- Posted September 25, 2013 by
Jab Se Tumhe Dekha Hai (1963)
This is another delightful movie from Geeta Bali,whose films were always entertaining and never boring.Like her other films here too are three wonderful dance numbers in which Geeta Bali sizzles performed on foot-tapping lively western music.This is her last Hindi movie before her tragic death in 1965 which left her husband Shammi Kapoor heart-broken and shattered.
Besides her the other strong point of this movie which makes it a must watch is all star Qawaali "Tumhe Husn Deke" where for the first time Shammi Kapoor and Shashi Kapoor come together on silver screen joined by comic legend Om Prakash and Bhagwan and Bollywood Beauties Shyama and Kum Kum.This star studded Qawwali is listed as one of the top 10 Qawwalis of all times.
Leading man of the movie Pradeep Kumar is known for doing selective well made films.This too is directed well by Kedar Kapoor and has many twists and turns and lovely songs to make it absolutely entertaining and engrossing for the movie going audience.In her last movie in many scenes Geeta Bali looks like Barbara Streisand ,the "Funny Girl (1968) " star.
Agha plays Pradeep Kumar's buddy and is quite good.“Yeh Din Din Hai Khushi” is the first song of the movie where Geeta Bali and Shammi Kapoor's little son Aditya Raj Kapoor makes a special appearance.
Its a well scripted film.Geeta Bali meets Pradeep Kumar and slowly they fall in love.Pradeep Kumar's friend from England Sehgal takes a fancy to Geeta and asks her father for marriage.Geeta refuses and his father says he won't marry his daughter against her wishes.Sehgal is a Government officer overlooking work done on contract by Geeta's father set out to destroy him financially by misusing his power.Geeta's father eventually suffers a heart-attack and is hospitalized.Geeta can't see her father ruined she agrees to marry Sehgal.But Sehgal has a girl-friend Kitty played by Vijaylaxmi who obviously is not happy with all this.Sehgal murders Kitty and frames Pradeep Kumar.In the action packed climax and heart-stopping chase sequence Agha gets Kitty's Diary from her maid-servant played by TunTun.And we have a happy ending.
Its a lesser known Black and white Gem from the classic era of Bollywood,quite a wonderful watch.