Amar is different and how? It stars Dilip Kumar, the reigning king of Hindi cinema, as the titular figure but he is projected as a person who commits a heinous crime in a weak moment. He rapes-- a cardinal sin when it comes to the hero of a Hindi film. No hero is supposed to rape, let alone looking at a damsel lecherously. Where Mehboob Khan succeeds wonderfully is how he whets our appetite with the initial exchanges between Sonia and Amarnath. Sonia (Nimmi) is the village milkmaid who is a freespirit and a pretty soul. She talks to the pet animals in her house and displays a kind of mischievous side when she goes to teach her cruel stepmom a lesson. She answers back rudely to the village ruffian Sankat (Jayant) who is relentlessly wooing her. But when she meets Amar by accident, she is no more the street smart village belle, frolicking and freewheeling. In her first meeting with Amar, in a tender sweep, she ties a piece of her dupatta on Amar's injured finger. And runs away shyly. Of course, you see the sexual chemistry between the two. Amar is bemused and even expresses his desire to get married. Yes, he too found this girl attractive. Mehboob Khan plays on the desires of youngsters tactfully. He goes on to show the effect this handsome and smart lawyer has had on Sonia. He also shows how Amar has been affected, even if it is only a bit, by this chance encounter. Then comes the masterstroke in the form of Anju's picture. A prospective alliance for Amar and he is smitten. Khan nips the prospect of Amar and Sonia's romance in the bud. Amar goes on to meet Anju (Madhubala) and is obviously flabbergasted to see this beautiful lady who also has a defiant side to her. Romance ensues and Anju is brought into the picture only for the fireworks to begin.
Maybe, he is just sexually attracted to her. Why else would he rape her? Taking advantage of a helpless girl who comes to his house for shelter, he ravages her. This is a shocker in terms of how we are supposed to view most of our heroes. No hero is supposed to rape, rather he should not be succumbing to carnal lust so easily. But Mehboob Khan doesn't heed those rules.
The film is great till here. But after that, it loses momentum. While we expect Sonia, the otherwise gritty fireball of a girl, to fight back for justice, all she does is weep and keep mum about Amar. Why? She has fallen in love with him and considers him to be her lawful husband!! Shucks!! What just happened to the narrative?!?!?
There are numerous occasions where Amar could have owned up his wrong by Khan waits till teh very end when Amar pronounces himself the wrongdoer in from of the judge. I guess that's how Khan wanted it. Overtly melodramatic and loud!
The ending is tepid, conventional and so expected. Amar accepts Sonia as his wife, who is anyways is superbly in love with him. And Anju leaves to fend for herself. Why couldn't Khan make the ending more twisty??? I'm not that absolutely happy with Amar. It could have been so much better, what with a sterling cast, awesome music and great situations.
Dilip Kumar turns out to be such a brooding sissy even after he cuts such a dashing figure in the beginning. He starts off flamboyantly but peeters out. Blame the script please. Nimmi was fantastic in histrionics. She is so slender that it's quite hard to believe. Wish she was more gritty in the later stages.