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Pyara Dushman (1955) – Review

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Bhagwan Art Productions’ “Pyara Dushman,” released at the Lamington and other cinema houses in Bombay on May 27th, 1955, is distinguished by some remarkably beautiful song-and-dance numbers, snatches of humor seasoned with wit, attractive songs melodiously scored and well rendered, and a delightful display of histrionic talent by the entire cast.

But despite these engaging qualities, the film is a crude, trite and utterly naive production.

The narrative, which is highly reminiscent of Hollywood’s seafaring drama, “Annie of the Indies,” centers round a woman pirate who falls in love with the young prince she captures in a sea-battle. The incidents which make up the screenplay, though amusing, are highly improbable and their presentation and treatment on the whole are invested with an unfortunate air of artificiality. Most of the picture is devoted to Bhagwan and Leela Gupte, who play secondary roles and make too many appearances in scenes which have no bearing on the story.

This loose treatment can be traced to Bhagwan who produced and directed the film and acts in it. But to Bhagwan also goes all the credit for the entertainment with which the picture is filled. His acting is by far the best thing in the entire film and the groundlings, whose regard for Bhagwan borders on hero worship, are in ecstasies of joy whenever he appears in a scene. With the refinement of his clowning and the pathos he infuses into his acting, Bhagwan fully justifies his reputation as a comedian of the order of genius, unquestionably the greatest the Indian screen has produced.

His partner, Leela Gupte, is totally unimpressive in her too many appearances which add nothing to the story.

Nadira, in the pivotal role of the woman pirate, puts over a convincing performance and makes full use of her talent for the portrayal of a role depicting violent romance and high adventure. The photography and make-up, however, have done great injustice to her looks and this is further marred by the unwieldy costume she is made to wear.

Jairaj, as the chivalrous prince captured and loved by the woman pirate, puts over an excellent performance, which is lit by his striking personality and suave manner.

The rest of the cast headed by Kum Kum, Sulochana Latkar and Baburao Pahelwan give fairly good performances in their respective roles, none of which is anything more than incidental to the development of the plot.

The production values in matters of technique, photography and decor are archaic. The drab film architecture deepens the dull atmosphere, which is apparent throughout, particularly in the sea-battle sequences in which one reluctantly suspects stock shots from foreign pictures have been used.

The music, though of the rumba-samba variety, is pleasing and the songs rendered by Asha Bhonsle and Mohamed Rafi are melodious and full of popular appeal.

Year – 1955

Language – Hindi

Country – India

Producer – Bhagwan Art Production

Director – Bhagwan

Music Director – Nisar Bazmi

Box-Office Status

Cast – Nadira, Jairaj, Sulochana, Leela Gupte, Baburao, Vasantrao, Bhagwan

Miscellaneous Information – Not Available.

Songs List

SongYearSingersMusic DirectorLyricist(s)
Aa tujh ko bulaien1955Mohammad Rafi, Asha BhosleNisar BazmiSaba Afghani
Dil leke dil ki duniya mita di1955 Asha BhosleNisar BazmiSaba Afghani
Kuch bolo zara moun kholo1955Mohammad Rafi, Asha BhosleNisar BazmiSaba Afghani
Mahenga ho ya sasta1955Mohammad RafiNisar BazmiSaba Afghani
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