Jewel Thief

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Jewel Thief
Jewel Thief poster.jpg
Film poster
Directed byVijay Anand
Produced byDev Anand
Written byScreenplay & Dialogue: Vijay Anand
Story: K. A. Narayan
StarringDev Anand
Ashok Kumar
Music byS. D. Burman
CinematographyV. Ratra
Edited byVijay Anand
Distributed byNavketan Films
Release date
  • 27 October 1967 (1967-10-27)
Running time
186 minutes

Jewel Thief is a 1967 Hindi spy thriller heist film directed by Vijay Anand.[1] 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 house, Navketan Films, following their biggest hit in 1965 – Guide.

The film became a box office hit.[2] J.M. Barot also received the Filmfare Best Sound Award for this film. Tanuja received a Filmfare nomination as Best Supporting Actress.[3]


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 jeweller 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 fiancé. 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.




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.[4] Banu had also turned down the role of Rosie in the 1965 film Guide, which was produced by Anand in 1965.[5] 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.[6]


Jewel Thief
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Soundtrack album by
Released1967 (1967)
RecordedMinoo Katrak
GenreFeature film soundtrack
LabelSa Re Ga Ma
HMV Group
ProducerS. D. Burman
S. D. Burman chronology
Jewel Thief

The film's soundtrack was composed by S. D. Burman, who earlier made a string of memorable film under Navketan Films. The lyrics for this film were by Hindi-Urdu songwriter Majrooh Sultanpuri,[7] 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. The male playback was done by Kishore Kumar and Mohammed Rafi, who lent their voices 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.[8]

# Title Singer(s) Lyricist Picturized on Duration
1 "Yeh Dil Na Hota Bechara" Kishore Kumar Majrooh Sultanpuri Dev Anand and Tanuja 04:25
2 "Rulake Gaya Sapna Mera" Lata Mangeshkar Shailendra Dev Anand and Vyjayanthimala 03:39
3 "Aasman Ke Neeche" Kishore Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar Majrooh Sultanpuri Dev Anand and Vyjayanthimala 03:53
4 "Baithe Hain Kya Uske Paas" Asha Bhosle Majrooh Sultanpuri Helen, Anju Mahendru and Dev Anand 05:00
5 "Dil Pukare Aa Re" Mohammed Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar, Majrooh Sultanpuri Dev Anand and Vyjayanthimala 05:19
6 "Raat Akeli Hai" Asha Bhosle Majrooh Sultanpuri Dev Anand and Tanuja 05:19
7 "Hothon Mein Aisi Baat" Bhupinder Singh, Lata Mangeshkar and Chorus Majrooh Sultanpuri Dev Anand, Vyjayanthimala, Nazir Hussain and Ashok Kumar 07:58
8 "Dance Music" 02:01


Commercial response[edit]

Jewel Thief was a profitable venture for the distributors. Over its theatrical run, reported that the film had managed to gross 3,50,00,000 with a net of 17,500,000 and, adjusted to inflation is about 345,200,000 (US$5.0 million).[9][10] 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.[9][10]

The movie was reported to be influenced by three movies of Alfred Hitchcock in terms of plot, setting and characterisation - To Catch a Thief, Vertigo and North by Northwest.[11][12][13]


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.[14] The film was also screened by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting of India on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of Navketan Films.[15] On 1 August 2009, Jewel Thief was premiered at Regal Cinema, Mumbai .[16] The premier was attended by Dev Anand, Jackie Shroff, Sudhir Mishra, Amrita Rao, Deepak Parekh, Vijay Kalantri and Pooja Misrra.


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 outside his own banner, Navketan. The movie also had an ensemble cast, consisting of actors Dharmendra, Jackie Shroff, Prem Chopra, Sadashiv Amrapurkar, Shilpa Shirodkar, Madhoo and Anu Agarwal.


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  2. ^ BoxOffice
  3. ^ 1st Filmfare Awards 1953
  4. ^ Farhana Farook (27 August 2008). "A legend retold". Daily News and Analysis. Retrieved 19 April 2012.
  5. ^ Subhash K. Jha (26 May 2003). "'This serial is my tribute to my mother'". Rediff. Retrieved 19 April 2012.
  6. ^ Devinder Bir Kaur (7 March 2004). "Goldie: Guide for new filmmakers". The Tribune. Retrieved 19 April 2012.
  7. ^ Nihalani, Govind; Chatterjee, Saibal (2003). Encyclopaedia of Hindi Cinema. Popular Prakashan. p. 607. ISBN 9788179910665.
  8. ^ Bollywood Hungama News Network (14 April 2011). "'Ragini MMS' takes a cue from Dev Anand's 'Jewel Thief'". The Indian Express. Retrieved 19 April 2012.
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  10. ^ a b "Top Earners 1960–1969 (Figures in Ind Rs)". Archived from the original on 24 June 2012. Retrieved 20 April 2012.
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  14. ^ Press Trust of India (13 August 2008). "Week long film festival to screen Dev Anand super hits". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 10 March 2014. Retrieved 19 April 2012.
  15. ^ "Dev Anand shines bright". Daily News and Analysis. 8 September 2009. Retrieved 19 April 2012.
  16. ^ Times News Network (2 August 2009). "The return of 'Jewel Thief'". The Times of India. Retrieved 19 April 2012.

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