Devar (1966)

Cast: Dharmendra, Sharmila Tagore, Deven Varma, Shashikala

Director: Mohan Segal

Music: Roshan

Lyrics: Anand Bakshi

Capsule Review: The compelling quadrangular melodrama about a mismatched couple contained deep elements of Bengali literature. Stress within the domestic ambience was created when the noble Dharmendra ends up marrying the shrewish Shashikala while his brother contrives to marry the virtuous and beautiful Sharmila Tagore. 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. When the truth is revealed (Dharmendra and Sharmila were childhood sweethearts) it’s too late to turn back.

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