The hero is an honest taxi driver. He has an ideal wife. He has also a sister who is the apple of his eye. There is also his wife’s brother. They all live happily. Come then troubles. The sister is seduced by the young brother-in-law and she gets pregnant. The wife dies after child-birth leaving a child. The hero is down and out and he goes to Bangalore where a friend of his gets him a job as a taxi driver. The friend has a sister who resembles his dead wife. His child is attached to the friend’s sister and the sister to the child. Later he finds his brother-in-law is the owner of his taxi company and a rich man to boot. The erring young man is penitent and decides to marry the girl whom he seduced. When the hero wants to go away with the child it refuses to leave the sister of his friend. So the hero marries the sister and provides a mother to his child. And there is a comedian with his beloved and they also get married. A triple marriage brings the story to a happy end.
Ultimately Man Mandir is a family story with its ups and downs. People who are basically good are bound to have a happy life. The child as a unifying force is impressed as also the duty of the father to provide the child with a mother. The comedy hangs in the air without any connection with the main plot.
Waheeda in a dual role, first as wife and later as the sister of his friend, goes through the role with the ease and grace of a veteran. Sanjeev Kumar is very good in the earlier portions. David and Manorama act well. Soodesh Kumar as their son does his part with a touch of geniality. Mehmood and Aruna Irani do their part with their wonted flair.
Rajinder Krishen’s dialogue and lyrics are competent. Music is serviceable. Camera work is adequate. Direction of Chanakya without being brilliant has the merit of presenting a smooth story with appeal to the mass.
Year – 1971
Language – Hindi
Country – India
Producer – Soodesh Kumar
Director – Chankaya
Music Director – Laxmikant-Pyarelal
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Cast – Helen, Aruna Irani, Mehmood, Sudesh Kumar, Sanjeev Kumar, David Abraham, Waheeda Rehman, Rakesh Roshan, Manorama, Omkar
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