The film was directed by Dev Anand’s younger brother Vijay Anand, and what’s more – it was his directorial debut. And a super hit at that. (Dev Anand’s brother, of course – the genius runs in the family hehe)
You WOULD be surprised to know that not only was this film a remake of an English film, but two more Hindi blockbusters also followed suit.
The English film was called It Happened One Night, made in 1934 – A Frank Capra classic. The other two films that were remade are Chori Chori (1956) that starred Nargis and Raj Kapoor, and Dil hai ki manta nahi (1996), starring Amir Khan and Pooja Bhatt. Surprised? 🙂
It Happened One Night is the story of a rich girl who contracts a marriage with a playboy against her father’s wish. She runs away from her father but meets a journalist on the way, who agrees to help her escape but asks for the exclusive right over her story. Sounds familiar?
Now some trivia about the film itself. During the shoot of the film, the crew drove down from Delhi to Mumbai. On the way, they made a stop at a place called Shivpuri, Madhya Pradesh, which was said to be replete with dacoits. So the crew was asked to be cautious and lock their doors properly at night.
What do you think happened next? In the middle of the night, suddenly, someone started banging Dev Anand’s door! And the banging was so persistent, Dev Saab had to open the door, and who should he find standing in front of himself, but a daku!
This is my favourite part: The much feared daku only wanted a teensy weensy autograph from his favourite film star. WOW.
Oh yes, the lady you see on the left? She is Kalpana Karthik, the co-star AND Dev Anand’s wifey! Yep, in fact, the two had been married for 3 years when this film was being shot. They say the two crackled on the screen too 🙂
Remember this lady ——> She was the grandmother in Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, and the fiesty mom (Amitabh’s) in Cheeni Kum. Yep!!! Cool, innit!? Got to say, though, surprised as I was, I can totally imagine her choreographing the film. Such a vivacious spirit!
Will come back with more later! Toodles!