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

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Maana Janaab Ne Pukaara Nahin
Sung by Kishore Kumar
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Not as good as expected
28 September 2014 | by (India) – See all my reviews

This was one of Devanand's super hit films when it was released and so naturally, I had higher expectations from the film. But it does not match up so.

My biggest gripe is with the actor, Devanand himself. Naturally, I like him but in this case, he in inconsistent. This was a time when he was developing his mannerisms which came to define him in his later years. This film neither had the acting prowess of Devanand like in the earlier Baazi or CID nor the style later seen in Tere Ghar Ke Samne and Jewel Thief. He fails to give a mature performance. To his credit, he still was handsome and therefore, not totally unsuited for the role.

As for the actors, Nutan particularly shines. She holds the film together and shares good chemistry with Devanand. The songs are a strong plus point of the film, especially "Maana janab ne pukara nahi".


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