A young girl dvoted to dancing is crippled but gets back to normal not by medical science but by a miracle. A young prince falls in love with her and marries her. His mother has promised to accept Rajkumari as her daughter-in-law but the vamp aided by her wily father, tries to annex the royal fortune. In the end, however, the lovers prevail.
A familiar subject, the film makes a tremendous impact on account of technical excellence, spectacular dances taken in an artistic way with which director Shantaram has long been associated. It all looks like a repitition of Shantaram’s previous hit Jhanak Jhanak Payal Baje, but then it is captivating, particularly the ‘thali’ and ‘snake’ dances. The synchronization of the fish out of water writhing in pain with the dancer has charm and novelty. There is no doubt that a good deal of effort has been put in to make this film as artistic as possible.
Shantaram, much more than taking a good and powerful story, has relied too much on the visuals and as such it shows him as a craftsman of a rare order.
Sandhya in the main dancer’s role shows vivacity and verve. New comer Abhijeet shows great promise. His good looks and free style will take him farther in the starry realm. Child artiste Sushant Ray does some warm movements with its childish innocence. Dina Gandhi as Rajmata and Iftikhar as the heroine’s father are good.
Photography and technical polish are first class. They do much to the excellence of the picture visually if not dramatically.
Jal Bin Machhli Nritya Bin Bijli dazzles and intoxicates the viewers by sheer artistic excellence.
Year – 1971
Language – Hindi
Country – India
Producer – V. Shantaram Productions
Director – V. Shantaram
Music Director – Laxmikant-Pyarelal
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Cast – Ravindra, Vasant Parekh, Minal, Abhijeet, Vastala Deshmukh, Iftekhar, Sandhya, Dina Gandhi, Raja Paranjpe, Nanda, Birbal, Praveen Kumar, Sushant Ray
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