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Upperstall Review


Songs and Music

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Hindi, Action, Comedy, 1960, B/W

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A Prince (Dilip Kumar) and a princess (Meena Kumari) are betrothed to each other. But the path of true love never runs smoothly. His uncle wants him dead so he can rule and her commander-in-chief (Jeevan) wants her all to himself. Several obstacles, meetings, partings, songs and swordfights later, of course all's well that ends well!

By the mid 1950s, Dilip Kumar was given psychiatric advice to play lighter roles as his 'King of Tragedy' image in films like Mela (1948), Andaz (1949), Babul (1950) Deedar (1951) and Devdas (1955) began to take a heavy emotional toll on him. Kohinoor directed by SU Sunny, is one such 'light' film.

In Kohinoor, Dilip Kumar actually seems to enjoy himself to the hilt in the admittedly enjoyable goings on of royal intrigue, playful romance and swashbuckling action. He shows razor sharp comic timing, be it wooing the heroine in disguise, doing a 'Groucho Marx' (the famous mirror scene from Ducksoup (1932)) or bashing up the baddies. Such was his impact that he deservedly won the Filmfare Award for this role ahead of his Prince Salim act in Mughal-e-Azam the same year.

The film is also quite a change of image for Meena Kumari, also known like Dilip Kumar for her intense tragic roles. She responds with a refreshing, uninhibited performance as compared to the studied mannerisms and passive postures of many of her tragic roles. It's a pity she didn't do more such films. Jeevan makes a slimy enough commander-in-chief lusting after Kumari.

Naushad's music is memorable among others for the love duets Do Sitaron ka Zameen Par Hai Milan, Koi Pyaar ki Hai Dekhe Jaadugari and of course that all time great Mohammed Rafi gem Madhuban mein Radhika Naache re for which Dilip Kumar learnt to play the sitar.

Upperstall review by: Karan Bali aka TheThirdMan

Madhuban Mein Radhika Naache Re - Mohammed Rafi
Do Sitaaron Ka Zameen Par Hai Milan - Mohammed Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar
Koi Pyaar ki Hai Dekhe Jaadugari - Mohammed Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar
Chalenge Teer Jab Dil Par - Lata Mangeshkar
Dhal Chki Shaam-e-Gham - Mohammed Rafi
Dil Mein Baji Pyaar ki Shehnaiyaan - Lata Mangeshkar
Jaadugar Qatil Haazir Hai Mera Dil - Asha Bhosle
Tan Rang Lo Jee - Mohammed Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar
Yeh Kya Zindagi Hai - Lata Mangeshka
Zara Man ki - Mohammed Rafi

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