Paying Guest (1957)

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An incompetent lawyer gets evicted, dons the guise of an old man to gain accommodation, falls for the owner's daughter, then faces numerous life-changing challenges.


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Cast overview:
Advocate Ramesh Kumar
Shanti / Shanno
Gajanan Jagirdar ...
Public Prosecutor Dayal (as Jagirdar)
Sajjan ...
Jagat - Ramesh's Friend
Shubha Khote ...
Gani ...
Digambernath (as Gyani)
Dulari ...
Rajendra ...
Inspector Khanna
Chaman Puri ...
Public Prosecutor
Sailen Bose ...
Social worker
Gitanjali ...
Shanti's Sister (as Baby Gitanjali)
Master Bapu ...
Shanti's Brother
Lala Yaqoob ...
Prakash (as Yakub)


Based in Hazratganj, Advocate Ramesh Kumar gets evicted for not paying his rent, finds accommodation with a Nawab, but is subsequently evicted from there also after forcing a tenant of 20-years, Digambernath, to move out. Ramesh then falls for the latter's daughter, Shanti, dons a guise of an old man, calls himself Mirza, and becomes their paying guest. He is able to win her heart, convinces her dad to let him live there, as well as finds employment next door with Public Prosecutor Dayal. He will soon face challenges when Shanti's sister, Uma, and her alcoholic husband, Prakash, move in; he will not only take to alcohol but also frequent the company of Dayal's attractive wife, Chanchal, and estrange himself from Shanti - but nothing will prepare him for the chain of events that will follow after two sudden deaths and an apparent homicide - shattering and changing everyone's lives forever. Written by rAjOo (

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Chaand Phir Nikla
Sung by Lata Mangeshkar
Music by Sachin Dev Burman
Lyrics by Majrooh Sultanpuri
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As in Filmistan's earlier "Munimji", Subodh Mukerji came up trumps again with "Paying Guest", again with Dev Anand.
14 August 1999 | by (India) – See all my reviews

The inexperienced and bungling advocate, Dev Anand, goes looking out for rented accommodation in the metropolis, but nobody was prepared to entertain a young bachelor. Dev disguises himself as an old bearded man, shoulders drooping with age, and manages to land himself as a paying guest in the apartment of a retired man, who has a young daughter, played by Nutan. And of course, the secret is out before long, and both fall in love. Dev starts working with a very renowned advocate, played by Jagirdar, whom Nutan's friend, played by Shobha Khote, had married as he was immensely wealthy. In no time, she starts feeling lonely as the old man was oblivious of the needs of the young woman. Shobha starts wooing Dev. Yaqub, Nutan's good for nothing and drunkard brother-in-law, starts blackmailing Dev and Shobha, and in the process, Jagirdar is killed. The long drawn out climax in the court room, ends with the culprit being identified, and the lovers united to "live happily ever after".

The more enjoyable moments in the film are when Dev looks for the accommodation, his impersonation as a Muslim old man, and later when he tries to woo Nutan. Their romantic scenes are very infectious. Both Dev and Nutan form a very lovable pair, as was seen whenever they acted together in other films also, like "Manzil", "Baarish" and "Tere Ghar Ke Samne". Both of them gave creditable performances. Yaqub also gave a good account of himself.

S. D. Burman came up with another stunning musical score. Kishore Kumar's "Mana janab ne pukara nahin, ya mera saath bhi gawara nahin" and "Hai hai yeh nigahen, are kar den sharabi jise chahen" are his evergreen numbers. Burman dada's unique style in duet composition is again visible in everlasting songs like "Ho, nigahen mastana, dekh saman hai suhana" and "Chhod do aanchal zamana kya kahega". Lata Mangeshkar was exeedingly good in the sad song "Chand phir nikla, magar tum na aaye". She also had another pleasant number in "Chupke chupke, rukte rukte, maine dekha".

In short, a very enjoyable fair.

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