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Dev Anand's official directorial debut, with a good theme of futility of war, it was a reasonably good attempt.

Author: Suresh C. Verma from India
14 August 1999

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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Melodious songs

Author: (nishant-arora-549-970349)
7 October 2009

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"Prem Pujari" which in literal sense is Worshipper of love.. is a very sensitive movie...

It deals with the life of Dev Anand who is torn apart between love of his country and his loved one.

Apart from being an excellent movie, most songs are hummable and melodious.Especially the song "Phoolon Ke Rang" is even famous almost four decades after it was filmed. This famous love song is in fact even loved by my loved one.

The film has a lot of shooting in beautiful Europe! And is a must watch today or any other day in future...

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A Army jawan who finds thats his true calling is his service to the country after being court martial-ed

Author: camrit from Netherlands
8 October 2006

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The movie has terrible songs except for one or two. The plot is convoluted, twisted, contorted and mangled beyond normal human comprehension. The protagonist is search of a profession more aligned with his philosophy of life. He is court martial-ed and runs away when being taken to civil jail as punishment for disobeying orders to fire back at the enemy while posted at front. He then by chance encounters a spy and joins her on ride of Europe ( all the tourist locales of Europe, that is) in the hope of spying on her for his country. The whole process through 3 songs and entangled plot is painful for the viewer. The rest is left for the viewer if he stills wants to watch it.

A definite avoid.

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Superlative Music

Author: mr218 ( from London
31 July 2001

The movie has a fantastic music score. S.D Burman has not only scored great music, but also sung an immemorable number in his unique inimitable style. This is the title song 'Hum hai prem ke pujari'. Apart from this, the movie has a number of good numbers like Rangeela re, and Shokiyon mein ghola jaye But the piece de resistance and arguably the most romantic Hindi number of all times is ' Phoolon ke rang se , dil ki kalam se '. Worth watching for this alone.

Apart from that the movie has a very good starcast, with the leading pair of the dippy and dashing Dev Anand and the beautiful Waheeda Rehman. Although for some of the scenes of the movie, Waheeda is overly made up and has some horrible hair dos, which detract from her natural beauty. Movie is ok, especially keeping in mind Dev Anand's current offerings and well worth a watch

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