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Sachaa Jhutha (1970)

A penniless musician is unwittingly forced to trade places with a look-alike diamond merchant/thief causing a comedy of errors by everyone involved.

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Bhola / Ranjit Kumar
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Leena / Rita
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Belu (as Naaz)
Prayag Raj
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Kamal Kapoor ...
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Ratnamala ...
Miss Malti Mehra (as Ratanmala)
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Bhola's Foster Mother (as Pravin Paul)
Rashid Khan
Kirti Kumar
Santosh Kumar
Jullian
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Bhola is a young musision who arrives in Bombay to try to make a living as a music player to get money for his crippled twin sister, Belu, to find a sutor to marry her. Ranjit Kamar is a wealthy businessman who moonlights as a diamond thief and smuggler who is the dead spliting image of Bhola. Bhola and Ranjit paths cross at a costume party Bhola unknowingly crashes in which Ranjit and his mistress Rita persuade the unsuspecting and naive country-bumkin Bhola to impersonate Ranjit for social engagements while the real Ranjit settles for his criminal activities, while a undercover police woman persues Bhola/Ranjit hoping to catch him in his latest thief. Written by Matthew Patay

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Shashi Kapoor refused the film because he did not want to work with Mumtaz. At the time Mumtaz was working in a lot of B Grade stunt films. Shashi did not want to work with a small heroine. See more »

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Watchable but not the best from Mahmohan Desai
25 September 2011 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

If I had NOT known this was a Manmohan Desai film, I would have dropped the rating by 2 points. I have come to enjoy Manmohan Desai films as a mindless entertainment. In 1970s when I saw his films, initially I had hard time appreciating his films. They seemed incredibly silly. In spite of this, I kept on watching his works: Dharam Veer (1977), Chacha Bhatija, Parvarish, Amar Akbar Anthony, and Suhaag. But by the time I watched Naseeb (1983) in theater, my brain had become immunized to preposterous coincidences, incredibly resourceful villains, and 'brawny-no-brains' heroes. I actually had enjoyed Naseeb. I think Amitabh Bacchan had a big part for why I continued to watch his films.

I had not seen Sacha Jhuta back in 1970s. I happened to watch it on DVD forty years after it was made. My immunized brain tolerated the story -- I even almost enjoyed it. This movie had plenty of 'coincidences' and villains smarter than the hero. In this movie, the hero starts out as a moron and changes into a smart guy. Only Manmohan Desai could make such an extraordinary transformation possible. Desai had always some interesting twists in his story. This film was no exception.

Also, his movies never had outstanding songs. However, there were always a couple of popular and enjoyable ones. Again, no exception here. Rajesh Khanna produces his trademark acting. Over the years, I have watched many comedian performing a mimicry of his dancing style. It was fun to see the original. I consider Mumtaz as one of the good looking actresses of her time. She looked better in some of her other movies, though.

Not much scope for acting in this movie. However, interestingly Rajesh Khanna won Filmfare award 1971 for it. I rate this film at 7, which includes 2 points for the nostalgic value. If you are a younger generation, probably you might consider this at 5.


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