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Upperstall Review


Johar Mehmood In Goa


Hindi, Comedy, Patriotic, 1965, B/W

Twin bothers born Christians but left separately in the house of a Hindu Priest and Muslim Mullah to be brought up as Ram (IS Johar) and Rahim (Mehmood) respectively. They grow up to be dreaded revolutionaries fighting the Portuguese to liberate Goa. Along the way Ram falls in love with the haughty Rita (Sonia Sahni), the daughter of the Portuguese Governer and tames her while Rahim falls in love with fellow revolutionary Simi (Simi Garewal).

Or patriotism Johar Mehmood style! Teaming up the two comedians for the first time, the film is in turns serious, lightweight, funny, tacky, corny and stupid as it plays off Mehmood's brand of no-holds-barred comedy against the cynical deadpan humour of Johar but ultimately fails to go beyond its items and gel together into a cohesive, coherent unit.

Still, the hit 'items' include the duo in drag (but of course!) and a local plastic surgeon turning 4 people into Mehmood so you have a song with 5 Mehmoods prancing about as the Portuguese struggle to identify the genuine maal! The glamour quotient sees the sexy Sonia Sahni being introduced opposite Johar who tames her into an ideal Bharatiya Nari while Simi Garewal in an early role plays a fiery knife-wielding freedom fighter paired with Mehmood!

The music by Kalyanji-Anandji is a definite plus point - Yeh Do Deewane Dil ke, Mera Desh Azad Hoke Rahega and Ankhiyon ka Noor standing out.

The film, a lost and found with Christian boys growing up as a Hindu and Muslim as Ram and Rahim a good 12 years before Amar Akbar Anthony (1977), went on to be a sleeper hit that year raising Mehmood's soaring stock even higher and leading to more crazy collaboration between him and Johar - Johar Mehmood in Kong Kong (1971).

All in all, undemanding viewing.

Upperstall review by: Karan Bali aka TheThirdMan

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