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Mehboob Ki Mehndi (1971)

| Musical, Romance
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 »

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Yusuf
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Nawab Anwar Kamaal / Khairuddin
Baby Sonu
Sunder ...
Gulkand's Father
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Nawab Safdarjung
Paro ...
Gulkand
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Nisar Ahmed / Usman (as Jagdish Raaj)
Gurnam Singh ...
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Mumtaz Begum ...
Shabana's Maid
Rafiya Sultana
Prince Arjun
Ramal
Radheshyam
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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 about him and quits, Yusuf hires Shabana, who along with her granny, have come to live with them for a short period of time. He also hires a man named Khairudin as a servant to look after his dad. Yusuf and Shabana are attracted to each other and intend to marry, much to the joy of Safdarjang and the granny. The wedding preparations are on, but there are a couple things Yusuf and his family do not know. One is that Shabana is the daughter of a Courtesan named Najma; and that Khairudin has secured employment in order to kill Yusuf. Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Jaane Kyun Log Mohabbat Kiya Karte Hain . . .
27 August 2014 | by (India) – See all my reviews

Rajesh Khanna was a romantic hero and hence most of the movies made by riding on his popularity were scripted as romantic movies. Whatever might have been the story idea, the screenplay gave a lot of emphasis to romance between Rajesh Khann and his heroine. Mehboob Ki Mehndi (the henna applied to the hands of a lady which is meant for her lover) is one such movie only.

The story of Mehboob Ki Mehndi has a Muslim milieu containing Muslim characters. The plot is based on the character of an erstwhile Nawaab(Muslim ruler of an erstwhile princely state in India) but now impoverished Anwar Kamaal(Pradeep Kumar) who wants to settle an old score with Nawaab Safdarjung(Inftekhaar). He approaches the house of Safdarjung in order to kill him and his son Yusuf(Rajesh Khanna) but is not able to do so and waiting for a suitable opportunity to do so in future, he accepts to serve in his household under the fake name of Khairuddin. However gradually the good behaviour and respect rendered to him by Yusuf makes his killing job difficult with the passage of time.

On the other hand, Yusuf falls in love with Shabaana(Leena Chandavarkar) who is the tutor of his nephew. Love blossoms in the heart of Shabaana too and their courtship heads towards the desired destination of wedding. However there is a secret about Shabaana not known to Yusuf and his family that she is the daughter of a courtesan with nothing known about her father. However a strange emotional bond gets developed between aged Khairuddin and orphan Shabaana. In the climax, the secrets buried in the past of Shabaana as well as those pertaining to the identity of Khairuddin no longer remain the secrets once a killing takes place and everything is set right after an interesting courtroom drama.

As said earlier, Rajesh Khanna starrers during that period focused on romance more than anything else. Following that tradition, Mehboob Ki Mehndi also focuses on romance only which, like all the hit movies of Rajesh Khanna, is ably supported by melodious songs. The romance is bound to be dignified as the characters of the movie are Muslim characters and the milieu is traditional Muslim milieu soaked in the famous Muslim culture (Tehzeeb). It's delicate and touching as well.

The movie, written by Anjana Rawail and directed by Harnaam Singh Rawail, is very interesting right from the opening scene to the culminating scene. The sentimental and social parts of the plot have been beautifully amalgamated with the romantic part. Except the desirable interruption of melodious songs and undesirable interruption of the prolonged comedy track (which was perhaps a necessary evil for Hindi movies in those times), the narrative flows very well and heads towards its conclusion which is though a forgone one(considering that it's formula-based regular Bollywood movie) but the curiosity of the audience as to how it will be arrived at, is kept alive throughout.

Technically the movie is sound. The art director and the dress designer have kept the Muslim background of the story in mind while doing their respective jobs. And they alongwith the cinematographer, have done very well. Most of the scenes are very beautiful and eye-soothing. Background score and editing are also okay. The only irksome thing is the lengthy comedy track which, if done away with, would have made the movie crispier and better.

Laxmikant Pyarelaal's music with the lyrics of Anand Bakshi is a big highlight of the movie. Which Indian cine music lover has not heard Lata Mangeshkar's classic number - Jaane Kyun Log Mohabbat Kiya Karte Hain ? Alongwith that the album of Mehboob Ki Mehndi contains melodious songs like Ye Jo Chilman Hai Dushman Hai Hamaari, Mere Deewaanepan Ki Bhi Sada Nahin, Pasand Aa Gayi Hai Ek Kaafir Haseena, Itna To Yaad Hai Mujhe Ki Unse Mulaqaat Hui, Apna Hai Tu Begaana Nahin and of course, the title track in the enchanting voices of Mohammad Rafi, Kishore Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar and Hemlata.

Rajesh Khanna is at his romantic best in the movie. He is present here with all the gimmick and mannerism he was famous for. Beautiful Leena Chandavarkar has created good on screen chemistry with him and performed the emotional aspect of her assigned role also very well. Seasoned actor Pradeep Kumar is the best actor in this movie. All others are also well in place.

This interesting movie has a repeat value and can be seen by multiple times by the lovers of romantic flicks.


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