Jewel Thief (1967)

 ●  Hindi ● 3 hrs 5 mins

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Hero Vinay (Anand), son of the police commissioner (Hussain), finds himself repeatedly mistaken for notorious jewel thief Amar. He is accused by Shalini (Vyjayanthimala) of being the man who had promised to marry her, and the accusation is substantiated by her brother (Ashok Kumar). Vinay masquerades as Amar to try to crack the gang, even as it appears that Amar too masquerades as Vinay, leaving the audience guessing for most of the film on the identity of the hero. Eventually Amar turns out to be a piece of fiction, created by the real thief, Shalini’s brother, who turns out not to be her brother at all. This cult movie, using concealed bars, moving walls and hidden safes, snowlifts and aeroplanes, determined the look and the fashions of much of late 60s Hindi cinema. Vijay Anand’s direction, demonstrating a greater control over colour than e.g. Guide (1965), goes well with the taut editing despite a meandering plot. Song hits include Yeh dil na hota bechara (sung by Kishore Kumar), Rulake gaya sapna mera and Hoton pe aisi baat main dabake chali aayi (both by Lata Mangeshkar).

Cast: Ashok Kumar Ganguly, Dev Anand, Tanuja Mukherjee, Vyjayanthimala Bali

Crew: Vijay Anand (Director), V Ratra (Director of Photography), Sachin Dev Burman (Music Director)

Rating: U (India)

Genres: Crime, Drama, Musical, Mystery, Thriller

Release Dates: 27 Oct 1967 (India)

Hindi Name: ज्वेल थीफ

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Did you know? Helen's brother Roger Jairag appears in the song "Baithe Hain Kya Us Ke Paas" as a navy man by the bar. Read More
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as Arjun Singh
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as Shalini Singh
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as Julie
as Helen
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Black & White
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24 fps
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Music Label: Saregama India Limited

Music Director: Sachin Dev Burman
Playback Singer: Asha Bhosle

Music Director: Sachin Dev Burman
Playback Singer: Kishore Kumar

Music Director: Sachin Dev Burman
Playback Singer: Asha Bhosle
Just after the song, "Yeh dil na hota bechara", Dev anand is standing beside Tanuja's car. The location is apparently an open place vegetation all around. When car turns to reverse and camera angle changes, the car (and Tanuja & Dev Anand) is in a street.
A sequel to the film came out 28 years after its release.

Ashok Kumar's role was initially offered to Raaj Kumar, who declined because Dev Anand was the producer and lead actor of the film.

Helen's brother Roger Jairag appears in the song "Baithe Hain Kya Us Ke Paas" as a navy man by the bar.

Music director S.D. Burman was assisted by his son R.D. Burman.