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Jewel Thief (1967)


Ashok Kumar and Dev Anand in Jewel Thief (1967)

Cast: Ashok Kumar Dev Anand,Vyjanthimala,Tanuja

Director: Vijay Anand

Music: S.D. Burman

Lyrics: Majrooh Sultanpuri, Shailendra

Capsule Review: A film about mistaken identity starring the debonair Dev Anand cast as look­alikes. This clever suspense film with a surfeit of skilful narrative devices all climaxing in one of the most heart- stopping song-and­dance sequences ever filmed (Hothon pe aisi baat) is still a whopper of an entertainer. A masala mix, well-oiled though not over-spiced, pickled with the pride of the formulaic menu. S.D. Burman’s music goes a long way in embellishing and heightening the theme and mood. Interestingly, the second lead Tanuja (seducing her man with Asha Bhosle’s seductive Raat akeli hai) looks far more comfortable with the hero than the heroine Vyjanthimala. The stiff mood between the lead pair goes well with the plot. Jewel Thief is the kind of film where everything including the suspense, just falls into place with a rustling grace.

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