"Ram aur Shyam" was a remake of a remake. A Tamil film, "Enga Veetu Pllai" had been based on "The Prince and the Pauper", "Ram aur Shyam" was the Hindi version of the Tamil film made appropriately, by the south Indian producer, Nagi Reddy. Dilip Kumar played a double role: Ram, the serious character, and his long-lost twin. Shyam, the buffoon, with a lot of the action in the movie in the great tradition of slapstick revolving round mistaken identity. It has been the model of other films .