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Woh Kaun Thi? (1964)

| Drama, Mystery, Romance
One stormy night, a doctor offers a ride to a ghostly woman he meets on the side of the road. Later, he discovers his intended bride is identical in appearance to the ghost. Who was she and why does she haunt him?

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Dr. Anand
Parveen Choudhary ...
Dr. Lata Singh (as Parvin Chaudhari)
K.N. Singh ...
Dr. S.R. Singh
Raj Mehra ...
S.P.
Dhumal ...
Madhav
Mohan Choti ...
Sher Singh
Ratnamala ...
Anand's Mother
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Seema
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Ramesh
Pal Sharma
Satish
Anwari ...
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Prakash
Indira Bansal

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Anand was a well-known, well-respected doctor. One dark and stormy night, he met a young woman at the side of the road. He gave her a ride. She asked to be dropped off at a graveyard. There, she disappeared singing a love song, "Naina Barse." Anand began to hear that song more and more often. His mother arranged a marriage for him. His bride was the very woman he dropped off at the graveyard! Woh kaun thi? (Who was she?) Written by Hemal Sampat

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The song shayad phir iss janam mulakat ho ya na ho lagjaa gale......is about 50 years now and has been and would always be an all time favourite forever, for all years to come. See more »

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Sandhya: Mujhe Khoon Accha Lagtha Hai.
Inspector: You find the motive, you find the murderer.
Sandhya: Thakdeer ke bhi ajeeb khel hain. Jis ko hasna chaahiye woh roh raha hai.
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Remade as Naqab (1989) See more »

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Tiki Riki Tiki Riki Thakori, Kal Jo Mila Tha Khaba Mein
Music by Madan Mohan
Lyrics by Raja Mehdi Ali Khan
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Who was she ?
20 July 2010 | by (India) – See all my reviews

It's the time of wee hours in India and it's raining outside in Hyderabad. What can be the better situation to write a review of this movie which begins with the scene of heavy rainfall and that scene itself lends momentum to the mystery of the movie ? The opening scene picturized upon Saadhana and Manoj Kumar in heavy rainfall is itself so impressive that the viewer gets compelled to watch the full movie. Perhaps in no other Indian suspense-thriller, the opening scene is that much impressive. Manoj Kumar driving home in heavy rainfall finds Saadhana standing in the middle of the road, wearing a white saari and getting drenched without apparently unaffected by this fact. Mysterous dialogues take place between them and finally Manoj Kumar drops her near a graveyard with spellbound to see her disappearing in it with a highly melodious song echoing inside - Naina Barse Rimjhim Rimjhim. The spellbinding suspense starts now for the next two and a half hours.

Woh Kaun Thi (who was she ?) is a black and white movie released in 1964 starring Manoj Kumar and Saadhana. It is still considered a classic mystery. In fact the fact of its being black and white is a plus point of this movie as the mystery appears to be deeper with the characters appearing on the screen looking more mysterious than they actually are. The great music composed by Madan Mohan rendered further strength to the suspense and thrill of the movie and Saadhana in the title role delivered a splendid performance to make the movie as spellbinding for the viewers.

I have already discussed the highly impactful opening scene. The story moves quickly with the fact coming out that our hero, Manoj Kumar is a doctor, working in the hospital of K.N. Singh and having a love affair with Helen. Shortly Helen gets murdered and the mysterious woman, Saadhana who had disappeared in the graveyard in the beginning reappears before him in a further mysterious fashion only to disappear even more suspensefully. His mother gets him married to a girl of her choice but you can guess that when he sees her face on the first night of their conjugal life (yes, there were times in India in which the bride and the groom of an arranged marriage were able to see each other's faces for the first time on that night only), he is taken aback to see the same girl, now as his wife. Then several twists and turn keep on coming in the narrative taking the story to Shimla and the suspense is finally revealed in the climax.

The story is just very very good and Raj Khosla was an able director of his time who directed classic suspense movies like Mera Saaya and Anita too. He has handled the plot very well. The problem is with the revelation of the suspense in the climax in which the police officer, Raj Mehra delivers a long speech regarding the mystery and despite that leaves many significant questions unanswered. If you ignore that fact, you won't find any fault with the movie which contains comedy, romance and melodious music alongwith the gripping mystery. The very first scene grips you like a powerful clamp and then you are so engrossed in the narrative that you can leave the movie after seeing its climax only, not before that.

Saadhanalooks so gorgeous in the movie that it's better for you to watch her instead of reading my narration about her. And acting ? She has delivered a highly admirable performance in the pivotal role. Manoj Kumar is OK. The supporting cast includes Helen, K.N. Singh, Parveen Chaudhary, Prem Chopra, Dhumal, Raj Mehra, Ratnamala etc and all of them have performed their roles pretty well.

Technically also the movie is perfect. The aura of suspense is maintained throughout. The cinematographer has ably captured the snowy beauty of Shimla.

The discussion of Woh Kaun Thi cannot be complete without its music. Madan Mohan has composed immortal music for the movie with the classic songs of Lata like Naina Barse Rimjhim Rimjhim, Lag Ja Gale and Jo Hamne Daastan Apni Sunaai. The other songs of the movie viz. Chhod Kar Tere Pyar Ka Daaman (Rafi), Shokh Nazar Ki Bijliyaan (Asha), Tiki Riki Tiki Riki Takuri (Rafi-Asha) are also very melodious and a treat to listen.

No suspense-thriller fan should miss this movie.


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