Prince (1969)

Reader Chris brought the sad lack of reviews on the internet of this film to my attention recently, and I am surprised. This is a really fun film, and though Shammi is admittedly towards the end of his career as a hero, he is still the Shammi who made hearts go pitter-patter. The songs are classic Shanker-Jaikishan-Rafi-Shammi, with the dance-off between Helen and Vijayanthimala probably its most well-known feature. But there’s so much more to it than that! Shammi is less exuberant than the Yahoo Shammi of early in the decade, which gives his performance a more subdued realism. He plays Prince Shamsher Singh, the jaded, bored, arrogant son of the Maharajah of Ramnagar (Ulhas); the film is about how wealth and privilege do not guarantee happiness, not by a long shot. This theme—and the setting, at the twilight of the Princely States—may be be trite, but they are no less valid; and the screenplay and story are penned by none other than Abrar Alvi. And the supporting cast…let’s just say it is a gift that keeps on giving.

Shamsher is a very unhappy man who finds refuge in alcohol and can only sleep with the aid of tranquilizers liberally supplied by his factotums, both of whom appear to be named Zanowar (Rashid Khan and Sunder) (as is usual with this genre, everybody’s last name is Singh); nothing holds his interest or attention for very long.

How I love Bejewelled Shammi. I love bejewelled anything, really, but especially Shammi. *Sigh*

All this angst comes to a head one day when, after a highly respected and egalitarian holy man (Nayampalli) refuses to put the drunken Prince ahead of the people waiting in line, he has the Swami brought to him and demands an apology. The Swami’s cool refusal infuriates Shamsher and he whips the poor man brutally, working himself into a tantrum of monstrous proportions. When he collapses exhausted and sobbing with frustration and misery, the Swami says one of the wisest things I’ve heard lately to him.

The holy man, still calm after the beating he has received, soothes the weeping Shamsher. Amazed by his compassion and his strength, Shamsher asks how he can achieve the same strength of spirit. The Swami tells him to leave the palace with its trappings of wealth and to go live anonymously, like an ordinary man, for six months.

As the sole heir, Shamsher knows that his father will never stop looking for him—unless he fakes his own death, of course. He drives for a solid day and night, finally coming to an exhausted stop in the environs of another royal state, Jamnapur.

He pushes his jeep into the river and sets off to become a mamuli aadmi as instructed. It does not proceed smoothly, however. A traveling insurance salesman named Vilayatiram (Rajendrenath) gives him a lift on the condition that he will buy life insurance.

They soon come across a gaggle of what look like village girls, but are actually the local Maharajah’s daughter Amrita (Vyjayanthimala) and her friends. They had watched as Shamsher’s jeep crashed onto their boat on the river’s edge, taking their belongings with it.

They too beg a lift from Vilayatiram, and Amrita sits down squarely on the now fast-asleep Shamsher. He wakes up and they stare at each other with a spark of instant attraction. MELT!

The girls entertain with this lively and lovely song.

Vilayatiram and Shamsher drop the girls off in the village still thinking that they are locals, and Amrita parts from Shamsher with the teasing proclamation that she’s going home to her husband. I think most of you will understand how thrilled I am with the next set of developments. Vilayatiram’s rusty jalopy breaks down and Shamsher goes into the forest for some water. Dacoits attack each of them; Vilayatiram escapes when his car backfires at the perfect moment, but Shamsher is not so lucky. OR IS HE? I guess it all depends on one’s point of view.

Shamsher is saved from the belligerent machinations of Shyam Kumar by the young and dashing Sajjan Singh (Sudhir). Sajjan Singh has discovered that his ailing mother is blind and he wants a way out of the gang so that he can go live with her and help out. He figures that by saving Shamsher’s life he has a better shot at getting the Maharajah of Jamnapur to forgive him his previous sins. Sadly, as they make their escape they run smack into Shyam Kumar, who fatally shoots Sajjan Singh just as Vilayatiram shows up with the police. I make a Nahiiin! Face. Not Sudhir! It does no good and Sajjan Singh dies after extracting a promise from Shamsher.

Shammi + Sudhir = Almost Too Much For Memsaab To Handle.

Sajjan’s conveniently blind Maa Shanti (Leela Chitnis) is expiring on her bed: not from any disease, as the doctor informs her neighbors (who take pains to mention that they’ve never met Sajjan), but from pining for her son. She is thrilled when Shamsher presents himself at her door, and instantly gets better, assuming him to be her long-lost Sajjan. Being told that his showing up has saved her life, Shamsher hesitates and then goes along with her misconception.

In Ramnagar, his father is told of his demise. His grief is centered around his loss of an heir rather than the loss of a beloved son, but I guess given Shamsher’s former nature I can’t blame him (much). In Jamnapur, Shamsher explains away his eurocentric characteristics by saying that he had become a midshipman after leaving home, and has traveled around the world. Neighbor Kamla (Leela Mishra) is not having it.

Her husband (Durrani) gets Shamsher a job at the Maharajah’s stables mucking out the horses (and singing, “Sansaar Suhana Lagta Hai”). He literally runs into the haughty Princess Amrita again and the Shammi-stalking-as-love begins.

With his polish, charm, and polo skills, he ingratiates himself quickly with her father (DK Sapru) who makes Shamsher his ADC. Maa is thrilled, Amrita not so much.

For a long while her dialogue with him consists mostly of “Shut up!” and “Idiot!” You know the drill. Her father assigns Shamsher to escort her and her friend Countess Sophia (Helen) around when Sophia visits, an excellent excuse for pretty scenery and knitwear:

and the aforementioned and justifiably famous dance-off.

Thanks to his burgeoning love for Amrita, being cared for tenderly for the first time in his life by his “Maa,” and working hard at his job as ADC, Shamsher sleeps well at night, has given up pills and booze, and is happy for the first time in his life. Then he accompanies the king and Amrita to the wedding of her friend Ratna (Praveen Choudhary). To say that he is surprised at the sight of the groom is an understatement.

His father, thinking himself without an heir, has decided to marry the girl he had wanted Shamsher to marry. He manages to escape his father’s notice, but both of the greedy Zanowars see him. Although he eludes them they are determined to find their dead Prince’s doppelganger. Meanwhile, Amrita’s father has noticed her attraction to his second ADC and sends his first ADC to first fire him and then get him out of the way. Dacoits hired by the first ADC set upon Shamsher one night and beat him nearly to death.

While he is recovering, the two Zanowars finally track down his whereabouts. When Shamsher’s father dies a couple of months after his marriage to Ratna and her greedy brother (Ajit! seriously the Goodness of this cast never ends!) makes plans to crown her Queen, they approach Shamsher with a scheme: he will impersonate the lost Shamsher and split the wealth with them. They don’t believe him when he tells them that he IS the real Shamsher.

Disgusted by the greed of the Zanowars and Ratna and her brother; determined to side with the Indian government which wants to abolish the Princely States and free the people of his kingdom; and equally resolved to protect Shanti from ever knowing the truth about her real son’s fate, Shamsher decides to go along with them for now and tells Shanti that they have offered him a job.

Will Ratna and her brother believe he is the real Prince? Will Zanowars One and Two ever realize the truth? Can Shamsher save his kingdom from being looted, and free his people AND keep Shanti in the dark as to his true identity? What will Amrita think—will she believe he’s real or will she think he’s a fake only interested in wealth?

Watch Prince for all the answers, plus for more music including a band called What Four? and funny Shammi antics; for the return of our favorite crazy thespian; for a Masala Death Trap which roasts the victim on a spit as he is hand-cranked around at dizzying speeds; and for everything else, including some surprising twists. WATCH IT. That is all.

64 Comments to “Prince (1969)”

  1. Ugh! I’m sorry, Memsaab. I actually re-watched it (facepalm!) after reading Chris’ remark about the lack of reviews of this film – and realised just why! I was also reminded of why this is one of least favourite Shammi films – he was the most irritating git in this movie, and if I were Vyjayanthimala, I would have continued to rebuff the twit.

    And it was full of what I now call ‘Lalitha’ moments – such as why Vyjayanthimala felt the need to get into borrowed clothes when she had a perfectly good outfit on.

    And it didn’t even have good songs – not by Shammi standards anyway.

    • She didn’t need to borrow clothes, except to blend in with her friends who only had bathing suits :) We’ll have to agree to disagree! I love, love Shammi in this, he seems so much more understated than usual in it and has some really fine reactive moments. I love the story, the twists and turns, and the cast and…well, Shammi does very little wrong in my view so…I am biased :) I like the songs quite a bit, they are catchy although by the time the film was made they might have sounded like the same-old same-old. But from my point of view 40+ years later they are pretty fun.

      Vyjayanthimala is very pretty in this, but her chemistry with Shammi is sort of dull. If only Asha had played her role!

      • We’ll have to agree to disagree!

        LOL. Of course! How boring it would be if we all liked the same heroes and the same films! :)

        • Yes, how boring it would be if we all had the same opinions about these things! I guess this wasn’t really my kind of movie, except for some moments… My opinion: Go to “Muqabala Hum Se Na Karo,” go up to 2:35 and play the video until 3:09, and there you can see the biggest reason, by far, to watch this film!

          • And I was just going to say that although Vaijantimala is a great dancer, she clearly is not trained in Kathak, the dance form she imitates here :)

      • absolutely loved Shammi in this… and the songs were fun and catchy and I also liked the dance sequence of vyjayantimala and Helen….

  2. Nice songs, and lots of eye-candy, make Ava happy!

    • I love the story—it’s engrossing, the characters are fun, and it’s progressive! All that and Shammi eye candy and songs too…plus everybody else. FAB.

  3. :) Nice. I vaguely remember watching this movie many years back.
    I also wanted to share something else that I found online:

  4. can i just say i absolutely love your reviews and your blog in general . I used to get video cassettes when i was a kid of hindi songs and muqabla hum se na karo was on the first video i ever got when i was 5 years old and that song always stuck with me mainly because i dreamt of one day owning the silver and black dress Helen has on and wearing a ridiculous amount of sparkly jewelry that would make it hard for people to even look at me! even though I have not seen this film I am glad that after 26 years of knowing about this song i finally know what the movie was about! thank you!!

    • You and me both on the sparkly Helen outfits! Of course I need Helen’s figure for them too, but that’s another story :D

      • You’ll look stunning in any thing Indian you wear, Memsaab! As for this movie, I wish it was my Sadhana instead of Vym or failing her, you would have taken the reins.
        The plot of the movie is OK, only a little long-winded. A father marrying his ‘late’ son’s paramour to keep the royal lineage intact! A car backfiring scaring the dacoits in broad daylight! And the swinging device used in the climax! Hilarious! In my opinion, this is the last film in which Shammi was exploited to his full potential. God, Shyam Kumar looks a real Boogeyman in that horrible makeup in the end; like a grotesque Indian TWO-FACE! And what happens to Praveen at the end?
        The songs are not that memorable(have to say!) And again, only a guest appearance by Helen, thankfully not in a negative role.

  5. Its a nice and what is called a truely ‘Masala’ movie!!! I agree with u here that Shammi being Shammi can NEVER disappoint. I love him even when he plays an old man in later movies. But yes, both Shammi and Vijayantimala were past their prime. I remember that she looks very good in some songs/scenes and quite old and heavily made up in others. And I LOVE it when Helen has more to do in a movie than just a song :)

    Sudhir…. ohh he looks soooo young and handsome here.. sigh!!!!!

    Good review Greta! Will ensure that I watch this one again :)

    • Well that goes without saying (that I love Shammi EVERYWHERE)…he’s a bit past his prime here, but he still pulls the hero role off in spades for me anyway. Melt, melt, melt.

      Vijayanthimala looks gorgeous to me, not at all past her prime. The heavy makeup is just part of the sixties :D

  6. “Shammi + Sudhir = Almost Too Much For Memsaab To Handle.”
    Ha ha…thanks for another lovely review, memsaab.

    I remember watching this movie many years ago. At that time I’d not watched many Shammi movies, so I didn’t have much to compare with. I remember finding both Shammi and Vyjanthimala pretty overweight in the movie – they were both at the fag ends of their careers (in lead roles, at least). And yes, there didn’t seem to be much chemistry between them.

    Later on, after watching movies like Junglee, Teesri Manzil and Professor, I realised that Prince didn’t quite match up to their level. But, seen purely in isolation and without expectations, it is an ok film, I thought.

    The most famous aspect of Prince, for many Indians, is the song “badan pe sitaare”. Even today, it is considered one of Shammi’s most popular songs. The story behind it is that Hasrat Jaipuri and Jaikishen went out to nightclub on a trip to Paris. In the club, with all the glittering costumes around him, Jaikishen began writing the first few lines of this song (badan pe sitaare hue, o jaane tamanna kidhar ja rahi ho, zara paas aao, to chain aa jaaye = Decked up so in glittering stars, where are you headed, my beloved…here, come to me, that I may get some solace). Hasrat Jaipuri then took it from there and they recorded the song when they got back to Bombay.

    I do remember the other songs too, though I wouldn’t call them classics by any standards. “Nazar mein bijli, ada mein sholay” comes to mind, as does “thandi thandi hawa” (the girls’ group song) – made famous by Antakshari of that time. :-) (Antakshari is a popular song-based game in India where a player needs to start a song with the last letter of the song sung by the previous player. Now the sound “th” did not have very many well-known songs, so this one was one of the first few songs that would get sung for “th”. There are of course other famous songs like “thandi hawa kaali ghata” and “thandi hawa ye chandni suhaani”).

    Sorry for digressing. I tend to get carried away, as you well know. :-)

    • I love the Thandi Thandi song…it’s such fun. And this one holds up for me with Junglee and some of his early films because the story is so good. It’s well-written, paced nicely, and really surprised me in places. I loved it.

  7. I like a good socialisty you-go-girl masala costume and dance fest and Prince ticks all those boxes. I really like it – more subdued Shammi is my preference and the songs are beautiful.

  8. Firstly, I was amazed how this movie hadn’t been reviewed even by Greta. This came up when I was translating a couple of hit songs of this movie. Speaking of which, in my opinion, it is not right to say that this movie doesn’t have songs of Shammi Kapoor’s standard. “Badan pe sitaare,” is awesome what with all it background story of the lyrics being written by Hasrat by actually watching a woman draped in “stars” in Paris. When the movie was released Vyjayantimala was 39 and Shammi Kapoor just 5 years her senior and so and PRINCE doesn’t belong to their prime. But what the heck, it is Shammi Kapoor’s movie and I remeber enjoying it at the Super Cinema, Bombay, where it was premiered.

    Anyway, in my opinion, any movie of Shammi Kapoor is good for his fans at least right from 1956 TUMSA NAHEN DEKHA right upto 1984 VIDHATA where I think he won the Filmfare’s Best Supporting Actor Award.

  9. Saw this in the hall when I was about 6 years old. Badan pe sitare was of course the big hit. And the fight and torture scenes which followed it immediately really traumatised me – I still can’t listen to the song but shudder at the trauma I felt at that time by the sudden change of mood. Thereafter I never got to see the film in entirety. Badan pe sitare, Muqabala humse, Thandi Thandi Hawa were runaway hits. I have since felt it to be the last film where one would see the old Shammi (I don’t count ‘Andaz’ to be in this category).

    • I loved the Masala Death Trap Cage. FAB, especially with a gloating Ajit presiding over it :D

      I like the songs a lot, although with Shammi films there is such a glut of good ones! In the songs especially you see the in-his-prime Shammi, he really had fun with them as usual.

  10. “Prince” is one of those movies that I love despite myself. Like Anu, I find the music so-so (the late 60s S-J are not my cup of tea) and Vyjanthimala the definition of meh in the best of circumstances and hopelessly miscast with Shammi. But, there *is* Shammi and like Greta, even at this stage of career, he does it for me.:- ) And there is the supporting cast and the rather interesting and thoughtful story underneath all the masala. Love.

  11. Thanks for the review! I love the songs of the film and their picturisations. I was curious to know why this movie wasn’t reviewed anywhere when I was watching it. I agree with the lack of chemistry between the lead pair though Shammi was very good as usual.
    wasn’t this the beginning of ‘Loin’ Ajit’s villainy career alongwith ‘Suraj’?

    • I’m not sure exactly when Ajit transitioned to villain roles, but this might be one of the first :) Thanks for prompting me to watch this one again too!

  12. Thanks, memsaab, for a review of a movie which was better than the movie itself, in my opinion. As Anu puts it, I had too many moments where I was thinking, But why did … do this when … was already there? The moment Anu has mentioned is one of them. The ending was also abrupt, or was it just like that in the version on Youtube? I remember seeing this a long, long time back on TV and all I could recall were these two fantastic songs, Badan pe sitaare … and Thandi thandi hawa …., the others had faded from memory. As Raja puts it, Thandi thandi hawa … was always one of the songs we used in our Antakshari games! Neither Vyjayantimala nor Shammi Kapoor showed any real attraction for each other and both showed their age. The heavy makeup on Vyjayantimala’s face really showed in the closeup shots.
    Me being me, I wondered how Shammi could say he was earning his living the hard way when all he seemed to be doing was singing songs and helping to put loads of stuff on others’ heads and backs and leading the horses along. I could use a job like that any time. I can also use the sweater that Vyjayantimala wore on the ski slopes, and what was the point of the ski slopes scene, other than to establish the fact that Shammi was an experienced skier?
    All I can say is that it made for a pleasant July 4th afternoon viewing, and the songs even helped me to doze in between! The dog was interesting, but he disappeared after a too brief appearance!

    • The skiing thing was an excuse for beautiful scenery and knitwear! I explained that already :D And when did a filmi hero ever actually do any hard work?

      And the dog did reappear, importantly, at the end! You might have missed it if you were asleep, ha ha. :)

  13. I remember seeing this movie long back.The songs are good though Shammi is past his prime. He gets a head knock so many times that after a few frames, it used to be like – hey wheres the knock now.

    • I am SO GLAD you mentioned that. I could not believe how many times he got coshed on the head and knocked unconscious. You would have thought he’d learn to keep his back to the wall at all times!

  14. Dear Memsaab,
    As usual, a beautifully written review!! I have seen this movie quite sometime ago – while I liked it, I really cannot place it in the same league as Junglee, Kashmir Ki Kali and Raj Kumar. I like the songs, especially Nazar mein bijli and badan pe sitare.

    On a different note, I am still waiting for your review on Raj Kumar! Screen caps with Sadhana, Prithviraj and the wonderful chemistry between Shammi and Rajendranath would be great!!!


  15. ah atlast you have reviewed this film Greta. I remember our exchange about this film coz i happened to see that lovely thandi thandi hawa mein dil lag jaya, hai re jawani deewani on a songs DVD and was determined to see the movie. I finally managed to get a VCD (courtesy siblings in India). Seems like you managed to find a DVD with english subtitles which is good. I really liked this movie for Shammi/Rajendarnath/Vyjanthi and the lovely songs. The Helen/Vyjanthi dance being an added bonus. – a dance that most movie goers are familiar with. Truly enjoyable. I also liked the other Rafi no – Badan pe sitare lapetey hue, woh jaane tamna ….

    • This is a fairly early release by Shameroo back when they didn’t plaster their dumb logo over everything, and the subs are pretty decent (and songs are subbed too). I think the Thandi Thandi Hawa song is my favorite, although Muqabla…is lots of fun too.

  16. There’s Shammi in it!! What more does one need? When there *is* more that’s just bonus. So we don’t get bonus here, but Shammi!! That’s enough for me :-D so I liked the film. I know that’s being biased. I have the DVD and I think I’ll watch it again due to the inspiration I got from the review :-D

  17. Many commenters say that this was at the end of Shammi’s hero career, well it wasn’t. Shammi paired with Leena Chandavarkar atleast twice in the next 3-4 years.

    • Yes, there were definitely other films – I have not seen many of his ‘hero’ films after this film – I was a small kid then (though we were a film crazy family) – but Prince does seem to be the last HIT film of the old Shammi style movies.

      • There was Pagla Ka Hi Ka, Tumse Accha Kaun Hai, Sachhi, Jawan Mohabbat, Preetam, Jaane Anjane, Andaz – but I found the old Shammi charm becoming somewhat stale – terrible in fact in Jawan Mohabat (but I am sure Greta will disagree :))

        • I didn’t much care for Jawan Mohabbat myself (I think I reviewed it here), but several of those others I did enjoy a lot although Shammi was at the end of his hero phase in them too. Some of them took a few years to make, so they are all contemporary basically with each other in my view.

  18. When this movie was released, ‘badan pe sitare’ song had created such a craze. It was such a big hit that many people remember this movie for that song. I remember going to theater to watch this movie just for that song.

  19. For a long time, I thought that “Prince” and “Rajkumar” were one and the same movie. As it is, Prince is Rajkumar in Hindi.

    Since I normally do not remember much details of movies (the plots are essentially similar in all these movies), this review, funny as always, will help me in separating this movie from “Rajkumar”. :)

    “Badan Pe sitaare lapete huye” was a huge rage during its time and this single song may have brought in lots of movie goers to the movie hall. But then I tended to confuse this song with another hugely popular song, namely “Aaj kal tere mere pyaar ke charche” from “Brahmchaari”.

    It is only recently that I have discovered the other great songs of this movie, including the showndown dance song of Vyjyanti Mala and Helen.

    Your screencaps, as well as the write up makes me want to see this movie.

    • I found the titles a little confusing at first too, but they are completely different films :) I like this one maybe even better, although Rajkumar is one of my favorites too.

  20. @Memsaab – As is so often the case, I come in after all the juicy tidbits are discussed and there is not much to add :) As others have pointed out, this movie was quite popular due to the Badan pe Sitare.. song. Thanks to Raja for giving the background of how this song came about. I’d heard that during reruns of this movie, some theaters played this a second time.
    The other songs too were not far behind. The Thandi Thandi was a huge Antakshari favorite till Thande Thande Pani Se.. came along almost a decade later. The dance song used to be a Chitrahar favorite (a TV program featuring Hindi movie songs).
    I feel this is as good as any other Shammi Kapoor offering not just in terms of how nice the film is but from what one can take away from it.

  21. Memsaab, I miss in this review a good close-up picture of Vyju. :/
    also known here as Vijayanthimala, Vyjayanthimala, Vijayantimala, Vyjanthimala, Vyjayantimala, Vyjanthi, Vyjyanti Mala….. ;)

    Wish I could spam this review with some Vyju caps. :P
    Just found one on my PC from this movie. :D


    • Too many good screenshots to choose from! I’d rather look at a Shammi closeup anyway :D and it’s my blog, ha ha!

      • Yes Memsaab, its your blog..and a great blog it is as a source for The Old Classic Bollywood Films.
        Has become the only source you can say for me the last years. Although not being active with discussions. Just on occasion when I can have a little fun. :)
        Anyway just rewatched Prince last night, was wondering why I had only one cap of that movie.
        You’re right there are many good close-up screenshots………….of Shammi…but not of Vyju. :/
        There is a little rule for good movies in general, they have good close-up shots and not only of the leading man. Some of the best movies have the best close-up shots in cinema history.
        I think there is a little trick to spam a review of yours with caps, just gonna wait for the right movie and right actress. Ha Ha. :D

  22. I remember watching this film years ago and thinking how small of a role Helen had in this movie. After her dance with Vyjayanthimala, she just disappears out of nowhere. I mainly watched this movie to see Helen but I was disappointed. This movie was shot right before Vyjayanthi’s marriage in March 1968 and she was in a terrible mood at that time because of her supposed affair with Raj Kapoor which she still denies to this day.

    • Yeah, she wasn’t there for long, but she was spectacular when she was :))) I think if she’d had an affair with Raj Kapoor it was long over by this time though, and she married for love.

  23. I saw this film on television many years ago, found the lead pair quite old but what I liked the most was the dance number by two of my favourite dancers Helen and Vyjantimala, yes of course I am referring to Muqabla humse na karo.

  24. This is a film that I saw growing up. Shammi was my hero and I wanted to be like him. Contrary to what some others have said, I liked its songs immensely. In particular, the song “Madhosh hawa …” is one of my all time favourite pick me up songs to be played when I am down. It encapsulates the can do philosophy of life better than anything else that I know. The fact that it was filmed in the stables of the Maharaja of Jodhpur added to its charm.

  25. I hope to meet the director of this movie soon and would love to discuss SJ,Prince and Professor.

  26. I just saw the movie on line a few months ago and defiantly agree. It’s a very engaging movie with good songs and the usual melodramatic story but I loved it! I love Shammi’s ,oh I am so hot and yet so obviously decaying looks. I seemed like he was drinking a lot in those days. Great songs. Good ol’ time in the Bollywood movie!

  27. I agree with you memsaab that this film is clearly one of the least known films of shammi kapoor and he is clearly at the end of his days as a leading hero. The dance off between vyjayanthimala and Helen was quite refreshing. I believe that this is the second dance off between vyjayanthimala and Helen, the first being in “Dr.Vidya”. I would also like to request that you review the raj kapoor-vyjayanthimala-Rajendra kumar starrer “Sangam”(1964). I truly believe it was the best film of the Rajendra and vyjayanthimala team.

  28. Badan pe sitare,is the greatest hit of bollywood,shammi’s agony after beating godman is the most sensational piece of acting.

  29. Actually the movie was stuck in portraying an honest message : a message which other contemporary movies lacked at that time. Actually Shammi the here is playing two roles at the same time. Which easily confuses the modern audience of this era.
    Which message the audience should follow :
    1) That Nobles such as Kings and Princes are evil, cunning and intoxicated by nature Or
    2) They are actually good people working for the favour of their subjects and the aubjects should not defy their highness’ orders and decrees.

  30. Got the chance to see this the day before its impending exit from U.S. Netflix. The Shammi-roasting device made me unexpectedly nostalgic for chile season back in New Mexico.

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