Sharmila is a lovely looking lady. She has a dimpled smile that can wreak havoc on any heart, irrespective of gender and age. But here, I somehow found her too superficial for my taste. The girl who dazzles away in Aradhana and Amar Prem, is somewhat too over-made-up here. She does not require those excessive jewellery, those gaudy saris and that caked look. There is a refreshing charm about her that should be kept intact. If you remember how stunning she looked in An Evening in Paris despite portraying a rich girl, you'd be disppointed at how wrongly Sharmila is done up here. She looks overtly proud in some frames and a tad haughty in some. Not to my liking. Maybe it was her personality too that put me off to some extent.
The 1968 film does start off very well with a murder taking place and the person behind the murder being good enough to own up his devious act and landing in prison. His manager Ajit Narang (Rehman) takes care of his property and his daughter till she is big enough to take care of the estate herself. But what is disgusting is that Ajit who is old enough to be Anita's father, harbours romantic interests about her and wants her to himself. Yikes!!!
So he keeps a tab on Anita's whereabouts by fixing Minoo for the job, who later develops a close bond with Anita. She safeguards Anita from the hawk eyes of Ajit, even misleading him to some extent.
Mere Hamdam Mere Dost is a good hot potch of romance, thrills and comedy. What the director wanted to achieve is not clear. In the midst, we get a distorted script with characters mired in controversy and with lack of steam. And after the close to three hours of reel time, I am left with the foot tapping club number that comes in the last. Mumtaz dazzles in it and makes the pain a bit easy to endure!!