This is one film where Raj Kapoor displays least of his usual mannerisms. He is a bit bloated but he still looks good. And those fitted sherwanis do a lot of good to his body.
The film starts with Mumtaz Begum praying to God for the safe journey of her son, Yusuf, to her house. Soon news is brought by her husband, played by Hari Shivdasani, that Yusuf will be brought the following day by Begum's brother Zafar (Shivraj) and sister-in-law, played by Manorama. This is one loophole. The directors do not make it clear why Yusuf was living away from his parents in the first place itself. To look after Yusuf the couple has also called for a nanny (here played by Leela Chitnis).
Years later the false Yusuf is eying Jamila (Nutan), the Khan Bahadur's daughter, despite having a lover in Bahar, a dancer. But Jamila falls in love with Chand (Raj Kapoor) after meeting him in a party. Jamila's father wantes her to take music lessons and she insists that she does so from Chand. But Yusuf (Pran) locates a certain Khan Saab (Raj Kapoor) who he feels is old and hence, no competition for his romantic pursuits towards Jamila. Thus the fun game starts!!
Raj Kapoor plays a hilarious double game with Jamila and Yusuf and eventually makes Yusuf appear like a fool in front of the Khan Bahadur. In the process, the old but extremely clever Khan Saab manages to win over Jamila and they have a rollicking romance. They sing an intoxicating love ballad called Tumhari mast nazar. I love how Nutan and Kapoor behave in the song. Drugged by a paan seller, they simply can't control themselves. They giggle and serenade in a lovely garden while Chand is steadily falling head over heels in love with this gorgeous maiden.
The story of Dil Hi To Hai is fuss-free. The romance is sweet, the comedy is solid and the performances are able. Nutan is lovely and chirpy, Pran is devious and wicked. But, the film will live on for Raj Kapoor who at least made an effort to depart from his tried and tested image. This surely was a fun makeover...