Frankly speaking, I was quite keen to watch this 1958 drama. Not only because it stars some famed names in the field of acting, but also the story read interesting. A couple's new-born gets mixed up with an illegitimate baby in the hospital nursery. Though the father is distraught at not being able to identify his child and being forced to take home both the babies (the illegitimate's mother has passed away during childbirth), the mother is more than happy and loves both babies. As the boys grow up, there is more tension when society castigates the father for nurturing an illegitimate child as his own. Things really get serious till a solution is thought of by one of the boys.
The thakur's friends caste aspersions against his action and tell him that no respectable home will give their daughter to his sons in hand of marriage. But on the contrary, the thakur's friend, Thakur Harnam promises him that when his daughter Asha grows up, he will get her married to either one of the boys, now named Raja and Ramesh. Hearing this Thakur Jaswant is relieved, though he is always weary of his sons, since he does not know which one is his own (Foolish man, crying over spilled milk!)
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The other good part of the film is the lilting score. Masti bhara hain samaa is a joyous romantic number, O mama is funny (awesome jugalbandi by Manna Dey and Mohd Rafi), Belia belia is catchy, Aansoo bhari and Looti zindagi are mellow and Janey kaisa jadu kiya is peppy. With this kind of a strong score to support it, I wish this film was much more than banal prejudices and hollering melodrama...