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Ek Musafir Ek Hasina (1962)

An army officer loses his memory, falls for a married woman, then regains part of his memory but forgets her.

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Lieutenant Ajay Mehra
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Asha
Dhumal ...
Ultaram
Rajendra Nath ...
Sultaram
Siddhu ...
(as Sidhu)
Kamal Kapoor ...
Ranjeet
Malika ...
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Inspector Jagdish
Gani ...
(as Gyani)
Master Aziz ...
Abdullah
Shyam Chatterji
Jankidas ...
Manager - Continental Hotel
Narbada Shankar ...
(as Narbada Shanker)
Wajid Khan
Ravikant ...
(as Ravi Kant)
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On 14 November 1947 Lieutenant Ajay Mehra, in the company of two assistants, Ultaram and Sultaram, travels to Kashmir to quash Kabaayalis rebels. While rescuing a woman in Baramullah, he sustains a head injury and loses his memory. The woman he rescued, Asha, was just married to Ranjeet but ended up being abandoned by him during the attack, looks after him, accompanies him to Srinagar to get him medically treated, and Ajay falls in love with her. After she gets him admitted, she leaves a message that since she is married, she must return back home. Once there, she finds out that her marriage was not finalized while her in-laws refuse to accept this and decide to abduct her. Ajay manages to rescue her but ends up getting arrested by the police, he does escape from custody and returns home to Bombay. Once there, he hopes to regain his memory but while chasing bank robbers, meets with an accident and is hospitalized. He regains part of his memory, his identity, and his mission in Kashmir... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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A traveller and a belle
25 May 2011 | by (India) – See all my reviews

Ek Musafir Ek Hasina (a traveller and a belle) tells a story of a man's amnesia happening twice in his life which was later repeated in several Bollywood movies. I don't know the source of the basic grains of this script, however the writer-director, Raj Khosla has been able to present it in a highly impressive and entertaining manner.

The main protagonist of the story is a military officer, Lieutenant Ajay Mehra (Joy Mukherjee) who is sent on the Kashmir front in November 1947 to fight the Pakistani invaders disguised as Kabaayalis (tribals). He comes across a young bride-to-be who is fleeing for her life after the attack of the Kabaayalis at her marriage venue. While saving her life, he gets himself injured and loses his memory. The girl, Aasha (Saadhna) cares for him, taking the help of a child, Abdulla (Master Aziz ). The hero, not able to remember even his own name, leave aside the other things, soon finds himself in love with the heroine who is hesitant to respond to his advances considering that her marriage has, in the eyes of the world, taken place and socially she is a married woman (though the rites essential for a Hindu marriage through the Vedic system were not completed). She returns to her home and tells her elder uncle (she is an orphan, fostered by uncles and aunts) that neither the marital rites were fully performed, nor the groom and his greedy father are deserving people who had taken her all bridal ornaments and fled away from there, leaving her at the mercy of the invaders. Now the conscience of the uncle does not allow him to send his beloved niece with her so-called in-laws who are back to take her with them. When they try to take her away forcefully, the hero, already searching for his beloved, arrives there but the ensuing fight leads to his arrest. He escapes from the police van and moves to Bombay in search of his true identity because he had seen the label of a tailoring shop of Bombay on one of his shirts.

Now starts the second half where the hero is not able to reach the desired shop because now it's been closed and replaced by a hotel but suddenly and unwillingly he gets involved in a clash with some bank robbers who are fleeing away after committing the robbery. He gets another head injury which brings back his lost memory (of his life prior to the first injury) but now another partial amnesia has taken place with him due to which he has lost memory of everything that has happened between these two injuries. The bank robbers are now relieved to find that due to this memory loss, the protagonist who now knows that he's Lieutenant Ajay Mehra of the Indian army, cannot identify them. Still, being habitual criminals, they cannot take any chances. On the other hand, the hero's cousin who was dreaming to usurp his property, considering him dead, is stunned at his return. There is a mysterious woman also who is linked to both this greedy cousin as well as the ringleader of the robbers. So there is a threat to the hero's life from more than one side. One more woman who is actually the wife of one of the robbers, also approaches the hero, claiming to be his wife. The web of conspiracy against the hero seems to be getting more and more intricate.

Since his photograph alongwith the interesting tale of his memory loss and regaining the same, has been published in the national newspapers, Aasha comes to know about him and she reaches Bombay to check his welfare. But the tragedy is that he has forgotten her too due to this second amnesia. The story reaches its happy ending (the union of the lovers post the arrest of the robbers) after many thrilling moments and twists in the tale.

This movie is, in fact, a two-in-one entertainment. While the first half is dedicated to music and romance and studded with melodious and touching songs, the second half is a fast-paced thriller studded with checks and checkmates between the criminals, the hero and the Bombay police. Thus the two halves of the movie render two different types of entertainment to the audience.

Raj Khosla has extracted good performances from the artists though chocolaty hero, Joy Mukherjee was not fit for anger and action (he's the best bet for romancing). Saadhna is not just gorgeous, she has acted well too. Actually a Sindhi, Saadhna completely fits the bill of a Kashmiri girl in the movie. Her trademark hairdo (the famous Saadhna-cut for ladies' hair) is visible in a few sequences of the movie and a normal hairdo in the remaining part. The supporting cast and the baddies are more or less OK.

O.P. Nayyar has given the music of a lifetime for this movie. While the first half contains melodies like - Mujhe Dekh Kar Aapka Muskuraana, Bahut Shukriya Badi Meherbaani, Aap Yun Hi Agar Humse Milte Rahe, Tumhen Mohabbat Hai Humse Maana, Humko Tumhaare Ishq Ne Kya Kya Bana Diya and my favourite - Phir Tere Sheher Mein Lutne Ko Chala Aaya Hoon; the second half contains some situational songs alongwith a great duet of Rafi and Asha - Aye Yaar Zulfon Waale Dildaar Zulfon Waale which is the climax of the movie. The album also contains a rare gem of Rafi - Main Pyar Ka Raahi Hoon which I did not find in the movie.

Now-a-days anything is shown by the Bollywood movie makers in the name of entertainment. If somebody who is going to make a movie, really wants to know how an entertaining movie is made for the Indian audience, he should watch this movie and meet Ek Musafir (Joy Mukherjee) and Ek Hasina (Saadhna).


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