Kohinoor (1960)

It being Dilip Kumar’s birthday last week, I decided to watch a movie of his. Though I watched it on Saturday (12th Dec), I didnt have time to put it up here till now.

Dilip Kumar and Meena Kumari come together in this hilarious flick directed by S U Sunny- a true fairy-tale. There’s a prince, a princess, a villian and lots of fights. They both look so good throughout. Music by Naushad is very melodious. Dilip Kumar  went on to bag a filmfare ward for Best Actor once again for his role as Rajkumar Dhivendra Pratap Bahadur Chandrabhan.

Maharaj Dhiraj Rana Chandrabhan of Kailash Nagar is long dead and Deevan Veer Singh has been taking care of the kingdom all this while.

On the occasion of Holi, Deevan  addresses the crowd announcing the coronation of Rajkumar Dhivendra Pratap Bahadur Chandrabhan (Dilip Kumar) the following month.

Rajkumar, however, is not present during the announcement and Deewan mentions that he should have been there.  Also says that this is the last time he’s addressing the crowd. From now on, their would-be king would take over.

This is when our crown prince makes his entry carrying his pet mongoose on his shoulder.

On being asked by Deevan he says he was delayed because of his pet and goes on to add that animals are more loyal than humans.

Deewan’s wife, whom Rajkumar calls chachi (Leela Chitnis), is extremely fond of him and has brought him up like her own son, Surinder (on extreme right. I dont know what his real name is).

Everybody is happy about Rajkumar’s coronation and is busy cheering up for him when his mongoose, sets itself free and  runs away creating a havoc (must see the girls creaming and running, it’s very funny).

Chachi wants Rajkumar to get married to Rajkumari Chandramukhi (Meena Kumari) of Rajgarh and has sent her an invitation to come for Rajkumar’s coronation the following month. When Surinder tells Rajkumar about Chandramukhi he desont seem all that interested. But is smitten when he sees a picture of her and says he’s so happy that he actually feels like playing holi.

And there plays holi in Kailash Nagar and Chandramukhi plays in Rajgarh, singing the same song Tan ranglo ji. Her Senapati (Jeevan) likes her but she just cant stand him.

The Maharaja of Rajgarh is pleased about the  proposal from Kailashnagar. But he is ill himself and when Chandramukhi comes to give him his medicine, he tells her about the invitation for Rajkumar’s coronation and also about the proposal.

He shows her a picture of Rajkumar that chachi has sent and asks his daughter to set forth to Kailash Nagar. She falls in love with him almost immediately (and how could she not?).

Senapati says it’s not safe for her to go along and that he would accompany her but she refuses and starts for Kailash Nagar with the rest of the army.

In the meantime, there’s a murder being plotted  in Kailash Nagar. Deewan wants to kill Rajkumar, so that his son, Surinder can sit on the throne. He trains a very poisonous snake to kill him.

Every year artists come from various places to showcase their talents (singing, dancing). Rajlakshmi (Kumkum) is one of them. She comes from a village nearby.

She comes to a gathering headed by  Maharaj (that’s what everybody calls him, I guess he is the music guru)  to show her performance.

Rajlakshmi has come here to dance, so Maharaj tells the musicians present there to play music but they refuse saying they wont play for someone so young (as though it’s a disgrace).

Rajkumar comes forwards saying he would play as well as sing for her. Though reluctant at first, she agrees to dance to his tune after he challenges her. And finally we come to Madhuban mein radhika naache re . When Rajkumar is busy singing, Deewan’s people come and leave the snake there but before it can do anything, Rajkumar’s pet mongoose comes and kills the snake.

Chachi and Surinder are shocked to know that someone wants to kill Rajkumar and they ask him to be extra careful. Same night, Rajkumar is attacked again while he’s sleeping.

But he fights and they run away. He knows Deewan’s behind all these attacks. So he goes and confronts him. Deewan vehemently denies the accusations against him. And while he keeps Rajkumar occupied in a conversation, he signals his people to attack him again. Luckily Rajkumar sees them in the mirror and fights back. He finally tells Deewan that he’s leaving the kingdom and going. In his own words “Agar bhagwan ke ghar mein nyaya hai toh kisi din aap yehi taaj mere sar pe dekhenge” (if there’s  justice, then you’ll see this crown on me someday)

Deewan’s still not happy. He wants Rajkumar dead at any cost. So he sends his people  to kill Rajkumar and bring his deadbody back.  So they follow him. When they witness him falling off a cliff, they take it for granted he is dead and his deadbody cant be found. Thus, they return back to the palace.

Rajkumar manages to pull himself back and goes in search of a place to stay overnight. He finally finds a place and asks if he can spend the night there but is refused, reason being Rajkumari Chandramukhi, who’s  is halting there on her way to Kailash Nagar.

Knowing that Chandramukhi is there, he cant bring himself to leave the place without meeting her.

Next three screencaps will tell you all what he does next :

Yup, he chops Tuntun’s hair, makes a beard out of it and goes to Chandramukhi disguised as a Sadhu Maharaj!!! When Tuntun appears, terrified about losing her hair, Sadhu Maharaj says she must have committed some sin and that’s what she’s being punished for.  Not just that, he gives her the silliest remedy ever :

Sadhu Maharaj : Jao 6 mahine tak apne bache-khuse baalon mein kale ghode ki doom baandh ke rakho (Go and  tie a black horse’s tail to your hair for 6 months)

Chandramukhi : Safed ghode ki dum nahin chalegi, Maharaj? (Wont white horse’s tail do?)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Sadhu Maharaj : Nahin Rajkumari. Kale ghode ki dum mein jo kartavya hai woh safed ghode ki doom mein avashya nahin hai (whatever that’s supposed to mean!!! I cant even think of translating it ;-))

Anyways, he tells Chandramukhi that if she goes to a place that he tells her at a particular time, she’ll get to meet Rajkumar Dhivendra.

Excited about meeting her prince charming, she goes and they sing Do sitaron ka zameen par (it’s more of a hide-and-seek song, he tries to hide, conceal himself behind trees and bushes while she goes searching for him).

When they finally face each other at the end of the song (oh check the curls on her forehead), she goes running to her room and stands infront of a mirror (wonder if she was checking how she looked?)

But, alas, she hardly gets few seconds to admire herself, she’s abducted by her Senapati’s men. Hearing her scream Rajkumar follows them and manages to rescue her safe and sound singing Koi pyaar ki dekhe jaadugari.  This entires sequence of abduction, following and rescue is totally crazy and hilarious.

They are totally lost in each other when Senapati’s people attack them again.  They lock Rajkumar in a hut and set it on fire first, then take Chandramukhi and go.

His horse however saves him. Rajlakshmi finds him on the horseback, injured and unconscious. She nurses him back to good health and falls in love with him during the process 🙂

They both perform to Jaadugar qatil after he recovers.

He learns that Rajkumari Chandramukhi is held captive by Senapati in a fort. So he sets forth to set her free.

When Chandramukhi tries to kill herself,  Senapati decides to call people to sing and dance in order to entertain her. And our Sangeetkar Maharaj Kohinoor (Rajkumar Dhivendra in disguise, check out his beard) makes his entry into the fort singing Zara man ki kewadiya khol

After the initial qualms, finally when Chandramukhi recognizes him, she listens to him and follows his instructions. And when she sings Dil mein baji pyar ki shehnaiyan, Senapati beleives that Chandramukhi is slowly falling in love with him.

Check out her curls again!!! (no no I’m not obsessed with her curls, at least not yet 😉 ). To convince Senapati that Chandramukhi has totally forgotten Rajkumar, they sing a duet Chalenge teer jab dil par. But during all this drama, Sangeetkar Maharaj Kohinoor’s real identity is revealed and he’s is captured.

Held in chains, he’s blinded by a vengeful Rajlaxmi.

Chandramukhi, prisoned herself, sings Yeh kya zindagi hai . She’s left with no choice, either marry Senapati or witness the death of her blind Rajkumar.

What will she do? Will she marry Senapati to save Rajkumar’s life? And will Senapati leave him alive either ways? What are Rajlakshmi’s true intentions? And what happens to Kailash Nagar? Was it only Deevan plotting Rajkumar’s murder or was the entire family into it?

If for nothing else, at least for eye candy (both Dilip and Meena look amazing), the film’s worth watching! And trust me Dilip is at his mischievious best! First half is extremely entertaining. Second half is full of drama and sacrifices and a death. But it’s still fun and a must-watch.

Oops, I almost forgot this scene where Dilip becomes Jeevan’s mirror image – it’s a total laughter riot!

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8 Responses to “Kohinoor (1960)”

  1. dustedoff Says:

    It’s obviously been too long since I saw this film – I’d forgotten about what happened in the second half! (My most vivid memories are of the two songs, Madhuban mein Radhika naache re and Do sitaaron ka zameen par hai milan, plus one scene in which Dilip Kumar and Meena Kumari are battling the villains, and she does her bit to pick up something (a pole? a rod? Don’t recall) and bash some of the villains on their heads. Good girl!)

    Must see this again.

    • sunheriyaadein Says:

      Yup, she picks up a rod of some kind (and that too was hollow I guess, because everytime she hits them with it, it makes that sound – TING) and does her part of battling. While Dilip ties all the other people who are sleeping to the horses. And when they finally get out of there and Senapati’s men try to follow them, they are dragged by the horses. This scene is really very funny.

  2. bollywoodeewana Says:

    They both look good together indeed, i’ve had this dvd sitting in my collection for ages, I would hopefully get round to it this holidays, that mirror image of Dilp and Jeevan looks similar to one Amitabh had with Prem Chopra in Mard

    See it here at about the 1:58 mark

  3. sunheriyaadein Says:

    Do watch it, it’s lots of fun. Oh yes, the mirror image scene looks almost the same!

  4. Nasir Says:

    Of course, Kohinoor, is one of the best movies of the Thespian, Dilip Kumar, where he looks very handsome as our host has stated in some other column. Kumkum and Meena Kumari too look very gorgeous.

    I had seen this movie in 1960 so I don’t remember much but this much I would like to point out that the scene done by Amitabh in Amar Akbar Anthony finds a precursor in Kohinoor where Dilip Kumar imitates Jeevan who thinks he is before a mirror.

  5. sunheriyaadein Says:

    It’s an amazing movie, I thoroughly enjoyed watching it.
    And yes, the mirror scene has been reused in quite a lot of movies – Mard, Amar Akbar Anthony and couple of other movies (not just in Hindi movies but in regional languages as well)

  6. Sharmi Says:

    I just love this film for everything–Meena Kumari, dilip Kumar, Kumkum and the songs. Watching this is complete bliss 🙂

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