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Azaad (1955)

| Action, Adventure, Comedy
After her widower dad, Kedarnath, passes away, Shobha goes to live with his friend, Charandas, and his wife, Shanta, who had their son go missing as a child. Years later Shobha is now ... See full summary »

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Azaad / Abdul Rahim Khan / Kumar
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Shobha
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Sunder
Raj Mehra ...
Police Inspector
Murad ...
Jagirdar
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Head Constable Motilal
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Shanta
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Janki
S. Nazir ...
Chander
Badri Prasad ...
Charandas
Randhir
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
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Chanda (as Sayee)
Ramesh Sinha
Subbalaxmi ...
Gopi (as Subbulakshmi)
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Paro (as Deepa)
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After her widower dad, Kedarnath, passes away, Shobha goes to live with his friend, Charandas, and his wife, Shanta, who had their son go missing as a child. Years later Shobha is now matured and Charandas scouts for a suitable groom. A wealthy man, Sunder, would like to marry Shobha, but the family detests him. Then one night Shobha is abducted. The Police are informed but their search is in vain. A few days later they get wind that Shobha may be in Sunder's custody, a search does prove to be in vain. Then Shobha returns home and tells them she was rescued by a wealthy man named Azaad, housed in a mansion, looked after very well, and brought back home all in one piece. They subsequently find out that the wealthy man is none other than a notorious bandit named Azaad. They are even more shocked when Shobha informs them that she wants to get married to Azaad. Will Charandas and Shanta permit her to marry a bandit? Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Kabhi Khamosh
Sung by Lata Mangeshkar
Music composed by C. Ramchandra
Lyrics by Rajendra Krishan
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Tuneful!
31 May 2009 | by See all my reviews

This was a mainly studio bound vehicle for its two stars, the ever lovely and dignified Meena Kumari and ever dashing and confident Dilip Kumar, only occasionally venturing outside with real backgrounds. Not that it bothers me though - entertainment doesn't require realism, witness all the blockbuster live action/cgi cartoons that Hollywood is pumping out nowadays.

He has his convoluted reasons but Dilip Kumar plays a number of characters in disguise, from a humble neighbour of Meena's, to the rather admired thief Azaad with a fantastic hideaway. He, along with the real baddie of the story, falls in love with Meena and the battle is on first to win her, out the baddie and establish his respectable credentials to the world. The comic melodramatic plot is a bit tortuous at times – the IMDb plot summary gives you a good idea, but the songs are the thing after all. And there are some all time olde time Indian musical classics by Ramchandra here, especially Naa Bhole and Jaare Jaare Oh both sung by Lata and gracefully danced to by Meena striking many iconic poses in the process, the earnest Kitna Haseen out in the mountains, and even a memorable and exuberant qawali is squeezed in. But for me the pinnacle is Aplam Chaplam, a wondrous tune so precisely sung by both Lata and Usha to some beautiful precise dancing. The only thing I didn't like about the film was that there were far too many slapstick interludes in the police station, although I bet they went down well with the original audiences.

The print used on the Eros DVD I've just watched seems to have more cuts and slashes than the version I taped off UK Channel 4 in the '80's, but it's not too distracting. I've no idea why this is apparently so neglected - it's a nice little film: for the ladies Dilip Kumar was at his most romantic – "The heart that is on fire cares not for time" etc, but from my point of view of course with Meena to look at and especially Lata to listen to it's well worth watching too!


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