Woh Kaun Thi?
|Woh Kaun Thi?|
|Directed by||Raj Khosla|
|Written by||Dhruva Chatterjee|
|Music by||Madan Mohan|
|Running time||140 min.|
Woh Kaun Thi? (Hindi: वो कौन थी, Who Was She?) is a 1964 black-and-white Psychological Mystery film directed by Raj Khosla, starring Sadhana, Manoj Kumar and Prem Chopra. Though the screenplay was written by Dhruva Chatterjee, parts were later rewritten, wherein Manoj Kumar took an active role. Music by Madan Mohan was the asset of this movie. All the songs were popular, picturised nicely but the expressionless face of Manoj Kumar was the weakest part of the movie. The film became a hit at the box office. Its success had Khosla directing Sadhana in two more suspense thrillers: Mera Saaya (1966) and Anita (1967 film).
Anand is a respected young doctor in a hospital. He has been suffering in his personal life ever since his girlfriend Seema died. On a dark stormy night, Anand is on his way back home when he meets a white sari clad girl in distress. He offers assistance to her, giving her a lift in his car. She accepts his assistance and introduces herself as Sandhya. As soon as she steps in the car, the wipers eerily stop working. He's even more spooked when the lady shows him the way when it isn't visible and guides him outside a cemetery. En route he notices her finger is bleeding, when asked, she tells him Mujhe khoon achcha lagtaa hai (I like blood).
Sandhya disappears inexplicably and after a few minutes, a distraught father stops his car begging him to save his daughter's life. He follows the man and comes to an old dilapidated mansion, but unfortunately the girl in question is already dead. He is surprised to see that the girl is Sandhya. When he goes back, he encounters some policemen who tell him that the place has been deserted for a while and that rumours are that the place is haunted. The policemen inform him that what he saw in the mansion was exactly what happened years ago and that the haunting started after her death.
Shaken and intrigued by this incident, Anand decides to investigate further. He finds that Sandhya is as interested in him as he is in her: Sandhya can appear to him at will. Later his mother arranges his marriage and to his shock his bride-to-be is none other than Sandhya. He begins to see Sandhya everywhere, while others claim that she was with them the whole time. Sandhya gives him contradictory treatment every time they meet, and Anand decides to solve this mystery. Though his well wishers believe that something is wrong with him, luck smiles on him one day.
Anand manages to follow Sandhya undetected into a secret lair. There, he is shocked to see Sandhya, the "distraught father" and the "policemen" he encountered earlier in the film. He realizes that the conspiracy is larger than he thought. He sneaks into another room, only to get another surprise: Sandhya is kept prisoner there. He is also surprised to see Ramesh there with the fraudsters. He realizes that Ramesh is trying to usurp his property by proving him to be mentally unstable. He confronts all of them, which results in a fight.
Anand is also shocked to learn that Ramesh killed Seema for his greed. Ramesh knows that a treasure is hidden somewhere in the mansion. In the scuffle that follows, Ramesh accidentally guns down fake Sandhya. The real Sandhya explains that she had a twin sister who went missing as a child. She grew up to be an evil conwoman whom Ramesh used for his purposes. Based on the facts, Ramesh is arrested. With the episode behind them, Anand and Sandhya are able to start their marital relationship on a good note.
- Manoj Kumar as Dr. Anand
- Sadhana as Sandhya
- Helen as Seema, Anand's dead girlfriend
- Prem Chopra as Dr. Ramesh, a co-worker of Anand and his distant cousin.
- The film was remade into Tamil as Yaar Nee by Sathyam (1966) with Jaishankar and J.Jayalalithaa (who later became Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu).
- J.Jayalalithaa also starred in the Telugu remake Ame Evaru?(1966) with Kongara Jaggayya.
|1||"Lag Jaa Gale Ki Phir Ye Haseen Raat Ho Na Ho"||Lata Mangeshkar||Believed to be the best song of Lata-Madan Mohan combination; Features in Lata's own collection of her favorite songs|
|2||"Naina Barase Rimjhim Rimjhim"||Lata Mangeshkar||Appears several times in the movie; Since Lata couldn't travel at the time of recording, Madan Mohan sang this song for shooting purpose, himself and Sadhana lipsynched it during the shooting. That piece of his song is available on his CD Legends produced by HMV.|
|3||"Jo Hamne Daastaan Apnee Sunaaee Aap Kyoon Roye"||Lata Mangeshkar||A ghazal song|
|4||"Shokh Nazar Kee Bijailiyaan Dil Pe Mere Giraaye Jaa"||Asha Bhosle|
|5||"Chhod Kar Tere Pyaar Kaa Daaman Ye Bataa De Ki Ham Kidhar Jaayein"||Lata Mangeshkar & Mahendra Kapoor||Picturized on Helen & Manoj Kumar|
The music became very famous and it was also nominated for the Filmfare award that year.
Awards and nominations
- Filmfare Best Cinematographer Award for Black & White Film-K.H.Kapadia
- Filmfare Nomination for Best Actress-Sadhana (actress)
- Filmfare Nomination for Best Music Director-Madan Mohan
- "Blast from the Past - Do Badan (1966)". Indian Express. October 14, 2010. Retrieved 30 June 2013.
- "Woman in white". Indian Express. May 28, 2011. Retrieved 30 June 2013.
- BoxOffice India.com
- 1st Filmfare Awards 1953