Jewel Thief

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Jewel Thief
Jewel Thief poster.jpg
Film poster
Directed by Vijay Anand
Produced by Dev Anand
Written by Screenplay & Dialogue: Vijay Anand
Story: K. A. Narayan
Starring Dev Anand
Vyjayanthimala
Ashok Kumar
Tanuja
Music by S. D. Burman
Cinematography V. Ratra
Edited by Vijay Anand
Distributed by Navketan Films
Release dates
  • 27 October 1967 (1967-10-27)
Running time 186 min.
Country India
Language Hindi

Jewel Thief is a 1967 Spy thriller Hindi film directed by Vijay Anand. The film stars Dev Anand, Vyjayantimala and Ashok Kumar in the lead roles. It also features four bond girl-like actresses portrayed by Tanuja, Helen, Faryal and Anju Mahendru with other actors appearing in supporting roles. It was produced by Dev Anand's home production, Navketan Films, following their biggest hit in 1965 - Guide.

The film became a box office hit.[1] J.M. Barot also received the Filmfare Best Sound Award for this film. Tanuja received a Filmfare nomination as Best Supporting Actress.[2]

Plot[edit]

Vinay (Dev Anand), is an ordinary young man who finds himself constantly mistaken for a look-alike jewel thief named Amar. Vinay works with the police to impersonate Amar and crack his crime ring, but it seems that Amar has decided to impersonate Vinay, as well, and soon their true identities are thoroughly muddled.

Vinay lives with his father, a Police Commissioner, and his mother in Bombay. Vinay's dad is quite upset with him as he has not learnt any skills, and spends all his time examining stones and jewellery. The city is being held at ransom by a daring jewel thief, who continues to baffle them to no end. They do get a pleasant surprise when they find out that he has secured employment with a leading jeweler by the name of Vishamber Nath. Vinay also gets to meet Nath's attractive daughter, Anju, and there is romance budding in the air. This is short lived when several people greet Vinay as "Amar" or "Prince Amar". Things come to a boil when a young woman named Shalini comes forward and claims that Vinay is her fiancée. Vinay is able to prove to them that he is indeed Vinay, and co-operates with them to locate this elusive Amar - only to find himself embroiled in a devious scheme - that robs him of his sanity, makes him lose his memory, identity, and makes him a target of every policeman in India, particularly in the then-independent Kingdom of Sikkim.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Casting[edit]

For the lead female role, Saira Banu was approached by Dev Anand. Banu, who had earlier worked with Anand in Pyar Mohabbat (1966) declined the role due to her marriage to actor Dilip Kumar.[3] Banu had also turned down the role of Rosie in the 1965 film Guide which was produced by Anand in 1965.[4] Soon, actress Vyjayanthimala was signed for the role; she had worked with Anand before in Amar Deep a decade earlier. Vyjayanthimala was also considered by Anand for the lead role in Guide but was rejected by Tad Danielewski, the director of Guide's English version.[5]

Soundtrack[edit]

Jewel Thief
Soundtrack album by S. D. Burman
Released 1967 (1967)
Recorded Minoo Katrak
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Label Sa Re Ga Ma
HMV Group
Producer S. D. Burman
S. D. Burman chronology
Guide
(1965)
Jewel Thief
(1967)
Aradhana
(1969)

The film's soundtrack was composed by S. D. Burman, who earlier made a string of memorable film under the Navketan Films.The lyrics for this film were by Majrooh Sultanpuri except for "Rula kay gaya sapna" by Shailendra. At that time Shailendra saab wasn't keeping well so Majrooh saab was approached for the movie and the rest is history. The male playback was done by Kishore Kumar and Mohammed Rafi who lent their voice for Dev Anand. The female singers were Lata Mangeshkar who lent her voice for Vyjayanthimala and Asha Bhosle for Tanuja and Helen.

The song Raat Akeli Hai picturised on Dev Anand and Tanuja, was used in 2011 Bollywood horror film Ragini MMS by Ekta Kapoor.[6]

Song Singer(s) Picturized on
Yeh Dil Na Hota Bechchara Kishore Kumar Picturized on Dev Anand and Tanuja
Rula Ke Gaya Sapna Mera Lata Mangeshkar Picturized on Dev Anand and Vyjayanthimala
Aasmaan Ke Neeche Kishore Kumar and Lata Mangeshkar Picturized on Dev Anand and Vyjayanthimala
Baithe Hain Kya Uske Paas Asha Bhosle Picturized on Helen, Anju Mahendroo and Dev Anand
Dil Pukare Mohammed Rafi and Lata Mangeshkar Picturized on Dev Anand and Vyjayanthimala
Raat Akeli Hai Asha Bhosle Picturized on Dev Anand and Tanuja
Hothon Pe Aisi Baat Main Bhupinder Singh, Lata Mangeshkar and Chorus Picturized on Dev Anand, Vyjayanthimala, Nasir Hussain and Ashok Kumar

Reception[edit]

Commercial response[edit]

Jewel Thief was a profitable venture for the distributors. Over its theatrical run, Boxofficeindia.com reported that the film had managed to gross INR3,50,00,000 with nett grossed INR1,75,00,000 and its adjust to inflation is about INR345200000 (US$5.7 million).[7][8] Subsequently, Jewel Thief was declared a hit at the box office. It ended up as the sixth highest grossing film of 1967 and thirty-fifth highest grossing film of the decade.[7][8]

Premieres[edit]

Following the success of Jewel Thief, the film was screened in many film festivals. In August 2008, the film was screened along with three other films of Dev Anand at the Government Museum Auditorium for the Chandigarh Film Festival.[9] The film also screened by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting of India in occasion with the 60th anniversary of Navketan Films.[10] In August 1, 2009, Jewel Thief was premiered at Regal Cinema, Mumbai .[11] The premier was attended by Dev Anand, Jackie Shroff, Sudhir Mishra, Amrita Rao, Deepak Parekh, Vijay Kalantri and Pooja Misrra.

Sequel[edit]

A sequel for this film was released in 1996, named Return of Jewel Thief with only two actors reappearing and reprising their original roles; Dev Anand reprising the role of Vinay Kumar and Ashok Kumar reprising the role of Arjun. It was one of the movies in which Dev Anand acted out of his own banner, Navketan.

References[edit]

  1. ^ BoxOffice India.com
  2. ^ 1st Filmfare Awards 1953
  3. ^ Farhana Farook (2008-08-27). "A legend retold". Daily News and Analysis. Retrieved 2012-04-19. 
  4. ^ Subhash K. Jha (2003-05-26). "'This serial is my tribute to my mother'". Rediff. Retrieved 2012-04-19. 
  5. ^ Devinder Bir Kaur (07-03-2004). "Goldie: Guide for new filmmakers". The Tribune. Retrieved 2012-04-19. 
  6. ^ Bollywood Hungama News Network (2011-04-14). "'Ragini MMS' takes a cue from Dev Anand's 'Jewel Thief'". The Indian Express. Retrieved 2012-04-19. 
  7. ^ a b "Box Office 1967". Boxofficeindia.com. Retrieved 2012-04-20. 
  8. ^ a b "Top Earners 1960-1969 (Figures in Ind Rs)". Boxofficeindia.com. Retrieved 2012-04-20. 
  9. ^ Press Trust of India (2008-08-13). "Week long film festival to screen Dev Anand super hits". The Hindu. Retrieved 2012-04-19. 
  10. ^ "Dev Anand shines bright". Daily News and Analysis. 08-09-2009. Retrieved 2012-04-19. 
  11. ^ Times News Network (02-08-2009). "The return of 'Jewel Thief'". The Times of India. Retrieved 2012-04-19. 

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