Looking through my DVD collection to stall as I try to pack for the second leg of my dreaded move, I glanced through (though didn’t comlpetely re-watch) Amar Deep (1958). I’ve written about this movie before, and it’s got both good and not-as-good things about it… It’s very touching in places and is driven by some fine ideals, but, of course, it gets very melodramatic, with an ending that reminded me of a couple of South Indian films (so it made sense when I found out later that it was, indeed a remake of a Tamil film – which figures, as it was directed by T. Prakash Rao). But I think it does have consistently great song-and-dance numbers, with the best cast in some of them that you’ll see anywhere.
So take a look a this musical number, “Is Jahan Ka Pyar”… It’s got Padmini and Ragini and Dev Anand and Johnny Walker… And if that isn’t enough, watch it to the very end, and there, looking on (with some anguish), is Vyjayanthimala! (Pran is in this film too, by the way, though not in this scene.) The vocal cast is impressive too: Mohammed Rafi, Asha and Lata, and Manna Dey. Music by C. Ramchandra.
By the way, when I saw this last summer (and when I watched clips from it last spring), I was already mad about Padmini and very fond of Vyjayanthimala, and I was watching a lot of movies with Dev Anand. Since then, I’ve developed a greater appreciation of Ragini and Johnny Walker, too. I liked them well enough before, but now I can especially appreciate that they get a good share of the spotlight in this song.