Numerous plot lines intersect in this comedic romp about a female Victoria-carriage driver who disguises herself as a boy, and the hunt for the stash of diamonds hidden in her Victoria.

Director:

Writers:

(lyrics), (lyrics) | 3 more credits »
Reviews

Top 10 Indian Movies Added to IMDb Watchlists

Take a look at the top Indian movies IMDb users added to their watchlists last week. Are these movies on your radar?

See the full list

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | Adventure | Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A talented artist (Rajesh Khanna) falls in love with a London-returned doctor, but his past creates problems for him. When that part of his past is resolved and he is to marry the girl he ... See full summary »

Director: Ravikant Nagaich
Stars: Rajesh Khanna, Tanuja, Sujit Kumar
Jeevan Mrityu (1970)
Drama | Romance | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Ashok Tandon (Dharmendra) is a bank manager, and is in love with Deepa (Raakhee), and both are to be married soon. However, Ashok is arrested for theft from the bank. He asks Deepa to look ... See full summary »

Director: Satyen Bose
Stars: Dharmendra, Rakhee Gulzar, Ajit
Action | Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Three brothers are separated after their parents' murder. Years later, their only hope of avenging their parents and reuniting as a family lies in the song they learned as children.

Director: Nasir Hussain
Stars: Dharmendra, Zeenat Aman, Vijay Arora
Caravan (1971)
Action | Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Sunita is a young woman who ends up married to the wrong man, Rajan. Thinking that he has conspired with his girlfriend, Monica to murder her, she runs away to find an old friend of her ... See full summary »

Director: Nasir Hussain
Stars: Asha Parekh, Jeetendra, Aruna Irani
Enthiran (2010)
Action | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

An android constructed by a scientist falls in love with the bride-to-be of his creator.

Director: S. Shankar
Stars: Rajinikanth, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Danny Denzongpa
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Three woman-hating brothers face changes in their respective lifestyles when two of them fall in love.

Director: Satyen Bose
Stars: Ashok Kumar, Madhubala, Anoop Kumar
Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Yusuf lives a wealthy lifestyle with his businessman dad, Safdarjang, who is confined to a wheel-chair. When Yusuf's precocious nephew, Khalid alias Phirangi's tutor, Mrs. Albert complains ... See full summary »

Director: Harnam Singh Rawail
Stars: Rajesh Khanna, Leena Chandavarkar, Pradeep Kumar
Kaala Patthar (1979)
Action | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Inspired by a true mining tragedy the film is about people from all walks of life showing courage and character to fight the forces of nature.

Director: Yash Chopra
Stars: Amitabh Bachchan, Shashi Kapoor, Shatrughan Sinha
Comedy | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.7/10 X  

A remake of the original 70s blockbuster hit, Victoria No. 203 is about a diamond heist and how the lives of several colourful players get interwined in the search for the stolen diamonds.

Director: Ananth Narayan Mahadevan
Stars: Anupam Kher, Om Puri, Jimmy Shergill
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Raja
...
Rana
...
Kumar
...
Rekha
Anwar Hussain ...
Seth Durgadas
...
Bandit - killed Ranjeet
Anoop Kumar ...
Havaldar Murali
...
Girl on beach
Jankidas ...
Marwari
...
Shetty (as Shetty)
Mohan Choti ...
Hospital wardboy
Pratima Devi ...
Beggar (as Protima Devi)
Meena Rai ...
Meena
Lolita Chatterjee
Moolchand ...
Cafe owner
Edit

Storyline

After a daring diamond robbery, the thief, while attempting to double-cross his partners, is mortally wounded, and hides the diamonds in a lamp of a horse-carriage(Victoria) No.203. The owner of this Victoria is blamed for wounding the thief and is arrested. The wounded thief gives a key, a piece of paper, and verbal instructions to a hospital ward boy, and dies. The wardboy follows the instructions, goes to Bori Bunder Railway Station, opens the locker with the key, deposits the paper in the locker, and goes on his way. Then Raja and Rana are released from prison, and come across the key and hilariously set about trying to find the lock to this key, not knowing that they are putting their very lives, as well as the lives of the owner of the Victoria, her boyfriend, and a child, in jeopardy. Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

8 December 1972 (India)  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Remade as Victoria No. 203: Diamonds Are Forever (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Do Bicharey, Bina Saharey, Dekho Puch Puch Kar Haarey
Performed by Kishore Kumar, Mahendra Kapoor
Lyrics by Indivar, Verma Malik
Music by Kalyanji Veerji Shah, Anandji Veerji Shah
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Hilarious! Standard thriller plot that is made into comedic GOLD by Ashok Kumar and Pran
23 August 2009 | by (Washington, DC) – See all my reviews

Well-respected rich guy is also a crime lord. He gets his goons to orchestrate a diamond heist, in which he gets double-crossed. As a result, bodies stack up, the diamonds are missing (and hidden in the titular Mumbai horse carriage Victoria No. 203), an innocent man is in jail for a crime he didn't commit, and now his daughter has to fend for herself. Oh, yeah, and there's tension between the rich guy and his son, and then his son meets the daughter of the innocent man...

All sounds very typical, right? All sounds cliché and predictable, right? So why am I rating this move 8/10? Quite simply, this movie belongs to Ashok Kumar and Pran. If there's one thing that none of the characters in this film predict, it's that they would have to deal with the fast-talking fresh-out-of-jail bumbling old crooks Raja and Rana. Pran's Rana, who is funny in his own right, plays the straight man to Ashok Kumar's Raja, a perpetually drunk skirt-chasing buffoon, and these two make up perhaps my favorite comedic duo in all of Bollywood history. (I have actually come to refer to any hilarious comedic duo as "Raja and Rana".) When these two get thrown into the mix, this standard thriller plot suddenly takes a dramatic turn and sheer hilarity ensues.

This movie simply could not have worked without Raja and Rana and I don't think Raja and Rana could have worked if they hadn't been cast properly. This is especially true for Raja, as he is played by Ashok Kumar, an actor known for playing wise grandfatherly figures or strong authority figures (think Judge Badri Prasad in "Kanoon"). For him to play Raja, who goes chasing after women half his age and looks utterly ridiculous doing so, is a complete inversion of expectations, and that is exactly what is needed in solid comedy. And, here he is paired up with Rana, known in Bollywood for playing cheesy villains (not to mention the wise and elderly Malan-chaha from Manoj Kumar's classic "Upkar"). The duo's antics and especially their fast-paced dialogue (not to mention their classic musical number "Do Bichare Bina Sahare") bring a smile to my face just remembering them.

Raja and Rana are still supporting characters in this story, with the plot being driven by Navin Nischol as Kumar, the rich villain's good-guy son, Saira Banu as Rekha, the daughter-turned-carriage-driver, and Anwar Hussain as Durgadas, the rich villain. These performances would be considered weak for a thriller, but they are perfect for a comic thriller (or, perhaps, a comedy-masquerading-as-a-thriller) like this movie.

You don't watch this movie for the plot or for a thrill. You watch it because you get to see two of Bollywood's most serious actors do a complete inversion and become geniuses of comedy.


6 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Victoria No. 203 (1972) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?