Jab Jab Phool Khile
|Jab Jab Phool Khile|
|Directed by||Suraj Prakash|
|Produced by||P.M Sethia
|Written by||Brij Katyal|
|Editing by||Stanley Joshua
Jab Jab Phool Khile ('Whenever the flowers bloomed) (Hindi: जब जब फूल खिले, Urdu: جب جب پھول کھلے) is a 1965 Indian Hindi movie. It stars Shashi Kapoor and Nanda. The story is of a poor boy who is a boatman in Kashmir and falls in love with a rich tourist. The film became a "blockbuster" at the box office. The songs by music composing duo Kalyanji Anandji assisted by then little-known Laxmikant Pyarelal are highlights of the film (lyrics by Anand Bakshi). The film was screened in Algeria's cinema halls every two days for a couple of years; there was, in fact, public demand for it. Shashi Kapoor was one of the most successful Indian actors in North African countries like Algeria, Morocco and Libya. In the souks of Marrakesh, even today some of the older shopkeepers will give you a discount if you are from the land of Shashi Kapoor.
After returning from overseas, heiress Rita is stressed out and needs to go someplace to unwind. She chooses Kashmir and, upon arrival, rents a houseboat from the owner, Raja. After a few misunderstandings, they are attracted to each other and soon fall in love.
This romance is not looked upon favorably by Raj Bahadur Chunnilal, Rita's dad, as he would prefer his daughter marry a suitor he has chosen for her: Kishore. Rita dislikes Kishore and will marry only Raja; the wily Raj Bahadur devises a plan that will let him keep the cake and eat it too.
|1||"Affoo Khudaya"||Mohammed Rafi|
|2||"Ek Tha Gul Aur Ek Thi Bulbul"||Mohammed Rafi, Nanda|
|3||"Na Na Karte Pyar Tumhin Se"||Mohammed Rafi, Suman Kalyanpur|
|4||"Pardesiyon Se Na Ankhiyan Milana"||Lata Mangeshkar|
|5||"Pardesiyon Se Na Ankhiyan Milana (Sad)"||Mohammed Rafi|
|6||"Yahan Main Ajnabi Hoon"||Mohammed Rafi|
|7||"Ye Samaa Samaa Hai Pyar Ka"||Lata Mangeshkar|
|8||"Pardesiyon Se Na Ankhiyan Milana (Happy)"||Mohammed Rafi|
- Shashi Kapoor always said that Nanda was his favorite heroine, as she had signed with him when she was the bigger star.
- Director Suraj Prakash, writer Brij Katyal, star Shashi Kapoor, music composers Kalyanji Anandji teamed up again for another film, Sweetheart (1970), co-starring Asha Parekh; it was never released, even though Asha has said that it was a "very sweet film."
- The role of Nanda's suitor was played by Jatin Khanna. Actor Rajesh Khanna had to later change his name to avoid confusion with this actor.
- Brij Katyal's script was turned down by three top producers, including Sholay (1975) creator G.P. Sippy. However, director Suraj Prakash felt it was a beautiful story and accepted it. It went on to become his greatest hit. It was his first colour film.
- To prepare for his role as Raja, Shashi Kapoor would spend days with the boatmen in Kashmir to study their lifestyle. Sometimes, he would have meals with them.
- At the film's Golden Jubilee celebrations, Suraj Prakash asked Brij Katyal what religion Raj belonged to, as it had never been specified and no one had noticed till now. It turned out that all the boatmen in Srinagar were Muslims. The writer was speechless, as this could have been portrayed as a Hindu-Muslim love story. Prakash claims this to be the true climax behind the making of his greatest hit.
- While on location in Srinagar, a Lieutenant Colonel from Maharashtra became smitten with Nanda and asked Suraj Prakash to forward a marriage proposal to her mother. Nothing came of it, however.
- Director Suraj Prakash and actor Shashi Kapoor made a bet: Prakash said the film would run for 25 weeks and Kapoor, eight weeks. Whoever proved to be right would present the other a suit stitched at Burlington's. Prakash won the bet and presented the suit to Kapoor; however, each proved to be wrong, as the film ran for 50 weeks and celebrated its golden jubilee.
- Lyricist Anand Bakshi's career took off after this film.
- The climax, where Raja pulls Rita into the train, was shot in Bombay Central Train Station. Suraj Prakash gave explicit instructions on how and when to pull Nanda into the train. Kapoor followed those directions so well that there were only a few feet left for the platform to end when he pulled her in. Prakash claims the incident was so hair-raising that he'd shut his eyes, convinced that Nanda's end had come.
- The original climax from the script had Raja beating up the bad guys. However, Suraj Prakash rejected it, and after an afternoon watching Love in the Afternoon (1957), settled with Rita leaving everything behind to go back to Kashmir with Raja.