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The Skies Have Bowed (1968)

Jhuk Gaya Aasman (original title)
| Action, Crime, Drama
Sanjay lives a poor lifestyle in Darjeeling and makes a living as a Tourist Guide. He meets with Calcutta-based Priya Khanna, and both fall in love. When she receives word that her dad has ... See full summary »

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Sanjay / Tarun Kumar 'Battu' 'Pappu' Saxena (as Rajinder Kumar)
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Priya S. Khanna
Rajendra Nath ...
Hanuman Singh (as Rajinder Nath)
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Prem Kumar Saxena
Parveen Choudhary ...
Rita (as Praveen Chaudhary)
David Abraham ...
Yamraj (as David)
Gajanan Jagirdar ...
Shankarlal Khanna (as Jagirdar)
Randhir ...
Hanuman's maternal uncle
Madhumati ...
Priya's hostel friend
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Mrs. Saxena
Hari Shivdasani ...
B.K.
Krishan Dhawan ...
Ramdas
Brahm Bhardwaj ...
Devilal (as Brahm Bharadwaj)
Ram Avtar ...
Motumal
Ruby Mayer ...
Girl's hostel superintendant (as Sulochana senior)
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Sanjay lives a poor lifestyle in Darjeeling and makes a living as a Tourist Guide. He meets with Calcutta-based Priya Khanna, and both fall in love. When she receives word that her dad has been arrested, she returns home, and with a lot of problems does manage to secure her dad's release. She then finds out that Sanjay is also in Calcutta, both meet and plan to get married. Her dad finds out and cautions her against meeting him as this person's real identity is Tarun Kumar Saxena - the very man who had him imprisoned. Priya disbelieves her father and goes to meet Sanjay - and this is when she will find out that her dad not only told her the truth, but Tarun is already married to a woman named Rita. Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Hip Hop artiste Black Eyed Pea sampled the song "Kisi Ki Jaan Lete Hain" for their song "My Humps". See more »

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Remake of Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941) See more »

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Unse Mili Nazar Ke Mere Hosh Ud Gaye
Performed by Lata Mangeshkar
Lyrics by Shailendra, Hasrat Jaipuri, S.H. Bihari
Music by Shankarsingh Raghuwanshi Jaikishan Dayabhai Panchal
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A dish with all the spices in perfect ratio
10 July 2010 | by (India) – See all my reviews

In bollywood movies, there always have been certain set formulae used in most of the movies to entertain the target audience. The audience is served what it likes. However the intelligent filmmaker is one who knows the right proportion of the formulae to be used in presenting the chosen story on celluloid. When (deliberately or by default) it happens, the audience find the movie as highly entertaining.

Jhuk Gaya Aasmaan (1968) is one such movie. The writers, Prayag Raj and Omkar Sahib in unison with the director, Lekh Tandon have presented a formula-based movie in which the proportion of all the formulae used are just perfect. The result is a thoroughly engrossing movie which entertains the viewers from the very first frame to the very last frame. It contains most of the usual bollywood formulae - romance, comedy, emotion, re-incarnation, action, melodious music and finally a murder. But everything neither exceeds nor falls short of the optimum quantum required to entertain the (Indian) public.

The story revolves around our hero Sanjay (Rajender Kumar) who is a tourist guide in Darjeeling and lives a happy-go-lucky life with his friend Hanuman (Rajendra Nath) comes across our heroine Priya (Saira Banu) who has arrived from Calcutta with her college group. Quite expectedly, they fall in love with each other. But after Priya is back to the city because of the news of her father's arrest, Sanjay dies in a mishap. Now when his soul reaches Yamraaj (the Death God in the Hindu mythology), it is known that the Yamdoot sent to bring the soul of his double Tarun Kumar Saxena, has erroneously brought him because of the sameness of faces of these two. Sanjay requests Yamraaj to send him back into his body but now it is not possible because his funeral has already taken place. So, as the last resort available to him, Yamraaj infuses Sanjay's soul into the dead body of Tarun Kumar aka TK who was been a corrupt man in his life, doing all types of bad things in the company of Prem Kumar (Prem Chopra) who had created a rift between him and his grandmother (Durga Khote).

Now Sanjay in the body of TK, is close to his sweetheart Priya because his new home is also in Calcutta where Priya lives with his father who earlier worked for TK (and had got arrested by him only) and well-acquainted with his grandma too. However he, originally being an honest and noble person, is very uncomfortable because of the tainted past of his new body. He now starts correcting the wrongdoings of TK, patches up with his resented grandma and keeps distance from Prem. Prem, not being aware of the truth that it is Sanjay in the body of TK, makes his own moves on the chessboard of business, power and glamour and finally masterminds a murder to frame TK. Finally the movie reaches its happy ending with the baddie being arrested and the lovers being united.

This story has been borrowed from a Hollywood movie of 1941 - Here Comes Mr. Jordan which had been remade as Heaven Can Wait (1978). However the writers and the director have given the movie an Indian look and as I have already praised them, mixed all the bollywood formulae in the perfect ratio in the basic story plot and prepared a spicy dish for the Indian audience. The movie does not bore you even for the fraction of a second and you get your money's worth in full. While watching the spicy, formula-based movies of Farah Khan (Main Hoon Na and Om Shanti Om), I was wondering whether she has learnt from this movie as to how to make a masala movie for the Indians.

The performances are all up to the mark. This is one more silver jubilee movie of the romantic hero Rajender Kumar who was known as Jubilee Kumar in the sixties. His on screen chemistry with Saira Banu who herself was known as the beauty-queen in that period, is amazing. Her sex appeal in the song - Unse Mili Nazar Ki Mere Hosh Udd Gaye is so great that no Kareena Kapoor or Katrina Kaif is a match for her. Rajender Nath's comedy is hilarious. Prem Chopra as the villain, Durga Khote as the affectionate grandma, Parveen Choudhary as TK's secretary cum girlfriend among others are quite all right.

Shankar-Jaikishan has composed highly melodious songs for the movie. Kaun Hai Jo Sapno Mein Aaya, Unse Mili Nazar Ki Mere Hosh Udd Gaye, Kahaan Chal Diye Idhar To Aao, Kisi Ki Jaan Lete Hain, Mere Tumhaare Beech Mein, Meri Ankhiyon Ki Nindiya, Sachcha Hai Pyar etc. all are very very good to listen. Most of the songs are among the extremely popular songs of Lata and Rafi. The music of this movie is, in fact, a very big treat for the melody lovers.

Technically also, the movie is perfect. The cinematographer has captured the beauty of Darjeeling very well. The prints of this movie are so good even today (after 42 years) that the brightness of colours cools your eyes. Art direction, editing, production value and all other aspects are quite in order.

Summing up, you will get a satisfactory feeling after this movie similar to the one you get after consuming a delicious, spicy dish. I was fortunate enough to watch it on the big screen but it is enjoyable on the small screen as well.


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