Tuesday, 24 August 2010
And, come to think of it, he was not even conventionally good-looking, like say, Dharmendra, or Clark Gable (on whose Peter Warne his Sagar is based), but one fast dialogue not only pulls the ground from beneath Kammo's feet, but mine, too. Yes, I'm gushing. And, this is not even Shammi Kapoor, Raj's younger brother and my favourite. But, the embers, left from the fire that Sagar's delicious persona lighted in my mind, die hard.
It Happened One Night is about. For Chori Chori, just add in some Bollywood tricks. Or in the case of this AVM Production, throw in some spices from the South. For instance, a Bharatnatyam recital (that is somewhat redundant), locales in Madras and Bangalore, a lovely boat song (Us paar saajan) by the fisherfolk of Madras, daring swimming antics by Kammo (Nargis), the spoilt daughter of millionaire Seth Girdharilal (Gope) and lots of song and dance. Then you have the extra space given to Bhagwan Dada and his screen wife so that they can sing the entertaining Sawa lakh ki lottery (the only Mohd Rafi track among the Manna Dey-Lata Mangeshkar carnival). And, since AVM has put in money, the film takes 3 hour to end.
Juxtapose this with the ebullience of Panchhi banu udti phiru. Mageshkar again is brilliant. A joyous feeling enveloping her very existence after her freedom from filial fetters, Kammo is a bird all set to fly to the promised land. A land where love from Suman has been promised to her. But little does she know that Suman is the devil who can truncate her flight without any remorse. But there is no stopping Kammo right now. And this song reflects this bliss.
One word for Pran, who plays the opportunistic Suman. Though he hardly has scope in this film, it is exciting to see him fooled in the end. At least he does not get the chance to play his dirty tricks. That would surely spoil the fun and lengthen the already long film.
Though many would complain against the inclusion of Mann bhaawan ke ghar, for eating into the tight denouement, I beg to disagree. This exuberant song speaks volumes about a woman's feelings on leaving her father's home after marriage. Plus, here we have Nargis, all bedecked in bridal finery, yet her heart shorn of the joy that she should feel on this occasion. But, how can she help if Sagar is not the man she is tying the knot with. Sagar, the man who made her realise what true love is and whose every harsh word felt like flowers on her arrogant ears...
But, all said and done, nothing close to the smouldering effects of the scintillating showman and his flooring antics...