Bhai Bahen (1959)

My sister and I were discussing, with much fondness, my father’s love for classic Hindi cinema. When my parents bought a DVD player, I offered to look out for old films that I could buy for them. “Any particular favourites you’d like me to buy you?” I asked. Papa’s list included Sangdil, Daag, Anari, Ratan, Andaaz, Albela, Sone ki Chidiya and a bunch of other films—all of them selected mainly because they had superb music.

And I am very much my Papa’s daughter. It takes just one good song for me to rent a film (I may not go so far as to buy it, though). I’ve done it with Akashdeep, and I’ve done it again with Bhai Bahen. Here, fortunately, I was a little luckier. Even though the best thing about it is the lovely Saare jahaan se achha, Bhai Bahen is, overall, an interesting and rather offbeat little film.

The bhai—the brother—of the title is Ramu (Daisy Irani). Ramu is an orphan who lives on the pavement with his pet mongrel Shera, and makes ends meet by doing odd jobs: fetching taxis for rich people who can’t be bothered with hailing one for themselves, or (more often) selling lollipops outside a local school.

While selling lollipops, Ramu has made friends with rich girl Soni (Baby Naaz). When the film opens, Soni and her mother Geeta (Nishi Kohli) are at a temple. Soni is praying for a baby brother, when they run into Ramu, who’s also at the temple. Soni introduces Ramu to her mother, and the mother is impressed with Ramu (frankly, I find the kid a sanctimonious little brat: his prayers, droned out in a high voice for all to hear, are all about how God should keep him on the straight and narrow).

Ramu’s bête noir is the nasty Jaggu (? No idea who this actor is, but I wouldn’t be surprised if this was the only film he ever worked in. He delivers his lines as if he were reading them off a page, and he has all the expressiveness of a lamppost). Jaggu collects hafta from the boys who live on the pavement—including Ramu. One night, while Jaggu and an accomplice are trying to break into a house, Shera raises the alarm and Jaggu’s accomplice is nabbed by the police. This makes Jaggu even madder at Ramu.

Meanwhile, Soni has been chatting with her mother (nice to see a filmi mum who’s young and pretty, and a good friend of her child’s). Geeta suggests that if Soni’s so keen on a brother, she should tie a rakhi around a little boy’s wrist come Rakshabandhan, and he’ll then be her brother. Soni thinks it’s a grand idea, too, and she decides—though secretly—whom she’s going to choose to be her brother.

The next time Soni sees Ramu selling lollipops, she collars him and breaks the news. Ramu’s very flattered and touched, of course, but gets a bit of a shock when he realises that he will be expected to give Soni a gift on the occasion. Soni tries, sweetly, to tell him that he needn’t gift her anything, but this pint-sized kid has enough self-respect to insist that he will buy her something.

And he does find something in a window display: a frock that he thinks will be perfect for Soni.

The shopkeeper, when asked, informs Ramu that the frock costs Rs 7.50. Ramu can’t even begin to imagine that amount. But since he’s made up his mind to buy the frock for Soni, he decides to save. Not much time is left for Rakshabandhan, so poor Ramu ends up going hungry, saving even the 2 annas he spends on channas for his dinner. Fortunately for him, Shera barges in on a street performance (Anwar Hussain and the lovely Bela Bose in a cameo) and steals the limelight, so that spectators reward him with food that he shares with Ramu.

The evil Jaggu chooses this moment to pick on Ramu again, and takes away whatever Ramu’s been able to save. Initially tearful, Ramu hauls up his socks and plunges into a round of doing whatever he can to earn the 7.50. He cleans utensils in people’s homes, sells lollipops, and fetches and carries (even when the object he’s carrying is about double his own size):

Meanwhile, what of Soni? Her father, Rai Kedarnath (Rehman) owns race horses, and one day takes Soni to visit the stables. Here, Soni gets to meet old friends Johnny (Johnny Walker) and Mr X (a white horse). Johnny’s a groom, but has been pestering Rai Sahib to let him be Mr X’s jockey in the upcoming race. Today, finally, Rai Sahib agrees: Johnny will ride Mr X.

In between romancing his girlfriend Julie (Shammi)…

… and looking after Mr X, Johnny also finds the time to one day rescue Ramu from a belligerent Jaggu, who’s again been trying to browbeat the poor little kid into yielding up whatever he’s managed to save.

Unknown to Ramu and Soni and Johnny and Rai Sahib, sinister plots are being hatched near at hand. The nasty Jeevan (G P Sippy, the director, himself? I’m not sure, though I’ve heard he played the villain) is trying to get rich, even (and especially) if it’s at the cost of Rai Sahib. His henchmen (henchpeople?) include the cigarette-smoking vamp Lily Greene (Nilofer) and a cross-eyed man who rivals Jaggu when it comes to awful dialogue delivery.

Jeevan’s been bribing Rai Sahib’s jockey all this while to lose. Now that Johnny’s the jockey, Jeevan sends a man with Rs 1,000 to buy off Johnny too. Johnny, fortunately for Rai Sahib, is the very picture of loyalty: he decides he will not hold Mr X back.
He is also, it turns out, pretty stupid. He takes the money from Jeevan’s man, and promises that Mr X won’t win. What the baddies will do when he does win, is something Johnny hasn’t thought of.

Ramu, in the meantime, has against all odds, succeeded in scraping together Rs 7.50. Just as he’s getting ready to go and buy the frock for Soni, disaster strikes. Krishna, one of Ramu’s pavement-dwelling friends, has been ill for a long time, and now dies. None of the other boys has any money to contribute for Krishna’s cremation, and Jaggu (who does have the money) uses emotional blackmail to get Ramu to give up his Rs 7.50 for Krishna’s funeral.
Ramu is back where he started: broke.

Is Ramu finally able to buy Soni a gift? And where do Jeevan & Co, Johnny and Mr X, and Soni’s parents fit into the scheme of things? What effect will they and their actions have on Ramu’s attempts to be a good bhai to his bahen?

What I liked about this film:

Saare jahaan se achcha. Though the title of the song is from the poem by Iqbal, the lyrics of the film song (by Jan Nisar Akhtar) are different, yet equally patriotic—and N Dutta’s music is superb. The film has some other good songs too, including the very peppy Beta dar mat (Johnny Walker and Rafi at their best!) and the gentle Mere nadeem mere humsafar udaas na ho.

What I didn’t like:

A lot of the acting. Jaggu, of course, is a pain in the neck, but so are most of the other children, including Daisy Irani. I’ve nothing against Daisy (in fact, I rather like her in a lot of her films), but here she gets irritating after a while. Part of the problem lies in that Ramu’s character is not at all child-like. He’s basically a little adult (and a not very likeable one at that), who’s always spouting good and trying to lead an exemplary life. When a child’s signature tune is In ujle mahalon ke tale, hum gandi galiyon mein pale (“In the shade of these glittering palaces, we have been brought up in dirty alleys”), you can guess what the child’s outlook on life is. Where one would expect a child to cry or give up, Ramu smiles bravely and sings a song. Nauseating.

Also, I’ve always been of the opinion that at least the main characters in a film must be well acted out. (Yes, in a perfect world, the acting would be overall good, but it isn’t a perfect world). In Bhai Bahen, the protagonist is indisputably Ramu. Ramu should’ve been much better etched, and played perhaps by an older child who could act better.

Still, Bhai Bahen isn’t bad. And if you’ve got sick of the usual romances, it might just be the breath of fresh air you need.

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58 thoughts on “Bhai Bahen (1959)

  1. Hi,
    I wonder why they called Daisy Irani the wonder child. In fact I quite love master babloo too. He is cuter. I don’t know why but after Boot Polish I think ive had enough of those films where children are protagonists. This Nilofer in the picture looks so lovely! Thanks for letting us know about this film :)

  2. U said it DO, yu wanna have a breath of fresh air, then this is worth a watch, and yeah if I can add, one can sleep without having a heart beat running at 101 m.p.h. which quite a few of the movies these days tend to give yu.

    I enjoiied this movie when it was released and even so a few months ago, for Johnny Bhais sake with his peppy paced Beta Dar Mat,, all the more to see it, and rightly so… Datta Bhau at his best, again I wud say, a very much under rated Maestro. Dying to see his compositions in Gyarah Hazaar Ladkiyan (1962)

    Cheers for the write up on these Goldies. .)

    p.s. there is some confusion about his name bcos I hv read 3 versions IE

    Datta Naik
    Datta Narvekar
    Datta Narayan

    Readers pls share what yu know. Thx a lot

  3. Sharmi: Daisy Irani was cute (and acted well) in some of her films, such as her first film, Bandish. But this one wasn’t one her best, as far as I’m concerned. I’m yet to watch Boot Polish, but as you say – I’ve had enough of children as protagonists too! For the time being, at least. Master Babloo was cute too, and among the better child actors I’d list Master Ratan, Baby Farida, and Baby Tabassum… all good.

    ash: True, Bhai Bahen is a refreshingly different sort of film. A definite one-time watch. If only for N Dutta’s music! He’s so good, and so underrated. The only other name I’ve heard him credited as is Datta Naik (wasn’t there a film also by the same name…?)
    I’d love to lay my hands on Gyaarah Hazaar Ladkiyaan. The only composition I’ve heard or seen from it is this little clip that Terence Lyons of Ted Lyons and his Cubs fame shared with me. He’s the man playing the guitar here.

    P.S. Have been viewing some other songs from the film, on youtube. Fabulous!

  4. Do,
    Thx for the clip on Ted, surely another Legend there.

    Thanks a lot to YT and the up loaders, at least we get to see the some tracks of Gyara Hazar movie, superb !

    I am told there is or will be a VCD out on this movie soon, I must keep a watch for this.

    Er Datta Naik… so sry do not recall any movie with this name but yes there have been quite a few persons who played this role/ this name in underworld movies, if I can reconnect my brain wires correctly .).)

    Cheerio

  5. Oh, that’s good news about Gyarah Hazaar Ladkiyaan. I’d see it just because of the music, and of course the fact that it has such an intriguing title! I wonder what it’s really all about.

    Searched on imdb for Datta Naik as a film, but yes, you seem to be right: couldn’t find it (not that that counts; even Sunehre Kadam isn’t listed on imdb). God knows where I read that.

    Yes, my father’s very fond of old Hindi film music. His elder brother, my tauji, used to be a guitarist, and while he was staying in Delhi for some years, he had deputed my father to go to Daryaganj every time a new film was released, just so that my father and another brother could check out the songs and recommend any good ones to my tauji. Then my tauji, if a song was recommended, would go watch the film for himself, and if he liked the song, would buy the LP and practise the song with his band, so that they could play it at weddings, parties and other functions. So my father got to see a lot of films, and listen to some really great music!

  6. >I wonder what it’s really all about.

    I think “gyarah hazaar ladkiyan” is the number of girls that applied for a job (secretary???) and Mala Sinha was one of them….something like that.

  7. oops. Forgot to write about the review.
    There used to be so many such films with a child protagonist in mainstream cinema earlier it seems. Can’t imagine one now. In fact there aren’t any children actors except perhaps Darsheel but it’s not the same.

    >Part of the problem lies in that Ramu’s character is not at all child-like. He’s basically a little adult

    But a street child earning his livelihood can’t be expected to be like a child. He *would* be like a little adult, and one who is very sensitive, very aware of what happens when you are bad and so would prefer not to be one (with the help of god ;-)

  8. Do,
    Sounds a fab Jodi of Dad and Tauji, if ever he needs another Assistant, yu know where to find me .).)

    Re storyline of Gyara Hazar, unfort am totally clueless as this phillum never made it to big halls in Nairobi, thats what my memory says but Pacifist has a given us a clue and am pretty sure he is on the right track, bas yeh phillum haath mein aa jaye…)

    Dat was me DO who said about Sunhre Kadam not listed on Imdb, yaad aaaya ! Did yu get a chance to see it ? Wud be nice to hear how yu rate it !

    Hv a nice evening y’all.

    Cheers

  9. pacifist: True, a street child forced to earn his livelihood would naturally have to grow up, whether or not he/she liked it. What irked me about Ramu’s character was that he wasn’t even a believable ‘adult’. I’d have been more sympathetic towards Ramu if there had been instances of self doubt, of playfulness, and of being perhaps childish at times. Or even of realising the difference between right and wrong on his own – in Ramu’s case it’s actually a result of adhering strictly to what his mother had taught him.

    I wish they’d spent a little more effort on Ramu! This could have been a great film.

    ash: Papa and tauji used to do their marathon film-viewing sessions years ago, in the late 50’s! And today, what with film music being released well before the film itself, one needn’t see the film to know its songs. :-)
    I haven’t got around to watching Sunehre Kadam yet, but it’s in the queue! Am looking forward to it. Found a song on youtube, and enjoyed it so much that I decided I’d keep the film for later, once I’ve got a couple of other must-view-and-return DVDs out of the way!

  10. Why, why, in god’s name why does the protagonist have to face such calamities? I mean understand, that at times lots of ill-luck come together, when I went to buy the groceries ;-). And the accompanying tragic music.
    I can’t stand such films!!!!!!
    It is simply too depressive and unbelievable.
    And I don’t think the rich family which has befriended the street urchin would leave the child on the street just like that. They might not do it out of compassion but the very presence of a poor street child day in day out would make them feel bad!
    But I do like the Irani sisters, but not so sure of Baby Naaz.

  11. “Why, why, in god’s name why does the protagonist have to face such calamities?”

    Hehe. Yes, I know just how you feel! That was also my main grouse against Do Bigha Zameen, otherwise a superb film but oh so full of tragedy. Not everybody must be a Job!

    Though this must be said in support of Bhai Bahen: though Soni knows how poor Ramu is, her mother doesn’t realise that Soni thinks of Ramu as her brother, and Rai Kedarnath doesn’t even know Ramu exists, until fairly late in the film. So their neglecting to bring him into their home is understandable – till that point.

    Another irritating thing was that grown-ups were quite ready to have Ramu lug really heavy things for them – suitcases, bedding, etc. Even when it was obvious that the kid was too small to be able to lift it. That, somehow, got me more riled than a lot of other things in the film.

    Wasn’t Honey Irani cute too? Liked her a lot. :-)

  12. I too liked the Irani sisters and even Naaz was ok in some of the movies.
    It sounds good for one-time watch inspite of all its flaws. Like you said, it sounds different and refreshing from the normal love stories.
    I am dying to see Gyarah Hazar Ladkiyan too….love the songs, esp Dil ki tamanna thi masti mein .

  13. Yep agree with sunheriyaadein, the flow of this Rafi Sahebs song ‘ Dil ki tamanna thi masti mein ‘ is just out of this world, a evergreen number. Cheers .)

  14. sunheriyaadein/ash: Dil ki tamanna thi masti mein was one of the songs I managed to find on youtube (the happy version): lovely! I’m not a Bharatbhushan fan, but a film that stars Mala Sinha and has songs like this deserves at least one viewing, I think. Now I just wish they’d hurry up and get it out on DVD or VCD!

  15. I guess it was not the kids’ fault, the kid characters in films were, still are written so badly, and unbelievably. But of course, you still find lots and lots of adults willing to let children do labour, and hard labour for them. :(

    Your dad was lucky to have an elder brother who made it his job to see films. What fun! Given that most households looked down upon films at the time, and didn’t encourage film watching.

  16. Yes, I don’t blame it on the children – if your part’s badly written, and you’re not old enough to realise it’s bad (and don’t have the clout to protest), there’s not much that can be done. One of the few children’s characters that I’ve seen as being well written, in a lovely child-like way, was that of Minni in Kabuliwala. Very sweet!

    And oh, my father was lucky in that his elder brother was enough of a maverick to go against the wishes of his own family to join the film industry! My grandmother was very staunchly anti-films, and thought they were utterly evil. She came visiting us when I was very small, and one day, while she was sitting with me and singing a hymn, I interrupted with “Dadi, do you know any songs from Julie?”. Eek. My grandmother never let my mother hear the end of it, even though my mum assured her that they hadn’t been letting me watch Hindi films – least of all Julie (thankfully, my grandmother didn’t know what Julie was all about, or she’d have been even more scandalised)!

  17. LOL at ‘Julie’ :-D

    Gyaraa Hazaar Ladkiyan was directed by Khwaja Ahmed Abbas.
    He also wrote the screenplay of Dr Kotnis Ki Amar Kahani. So I’m really expecting something good.
    High expectations from anything for anything is a bad thing though.

  18. “High expectations from anything for anything is a bad thing though.”

    If I were to be given say Rs 1,000 for every time I’ve watched a film that I’ve had high expectations from, simply because it was written by or directed by or scored by or acted by someone I had faith in, I’d be very rich by now!
    No problem. I already have high expectations of Gyarah Hazaar Ladkiyaan, and I’ve now become so adept at bouncing back from shattered expectations, that I’ll weather this too, if need be. ;-)

  19. For young GEN who follow Bollywood now, this fact shud be nice
    qte

    K .A. Saheb was the father of actor/dancer, Neelima Azeem, mother of Bollywood sensation Shahid Kapoor.

    Bye .)

  20. I might have to see this just for Nilofer, Nishi and that little bit of Bela. I fear that Daisy Irani often irritates me, as do most children in films :) But still…Rehman, Johnny Walker…hmmm.

  21. I’d watch this, just for Rehman alone! :D And I do love Baby Naaz – she was awesome in Devdas.

    Child actors in Hindi films are usually so irritating – not only because they are young adults, but also because pretty often they are such sanctimonious prigs. You’d expect someone who gets such a hard deal in life to develop at least a little bit of bitterness or cynicism – especially an impressionable young adult. But catch them being anything but sweetness and light!

  22. Pls allow me to share some sad news with your readers here DO, mayb not the correct Forum but since it is active, we must share the loss of one of the best Saxophonists in the world, who passed away namely Manohari Singh.

    His contribution was immense, kindly read-
    qte
    R.D.Burman’s close associate Manohari Singh dead.

    Mumbai: Manohari Singh,a ace Saxophonist

    Hindi filmdom’s most sought after musician, died on Tuesday following a cardiac arrest. He was 77. The renowned saxophone player has embellished scores of Hindi film numbers, including Shokh Nazar Ki Bijliyaan, Dil Joh Na Kaha Saka and Yeh Duniya Usiki. He was S D Burman’s chief assistant and, later, R D Burman’s. Singh played for Shankar-Jaikishan, Madan Mohan and O P Nayyar as well. TNN

    Read more about his immense contribution-

    http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1207632/

    May his soul RIP.

    Ash

  23. ash: I don’t check my blog comments for a few hours, and see what happens… when I come back, there’s so much more to discover! I had no idea about KA Abbas’s extremely versatile talents (I never knew he had his own column), and I certainly didn’t know Neelima Azim was his daughter. Such a vivacious actress: I used to really like her in some of the Doordarshan serials of the late 80’s.
    Sad to hear about Manohari Singh. I hadn’t known about him, but as soon as you mentioned Dil jo na keh saka and Yeh duniya usiki, I could relate – both have such a strong sax component. Superb music, and the sax is out of this world. RIP, Mr Singh.

    memsaab: Both Johnny Walker and Nilofer have fairly substantial roles in the second half of the film. So does Nishi, but she gets a little distraught and weepy.

    bollyviewer: You know, I can’t even really stand much of that ‘sweetness and light, come what may’ in filmi adults, let alone children. There’s something a little unreal about it. The only film where I’ve been able to find it acceptable is Anand, and that too because there are brief moments when his cheerfulness slips and you get a glimpse of the tragedy of this man’s life.
    Unfortunately, Rehman’s role is much too small in Bhai Bahen. :-(

  24. Glad to share some info in this lovely Blog, and if I may add, a coincidence it may be, last week saw Chatpati from 1983, one of the guys in our Group had this rarest of rare movies, a VHSrip but good kwality keeping in mind my VHS are all destroyed, mayb 5 or 6 cud be saved only, and as yu know the VHS Releaser’s never chopped scenes and songs, and this one has the most unusual pairing-
    Smita Patil
    Raj Kiran
    Reema Lagoo
    Shreeram Lagoo
    Sudhir Dalvi

    And MD our own MAESTRO MANOHARI with his buddy Basu Deo Chakravarty , were paired as – Basu-Manohari

    And another noticeable movie they composed was Sabse Bada Rupiya, remember Bhai Jaan Mehmood’s ‘ THE WHOLE THING IS THAT…..’, Mehmood was the Producer also, hv a look at the veterans in this link-

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0420139/fullcredits#cast
    Fabulous .)

    Anyway what I was saying was that both these movies had very pleasant songs, I saw Chatpati for the first time and was impressed.

  25. Oh God, I hate it when the make the lil kids suffer. Lovely songs though. Jaggu looks a little like Dev (hair) crossed with Mohan Choti.

  26. Ava, you’ve hit the nail on the head! I was wondering whom Jaggu reminded me of, and I can see you’re right. Both Dev Anand and Mohan Choti thankfully were much better actors than this one. God knows who he was.

  27. @dustedoff
    >That must be one much coveted job!

    I guess it alludes to the situation that was once, where jobs were less and the unemployed far exceeding that number.

    I know of comments at one time about how for the job of a clerk thousands would apply including highly qualified people.
    With an increase in job opportunities this situation has eased.
    This is just a guess of course.

  28. You’re probably right. Come to think of it, the IAS is still pretty much that sort of a job – thousands want to lay their hands on it. On the other hand, maybe the potential boss for the secretary in Gyarah Hazaar Ladkiyaan is a very eligible bachelor, and the girls are lining up to have a shot at not just working for him, but also wooing him! ;-)

    On the other, I can’t imagine 11,000 girls lining up for a job as Bharat Bhushan’s secretary…!

    Now they better get the VCD out soon, before I drive myself nuts trying to imagine what this film’s all about.

  29. @Madhu – I think Gyarah Hazaar Ladkiyaan is already out on VCD. I have it somewhere but haven’t gotten around to watching it [neither Mala Sinha or Bharat Bushan being among my favorites and all that :-)]. But all the discussion and speculation here has served as the proverbial kick in the rear, so I’ll pull it out this weekend and watch it. Shall let you know if the movie lives up to the intriguing title!:-)

  30. Shalini: Good, good! I’ll be looking forward to hearing all about it – and, if it’s worth it, which video company has manufactured the VCD. I like Mala Sinha as long as she isn’t being either weepy or childishly chulbuli, and Bharat Bhushan is certainly not a favourite of mine, but still – the music’s good, so I might just give it a shot if it’s even vaguely watchable. :-)

  31. @dustedoff
    >I can’t imagine 11,000 girls lining up for a job as Bharat Bhushan’s secretary…!

    LOL! Till Shalini enlightens us, conjecturing about this story is getting to be fun.

    I don’t think Bharat Bhushan is the boss. He’s perhaps working in that very office.
    Perhaps he pushes Mala Sinha’s application up. :-D

    Now its for Shalini to relieve us of our uncertainties.

  32. Or maybe Mala Sinha is so desperately hard up, she really, really needs that job, and so forges 11,000 applications, applying under different names and in the hope that at least one of her alter-egos will get the job!

    Whew. Yes, Shalini had better watch this soon. ;-)

  33. I must say I am enjoiing every bit of speculation on the Plot of 11 hazaar ladkiyan… the plot is getting thicker n thicker… .)

    Shalini… is the print on Friends ? My supplier never seem to get a any copy……..er… too much to ask but worth a try .), how abt sharing this via a file sharing site, wud apprec this a lot .) thx for any co op.

    Cheers

  34. I love kids in hindi films well the earlier ones, i’m very fond of the Irani’s in particular, they’re so cute , and i just saw the most annoying child actor ever in Ginny aur Johnny (don’t watch it) though in fairness i’ll lay the blame on the director not the kid

  35. Okay, I just started watching “Gyarah Hazaar Ladkiyaan” and here’s what I’ve gathered so far. Bharat Bushan’s character is a travel writer cum lawyer who’s defending working girl Mala Sinha (she is a manager at the Mumbai Rationing Office!) in a murder trial. He intends to call as defense witnesses the “gyarah hazaar ladkiyaan” that work in Bombay in various vocations! The film apparently is a tribute to these modern, working women who are the symbols of newly independent India’s progress and advancement. I expect a fair amount of preaching but the murder trial gives me hope that there will be some entertainment as well.:-)

  36. Thank you Shalini :-)

    So our speculations were all wrong. It was fun doing that nevertheless.

    Do tell us the verdict after you’ve seen it. Good, Bad, Ugly?

  37. Shalini

    Welcome info on the Plot, thx a lot.

    pls share with us which company brought out this phillum, did yu buy it recently ? is it a vcd or dvd or vhsrip ? been on the wish list for ages.

    In our group we have many who wud like to see and have this phillum in their collection, any chance of sharing with us say via file sharing site.

    Megaupload is very good .)

    Sry for inconv

    Cheers .)

  38. Shalini, thank you so much – and, as pacifist says, do let us know your final verdict on it! With a murder trial as part of the plot, I hope there’s no lack of entertainment!

  39. @Madhu, Ash, et. al – I got my copy of “Gyraah Hazar Ladkiyaan” from a friend and it looks to be a VHS rip. I think it’s commerically available on Friends VCD. In any case, I’m more than happy to share the movie and wil try to upload the file on Megaupload.

  40. Wow so kind of yu Shalini, highly apprec this gesture. Thx a lot.

    Yeah my supplier keeps on saying it is coming, backdated order, but that was 3 mnths ago, I gave up, same happened with Miss Coca Cola. I have a feeling very few prints came out and after all sold out nothing avail.

    Wil def watch for this, it is just fine if yu hv it as a VHSrip. Look fwd to it eagerly. Thx a gain.

    Cheers .)

  41. Sorry if I’m answering a question you didn’t ask, pacifist… but am not sure what you want. If you just click the four Megaupload URLs Shalini’s given, you should be able to download the movie files.

  42. Oh dear! I swear Shalini’s post with the links wasn’t there when I wrote, and I thought people were familiar with this site and its functioning. :-/

  43. Just finished watching gyaraa hazaaz ladkiyan.
    Thank you so much Shalini.
    I liked it very much.
    Dustedoff, I hope you’ll review it.

    A short review.
    Mala Sinha – very refined.
    Bharat Bhushan -has expression on his face….well, most of the time. :-)
    Sighting of…Ted.
    A couple of nice songs in addition to ‘dil ki tamanna’

    Above all ….the film has a point.

  44. Oh, good! Yes, I have definitely got Gyaarah Hazaar Ladkiyaan in my watch-and-review list, though I’m saving it up for a little later. Am looking forward to it very much indeed. :-)

  45. I enjoyed Ab Dilli Door Nahin – again a film with a mostly child star cast but in that one while the (poor) kids are impossibly idealistic, they are charming. In this one, the good ones sound saccharine…

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