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Mr. & Mrs. '55 (1955)

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A young, naive heiress, in custody of a martinet and flamingly feminist aunt is forced into a 'marriage of convenience' with an unemployed cartoonist in an attempt to save her millions - a ... See full summary »

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Anita Verma
Guru Dutt ...
Preetam Kumar
Lalita Pawar ...
Seeta Devi (Anita's Aunt)
Johnny Walker ...
Johny (as Johny Walker)
Yasmin
Kumkum ...
Preetam's Bhabhi
Tun Tun ...
Lily D'Silva (as Uma Devi)
Cuckoo ...
Singer (in song "Neele Aasmani")
Radhika Sarathkumar ...
(as Radhika)
Anwaribai ...
(as Anwari)
Agha
Haroon
Rooplaxmi ...
(as Roo Plaxmi)
Moni Chatterjee ...
The Judge (as Moni Chatterji)
Al Nasir ...
Ramesh (as Al-Nasir)
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A young, naive heiress, in custody of a martinet and flamingly feminist aunt is forced into a 'marriage of convenience' with an unemployed cartoonist in an attempt to save her millions - a move orchestrated by the scheming aunt. However, in the course of her ostensibly married life, she learns the true meaning of marriage and the deep significance of being an Indian wife, much to the dismay of her aunt, who, in adherence to her wayward beliefs, has been trying to instill every kind of anti-male sentiment in her niece's ingenuous mind. Written by Hrishi Dixit <hrishi@slb.com>

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Chal Diye Banda Nawaaz
Sung by Geeta Dutt and Mohammad Rafi
Music Composed by O.P. Nayyar
Lyrics by Majrooh Sultanpuri
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Wonderful tunes!
27 May 2007 | by (Derby, UK) – See all my reviews

I always thought "Mr & Mrs '55" was a terrible title and surely there were better possibilities – it makes it sound pretty ordinary. Whereas it was a nice little romantic musical comedy and better than most of its contemporaries with some memorable upbeat music from O.P.Nayaar.

Anita, played by the gorgeous Madhubala, is forced to marry Preetam played by dashing Guru Dutt purely on her aunts orders but falls in love with him - much to her aunts disgust and opposition. It's engrossing enough a story but the jaunty yet earnest songs sung by Rafi and Geeta Dutt are the thing, especially Thandi Hawa (my all-time favourite Madhubala moment at the lido), Johnny Walker's infuriatingly catchy Jaane Kahan Mera, and the Rafi/Dutt duet Chal Diya Banda Nawaaz

  • beautifully sung beautiful lyrics always make me wish it had gone on


another 10 minutes. Favourite bit; the amazingly heartrending scene where Anita realises how much in love she is, just before Udhar Tum. As a counterpoint to the overall optimism of this film it's sad to remember 9 years afterwards Dutt committed suicide at 39 and in 1969 Madhubala died of heart disease at only 36.

Overall, great stuff, wish I had a cleaner copy, and don't let the title put you off.


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