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Upperstall Review



Hindi, Drama, 1949, B/W

Namoona (1949) is a film that came soon after Dev Anand attained initial stardom with Ziddi (1948), his first big hit. Otherwise an awfully dated and stitled melodrama, the only point of interest today to watch this film is to see a puff-free, sincere Anand act and walk normally for a change.

The film re-unites him with his Ziddi and Shayar (1949) co-star Kamini Kaushal. Though Kaushal is adequate enough as the girl caught in between poor refugee lad Anand whom she loves and the rich kind-hearted barrister Kishore Sahu, obviously a better prospect and to whom her marriage is fixed, this is not among her memorable films or performances. Kishore Sahu too is just so-so as the ever-so-nice and understanding barrister.

Namoona is a bizzare tale, badly told. But what truly takes the cake is how the love triangle is finally resolved. In an extremely 'original' manner, get this, the rapist of Kaushal's mother is revealed to be Sahu's late father thus making Kaushal his sister!

Forget about the script or narrative flow or other technicalities. Even the saving grace of many an old Hindi film, the musical score, is sadly disappointing barring, if at all, just a solitary song - the dance by 1940s item girl'' Cuckoo -- Maari Gali Ma Aawjo.

All in all, avoidable fare.

Upperstall review by: Karan Bali aka TheThirdMan

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