Length: 138 minutes
This is a pretty terrific Bollywood film starring Dharmendra, Sharmila Tagore
and Helen in a cameo dance number. Throw in the music of Shankar-Jaikishan
and the playback voices of Lata, Asha and M. Rafi and you know the chances
are it will have some pizzazz. It was in fact a big box office hit in 1969
and helped solidify Dharmendra as a star.
It has what you expect from a good Bollywood film - great music, big stars,
comedy (though amazingly the comedy relief is killed - something I often
want to do myself in Bollywood films! But this guy was actually funny), action,
suspense, a wet sari dance number, Helen rocking the house and so on. Dharmendra
is a scientist at a top secret laboratory on the verge of inventing something
amazing that will Make India Great Again - we never find out what that is
exactly - otherwise they would have to kill us - and another country wants
to get it.
They come up with an elaborate plan to frame Dharmendra for murder, kidnap
him and take him to Mozambique of all places and substitute him with a lookalike
who will blow up the lab. So a double role for Dharmendra - one of those
Bollywood things that they loved doing lot of whether separated twins at
birth or amazing coincidence (Don) or one like this. Once you get past the
first 30 minutes of romantic intertwining with three songs, it takes off
and never slows down.