A stage actor becomes entangled in a murder mystery after he marries a woman with a secret past.

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S.N. Banerjee ...
Hirani
Urmila Bhatt ...
Mrs. Tejpal
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Shiraz Hotel employee
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Kumar / S.N. Sinha
Ratan Gaurang ...
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Anwar Hussain ...
Captain Mahendra
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Thakur
Raj Kishore ...
Hotel Savoy's Receptionist
Manmohan Krishna ...
Mr. Verma
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Captain Rajesh
Madhumati ...
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Mubarak ...
Mr. Sahani
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Shabnam
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Jumma
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Kumar is a well-known stage actor in Bombay. While on a trip to scenic Darjeeling, he meets with and falls in love with, Meena, the only daughter of wealthy military contractor, Verma. Shortly thereafter Kumar and Meena get married and return home to Bombay. Four years later Meena's dad passes away after telling her something that he had hidden from her for four years. Then a year later, Kumar notices that Meena does not accompany him to the stage anymore, and excuses herself on the pretext of being ill. Shortly thereafter, Meena gets killed, the Police assign this case of Inspector Ashok who starts his investigation - which will reveal that Meena was meeting secretly with Captain Mahendra; had been married to Captain Rajesh, and has a daughter by the name of Sarika in an orphanage. All Ashok knows is that the primary suspect is a bearded man by the name of S.N. Sinha who was lurking near Meena's residence on the night of the murder, and all clues so far seem to be pointing an ... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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B.R.Chopra, as director this film was his first film he shot in colour, as producer his first colour production was Waqt which was directed by his younger brother Yash Chopra, who was B.R.Chopra's and I.S.Johar's assistant. See more »

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Tu Husn Hai Main Ishq Hoon
Sung by Mahendra Kapoor and Asha Bhosle
Music by Ravi
Lyrics by Sahir Ludhianvi
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An outstanding mystery follows classic songs
26 March 2010 | by (India) – See all my reviews

Hamraaz (1967) is my most favourite suspense-thriller which was a blockbuster in its time and re-released several times thereafter. I had seen this great movie in theatre in Kolkata (then Calcutta) in 1989. This excellent movie is the brain-child of the legendary director - late B.R. Chopra. If you want to watch an edge-of-the-seat genuine suspense-thriller with an excellent musical score, this masterpiece starring Sunil Dutt, Raaj Kumar, Vimi, Mumtaaz and Balraaj Saahni is there for you which, in my opinion, is the best musical suspense-thriller ever made in Bollywood.

Hamraaz (someone who knows your secret) starts with the hidden marriage of Vimi, the daughter of a military contractor at Darjeeling who finds herself pregnant after hearing the news of the death of her husband, Raaj Kumar in the 1962 war. After delivery, her father informs her that she had delivered a dead child. Time passes and Sunil Dutt, a famous theatre artist, enters her life, proposes her, marries her and takes her to Bombay without knowing about the secret marriage and delivery issues of his wife's life. A few years later, Vimi is informed about her child living in an orphanage of Bombay by her father when he is on his death-bed. Vimi meets her child (daughter), takes her to her home and requests Sunil Dutt for her adoption which is refused by Sunil Dutt on the plea that she won't treat that child as her own when she herself delivers his child later on. Since then the activities of Vimi start creating suspicion in the mind of Sunil Dutt and the suspense begins. Sunil Dutt spies on his wife only to find herself as murdered and himself becoming a suspect in the eyes of the investigating officer, Balraaj Saahni. These and the following events, the thrill and the unfolding of the mystery; everything combines to a very very big treat for the suspense-thriller fans.

Music is a great strength of the movie and the first hour is dedicated to music and romance only. Saahir Ludhianvi has written five great songs for this movie and Ravi has composed great music for them. Four are Mahendra Kapoor's all time great solos - 1. O Neele Gagan Ke Tale, Dharti Ka Pyar Pale, 2. Na Munh Chhupa Ke Jiyo Aur Na Sar Jhuka Ke Jiyo, 3. Kisi Patthar Ki Moorat Se Mohabbat Ka Iraada Hai, 4. Tum Agar Saath Dene Ka Vaada Karo, Main Yun Hi Mast Naghme Lutaata Rahoon. And the fifth one is a Mahendra Kapoor-Asha duet - Tu Husn Hai Main Ishq Hoon, Tu Mujhme Hai Main Tujhme Hoon - in which classic love stories from the history have been shown as a theatre-play. The melodious compositions coupled with the meaningful and touching lyrics make the album very precious. The picturization of the songs is also laudable.

The beauty of the narrative is that all these five songs are over within the first one hour of the movie and immediately thereafter the viewer finds himself enveloped in a non-stop suspense drama lasting for more than two hours. But the length of the movie does not allow the viewer to get bored even for a single moment. It is thoroughly entertaining from beginning to end. The speed of the narrative after the songs are over, is so fast that the viewer keeps on watching holding his / her breath without getting any time to pause and think from the master storyteller.

The screenplay of Hamraaz is simply brilliant and when the viewer is out of the theatre (or finished with the VCD / DVD or the satellite telecast), then only he / she realizes what a hypnotic state he / she has been in for the previous few hours. Through the spellbinding narrative, B.R. Chopra has been able to clarify with conviction the difference between reading a mystery and watching a mystery. It underscores the superiority of the visual medium in presenting a mystery over the medium of words. It's a suspense-thriller in which the spectator not just watches the mystery but lives the mystery shown on the screen. The white-shoes of the mysterious person whose identity is revealed just before the climax, is something unforgettable for the spectators.

All departments of the movie are up to the mark. The scenic beauty of Darjeeling has been very well captured by the cinematographer. Production value is quite high according to the repute of the prestigious B.R. Films banner.

The heroes have done exceedingly well, especially Sunil Dutt. Vimi does not show any acting talent in her debut movie but she looks extremely beautiful and that has made up for her acting deficiency. Mumtaaz also looks very pretty. Herself alongwith the complete supporting cast, has performed satisfactorily. We can also see Sarika in this movie as a child artist and hers is also a heart-winning performance .

Considering the plot, the acting, the tight screenplay with excellent direction and above all, the music; the movie easily finds itself in the list of all time great suspense-thrillers of Bollywood. Any mystery-fan who has not seen Hamraaz, should not miss it. However this movie is equally recommendable for the audience of romantic musicals also. It's truly outstanding and nothing short of a textbook of filmmaking for the contemporary filmmakers.


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