Great singing by Asha, music by Naushad, film directed by Harnam Singh Rawail. This was a fairly good movie, IMO. The drama and plot did not make this one of my all-time favorite movies, but it often was excellent to look at and the music was very nice. And, most importantly, there was the cast! The best thing about this film was its central triangle: Dilip Kumar, Balraj Sahnee and Vyjayanthimala all together – you can’t beat that. I thought Vyjayanthi danced great here as always; I just wish she could have done more dancing, like in some of her earlier films. But her acting was fine, too, especially when she cried – she was one of Bollywood’s best criers, I think.
Balraj was a little different in this movie from in others that I’d seen, because it’s the first time I’ve seen his character get really nasty. This guy actually goes and tortures people (especially one poor fellow named Bhim (Ulhas) who just seems destined to be tortured and suffer a miserable death). But somehow – and not unexpectedly – Balraj Sahni still turns out looking noble in the end.
Dilip did the usual good job of playing a guy who was anguished and all torn up inside by certain traditions and turns of fate that he really would rather not have been part of, if only he’d been given a choice.
The story… Well it’s a family feud, somewhat connected to people’s religion and traditions. They’re all different kinds of Hindu, more or less, but it’s pretty obviously an allegory for the relationship between a couple of countries – need I say more?
Buried in all this, there’s some interesting stuff about the Thuggee cult. Actually, I would have liked to see a little more explanation of that.