Friday, 19 November 2010
Just when you were getting excited with this run-up, a drab romance between Rajesh and Neela slackens the plot. Also the multiple times that Rajesh dithers is enough to exasperate you. But then, Shankar Mukherjee is no Vijay Anand.
While Rajesh and Neela romance each other, S D Burman's songs keep you entertained. There's the famous Na tum humein jano, Jo Ijaazat ho to ek baat, Sheeshey ka ho ya patthar ka dil and Jo hain deewana pyar ke (this one exhibits the dancing prowess of Waheeda).
Waheeda is very good as Neela, the woman who looks mysterious and has mystery shrouding her existence. She is seriously convincing as the unfortunate Neela, who falls into a trap laid out for her. I like the bit where she feels sad because all the money she earns is not enough to free her. She is burdened by her wealth actually. In terms of looks, I always felt that Waheeda looked exemplary in her black and white films.
Coming to the most important bit-- the climax, I actually sat up when the last few scenes were rolling. That Waheeda would be used in a different way to proceed the plot, that Dev Anand would be made to resemble a frail old man and that the twists would indeed come so suddenly, took me by surprise. Dev Anand as a lawyer, sure did do things a wee bit differently. And, though the film was saved at the last moment by the clever inclusion of the smart antics by the director (the funny scenes by Johny Walker and the benevolence by Manmohan Krishna), I still feel that Baat Ek Raat Ki could have been better executed... But, on that another day, or maybe night...