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Jewel Thief (1967)

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A Police Commissioner's son comes under suspicion for being a jewel thief.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ashok Kumar ...
Arjun Singh
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Vinay / Prince Amar
Vyjayanthimala ...
Shalini Singh (as Vyjayantimala)
Tanuja ...
Anjali Nath
Helen ...
Helen
Faryal ...
Julie
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Neena
Nasir Hussain ...
Police Commissioner (as Nazir Hussain)
D.K. Sapru ...
Seth. Vishambar Nath (as Sapru)
Pratima Devi ...
Vinay's mother
Jagdev
Jagdish Raj ...
Jewel Thief's associate
Keshav Rana
Prem Prakash
Jerry Mohan
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Vinay, an ordinary young man who finds himself constantly mistaken for a look-alike jewel thief named Amar. Vinay works with the police to impersonate Amar and crack his crime ring--but it seems that Amar has decided to impersonate Vinay, as well, and soon their true identities are thoroughly muddled. Written by gavin@sunny_deol2009@yahoo.com

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Director Vijay Anand first offered the role played by Ashok Kumar to Raaj Kumar. Raaj Kumar decided against it due to Dev Anand being the producer and lead actor of the film. See more »

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Just after the song, "Yeh dil na hota bechara", Dev anand is standing beside Tanuja's car. The location is apparently an open place vegetation all around. When car turns to reverse and camera angle changes, the car (and Tanuja & Dev Anand) is in a street. See more »

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Yeh Dil Na Hota Bechara, Kadam Na Hotey Awara
Sung by Kishore Kumar
Lyrics by Majrooh Sultanpuri
Music by Sachin Dev Burman
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Vijay Anand's best crime thriller
21 February 2005 | by (India-Canada) – See all my reviews

Jewel Thief is *THE* crime thriller of Bollywood, and why should it not be? It is directed by the biggest exponent of the crime thriller art in Indian Cinema Vijay Anand ('Johny Mera Naam' and 'Teesri Manzil.) I could watch this movie for any of the following reasons (in order of importance):

1 Vijay Anand's direction 2 R D Burman's music 3 Dev Anand 4 Vyjayanthimala 5 Ashok Kumar 6 Majrooh Sultanpuri's lyrics

Even if Jewel Thief is not a Bond Movie it definitely has bond babes. Helen, Tanuja, and the mysterious Vyajanthimala (and some cameos.) But our sauvé Vinay (Dev Anand) is anything but Bond. He is out of control for most of the story and goes where the story takes him almost always as confused as we are. He even flirts with Anju (Tanuja) trying to hit her romantic nerve, just so that he can get employed in her father's shop.

Dev Anand might be in a double role - well I don't want to spoil your movie or else I would have told you. That is what most of the mystery is about. Dev Anand works in a Jewelry shop and there is a robbery when he is supposed to be at work - though is not, or at least has a perfect alibi. We wonder who did it, is it Dev Anand as 'Vijay' the person he claims to be or is it 'Amar' someone we have not yet seen but many people claim is his look alike. Comes 'Shalu' (Vyjayanthimala) who even claims that he is her fiancé, in a tense situation Dev Anand has to prove that he is Vinay and not Amar. While everyone wonders if Dev Anand is Vinay or Amar he is asked to remove his socks. Amar we are told has 6 digits on one of his foot. While we watch with bated breath the events that are about to unfold Dev Anand even finds time to joke.

The real life brothers Director Vijay Anand and Actor Dev Anand have many movies between them this is not the best of them but definitely the best in Crime Thriller.

There are moments of Hitchcock's North By Northwest, but the movies are very different. Except for the confusion about who is who, a treacherous female lead and lot of traveling there isn't a lot of similarity. Dev Anand could very well be Amar in addition to being Vijay. People have seen him, they identify him where ever he goes. There are too many of those people for this to be a fraud. Finally Vinay thinks it is better to carry along with being Amar to find out what is the truth, and it is a sad mistake. He gets too deep into it, only to be saved by the twists of Cinema.

When I watched the movie as a kid I was definitely not amused, the ending confused me completely. Even now there are parts about the ending that I do not like, but I'd recommend this movie anyway.

Even as a kid I enjoyed the songs this movie has to offer. 'Yeh dil ...' - a definite loafers song in Kishor Kumar's voice. I could hear 'Rulake gaya ...' whole day long. Ditto for 'Aasmaan ke neeche' which is set 'under the skies' of Gangtok (at least the story line suggests that). 'Raat akeli hai' among the sexiest song to come out of Hindi cinema featuring Tanuja as the seductress. 'Meri taraf dekho' - Helen's cabaret and we 'look at her'. 'Hothon pe ...' - now, could there be any better thriller of a song than this. As the song progresses we are more tensed than we ever were and the words 'hidden in Shalu's lips' add to it.


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