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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful:

Most Romantic Indian Movie Ever.

8/10
Author: Herag Halli from Heraganahalli, India
28 December 2004

"Abhi Na Jaao Chhod Kar-Ke Dil Abhi Bhara Nahi" by music director, Jaidev Verma, has to be the best lilting, haunting duet of a melody of all times-sung by Rafi and Asha Bhonsle, Dev Saab (Major Verma) in his inimitable style sings to Sadhana (Mita), who was probably the true beauty ever in Hindi cinema. Now Dev Saheb has left us, if there is one song that will be remembered as his signature song, is this evergreen melody for an evergreen star. The yester-year playback singers, had this unique talent to mold their voice to the actress in the film, as in this song. It is so uncanny, it sounds like Sadhana, was singing this song, not Asha Bhonsle. Also the yester-year stars had a personality of their own, they had individual hair styles, dressed uniquely different, looked different, acted different, unlike the latter year actresses who have no sense of style or class-barring a few. Dev Anand, was not much known for his acting talent (however he was superlative in "Guide") but he had a style and charisma (the man wore his hat in a rakish angle, walked kind of side-ways! with collars up to his ears and spoke his dialog in clipped accent with penchant for nodding), that very few of his contemporaries possessed. This is a movie that should be seen for its sheer beauty of the Stars-Sadhana and Nanda and the melodies like the Bhajan song "Ishawar Thero Naam", which should be the Mother of all Bhajan Songs. This is the most romantic black and white movie and "Sangam" the most romantic color movie. There will Never be another Dev Anand, Never a Sadhana and Never a melody like 'Abhi Naa Jaao." God bless Jaidev Verma for giving this immortal melody.

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Nostalgic and haunting

9/10
Author: kramachandran from United States
4 July 2007

A very beautiful movie. Though this movie is about war and its effects you are actually moved by the message of non violence in this movie. The story is again a sort of Shakespearean comedy of errors. Well the plot is forced and this movie depends upon lot of forced coincidences. The inimitable Dev plays dual role in this movie. The heroines Sadhana and Nanda are very likable and have done a good job. Very strangely the entire length of this movie is tinged with a mood of sadness and nostalgia. How such an effect has been brought about is a topic worthy of research.

And above all, this movie is a musical bonanza. Right from the word go composer Jaidev scores. The title music is so haunting and a wee bit sad. Jaidev as usual relies mostly on Indian classical music to bring about a haunting effect. The songs and their celluloid presentation lingers on in your heart and mind long after the movie is over. The bhajan song "Allah tero naam" is a trend setter. A very curious fact about these songs from the golden age of Bollywood is that almost all of them are immortal. The same cannot be said of the current Bollywood songs. In a nut shell, a thoroughly enjoyable fare.

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Main Zindagi Ka Saath Nibhaata Chala Gaya...

Author: jmathur_swayamprabha from India
24 October 2011

Hum Dono (1961) is a classic and one of the most popular movies of the evergreen hero - Dev Anand. This is the golden jubilee year of its release (50 years completed). Last year, I had heard about the release of its colour version. I don't know whether it has been released or not. If released, I would love to watch it.

Written by Dev Anand's younger brother - Vijay Anand and directed by Amarjeet, Hum Dono is a movie of a lifetime. It's studded with sentiments, melody, curiosity and touching performances of the lead characters - Dev, Saadhana and Nanda. Dev Anand is in a double role with different get-ups for both the roles. Dashing, as he always was (in his youth), Dev has made this movie an unforgettable one for his fans and for those also who are not his fans.

Hum Dono (both of us) starts with the poverty of Anand (Dev Anand) which threatens to snatch the love of his life, Meeta (Saadhana) from him. He joins army, leaving his widow mother (Leela Chitnis) behind who is taken care of by Meeta now. On the war front, he happens to meet - Major Varma (Dev's double role) who is his look alike but for the difference of the mustache and the ever-present cigar in his lips. The twist in the tale comes with the return of Anand to his home but with the sad news of Major Varma's death in the war which he has to break to his wife, Ruma (Nanda). Due to similar looks, Ruma mistakes him for Major Varma, her husband and seeing her emotions, Anand is not able to gather courage for breaking the sad news to her. On the other hand, Meeta who has left her parental home to take care of his mother (now dead) misunderstands him. How Anand is able to resolve this fix and the movie reaches its happy ending, is a treat to watch.

Hum Dono starts in a highly romantic mood with the song - Abhi Na Jaao Chhod Kar Ki Dil Abhi Bhara Nahin but soon the serious tone of the movie overtakes the romance. The song - Main Zindagi Ka Saath Nibhata Chala Gaya and thereafter, Kabhi Khud Pe Kabhi Haalaat Pe Rona Aaya spread the sadness in the heart of Anand to the hearts of the audience. I am sure, several viewers may find themselves able to identify with the song - Main Zindagi Ka Saath Nibhaata Chala Gaya (just like me). But we are also able to see the importance of Zinda Dili or ability to laugh in adversity and grief through the character of Major Varma. Ultimately, if you have to live and drink the poison of life, why not do it with smiles and laughs ? After the twist in the narrative, the emotions of the aggrieved wife of Major Varma, Ruma are also felt by the audience and that's how we are able to empathize with the kind-hearted Anand who is finding himself unable to break an innocent heart, i.e., the heart of Ruma. The director has done an outstanding job. It's a movie which appeals right from the start to the finish. And that's what a classic is all about.

Jaidev's music (alongwith Saahir's lyrics) is the biggest asset of Hum Dono. All the songs are immortal, may it be Lata's most popular devotional song - Allah Tero Naam or the classic romantic duet of Rafi and Asha - Abhi Na Jaao Chhod Kar Ki Dil Abhi Bhara Nahin. But my favourites are Rafi's gems - Main Zindagi Ka Saath Nibhaata Chala Gaya and Kabhi Khud Pe Kabhi Haalaat Pe Rona Aaya. The latter is, in fact, a Ghazal.

Technically the movie is perfect. The black and white environment is able to exasperate the gloom of the narrative properly. There is no boredom, no undue dragging and no nonsense (coincidences of the main story can't be considered as out of sense). Cinematography is brilliant. The picturization of the song - Main Zindagi Ka Saath Nibhaata Chala Gaya is an example of innovative thinking.

Dev Anand has marvelled in double role and it is easily one of his finest performances. His different expressions for both the characters in the song - Kabhi Khud Pe Kabhi Haalaat Pe Rona Aaya is something unforgettable. Saadhana and Nanda have done exceedingly well. Leela Chitnis is also perfect as Anand's mother.

I suggest Dev Anand to stop making poor quality movies and instead, devote his time, energy and zeal in converting his black and white blockbusters into their coloured versions. Hum Dono is a treat to watch. A standing example of quality cinema produced by Bollywood.

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A treat for movie buffs

9/10
Author: Vinod Arya from Dubai
24 December 2013

A wonderful movie, set during World War II. It shows effects and after effects of a war, directly or indirectly, on human lives. A simple story, with comedy of errors touch, is a well knitted and filmed screenplay. The movie is catching right from the word 'Go', until the last scene. Every scene is remarkable; be it war, comedy, tragic or drama. Dev Anand is excellent. I rate his performance as one of his best & at par with the one from 'Guide'. Sadhana and Nanda have ably supported him. Leela Chitnis, Lalita Pawar and Jagirdar are good as always. Music Director Jaidev has delivered immortal songs, almost all of them; 1) Allah Tero Naam, 2) Main Zindagi Ka Saath, 3) Abhi Na Jaao Chhodkar, 4) Kabhi Khud Pe Kabhi Halaat Pe and three more. You are missing something if you are a movie buff and have not watched this classic.

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A entertainer

7/10
Author: snehmelt from India
10 November 2005

The highlight of Hum Dono is its soundtrack by Jaidev and subtle lyrics of Sahir Ludhianvi which blend beautifully into Dev Anand's character."I am going along with life", spells a philosophy of living life,while"Do not leave now..", is a beautiful duet on love and separation. DevAnand's double role play, although a repeated, unrealistic Hindi film situation, is still endearing, it is easily one of his best acted films, apart from"Kalabazaar", "Funtoosh" and "Jewel Thief." The musical lighter in the movie belonged to music director Jaidev. The lyrics" Where there is no disparity between joy and sorrow, I am taking my life to that stage..,"is sublime.

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