Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Movie Review: Jhumroo (1961) (Hindi Film) (1961)

One can safely venture to say that the presence or absence of Jhumroo is of little consequence in the history of Hindi cinema.

It’s a silly tale of no consequence at all. It didn’t tax the writer much to write it and it doesn’t tax our brains much to wade through it.

It rather serves as a vehicle for Kishore Kumar to indulge in his yodeling fetish and for all other aspiring contributors to film-making.

Suffice to say this much that the tale involves tribals, sons and daughters lost when young and found in their youth, bad karma catching up with an evil father and needless to say, songs for every occasion.

Some of the songs though are the saving graces:

* Main Hoon Jhum Jhum Jhum Jhum Jhumroo (in which he yodels to his hearts content)

* Thandi Hawa Yeh Chandni Suhani (in which he yodels to his hearts content)

* Babu Aana (only KK could have done the madcap musical score for this)

* Koi Hamdam na raha

* Geli jara timbuktoo: hilarious and KK lets loose

Some snaps of KK’s madcap act:-

here he is in a dress presumably from the Andes

and as a Chinese witch doctor

and a few glimpses of whom many believe to be one of the most beautiful faces seen in Hindi cinema………sorry Madhuri.


KS Films presents

Kishore Kumar
Chanchal (the one with a wonderfully unattractive voice and the manic acting)
the wonderfully quirky Anoop Kumar
Lalita Pawar

Story: Kishore Kumar
Dialogue: Vrajendra Gaur
Screenplay: Madhusudan Kalelkar
Choreography: Satyanarayan and Herman Benjamin
Editing: BS Glaad (sounds rather like a Swiss railway station)
DoP: KH Kapadia
Playback: Asha, Usha, Kishore
Lyrics: Majrooh Sultanpuri
Music: Kishore Kumar
Produced by Anoop Sharma
Directed by Shankar Mukerji

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