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Prem Pujari (1970)

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Ramdev Bakshi is the only son of widower and former Indian Army General Durgaprasad, who has been decorated several times with various medals for bravery shown in the line of duty. Alas ... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
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Ramdev Bakshi / Peter Andrews / Yik Tok
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Suman Mehra
Shatrughan Sinha ...
Pakistani Army Officer
Zaheeda ...
Rani Chang / Mrs. Andrews / Mrs. Yuk Tok
Prem Chopra ...
Bilkis Mohammed (Billy)
Nasir Hussain ...
Retd. General Durgaprasad Bakshi
Madan Puri ...
Chang
Sajjan ...
Suman's maternal uncle
Sachin ...
Sunder
Siddhu ...
Chamanlal
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nadia Gamel ...
Sonia
Iftekhar ...
Indian Army Officer
Anoop Kumar ...
Truck driver
Manmohan ...
Chinese Army Officer
Ram Mohan ...
Indian Army Officer
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Ramdev Bakshi is the only son of widower and former Indian Army General Durgaprasad, who has been decorated several times with various medals for bravery shown in the line of duty. Alas this did leave him crippled, after he lost a leg during the war with Pakistan. Ramdev is also enlisted in the army, but he is peace-loving and detests war. He has a sweetheart in village belle Suman Mehra, and both hope to get married soon. He does answer the call from the army and joins active duty, only to be arrested and court-martial-ed for disobeying orders. After being dishonorably discharged, he disappears from Suman and his father's lives. Years later, Suman enters a beauty contest and is crowned Miss India. She travels with her mom to Britain, where she meets with Ramdev. All attempts by Suman and her mom to strike up a conversation with Ramdev are in vain, as he refuses to recognize them. He now calls himself Peter Andrews and accompanying him is his wife - Mrs. Andrews. Is this really Ramdev... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Phoolon Ke Rang Se
Sung by Kishore Kumar
Music composed by Sachin Dev Burman
Lyrics by Neeraj
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Dev Anand's official directorial debut, with a good theme of futility of war, it was a reasonably good attempt.
14 August 1999 | by (India) – See all my reviews

Dev Anand abhors violence and initially refuses to join the armed forces, but has to bow to his father's wishes. After some time there, he comes back, but as destiny would have it, he finds himself in the thick of things, when he sees the enemy working against the country's interests. Leaving his beloved, Wahida Rehman, behind, he goes abroad to unveil the conspiracy and befriends Zahida, the enemy's moll. Wahida follows him but is dejected seeing him with Zahida. In time Dev also comes back and is engulfed in full scale war to defeat the enemy.

Dev's first official attempt at direction, though it is said that he had a lot to do with the direction of "Teen Devian" and "Gambler". He did a reassuring job. The lead players were all good. Technically the film was polished. Yet again, Sachin Deb Burman gave excellent music. His own rendering " Prem ke pujari, ham hain" was superb. Kishore Kumar's "Phoolon ke rang se, dil ki qalam se" was another excellent number, and so was Lata's "Rangeela re, tere rang se, yun ranga hai, mera man". Another typical Burman duet was "Shokhiyon mein ghola jaaye, phoolon ka shabab", sung by Kishore and Lata. Punjabi folk music came out beautifully in "Doongi tennu reshmi rumaal", sung by Lata and chorus. Other good numbers include Manna Dey and Mohd. Rafi's "Taqat watan ki hamse hai", the marching song, sung with chorus, and the happy-go-lucky number "Gham pe dhool daalo, kehkaha lagalo", sung by Kishore and Bhupendra. Lyrics by the renowned poet, Neeraj, were excellent.

Overall, a reasonably good film by Dev Anand.


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