Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Avdi's Dev Anand Tag

First a link to my review on Dev Anand

Next a link to my review on Guide

Movies Seen & Liked
Des Pardes (1978) --- The last good Dev Anand movie. There is a nice line in the last song that I identify with a lot "Wahaan Ek JeevanSathi Hai Yahaan Roz Naya Sawariya, Woh Bhi Theek To Yeh Bhi Theek Hai Apna Apna Nazariya." (Expressing tolerance and understanding for the West & India.)
Haré Raama Haré Krishna (1971) --- His best directorial venture, partly flawed (all that moorti stealing stuff with Prem Chopra); but mostly ahead of the curve. Zeenat Aman's debut, and great songs "Dum Maaro Dum", "Phoolon Ka Taaron Ka", "Kaanchi Re Kaanchi", "O Re Ghunghroo Ka Bole", Dekho O Deewano".
Tere Mere Sapne (1971) --- A sensitive movie that explores medical ethics and husband-wife relationships, Dev Anand & Mumtaz make a lovely pair. Great songs "He Maine Kasam Li", "Jeevan Ki Bagiya Mehkengi", "Jaise Radha Ne Mala Japi".
Johny Mera Naam (1970) --- All us kids were greatly impressed with Dev Anand as a cool hep dude Johnny, who in reality is a CID inspector. We used to play a game called HandsUp, and all of us would try to imitate him. Me and my brother must have spent several years fighting like the long lost brothers Dev Anand & Pran.
Duniya (1968) --- Do not remember much, had a great song "Dooriyaan Nazhdikiyaan Ban Gayi". I think it was a whodunit murder plot.
Jewel Thief (1967) --- First Hindi movie seen outside India, as someone said "A Great combination of James Bond & Agatha Christie.". Do I need to say great songs ?
Guide (1965) --- Refer to my review, My all-time favorite Hindi movie.
Teen Devian (1965) --- Great songs with Nanda, Kalpana (not Kalpana Kartik his wife) & Simi Garewal. "Are Yaar Meri Tum Bhi Ho GhazaB', "Khwaab Ho Tum Ya Koi Haqeeqat", "Likha Hai Teri Ankhon Mein", "Aise To Na Dekho". Only Dev Anand can be simultaneously in love with 3 women.
Tere Ghar Ke Samne (1963) --- His best movie with Nutan, a delightful entertainer. Great songs "Dil Ka Bhanwar Kare Pukar", "Tere Ghar Ke Samne", "Tu Kahaan Ye Bataa", "Dekho Rootha Na Karo".
Asli-Naqli (1962) --- Only film with Hrishikesh Mukherjee, they had a fight. HK thought that DA was all charisma and no acting ability, and DA would retort that no one would come to see HK's movies. Many great songs and a lovely Sadhana, "Tujhe Jeevan Ki Dor Se Baandh liya Hai", "Tera Mera Pyaar Amar", "Ek Budh Banaoonga", "Kal Ki Daulat AAj Ki Khooshiyaan".
Baat Ek Raat Ki (1962) --- An underrated thriller with Dev Anand as a lawyer and Waheeda Rehman as his client accused of a murder. Great songs "Na Tum Hame Jaano", "Akela Hoon Mein".
Hum Dono (1961) --- Dev Anand shines in a double role, Sadhana is lovely (as usual) and great songs (as usual). "Abhi Na Jaao Chodkar", "Main Zindagi Ka Saath Nibhaata Chala Gaya".
Jab Pyar Kisise Hota Hai (1961) --- A nice pair Dev Anand & Asha Parekh, with great songs "Jab Pyaar Kisise Hota Hai", "Sau Saal Pehle Mujhe Tumse Pyaar Tha", "Teri Zulfon Se Judaai To Nahi Mangi Thi."
Bombai Ka Babu (1960) --- Sensitively handled the taboo topic of incest, Dev Anand plays Suchitra Sen's long lost brother. In reality, he has accidently murdered the real brother; but now falls in love with her. She obviously cannot reciprocate, and finally marries someone else. Both looked great, and so were the songs "Dekhne Mein Bhola Hai Dil ka Salona", "Deewana Mastana Hua Dil Jaane Kaha Hoke Bahaar Ayi', "Chal Ri Sajni Ab Kya Soche."
Kala Bazar (1960) --- Another great pairing with Waheeda Rehman, Vijay Anand acts and directs this movie. Numerous great songs. A great early scene shows Dev Anand selling "Mother India's" tickets in black, at it premiere attended by several Hindi Movie industry figures.
Kalapani (1958) --- Dev Anand & Madhubala must be the best looking pair in Hindi Movies, also great acting acting by DA (won Filmfare best actor award.) Great songs again "Hum Bekhudi Mein Tumko Pukare Chale Gaye", "Nazar Laagi Raja Tore Bugle Par",
"AchaJi Mein Haari Chalo Man Jaao Na".
Nau Do Gyarah (1957) --- Starts as a copy of "It Happened One Night", but unlike another Raj Kapoor-Nargis copy "Chori Chori"; veers away from the original. And when it veers away, it also looses some of the charm. Never mind, great song "Hum Hai Rahi Pyar Ke", "Ankhon Mein Kya Jee Rupaila Badal", "Aaja Panchii Akela Hai", will keep you entertained. (BTW, both Dev
Anand & Raj Kapoor copy Clark Gable's hair style, in different songs.)
Paying Guest (1957) --- I think his first pairing with Nutan, and a delightful movie. A character "Sharabi Jeejajee" unintentionally provides a lot more fun. Great songs once again
C.I.D. (1956) --- Dev Anand excels at playing a sauve smart CID inspector, Johnny Walker provides comic relief and a great song "Yeh hai Bombay Meri Jaan", Waheeda Rehman's debut is not to be missed.
Munimji (1955) --- Great song "Jeevan Ke Safar Mein Rahi".
Patita (1953) --- Several great songs.

Movies seen & Liked as a Kid But ROFL now
I cannot belive that as a kid I liked these movies, and actually looked forward to seeing them.
Bullet (1976) --- Has a song that goes something like "Bullet, Bullet, Bullet, Dekho Yeh Kya Hai".
Jaaneman (1976) --- Apparently a remake of Taxi Driver with Hema Malini in a double role.
Warrant (1975) --- Has to be seen once to see Bombay Police dressed in skin tight pale blue outfits while raiding Ajit's den.Ajit goes around looking for a "Faarmoola", and also has a pool of acid in which he throws people he wants to kill. Now strictly ROFL. Nice song "Ruk Jaana O Jaana Humse Do Baate Karke Chali Jaana".
Amir Garib (1974) --- What in hell is a Bagla Bhagat (Dev Anand's bad character's name.).
Joshila (1973) --- Great song "Kiska Rasta Dekhe"
Chhupa Rustam (1973) --- Yet another CID role with Hema Malini. Dev Anand does a qawwali, with Ajit, Prem Chopra & Hema Malini looking on; again strictly ROFL.
Banarasi Babu (1973) --- Dev Anand in a double role, one of which is a paan chewing Babu from Banaras.
Heera Panna (1973) --- Great Song "Panna Ki Tamanna"; Zeenat looks awesome in a bikini in another song.
Shareef Budmaash (1973) --- Yet another CID role with Hema Malini. Great song "Neend Churakar Raaton Mein".
Yeh Gulistan Hamara (1972) --- With Sharmila Tagore.

Movies Seen & Not Liked
Love at Times Square (2003) --- Cant believe I actually saw this one, and also read the New York Times's review where they too were sort of kind to him.
Return of Jewel Thief (1996) --- ROFL, ROFL, ROFL at the first song and most of the movie. This movie should never have been made.
Gangster (1994) --- Remember only bits & pieces, to quote Kulbhushan Kharbanda from Shaan "Meri Samajh Mein Nahi Aaya Ke Mein Hansoo Ya Rouu" (forgive the spelling of Rouu.)
Sau Crore (1991) --- Again vaguely remember.
Awwal Number (1990) --- A movie containing Cricket & Aamir Khan, and yet so bad.
Swami Dada (1982) --- Holy Cow !!!!
Man Pasand (1980) --- Dev Anand as Henry Higgins has to be the greatest miscast of all time.
Kalabaaz (1977) --- ROFL @ Dev Anand & Zeenat on an elephant.
Saheb Bahadur (1977) --- Apparently a remake of Afsar which I have not seen, judging by this movie am glad I did not.
Ishq Ishq Ishq (1974) --- Had good songs, but no one could figure out the story.
Gambler (1971) --- Great songs but what was the point ???
Prem Pujari (1970) --- Great songs (multiple), Dev Anand's direction leaves a lot to be desired. Grimsel Pass (Phoolon Ke Rang Se) in real life is the closest Lunar Landscape on earth.
Love Marriage (1959) --- Yet another movie with Cricket, ROFL @ Dev Anand hitting sixes; only 10 people in the theatre; we 4 friends walked out during the interval (2 of us strong DA fans). Great songs "Dheere Dheere Chal Chand Gagan Mein" & "Kahen Jhoom Jhoom Raat Ye Suhaani".
Amar Deep (1958) --- A Love triangle that dragged on, Great songs "Dekh Hame Awaaz Na Dena" & "Mere Man Ka Bawra Panchii".
House No. 44 (1955) --- Great songs, but a slow movie.
Insaniyat (1955) --- ROFL @ names like Zangoora, and Dev Anand with a moustache, and Dilip Kumar hamming away.
Taxi Driver (1954) --- Slow movie, but a couple of great songs.

Movies Not Seen
Mr Prime Minister (2005)
Aman Ke Farishtey (2003)
Censor (2001)
Hum Naujawan (1985)
Anand Aur Anand (1984)
Lootmaar (1980)
Darling Darling (1977) --- Has a great song "Aise Na Mujhe Tum Dekho"
Prem Shastra (1974)
The Evil Within (1970) --- ????
Mahal (1969)
Kahin Aur Chal (1968)
Pyar Mohabbat (1966)
Sharabi (1964) --- Great song "Kabhie Na Kabhie Kahi Na Kahi Koi Na Koi To Ayega"
Kinare Kinare (1963)
Maya (1961) --- Great songs "Koi Sone Ke Dilwaala", "Tasveer Teri Dil Mein"
Roop Ki Rani Choron Ka Raja (1961)
Ek Ke Baad Ek (1960)
Jaali Note (1960)
Manzil (1960)
Sarhad (1960)
Solva Saal (1958) --- Great song "Hai Apna Dil To Awara"
Baarish (1957)
Dushman (1957)
Funtoosh (1956)
Pocket Maar (1956)
Dev Anand in Goa (Alias Farar) (1955)
Milap (1955)
Baadbaan (1954)
'Ferry' (1954)
Armaan (1953)
Humsafar (1953)
Rahi (1953)
Aandhiyan (1952)
Jaal (1952) --- Great song "Yeh Raat Yeh Chandni Phir Kahaan"
Tamasha (1952)
Zalzala (1952)
Aaram (1951)
Baazi (1951) --- Great song "Tadbeer Se bigdi hui"
Do Sitare (1951)
Nadaan (1951)
Sanam (1951)
Sazaa (1951) --- Great song "Tum Na Jaane Kis Jahaan Mein Kho Gaye"
Stage (1951)
Afsar (1950)
Birha Ki Raat (1950)
Dilruba (1950)
Hindustan Hamara (1950)
Khel (1950)
Madhubala (1950)
Nili (1950)
Nirala (1950)
Jeet (1949)
Shair (1949)
Shayar (1949)
Udhaar (1949)
Hum Bhi Insaan Hain (1948)
Vidya (1948)
Ziddi (1948)
Aage Badho (1947)
Mohan (1947)
Hum Ek Hain (1946)


couchpapaya said...

wow, u've seen quite a bit of them!! btw, did that man pasand movie have tina munim ??? if yes, then it was v. sad. i didnt even remember dev anand being the henry higgins character!!! i need to watch guide asap :)

samir said...

HeHeHe the things one does when growing up.
Yes Man Pasand had Tina Munim as Eliza Dolittle, another great miscast. Some nice songs though.
Guide has so many different layers and interpretations, definitely a must see.

Smita said...

Oh! u have seen quite a many movies of his...

My all time favs are Hum Dono, Bombay Ka Babu, Guide, Hare Rama Hare Krishna, Jhonny Mera Naam, Jewel Thief, 3 deviyaan, tere ghar ke saamne...and many more...sigh!!!

Lately have been listening to his songs only...

Lovely post may be I'll also pick it someday :)

samir said...

Smita :)
HeHeHe, really jobless while growing up.
Your favs. are mine too.
And I listen to his songs all the time.
You should certainly write your own, would love to read it.
Did you read Ava's, and see her mother's video; that was something was it not.

avdi said...

wonderful samir, this was a great read. i got goosebumps at all those songs. now i mean to compile my own dev anand songs - jai ho downloading.

will write more. lekin - where is Smita????

samir said...

The songs are really good aren't they. Smita should be around.

avdi said...

I read your links now.. after all this while. The Guide review was SUPERB, n the Dev Anand one makes me want to buy his book. Somewhere else it was panned horribly, which is why I didnt think of getting it. But Dev Anand really speaks well, so his book shouldnt suck, logically speaking.

Do you remember the climax of Jewel Thief where Ashok Kumar pronounces Jewel as Jwell (to rhyme with Swell) and it is Dev who correctly pronounces it.

samir said...

Ava :)
Thanks for reading them and the nice comment. His book is worth a read, mostly for the part about his career until the 70's. Later parts of the book (like his later career) are pointless, and maybe this is the part that others have justifiably panned.
Yes I do remember the Jwell/Jewel part, in fact I own the DVD; a great entertainer.

harvey said...

My comments to the Dev's films:

2011 Chargesheet: Asha Bhosle sang for it, didn't she?

2009 Millionaire Slumdog (video): ???

2005 Mr Prime Minister: remember some seedy dance with Boman Irani looking on

2003 Love at Times Square: Something to do with 9/11

2003 Aman Ke Farishtey: Heard about this for the first time.

2001 Censor: somebody said it was good

1998 Main Solah Baras Ki: Dev in title role?

1996 Return of Jewel Thief: such a bad sequel to such a good predecessor

1994 Gangster: Gangsta Dev

1991 Sau Crore: something to do with India's population. A film on the census procedure or on family planning.

1990 Awwal Number: Something to do with cricket, right?

1989 Lashkar: Madhavi, the beautiful dusky Madhavi opposite our ever-hara Dev Anand

1989 Sachché Ká Bol-Bálá: heard of it

1985 Hum Naujawan: Tabu as Dev's daughter

1984 Anand Aur Anand: Suneil Anand's debut film, amchi Smita Patil opposite Dev!

1982 Swami Dada: Rati, Mithun is nirvana bliss, but what is the Dada doing in it?

1980 Ek Do Teen Chaar: ???

1980 Man Pasand: Have seen this? There were 4 other blokes in the cinema hall other than the three of us. Most probably we disturbed them. Nice songs! Dev could have been a good Higgings if he were not bent on showing himself to be young.

1980 Lootmaar: remember Johnny Whiskey's joke where hijras play kabaddi with film stars team and when Dev comes in the arena, the hijra says Lootmar jaisa picture banayega to aag nahin lagega to kya hoga.

1978 Des Pardes: Indrani Mukherjee as his bhabhi and I think it was the first and last Hindi film to deal with illegal immigrants in UK

1977 Darling Darling: aise na mujhe tum dekho, good song!

1977 Kalabaaz: Dev and Zeenat as circus artistes

1977 Saheb Bahadur: Remake of an older film of his, based on a Russian novel, opposite his expressionless bhabhi.

1976 Bullet: his only film opposite Parveen Babi. hansome Kabir Bedi as villain

1976 Jaaneman: jaaneman kisika naam nahin

1975 Warrant: rukh jaana ruuk jaana, superb song!

1974 Amir Garib: good songs

1974 Ishq Ishq Ishq: served as a debut vehicle for 2-3 stars including Shabana Azmi

1974 Prem Shastra: Dev's take on Kamasutra?

1973 Joshila: beautiful songs, beautiful Hema, beautiful Rakhee, good lyrics by Sahir, superb music by Pancham!

1973 Chhupa Rustam: what is Hema doing with a bed tick?

1973 Banarasi Babu: Thanks to Samirbhai, I know that Rakhee gets to survive the first half of the film, though she has to share him with Yogeeta Bali, who again gets thrown out of the hero's room, while trying to seduce him.

1973 Heera Panna: Rakhee dies in the first half of the story. Zeenat in bikini in the middle of Karnataka.

1973 Shareef Budmaash: Hema, neend churake raaton se tumne baaton baaton me...

1972 Yeh Gulistan Hamara: only film opp Shamrila, something to with NE states, has the only song where baap-beta SDB and RDB sing together.

1971 Haré Raama Haré Krishna: dum maro dum, saw it ages back on DD

1971 Tere Mere Sapne: nice film, idealistic, nice songs!

1971 Gambler: Nargis' niece opp. Dev, chhudi nahin hai yeh mera...

1970 Johny Mera Naam: good value for money, if you like masala

1970 Prem Pujari: rangila re..., nice European locales

1970 The Evil Within: Filipino film of which I came to know of today

harvey said...

1969 Mahal: nice thriller! yeh duniyawale puchenge wihtlots of umbrellas

1968 Duniya: ??
1968 Kahin Aur Chal: ??

1967 Jewel Thief: Mani Kaul's fav movie, mine too. madhu doesn't like Vyju's sari, Vyju waving her hands like a windmill in hothon pe aisi baat.

1966 Akalmand: ??

1966 Pyar Mohabbat: Saira Banu, I think!

1965 Guide: GREAT FILM!!!! Could watch it again and again!!!!!!

1965 Teen Devian: Madhu wrote an interesting review of this film on teen Deviyan and one Dev!

1964 Sharabi: Last film with madhubala

1963 Kinare Kinare: Last film with Meena Kumari

1963 Tere Ghar Ke Samne: Last film with Nutan! dil ka bhanwar kare pukar

1962 Hum Dono: Fauji Dev with Nanda and Sadhana, great songs!

1962 Asli-Naqli: remake of Maya?

1962 Baat Ek Raat Ki: Dev doing a Perry Mason. Na tum hume jaano, na hum tumhe jaane

1961 Maya: Last film with Mala Sinha. Ja re ja re ud ja re panchhi, tasveer teri dil ki. lovely songs!

1961 Jab Pyar Kisise Hota : Popatlal! First film with Asha Parekh.

1961 Roop Ki Rani Choron Ka Raja: tum to dil ke taar chhed kar kho gaye ...

1960 Bombai Ka Babu: deewana mastana, scenic locales, beautiful photography!

1960 Ek Ke Baad Ek: Know only Ek Se Bad Kar Ek!

1960 Jaali Note: ????

1960 Kala Bazar: Lovely film with lovely music, na mian dhan chahun na ratan chahun..., sirf black market me mili film kit tickete chahun?

1960 Manzil: Had a audio cassette with its songs, wonder where it has gone?

1960 Sarhad: with Padmini?

1959 Love Marriage: first film with Mala Sinha? dheere dheere chal chand gagan me...

1958 Amar Deep: with Padmini and Ragini. See him dance for the first time.

1958 Kalapani: Madhubala and Nalini Jaywant, caught between two beautiful women, no, no! achha ji main hari chalo maan jao na...

1958 Solva Saal: Yahin to hai woh, yahin to hai...

1957 Baarish: Nutan, Dev gets to move his lips to Chitalkar's voice.

1957 Dushman: Dushman, dushman jo dosto se pyara hai, no not that dushman and I have no idea about it.

1957 Nau Do Gyarah: aajaa panchhi akei hai, so jaa nindiya ki bela hai... last film with wife Kalpana Karthik!

1957 Paying Guest: first film with Nutan, lovely songs. Dev Anand also does a nawab saab cameo.

1956 C.I.D.: first film with Waheeda and first and last film with Shakila. Engrossing film!

1956 Funtoosh: RDB's first song!

1956 Pocket Maar: Dev as pocketmaar?

1955 Dev Anand in Goa (Alias Farar) Last film with Geeta Bali

1955 House No. 44: aag lage bangle me...

1955 Insaniyat: ???

1955 Milap: ??? Know only Sunil Dutt and Nutan one.

1955 Munimji: 4 years younger Nirupa Roy playing Dev's mother

harvey said...

1954 Baadbaan: Meena Kumari,

1954 'Ferry': opp. Geeta Bali

1954 Taxi Driver: ??

1953 Armaan: ??

1953 Humsafar: ??

1953 Patita: opp. my mom's school mate Usha Kiran!

1953 Rahi: rahi matwale?

1952 Aandhiyan: ??

1952 Jaal: Dev as Tony the smuggler singing yeh raat yeh chandani phir kahan.

1952 Tamasha: Dev doing a Pinjra?

1952 Zalzala: sounds like an ice cream!

1951 Aaram: Remember Indira Gandhi's aaram haram hai slogan?

1951 Baazi: Guru Dutt's first directoral venture. engrossing film! Lovely! Dev enacts sort of an anti-hero!

1951 Do Sitare: not one but two stars!

1951 Nadaan: o mora nadaan balama, na jaane dil ki baat, not that naadan!

1951 Sanam: ??

1951 Sazaa: yeh pyaar hai ye sazaa?

1951 Stage: ??

1950 Afsar: socialist film with Suraiya, check Richard or Greta

1950 Birha Ki Raat: Dev's birha ki raat, doe she become a ghar jamai?

1950 Dilruba: ??

1950 Khel: Khel Khiladi Ka?

1950 Madhubala: Madhubala with Madhubala!

1950 Nili: nili aankhon wale...

1950 Nirala: with suraiya or with Rehana?

1949 Jeet: Haar jeet to ek hai!

1949 Namoona: ??
1949 Shair: main shayar badnaam...

1949 Udhaar: ??
1948 Hum Bhi Insaan Hain: ??
1948 Vidya: Suraiya
1948 Ziddi: chanda re jaa re jaa re with Kamini Kaushal, Kishore gives for the first time playback to Dev.
1947 Aage Badho: ??
1947 Mohan: Dev as Krishna?
1946 Hum Ek Hain: Prabhat films, Kindergarten for Dev, Guru and Balraj Sahni.

samir said...

@Harvey :
Thanks for filling in such a detailed comment.

harvey said...

@ samir: to misquote a song:
aap kahen aur ham na maane aise to halath nahin oh