups and giving their go ahead to them to get married. Parents permitting their kids to marry is common, but young kids permitting their parent to marry is quite a cute change from the usual routine.

    Very sweet review ! Likeyou, I too cannot bear to see Rajesh Khanna die at the end of the song “zindagi ik safar hai suhaana”. For that reason, I cannot watch the picturisation of this song.

    I just realised that I have not posted even a sigle song from this movie in my song. Hint,hint :D

  21. I just love this film. Shammi is superb, mature, loving and smart. After reading your post, I long to see it again :)

    • I don’t know why I waited so long between viewings myself! But I will pull it out more often when I need a grownup story :) Once I get another copy that plays all the way through, that is!

  22. Excellent review, memsaab. I ‘ve never seen the film. Too bad you say the DVD by Spark is so bad. I will buy the DVD made by zEros at Nehaflix. Perhaps, it will be better than the Spark or Ultra DVD.

    I really like the songs in Andaaz. Especially Kishore’s best, IMO, yodelling song “Zindagi Ek Safar Hai Suhana.” I also like when Asha Bhosle got to yodel when she sang her version of the song! I wonder if Kishore gave her lessons on how to yodel. :) Another highlight is “Dil Use Do” which borrows the main part of its melody from the Beatles “With a Little Help From My Friends.” :)

  23. Havent seen the movie but have seen the songs umpteen times….
    This was the first song that i remember hearing Kishore Kumar yodeling in a song…
    Guess he did it in number of songs before that, but this one was very famous…

    On Rajesh Khanna front, i dont know why Ramesh Sippy stopped casting him after this movie..

    We believed Rajesh Khanna was the USP of Andaz, while for Ramesh Sippy it was Hema…
    He returned with a double role for her while offered one of the male lead to Rajesh in his
    next venture Sita aur Gita…so i read somewhere…

    Can any early 70 veterans throw light on this?

    Memsaab, as usual you come up with a great review….You didnt allow Rajesh Khanna to
    steal the thunder from your favourite Shammi Kapoor..Good job done… ;D

    • From what I know, Ramesh Sippy is a very strict director. He hates it even if there is a hint of unprofessionalism in his actors. Rajesh Khanna used to perennially late on the sets which may have caused Ramesh to not repeat him.

      The same holds good for Dharmendra, Sanjeev Kumar, Hema Malini and Amjad Khan after Sholay. They never got to work with Ramesh Sippy again, but not sure why.

      • But seriously Shashi, i dont think it would have made any difference anyway.. It is a well documented fact that ramesh sippy apart from not measuring up to the success of Sholay ever again, he never achieved commercial success with his later films..

        His films like Shakti and Saagar were more of critical sucesses.. Even though he sticked only with the Big B, most of their films together did not achieve resounding successes post sholay.. So its not that Dharam and Co suffered any loss whatsoever…The same year Sholay was released, Dharam enjoyed monstrous success with Pratigya and this continued till the 80s with different directors..

        As for Rk, I dont really need to delve on his case. He was branded as an unprofessional and it was no surprise Credible directors, not only Ramesh sippy stayed away from him…

        Those that left theartre after Rk Death scene are nothing more than the Rk Fanatics who could not stand the authority and remarkable Charisma the Shammi effect brought to this wonderful film…

        What a wonderful and class-act performance from Shammi Chachu???

    • Ha ha thanks Heyman :)—if Rajesh HAD stolen Shammi’s thunder I would very frankly say so—but I don’t believe he did. Certainly he was a great addition to the movie! but Shammi was really good in this and was much more the focus of the story for those of us who are actually interested in the whole film itself instead of one element of it :D

      I guess we would have to ask Ramesh Sippy about his casting choices and the reasons behind them!

      • Vir Sanghvi did an excellent interview of Ramesh Sippy, I think it was istream (; but cannot find it now.
        In there he talked at length about Sholay and other movies, and from what I remember
        1) He sort of diplomatically confirmed Dharam’s inebriation on the sets of Sholay, especially during the Amitabh death scene.
        2) He did not say this was the reason, but he said Dharam had no role in Shaan.
        3) He did offer Shaan to Hema Malini, but when she heard Dharam was not in it, she withdrew.
        4) Do not remember what he said about Rajesh Khanna, but as others know and have said; Kaka was quite unprofessional.

        That was a great interview, wish I could see it again.
        Vir Sanghvi was persistent and diplomatically asked all the “tough” questions; including Sippy’s relationships with his leading ladies.

        Re: Andaz, it was a great film; and agree that Shammi carried it on his shoulders. However, as a child when I saw it; I remember doing so only for Rajesh Khanna.
        And needless to say, Excellent Review.

        • Oh I would love to see THAT interview. I love Vir Sanghvi :) He does have a way of drawing his guests out. Thanks for the information! Would have been fun to see this as a child, I would think, although there are some awfully grim moments too towards the end.

          • But ask and ye shall receive! Here it is. Vir Sanghvi with Ramesh Sippy on ‘Star Talk’ on rajshri. Looks like it was done around 10 years ago. He does start off for a minute or so on ‘Andaz’. Don’t miss him coyly talking of how ‘close’ he was to Dimple during the making of ‘Saagar’! Or about a drunk Dharam in ‘Sholay’!

            You don’t need to be registered with rajshri anymore but you do need to disable ad blockers, etc. on their page else the video won’t play.


            And as a bonus here is another one of Vir Sanghvi with Ramesh Sippy and his son on ‘Cover Story’. He talks here a little bit more about ‘Andaz’ and Shammi Kapoor.


          • I know I’ve advertised how awesome this book is here elsewhere before, but I’ll say it again: Anupama Chopra’s book on the making of Sholay is absolutely superb reading and full of juicy insider information :)

            Thanks for the links Suhan—you are the one who introduced me to the wonders of Vir Sanghvi to begin with!

          • Thoroughly enjoyed those interviews. Thanks, Suhan. Vir Sanghvi really has a way with his guests.

        • I guess Dharam wanted to go ‘higher’ since he got to spend some quality time with Hema on the Sholay sets. I believe they stayed (albiet in separate huts which was the dwelling for the stars) during the shoot. In one was Dharam and Amitabh, in the second, it was Hema and Jaya and in the third, it was Sanjeev and Amjad.

          I remember Amjad saying that they all used to play cards after a day’s shoot. Sanjeev tried to project an image that he was a very miserly guy when he lost money.

          • Anupama Chopra’s book says that he drank because he was miserable—he was head over heels in love with Hema but she was very ambivalent about getting involved with a married man and so snubbed him.

            I read a sweet interview with (and article about) Sanjeev in one of my vintage magazines recently—I think the whole “kanjoos” thing was an unfair label.

          • @Greta – Does this book contain authentic information? If so, I plan to buy this book.

          • Yes it’s totally legit. Anupama is an excellent writer and journalist and she interviewed all the people involved in the production—it is one of the best reads in Hindi cinema writing that you’ll find :)

          • Thanks very much Greta for helping me with arriving at a decision.

  24. video quality is poor.
    till now each of l the A grade films which u reviewed had good images from the films…here is such a great film but its video quality is very poor .. i think in future wen u get another video u may post it again

  25. This is certainly Shammi’s best movie that year. Interestingly Hema worked with all 3 Kapoor bros. in 1970-71. (also opposite Rishi Kapoor in the 80’s)

    ‘hai na bolo bolo ‘ seems to be inspired from some English song or is it a coincidence ? i have heard the regional versions- marathi, bengali versions of the hindi song.

    This blog and many others seem to ignore/overlooked one famous actor of old – A K HANGAL . he is surely more famous than David,DK Sapru,etc. But I cannot recall him being mentioned in any articles in the same way.

    • It does have a familiar ring—that monotonous kiddie song cadence :) There may be more to it than that, if so hopefully someone will enlighten us!

      I do actually mention/talk about AK Hangal whenever he’s part of a film I write up. In fact he was one of the first “secondary” characters I became familiar with, and I also have read his autobiography, which is a very interesting book.

      • Hangal was from the Theatre and awesome in what ever role he did. He was very much part of the 70s movie scenario in various roles. I guess most of us know about him/admire his work/ take him for granted – hence perhaps a limited mention from us ie those who post comments.

    • She worked with Raj Kapoor in her debut movie ‘Sapnon Ka Saudagar’ (1968). AND she was the only heroine who was common to both Raj and his eldest son Randhir with whom she co-starred in ‘Haath Ki Safaai’ (1974).

  26. Thanks memsaab for this review.I am a very big big fan of Shammi Kapoor. So many superstars came and gone,but Shammi Kapoor “Yahoo” roar till today.Also I got movie “Toote Khilone”starring Shabana Azmi on vhs with eng sub.This movie got very famous song ‘manna ho tum” by Yeshu Dass.
    If you want I can convert and send you on dvd.

    • Shammi rules!!!

      And thanks Robert :) I will see if I have it or can find it elsewhere and if not will let you know!

    • Really, was Shammi Kapoor ever labelled a “Superstar”… No doubt, he was “On Merit” but officially and ‘Medially’ the Acclaimed “Superstars” were no doubt Dilip Kumar, Rajesh Khanna, Amitabh Bachchan…..and now Shah Rukh Khan..

      But one thing is sure, he is arguably one of bollywood’s “All-time Great”..

  27. Been internet-less and busy (…and lazy), so haven’t been able to go on this blog or any other site for a while (nine months!). Got to catch up!

    Some people call Shammi Kapoor the “Indian Elvis”, but he reminds me of the recently late Tony Curtis.

  28. Rajesh Khanna – The Greatest Living Legend and the real & only Super Star of Indian Cinema till date.

    There are romantic leading men and there are romantic leading men, but very few have taken cinematic love to legendary heights. While there might be other icons but Super-Star- Actor Rajesh Khanna after four decades, he is the ultimate true romantic legend.

  29. yours is a fascinating blog that will keep the flag of yesteryears’ (in time only) films flying…i am truly impressed by the insights that you have provided especially considering my personal favorite period of hindi films – the late 60s to the 70s

    thanks once again


  30. I really liked this movie- what’s not to like? But I think the most memorable performance here was Aruna Irani’s. Wasn’t she wonderful? I’ve never liked her more! I didn’t know she could come off so well in a part that brought out her girlish youth and spirit. I loved her!
    I wrote stuff about her here:
    Will you read it and tell me what you think?

  31. wave by chance have the English subtitles of this movie??
    or have other link of the film online in Spanish sub
    Spanish subtitles desire but can not find the English subtitles if you can please share the link would be great
    thank you very much beforehand.

  32. i’ve seen this movie on T.V. it was really nice. many people say because of rajesh khanna the movie became a hit. But I don’t agree with them. the entire credit goes to Shammi Kapoor!!!
    i love the song “re mama re”.

  33. I haven’t seen this movie in a long long time. However having read this Memsaab story it only brought back moving memories of the film. Its interesting that you also brought out some characters in the movie whose real life names i never knew even though i tried finding out. -Father John-Abhi B; Badal’s Friend- was Satish & Gangu was Randhawa.
    I cannnot remember who was Muni’s mum Was she Shamillar Tagore? orr another actress called Geriwal (sorry cannot remember) but she looks like Shamila Tagore.
    Shammi Kapoor must take credit for the success of the film for carrying the movie through. However i think the playback singer Kishore Kumar’s vocal hit Song “Zindagi Ek Safar Hai Suhana” that stole the show for Rajesh Khaana.
    Thank you Memsaab for your beautiful and inspiring writing. How i wish this blog was available in the 80s when i started watching the movies

  34. Thank you again. It was indeed the lovable Simi Garewal. Memsaab sorry but i hesitate to ask if you have in the past reviewed another movie called ”Aag gale lag jaa- Directed by Mamohan Desi? I have tried checking all your listings but unable to find one. I am dying to read your personal views and take on this 1973 romantic movie.
    Prem (Shashi) got intimate with Preeti( Shamilar Tagore) via a Doctor’s order/prescription in the movie. Will this prescription fall under the category of ” Hypothermia Rape”?
    This movie also produced a fantastic musical that even as a non-Indian i do dance to the tunes.
    What do you think? Please kindly write a review on this movie please. You are my Guru!!!


    • That is indeed the precursor for Hypothermia Rape. Not as bad as Ganga Jamuna Saraswati, but bad. I haven’t written it up because my peeps at Beth Loves Bollywood and The Post-Punk Cinema Club have done so, and better than I would :))) Mostly from Aag Gale Lag Jaa I adore the knitwear :D

      • Ouuuuuch!!! How i wish you could write something on that movie– Ag gale lag jaa for your fans’ sake.
        Your reviews are without any doubt very objective and more refreshing than most other critics.
        Never mind pehaps one day you might be touched in a very special way and wake up one beautiful morning and start writing on this movie. It could even be a hand or a touch of benevolence that enables you to see our thirst & hunger for more of your reviews. On behalf of we your loyal fans —Have a lovely happy New Year ahead. Thank you for your immense contributions.

  35. Andaz was one film where the hero shammi kapoor was completely upstaged by the superstar kaka.

  36. Shammi Kapoor used to say he wanted his movies to be the anti Dillip Kumar. Since the public left Dillip’s movies with tears in their eyes he wanted them to leave his movies with laughter. And he succeeded. Dillip was a great actor but Shammi is always more fun to watch. Has any one noticed during the song chai kui muji junglee kahi from the movie Jungli after each shot of Shammi they would cut to a close up of a donkey. Very weird sense of humor. He was always willing to sent himself and his image up. Something Rajesh Khanna could have used later in his career. I remember reading an interview with SK where he said one of the saddest moments of his life was when Romesh Sippy told him during the making of Andaz he would not be repeating him as a hero again because he was getting too fat.
    But this movie truly belonged to RK. This movie signaled the beginning of new and more natural style of acting era for Indian cinema.

  37. I read this review today as part of a time-pass evening as I nurse a bum knee. There’s one thing I remember, although I’m not sure of it as it was pointed out by my older brother, who was wont to say wild things. It seems there was a continuity problem in Zindagi Ek Safar. For the most part, Rajesh Khanna rides a Royal Enfield Bullet. But in one shot, he’s shown riding an old Matchless or Triumph instead. Perhaps the eagle-eyed can verify whether this is true or not.

    Rajesh Khanna was electric (of course, what else can a 10 year-old remember from this movie!), Shammi was not bad, finally playing a more mature man. Hema looked spectacular (has rarely looked more beautiful) and acted pretty well too.

    The Re Mama Re Mama Re was a rip-off from an old Bombay song. I remember Jimmy Gannon, my schoolteacher turned Aussie racecar driver, who gleefully rendered the original version, replete with lewd Mumbai phrases!

  38. Do you where is munni now and her real name?.

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