Kismat (1968 film)

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Kismat
Kismat 1968.jpg
Theatrical poster
Directed by Manmohan Desai
Produced by Kamal Mehra
Screenplay by Brij Katyal
Story by Manmohan Desai
Starring Biswajeet
Babita
Helen
Kamal Mehra
Murad
Music by O.P.Nayyar
Cinematography Keki Mistry
Edited by Kamlakar Karkhanis (as Kamlakar)
Production
  company
Pride of Asia Films
Distributed by Bollywood Entertainment (BEI) (2003) (USA) (DVD)
Release date(s)
  • 1968 (1968)
Running time 139 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi

Kismat (English: Destiny/Fate) is a 1968 Indian Hindi film directed by Manmohan Desai, produced by Kamal Mehra and released under the banner of Pride of Asia Films. It stars Biswajeet, Babita, Helen and Kamal Mehra in prominent roles. Other notable actors in the film are Bhagwan Sinha, Murad, M. B. Shetty (father of Rohit Shetty), Hari Shivdasani, Hiralal, Indra Kumar, Jagdish Raj (as Jagdishraj), Polsan, Prem Kumar, Paul Sharma, Tun Tun and Ullhas.[Ref 1][Ref 2]

It can be categorized under romantic family thriller film. It was shot in 14 reels, using 35mm film format in Eastman Color.[Ref 1]

The film has been noted mainly for the soundtrack given by O.P.Nayyar, which included three songs that became very popular - Aao Huzoor Tum Ko, Kajra Mohabbat Wala and Aankhon Mein Qayamat. Biswajeet is one of the first heroes in Bollywood to be dressed as a woman on screen for the song Kajra Mohabbat Wala.[Ref 3][Ref 4][Ref 5]

This film was the last collaboration between singer Shamshad Begum and music director O.P.Nayyar. They never worked together again. Shamshad Begum recorded the last song for O.P.Nayyar, Kajra Mohabbat Wala along with Asha Bhosle in this film.[Ref 6]

Plot[edit]

The nation is struck by a series of bomb blasts spread across the country. The Commissioner of Police (Murad) is baffled as to who is behind these attacks. The Commissioner receives an anonymous call where the caller tells that he knows who the masterminds behind the blasts are and their associates. He also tells that he would like to help the Police. The informant then tells that he has stored the names and images of mastermind and their associates in a microdot. The informant here is the Mr. Gonz, owner of a store, 'Twist Musical & Photo Shop'. The main mastermind or the villain is Scorpion. He gets to know that the informant is about to give their organization's information to the police. Scorpion then sends his men or goons to recover the microdot.

As soon as the goons enter the shop and start to threaten the informant to give the microdot, the hero Vicky (Biswajeet) enters the store to get his guitar. The informant slips the microdot into Vicky's guitar and Vicky leaves from there. The goons come to know of this and start to follow Vicky. Vicky is a singer and guitar player at a local nightclub. He along with Nancy (Helen) entertain the crowds. After the night show, Vicky and Nancy head to Vicky's room. Here they encounter Mr. Gonz who is badly injured. Meanwhile, the goons follow Vicky to his room and kill Mr. Gonz. They try to take the guitar (his father's gift) containing the microdot from him, but Vicky escapes with the guitar. He is on the run and tries to convince the police that Mr.Gonz has been killed, but is unable to do so. He again encounters the goons. This time he escapes from them and boards a train. Here he meets Roma (Babita) who has also run away (from her home) due to the strict rules enforced by her rich and wealthy father.

During the train journey, Vicky and Roma become friendly. The goons follow Vicky and tries to attack them in the train. Vicky and Roma manage to escape from the train. They are in the middle of nowhere and start heading towards the nearest town. On their way to the town, they encounter Jani Bhai, an inventor, who gives them a ride to the town, with his customized car. Jani and Vicky become best of friends and Jani gets Vicky a job as a guitarist / singer in the hotel by portraying him as a very famous singer. Incidentally, Roma is staying in the same hotel. Vicky and Roma fall in love. Scorpion comes to know that Vicky is staying in the hotel through his henchmen, Julie, present as an employee in the hotel. Meanwhile, Nancy comes to this hotel and creates a misunderstanding between Vicky and Roma. Roma dumps Vicky and Nancy takes Vicky to her room. Nancy plots to kill Vicky but in the process, gets herself killed accidentally. While dying, she tells Vicky that Scorpion had sent her and she was compelled to kill because her parents were taken hostage. The rest of the film deals with who Scorpion is and whether Vicky and Roma get together.[Ref 7]

Cast[edit]

  • Biswajeet as Vicky, singer and guitar player at a hotel nightclub
  • Babita as Roma, an escapee from home
  • Helen as Nancy
  • Murad as Commissioner of Police
  • Jani Bhai, an eccentric inventor
  • Scorpion, the main villain and chief of the Scorpion Organisation
  • Hiralal as Lopez, the right hand man of Scorpion
  • M.B.Shetty as Joe, a deadly member of the Scorpion Organisation
  • Bhagwan Sinha as Gonz, Owner of 'Twist Musical & Photo Shop' and informant to the police
  • Yee Chang as Chang, an enemy agent and most wanted man by many countries

Production[edit]

Filming[edit]

For the filming of the song Kajra Mohabbat Wale, the hero Biswajeet had to be dressed up as a girl and the heroine Babita as a Pathan. Biswajeet in an interview says this about the preparation that went about making the song, Kajra Mohabbat Wale:[Ref 5]

Director Manmohan Desai would sit in on our rehearsals with choreographer PL Raj that went on for 6-7 days. For me, the song meant hours in make-up, elaborate wigs and a sari pallu that never stayed in place. The adas and nakhras were not so difficult because as I child I had watched the neighbourhood dadas act out female parts in pararar plays, because those days respectable ladies didn't act. In theatres in Delhi and UP, coins were showered when the song came on.

Biswajeet, as said to Bollywood Hungama

Release[edit]

Home media[edit]

The film has been released in the following distribution formats:VCD[Ref 8] and recently as DVD.[Ref 9]

Reception[edit]

The music by O.P.Nayyar was well received with three popular and memorable songs.

Box office[edit]

The film was declared an average film in the box office verdicts. It could be attributed to the story and the earnings it made (Net gross of INR INR 70,00,000 vs Gross of INR INR 1,40,00,000).[Ref 10]

Controversies[edit]

The song Kajra Mohabbat Wala became very popular due to the way it was filmed, choreographed and for its memorable tune. Biswajeet did the drag act of putting a female disguise for this song. Film historian and critic, Firoze Rangoonwalla explains the controversy that took place after the film was released:[Ref 11]

In fact, Biswajeet’s drag act in Kismat worked a little too well. Though Biswajeet was a hero for a long time, he was never portrayed as a very masculine hero. So when he put on a female disguise and sang Kajra mohabbat wala, the audience received it with wolf whistles, knowing very well that he was a man! I remember that one of the film magazines made a very caustic remark that if Biswajeet were to stick to these kind of roles, he would be much more successful. There was a controversy and Biswajeet filed a suit against the magazine, though the suit fizzled out.

Firoze Rangoonwalla, Film historian and critic, as said to Bollywood Hungama

Soundtrack[edit]

The music of the film was composed by O.P.Nayyar. Notable tracks are Aankhon Mein Qayamat Ke Kajal sung by Mahendra Kapoor, Aao Huzoor Tum Ko sung by Asha Bhosle and Kajra Mohabbat Wala sung by Asha Bhosle and Shamshad Begum.

Kismat
Original vinyl record poster from Penguin
Soundtrack album by O.P.Nayyar
Released 1968 (1968)
Recorded 1968
Genre Film soundtrack
Length 29:59
Language Hindi
Label HMV, Penguin

Track listing[edit]

Originally, the film consisted of 6 soundtracks (mainly for the cassette and gramophone version).[Ref 12] [Ref 13][Ref 14]

No. Title Lyrics Singer(s) Length
1. "Aao Huzoor Tum Ko"   Noor Devasi Asha Bhosle 05:51
2. "Kajra Mohabbat Wala"   S H Bihari Asha Bhosle, Shamshad Begum 06:22
3. "Lakhon Hain Yahan Dilwale"   S H Bihari Mahendra Kapoor 04:17
4. "Aankhon Mein Qayamat Ke Kajal"   S H Bihari Mahendra Kapoor 04:22
5. "One Two Three Baby"   S H Bihari Asha Bhosle, Mahendra Kapoor 06:54
6. "Kismat (Title Music)"       03:13

Additional tracks[edit]

In mid-2000, two additional tracks were added known as revival versions for Aao Huzoor Tum Ko and Kajra Mohabbat Wala songs. The CD and iTunes versions of the film now contain 8 tracks.[Ref 12][Ref 13][Ref 14]

No. Title Lyrics Singer(s) Length
1. "Aao Huzoor Tum Ko (Revival)"   Noor Devasi Asha Bhosle 04:43
2. "Kajra Mohabbat Wala (Revival)"   S H Bihari Asha Bhosle, Shamshad Begum 06:15

Vinyl or gramophone record track Info[edit]

The Gramophone record consists of 2 sides having the following tracks:[Ref 12]

Side 1

No. Title Lyrics Singer(s) Length
1. "Aankhon Mein Qayamat Ke Kajal"   S H Bihari Mahendra Kapoor  
2. "Kajra Mohabbat Wala"   S H Bihari Asha Bhosle, Shamshad Begum  
3. "Title Music"        

Side 2

No. Title Lyrics Singer(s) Length
1. "Aao Huzoor Tum Ko"   Noor Devasi Asha Bhosle  
2. "Lakhon Hain Yahan Dilwale"   S H Bihari Mahendra Kapoor  
3. "One Two Three Baby"   S H Bihari Asha Bhosle, Mahendra Kapoor  

Songs remixed[edit]

The tracks that have been remixed the most are:

  • Aao Huzoor Tumko
  • Kajra Mohabbat Wala

Ironically, both these songs are sung by female singers and most notable, Asha Bhosle features in both of them.

The track Aao Huzoor Tumko has been remixed a number of times. Following is a list of notable films and music albums it was used in:

Songs reused[edit]

The track, Kajra Mohabbat Wala, has been used as a non-remixed song in the 2011 Hindi movie, Tanu Weds Manu. The song has been used as a marriage celebration or ritual song. The song has been portrayed by Kangana Ranaut. The song rights have been obtained from HMV.[Ref 16]

Plagiarism of song[edit]

The track Lakhon Hain Yahan Dilwale sung by Mahendra Kapoor is said to have been inspired from the following tracks:

  • In the Bright Mohawk Valley or Red River Valley (song)
  • The Bright Sherman Valley (inspired from In the Bright Mohawk Valley)

The similarity includes Mahendra Kapoor's singing drawl to that of the elaborate drawls of Red River Valley song besides the tune in the original.[Ref 17]

Certification[edit]

The Central Board of Film Certification(CFBC), India has given an 'U' certificate (Universal or Unrestricted) for viewing purposes.

See also[edit]

Bollywood films of 1968

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Kismat at the Internet Movie Database. IMDb. Retrieved: 1-Sep-2011.
  2. ^ Indian Film Database - 1968. Cineplot. Article: 26-Nov-2010, Retrieved: 12-Sep-2011
  3. ^ How to train your drag in The Hindu. The Hindu. Article: 22-May-2010, Retrieved: 10-Sep-2011.
  4. ^ Actors in Cross Dressing. India Glitz. Retrieved: 6-Sep-2011.
  5. ^ a b The Hero who was made up to look like a girl. Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved: 6-Sep-2011.
  6. ^ Shamshad Begum – O.P. Nayyar collaboration. Cineplot. Article: 16-Jul-2010, Retrieved 12-Sep-2011
  7. ^ Kismat (1968) Film Review. Retrieved: 1-Sep-2011.
  8. ^ VCD at Induna.com. Induna.com. Retrieved 12-Sep-2011
  9. ^ DVD at Amazon.com UK. Amazon UK. Retrieved 12-Sep-2011
  10. ^ Box Office India for films of 1968. Box Office India. Retrieved: 6-Sep-2011.
  11. ^ Men In Drag in Screen magazine. Screen India. Retrieved: 9-Sep-2011.
  12. ^ a b c Kismat (1968) Music Record Review. Retrieved: 3-Sep-2011.
  13. ^ a b Kismat (1968) Music CD at Sa Re Ga Ma. Sa Re Ga Ma. Retrieved: 3-Sep-2011.
  14. ^ a b Kismat (1968) Songs in iTunes. iTunes Apple. Retrieved: 4-Sep-2011.
  15. ^ Aao Huzoor Tumko Remix. Last.fm. Retrieved: 6-Sep-2011.
  16. ^ 'Kajra Mohabbatwala' re-creates magic in 'Tanu Weds Manu' in The Indian Express. Indian Express. Article: 18-Jan-2011. Retrieved: 9-Sep-2011.
  17. ^ Plagiarism of O.P.Nayyar's songs. itwofs.com (eye-too-eff-ess). Retrieved: 4-Sep-2011.

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