Char Dervesh

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Char Dervesh
Char Dervesh.jpg
Directed byHomi Wadia
Produced byWadia Brothers Production
Written byC. L. Cavish
Screenplay byJBH Wadia
Story byC. L. Cavish
StarringFeroz Khan
Sayeeda Khan
Naaz
Music byG. S. Kohli
CinematographyAgha Hasham
Edited byShaikh Ismail
Production
company
Basant Studios
Release date
  • 1964 (1964)
Running time
155 minutes
CountryIndia
LanguageHindi

Char Dervesh (Four Seekers) is a 1964 Hindi/Urdu action fantasy film directed by Homi Wadia for Basant Pictures.[1] The film was produced by Wadia Brothers and its music composer was G. S. Kohli.[2] Feroz Khan acted in several "small-budget" costume films such as Homi Wadia's Char Dervesh as hero, before he became popular as second lead and later as hero, producer and director in mainstream cinema.[3] The film starred Feroz Khan, Sayeeda Khan, Naaz, B. M. Vyas, Mukri and Sunder.[4]

The fantasy film revolves around Qamar, who is in love with the princess Nargis Banu and his adventures that follow in an attempt to rescue the princess' sister Hamida.

Plot[edit]

Three Derveshes are praying at a shrine, each has a wish to fulfil but that can't happen till a fourth one arrives. A white horse appears with a rider, and it is the fourth Dervesh who is seeking to redeem himself. His name is Qamar (Feroz Khan). Qamar has been a care-free person getting into trouble for his innocent misdeeds and basically a source of worry for his two covetous brothers. He sees the beautiful princess Nargis Bano (Sayeeda Khan) and falls in love with her. However he's caught by the palace guards and whipped and sent to exile. His brothers throw him off the ship they are travelling in and he lands in an underwater sea kingdom. He sees a woman turned to stone up to her neck. There is another princess, Hamida, imprisoned there by an evil magician. The stone woman turns out to be the mother of the two princesses and she wants Qamar to marry the imprisoned princess. However, Qamar fails to fulfill her demand and in turn, the stone-lady (Ratnamala) gets angry and she turns Qamar's skin black and thus, he meets the other three dervishes. After the stone-lady comes to know of the actual facts, she forgives him and the problem with the skin is reversed. He's now in a dilemma as he has to decide which princess to marry. Several action and chase scenes follow, with sword fighting and flying on magic carpets to rescue the princess and finally marry the one he loves.

Cast[edit]

  • Feroz Khan
  • Sayeeda Khan
  • Naaz
  • Mukri
  • B. M. Vyas
  • Amarnath
  • Ratnamala
  • Jeevankala
  • Sunder
  • W. M. Khan
  • Paul Sharma

Production[edit]

Babubhai Mistry was once again the art and special effects director for the Wadia film. He had made a name for himself as a special effects artist in mythology and fantasy films.[5] Char Dervesh had plenty of special effects in the form of underwater sea kingdom, two-headed monsters and flying carpets. The film was a "classic B-movie" with many fight and "stunt" scenes.[6]

Music[edit]

The music was composed by G. S. Kohli and the lyricists were Anjaan, Saba Fazli and Raja Mehdi Ali Khan. The playback singing was given by Mohammed Rafi, Asha Bhosle, Usha Mangeshkar and Jani Babu Qawwal.[7]

Songlist[edit]

# Title Singer Lyricist
1 "Pyar Ke Daman Se Lipte Ham Kahan Tak Aa Gaye" Mohammed Rafi, Asha Bhosle Anjaan
2 "Gusse Me Tum Aur Bhi Achhi Lagti Ho" Mohammed Rafi Anjaan
3 "Tere Karam Ki Dhoom Jahan Mein Kahan Nahi" Mohammed Rafi, Jaani Babu Qawwal
4 "Tadpa Le Jitna Chahe" Asha Bhosle, Usha Mangeshkar Raja Mehdi Ali Khan
5 "Kali Kali Ankhon Mein Chamak Gayi Bijli" Asha Bhosle Anjaan
6 "Tu Hai Ek Shama To" Mohammed Rafi Saba Fazli
7 "Le Liya Dil Mera Le Liya" Asha Bhosle Raja Mehdi Ali Khan

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Char Dervesh". Gomolo.com. Retrieved 16 September 2014.
  2. ^ "Char Dervesh (Four Dervishes), 1964, Museum Series". Vintage Bollywood Art. Retrieved 16 September 2014.
  3. ^ Ashok Raj (1 November 2009). Hero Vol.2. Hay House, Inc. pp. 89–. ISBN 978-93-81398-03-6. Retrieved 16 September 2014.
  4. ^ "Char Dervesh". Alan Goble. Retrieved September 2014. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  5. ^ Rachel Dwyer; Senior Lecturer in Indian Studies Rachel Dwyer (27 September 2006). Filming the Gods: Religion and Indian Cinema. Routledge. pp. 44–. ISBN 978-1-134-38070-1. Retrieved 16 September 2014.
  6. ^ Dewan, Deepali (2011). Bollywood Cinema Showcards: Indian Film Art from the 1950s to the 1980s. Showcards from The Hartwick Collection. Canada: Royal Ontario Museum Press. ISBN 978-0-88854-482-7.
  7. ^ "Char Dervesh". Hindi Geetmala. Retrieved 16 September 2014.

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