The film, directed by Raja Nawathe, starts in a train compartment where Rajesh (Manoj Kumar) meets Meena (Mumtaz). He overhears a conversation inside the washroom and thinks that some ruffian is trying to molest her. Banging the door open, he is a bit taken aback when Meena clears his misconception showing him a radio which was blaring the piece. Meena is upset that Rajesh is travelling in a ladies' compartment, but this guy cleverly turns the tables on her and cheekily occupies the upper berth to his destination. Meena, as it appears, is back home after her completing her studies. She is the only daughter of a wealthy landlord in this town. She is pretty and extremely haughty. She rushes to meet her friend Taruna (Waheeda Rehman), who she discovers singing on the valleys. As the camera focuses on Taruna, I can only figure that this woman has been forced to get into some atrocious attires that hardly do any good to her personality. Though the song, Koi nahin hain (Lata Mangeshkar, music by Laxmikant Pyarelal) is good, it lacks the chirpy quality that should be present in the song of a carefree village girl.
Taruna and Meena, eventually get together to teach Rajesh a lesson. he is the new estate manager, employed under Meena's dad and the two girls try to fool him by pretending to be in love with him. Being the smart guy that he is, Rajesh quickly finds out why the two girls are being so sugary with him, and to trick both of them start playing their game against them. In the process we have a great song, Tauba yeh matwali chaal, picturised on the naughty Manoj Kumar, Mumtaz and Waheeda Rehman. And all this while I keep feeling Mumtaz looks so much better with the hero than Waheeda...
While all this is happening, both the girls fall in love with the dashing manager and Meena, the vain girl that she is, orders Taruna to step aside so that she can have Rajesh for herself. But truth is, Rajesh has fallen in love with Meena and woos her quite persistently. They both sing, Mehboob mere, a nice romantic ballad to seal their love.
Rajesh's entry into Rai Sahab's estate has ruffled Lala Bhagat Ram's feathers, the unscrupulous thekedaar of the apple orchards. Pran is a lipsmacking delight in this role. His mannerisms, get-up, personality totally fits the bill. He also has an eye set on Taruna and is hell bent in having her for himself.
There are also skeletons in the closet of Rajesh's mother (Lalita Pawar), which if revealed would destroy teh peace and calm of everyone around. But in the end, as most Hindi films, everything is sorted out. Good people are exonerated and bad people are punished.That's the sum total of this likeable romance.
The tickles are generated by Hariya (Mehmood), Rai Sahab's servant, who carries with him a childish lisp. He loves Bhagatram's sister (Aruna Irani), but is too scared of the brother to stand strong in his convictions. But Mehmood is quite endearing and really funny. The song, Dushman hain zamana, a dream sequence picturised on him and all the other actors, turns out to be a catchy number.
Waheeda is good in her performance. Only if she looked a little younger. Mumtaz is a stunning vision and plays her part quite well. The only disturbing element is the jealous tints in her personality. She somehow was not being able to pull it off convincingly.
But otherwise, he was quite charming. Yes, even Hariya noticed how dashing he looked. Tall, strapping and the owner of a sweet smile... Whatever happened to this Manoj Kumar in the years to come...