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Taxi Driver (1954)

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Take a nostalgic journey circa 1960s Bombay with it's quiet, peaceful and scenic background, trams, and a unique taxi driver, Mangal, who is called "Hero" by his friends. A driver who ... See full summary »

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Mangal (Hero)
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Mala
Sheila Ramani ...
Sylvie
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Mastana
Rashid Khan
Parveen Kaul
Ratan Gaurang
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Vernon Corke ...
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Take a nostalgic journey circa 1960s Bombay with it's quiet, peaceful and scenic background, trams, and a unique taxi driver, Mangal, who is called "Hero" by his friends. A driver who drives a cab by day, then drinks at night, listens to his singer girlfriend, Sylive, and then goes into a drunken stupor - and wakes up with a hangover. One day, while assisting another taxi driver, Mangal comes to the assistance of a damsel in distress, who is being molested by two thugs. Mangal gallants rescues her, and attempts to take her to her destination, to no avail, as the person she is looking for has moved. The next day, Mangal and the young woman, Mala, again attempt to seek Ratanlal, a music director, but the entire day is spent in vain. Mala lives in Mangal's tiny apartment and both become attracted to each other. When Mala finds out about Sylvie, she leaves him. He goes in her search, but finds that she has become a famous singer with the help of her music director friend. Will Mangal ever... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Jayen To Jayen Kahan
Sung by Talat Mahmood
Music composed by Sachin Dev Burman
Lyrics by Sahir Ludhianvi
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Film Noir
9 January 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The popularity of Taxi Driver established Dev Anand as one of the three most popular romantic heroes of the fifties/sixties.The other two being Raj Kapoor and Dilip Kumar. Dev was more dashing and debonair.With Taxi Driver and Baazi before that, Dev also punished baddies with punches and arms twisting to give a tougher image to his acting and please his fans. Coming back to enormously popular and financially successful Taxi Driver, the film had all round appeal. This was a trend setting crime thriller noir one of its kind. They do'not make like this any more.Good acting, story, photography, music, direction, you name it and all is there. Songs like JAYEN TO JAYEN KAHAN, Dev singing on juju sea beach after writing MALA (Kalpana Kartick) on sand swept by sea wave, is very touching. Talat Mahmood, the background singer is at his best, so are Sahir Ludhianvi's lyrics and music by immortal Sachin Dev Burman, Dev Anand's favourite music director. There are other unforgettable songs in the film. Taxi Driver remains one of Dev's greatest films.


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