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Devar

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Devar
File:Devar film poster.jpg
Film poster
Directed byMohan Segal
Written byTara Shankar Bandopadhyay
StarringDharmendra
Sharmila Tagore
Deven Verma
Music byRoshan
Distributed byDe Luxe Films
Release date
1966
CountryIndia
LanguageHindi

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Devar is a 1966 Hindi film directed by Mohan Sehgal.[1] It stars Dharmendra, Sharmila Tagore, Deven Verma and Shashikala.[2] The music is by Roshan and the lyrics by Anand Bakshi; this is their only film together that met with success.[3]

The film is based on the short novel Naa by the noted Bengali writer Tara Shankar Bandopadhyay. This novel was already adapted into a 1954 Bengali movie of the same name, and the 1962 Tamil movie Padithaal Mattum Podhuma. This movie is considered Mohan Sehgal's masterpiece, and was praised for Dharmendra & Sharmila's cool performances, and Deven Verma's commendable negative role. All of the songs from Devar were big hits at the time, and are still very popular, especially "Baharon ne mera chaman lootkar" and "Aaya hai mujhe phir yaad" by Mukesh, and "Duniya mein aisa kahan" by Lata Mangeshkar.

Plot[edit]

Shankar (Dharmendra) and Bhawariya (Sharmila Tagore) are childhood lovers who have been parted by unfortunate circumstances. Shankar's cousin Suresh is an advocate. Matchmaker Ram comes up with marriage proposals for both the cousins. Following family traditions, it is decided that the boys will meet the respective brides by proxy. Suresh falls in love with Madhumati (Bhawariya). He cooks up a wicked plot. He writes two letters to each of the families due to which an innocent and somewhat less educated Shankar is badly treated by his parents. One day accidentally Shankar comes to know that Madhumati is Bhawariya, the girl whom he used to love. So also, Bhawariya's brother, a handwriting expert comes to know of Suresh's wicked plan. Bbhawariya's brother asks Suresh to accept his guilt before Ashok's parents presuming that it is Suresh sitting on chair, but it happens to be Ashok who listens this and comes to know of everything. In a rift between Shankar and Suresh, Suresh dies accidentally, for which Shankar is held the culprit. Madumati who is determined to see her husband's murderer hanged, changes her words and saves Shankar.

The movie ends without Madumati ever knowing that Shankar is her childhood lover.

Reception[edit]

The Essential Guide to Bollywood (2005) says that the film "contained deep elements of Bengali literature... The film is remarkable for projecting the ironic twists of fate in an unconventional format with the lead pair bound to the 'wrong' spouses till the very end."[4]

In 2014, The Friday Times noted that this film was "probably the only role that [comedian Deven] Verma played that had shades of grey... He may have played a villain but many left the theatre wondering how such a good looking, suave man could have such a complex character."[5]

Cast[edit]

  • Dharmendra as Shankar
  • Sharmila Tagore as Bhawariya/Madhumati
  • Shashikala as Shanta
  • Deven Verma as Suresh
  • Lalita Kumari as Basanti
  • Durga Khote as Madhumati's mother
  • Dhumal as Ram Bharose
  • Sulochana Latkar as Shakuntala
  • Sabita Chatterjee as Lily
  • Raj Mehra as Thakur Mahendra Singh
  • Tarun Bose as Advocate Gopinath
  • D. K. Sapru as Diwan Jaswant Rai (as Sapru)
  • Mumtaz Begum as Shankar's mother
  • Bela Bose as dancer in 'roothe saiyan' song
  • Brahm Bhardwaj as Public Prosecutor
  • Nazir Kashmiri as judge
  • Pardeep Singh

Soundtrack[edit]

Songs Singer
"Aaya Hai Mujhe Phir Yaad Vo Zalim Guzara Zamana Bachpan Ka" Mukesh
"Baharon Ne Mera Chaman Lootkar" Mukesh
"Duniya Mein Aisa Kaha Sab Ka Nasib Hai" Lata Mangeshkar
"Kajal Walle Nain Mila Ke Kar" Mohammed Rafi
"Roothe Saiyan Hamare Saiyan" Lata Mangeshkar
"Maine Jharokhe Se Kyu Jhaka, Mushkil Me Pad Gayi Jaan" Lata Mangeshkar, Usha Mangeshkar

References[edit]

  1. "The Tribune, Chandigarh, India - The Tribune Lifestyle". www.tribuneindia.com. Retrieved 2020-04-04.
  2. "Devar - Review". Molodezhnaja. Retrieved 26 September 2020.
  3. Arunachalam, Param (July 19, 2015). "Bollywood Retrospect - The enduring lyrics of Anand Bakshi: Anand Bakshi's long career speaks about his success in adapting himself to changing times". D.N.A. Sunday. ProQuest 1697064272.
  4. Jha, Subhash K.; Bachchan, Amitabh (2005). The Essential Guide to Bollywood. Lustre Press. p. 30. ISBN 9788174363787. Retrieved 26 September 2020. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  5. "In memoriam: the suave humorist". The Friday Times. December 14, 2014. ProQuest 1635816081.

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