By Atanu Raychaudhuri(21 Jul 2008)
Om Prakash and Harindranath Chattopadhyay are arch rivals (read enemies) since that fateful day when they fought like animals at the auction over the plot of land in Defence Colony, Delhi. Chattopadhyay wins the auction and plans to hire the best architect to plan his new house. And as luck would have it, he hires Dev Anand, the son of his enemy Om Prakash. It is here that the story takes a humorous twist, and we have a fine romance develop between Dev and Chattopadhyay’s daughter, the beautiful and intelligent Nutan. After the initial fights, the two become good friends, helped in no small way by Nutan’s brother Rajinder Nath, who turns in with one of his best roles as an air force man on a holiday. The romance is fresh, on a scooter the love birds roam the clean Delhi streets and into Mehrauli and Qutab Minar. The best part is when Dev rides his scooter all the way to Mussoorie in search of his lady love, and croons tu kahan yeh bata, to the horror, surprise, amusement of the passers by. But their love is cut short when the fathers discover that their kids plan to lead a life together. And to add fuel to the fire, Dev ends up building two identical houses facing each other, much to the dismay of the older generation. How he manages to convince the dads to grow up, act as mature individuals, and let go of their prejudices is the crux of the story post interval.
On the face of it, an ordinary love story. But one has to give full credit to the director, Vijay Anand, to present it in such a fresh manner. Delhi looks so beautiful, and Dev Anand’s scooter ride to Mussoorie was a revelation about good movie thinking. S.D Burman’s music was magical, with each of the seven gems of songs being winners. The picturization of dil ka bhanwar inside Qutab Minar shows what a master of song picturization Vijay Anand was. My favorite, though, has always been the sublime mane na mera dil diwana, which is one of Rafi’s best, and is always a joy to watch on the video.