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Gumnaam (1965)

Not Rated | | Drama, Mystery, Thriller | 6 February 1965 (India)
Eight people are trapped on an island when their plane abandons them. They find a large mansion whose butler is expecting them. Then one by one, they die...

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Raja Nawathe

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Dhruva Chatterjee (screenplay), Charandas Shokh (dialogue) | 1 more credit »
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Complete credited cast:
Nanda ... Asha
Manoj Kumar ... Anand (as Manoj)
Pran ... Barrister Rakesh
Helen ... Miss Kitty
Mehmood ... The Butler
Dhumal ... Mister Dharamdas
Madan Puri ... Dr. Acharya
Tarun Bose ... Madhusudan Sharma
Manmohan Manmohan ... Mr. Kishan
Naina Naina
Laxmi Chhaya Laxmi Chhaya ... Masked Dancer
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Storyline

At a night club 7 seven people win a lucky draw where the get an holiday package.The plane they are traveling develops a snag and makes emergency landing in the jungle.The plane dumps luggage of all the members including a co pilot and flies back leaving everyone stranded in the jungle.While trying to make way out of the jungle they hear a female singing mysteriously .The members follow the voice and reach a mansion where the butler welcomes them saying he was waiting fro them.He hands over a letter to them which says that they were all part of a crime and one by one will be killed. Written by alex.mjacko@gmail.com

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Country:

India

Language:

Hindi

Release Date:

6 February 1965 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Мистерия See more »

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Prithvi Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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In 2013 a Marathi film was made on the same book Ashach Eka Bhetavar. See more »

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The lighting of the drums in the close-up in the "Jaan Pehechaan Ho" sequence is different from the lighting in the rest of the scene. See more »

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Version of Ten Little Indians (1959) See more »

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Peeke Hum Tum Jo
Lyrics by Hasrat Jaipuri
Music by Shankarsingh Raghuwanshi and Jaikishan Dayabhai Panchal (as Shanker and Jaikishan)
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It had so much potential...
21 October 2001 | by DrEbertSee all my reviews

Okay, we turn on the TV to watch GUMNAAM. We see a bunch of people who all helped a murder take place get marooned on an island. And then we here "Gumnaam hai koi, badnaam hai koi..." (that is, this really creepy and well-written song). But what follows for the next two hours really blows it.

GUMNAAM is an Indian-made blatant copy of Agatha Christie's classic whodunit "And Then There Were None" aka "Ten Little Indians." Anybody who has read the novel will find this film pretty disappointing.

I found GUMNAAM to be hopelessly unrealistic. Why is nobody suspicious when they find out that the butler knows their names? Why does everybody just sit down to eat as if they own the place?

Without giving too much away, I'd just like to say that the motive for the killer is unbelievably weak. And no explanation is ever given as to why "he" chose to stalk his "victims."

Furthermore, what the heck is Mehmood, a comedy actor, doing in GUMNAAM, a killer thriller? What is the point of all those songs? Why are people relaxing and tanning on the beach and swimming and eating fancy meals and FINDING ROMANCE as if they are on vacation? Aren't they afraid of death? Or is it more important to live life in style than to just live.

Where is the whole "I'm-scared-out-of-my-wits-of-death-so-I'll-do-something-incredibly-dumb" part? These people are doing stuff that is extremely dumb, but without the fear. The fact that they might not be alive tomorrow to swim or tan or eat does not occur to any of the characters.

If you can, try to find a copy of the soundtrack, because the song "Gumnaam Hai Koi" is very well-written, well-worded, and has creepy background music. Also, the song "Hum Kale Hai To Kya Hua?" aka "Khayalon Mein" is very good, though completely out-of-place.

Overall, GUMNAAM is a big disappointment for anybody looking for a thriller, a murder mystery, or even a good comedy. Well, it might work as a comedy. MIGHT.


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