THE title “Ek Raaz” (a secret) naturally evokes our curiosity and we turn to the producers’ synopsis for a clue, and read: “Aroon’s parents were giving the best treatment to Kishore. They actually consider him as their Son. Kishore had won their such sympathies by his faithfulness. Aroon could never tolerate this. Aroon being an extremist and of evengeful (sic) nature was desperate now. He never wanted any hurdle in his way. He planned things with a dreadful end.”
Well, you have got the clue to the picture if not to its secret. The whole thing is most shoddily got together and the secret that each of the three principal characters seems to nourish is comfortably lost in the many other secrets you are trying to unravel. Kishore Kumar, abetted by the script-writer, director and editor, confounds you completely. On his way to take up a job he is mistaken for a musician and becomes one; effortlessly loses his heart to a rich man’s daughter and bowls her over completely. Discovered by the girl’s father and forced to flee, he saves the life of a steel magnate and secures a job in his factory. He is a success in more ways than one and soon proves to his benefactor that he himself is his son and not the villain Aroon in whom he had pinned his faith for so long. In the final scene he fights the villain, out-fists him and hands him over to the police—that is what they are meant for!
Undoubtedly poor as the picture is, it has one redeeming virtue—pace. There may be no rhyme or reason but things happen all the same. Blows dealt may have less impact than knocks at the door, but all the same they prevent you from dozing. And all the time you are unravelling secrets, not only the ones the producers had earmarked for you but also those that had slipped between their fingers and got into the dish!
Kishore Kumar and Jamuna fail completely in the love scenes and one cannot help feeling that they mouth the words just because they are paid to do so. Pran as the villain is convincing and Lalita Pawar as his mother is acceptable. Agha as Kishore’s friend evokes some laughter, but it is Moni Chatterji who steals the show, The restraint and feeling with which he acquits himself as the steel magnate and affectionate father deserve commendation.
A couple of Majrooh Sultanpuri’s lyrics are pleasant and Chitragupta has set them to equally pleasant music. The rest of the music is generally uninspiring. The director (Shakti Samanta) and the editor (Dharamvir) have not made their presence felt, and not out of modesty either.
A. G. Films’ “Ek Raaz” is a secret that should not be talked about: it is safest in the custody of its makers.
Year – 1963
Language – Hindi
Country – India
Producer – A. G. Films
Director – Shakti Samanta
Music Director – Chitragupta
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Cast – Pran, Lalita Pawar, Kishore Kumar, Jamuna, Agha, Mumtaz, Madan Puri, Tuntun
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