Gumnaam (1965)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 0
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 0

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) The movie belongs to Helen and Mehmood with their huge screen presence overshadowing all other cast members.
2) A must-have Bollywood soundtrack/album from Shankar-Jaikishan with timeless gems like “Jaane Chaman Shola Badan”, “Hum Kaale Hain To”, “Jaan Pehechan Ho”, “Iss Duniya Mein Jeena Ho To”, “Jaane Chaman Shola Badan”, and “Gumnaam Hai Koi”.

 
CONS –
1) This Agatha Christie story adapted by Dhruva Chatterjee failed in execution by the director Raja Nawathe.
2) A weak screenplay is full of potholes underutilizing its excellent cast.

 
QUOTE –
“Mehmood : Khayaloon mein… Khayaloon mein… “

Shikar (1968)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 0
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 0

Verdict – 3/5

Pros –
1) A whodunit murder-mystery in a Jungle backdrop.A Dhruva Chatterjee classic.
2) Supporting cast – Sanjeev Kumar as Inspector Rai (though the character isn’t explored much) and Helen is her usual self, are adding weight in this thriller.
3) Songs – “Parde Mein Rahne Do” & “Tumhare Pyaar Mein”

 

Cons –
1) Mediocre final plot-twist
2) Background score towards the end of the movie is surprisingly comical.

 

Quote –
N/A