Teesri Manzil

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Teesri Manzil
Directed byVijay Anand
Written byNasir Hussain
Produced byNasir Hussain
StarringShammi Kapoor
Asha Parekh
Prem Chopra
CinematographyN. Srinivas
Edited byVijay Anand
Music byR. D. Burman
Distributed byNasir Hussain Films
Release date
  • 21 October 1966 (1966-10-21)

Teesri Manzil (transl. Third floor) is a 1966 Indian musical mystery film directed by Vijay Anand and produced by Nasir Hussain. Released on 21 October 1966, the film stars Shammi Kapoor and Asha Parekh in titular roles and Helen, Premnath, Iftekhar and Prem Chopra in supporting roles.[1] With the music and songs setting records, this film became a hit at the box office and is considered among the best offerings and one of the first breakthroughs of R. D. Burman's career.

Indiatimes Movies ranks the film amongst the Top 25 Must See Bollywood Films.[2] The film is noted for its memorable lead pair, superb mystery, tight script and performance by Shammi Kapoor.

The film's DVD and VCD versions run for 145 minutes, while the theatre version ran for 175 minutes. Between Ruby's jealous sniping at minute 76 and the song "Dekhiye Sahiban Woh Koi Aur Thi", sung by Mohammed Rafi, approximately 30 minutes of footage is missing. The last time a full version of this film released was on VHS. Many people in China and Hawaii reviewed it five stars.[3][4] Now uncut full movie is available on YouTube and if its OTT presentation is concerned, it is available in ZEE5 since early 2020.


The film begins with a young girl, Rupa (Sabina), driving her car madly around the hills of Mussoorie on a dark night and halting at The Park Hotel. A few moments later, she rushes inside and mysteriously falls to her death from the third floor of it, clutching something in her hand. Her death is assumed to be suicide by everyone among the curious onlookers, including Ruby (Helen), a dancer, and Rocky (Shammi Kapoor), a drummer at The Park Hotel. One year later, Rupa's ex-fiancée, Ramesh (Prem Chopra), is shown to be trying to fix his marriage with Rupa's grieving younger sister, Sunita (Asha Parekh), who is not as enamoured of the proposal though Ramesh tries to ingratiate himself with her. Sunita reveals to her friend, Meena (Laxmi Chhaya), that Rupa had written a letter to her on the night of her death, confessing that she was deeply in love with Rocky, the drummer at The Park Hotel, and implying that they had sexual relations, and that she desperately needs to marry him. Sunita believes that Rocky had seduced and then betrayed her sister which led her to commit suicide, and intends to travel to Dehradun and Mussoorie and track down Rocky to avenge her sister's death.

On her way to Dehradun, Sunita meets Anil Kumar, a charming but mischievous young man, who continuously flirts with her throughout the journey. As she checks into The Park Hotel with Meena, Sunita is surprised to find Anil there too, and he continues to woo her. Unbeknownst to Sunita, Anil himself is Rocky (his stage name) and this secret is only known to Ruby, the dancer at The Park Hotel, who has feelings for Anil. Anil manages to discover that Sunita is the revenge-seeking sister of Rupa, and misleads her by disguising another co-worker (Salim Khan) at The Park Hotel as Rocky, while he continues to pursue her as Anil. He even lies about his job that he is the nephew and heir of a wealthy landlord residing in a local mansion in Dehradun. While Sunita initially rebuffs his advances, she eventually falls in love with Anil after realising his kind and gentle nature during an unexpected overnight trip, even confiding in him about her sister's tragic death and her hatred for Rocky. Anil reluctantly keeps up the charade and ends up having to entertain Sunita and her friends at the mansion of his "uncle". His deceit is nearly exposed by the arrival of the real owner of the mansion, Kunwarsahab Mahender Singh (Premnath), but he too surprisingly plays along and covers for Anil and the two soon become good friends.

Sunita invites Anil and his "uncle" to meet with her father (Raj Mehra) and discuss their marriage. Anil requests Kunwarsahab to reveal the truth about him to Sunita and her father, explaining that Rupa had deeply fallen in love with him during her vacations at The Park Hotel in Mussoorie. She aggressively pursued him despite his disinterest in her and her engagement with Ramesh, who became extremely furious at this and threatened to kill Rupa in front of Anil. On the night before her fall, Rupa had telephoned Anil, telling him that she desperately needs to meet him, but Anil had refused to open the door of his room when Rupa banged on it at midnight, pleading him to let her in. A few moments later, Anil was shocked to hear Rupa's deadly fall from the third floor of The Park Hotel. As Kunwarsahab keeps up the pretense instead and agrees on the alliance, Anil, with no other option, writes a letter to Sunita, revealing that he is none other than her enemy, Rocky, but that he never seduced her sister and had absolutely no idea that she would kill herself over him. Sunita is aghast when she reads the letter and severes ties with Rocky. As he unsuccessfully attempts to pursue and convince Sunita, Anil is approached by an investigating police officer, Inspector Das (Iftekhar), who reveals to him that Rupa had not jumped off the third floor of The Park Hotel out of desperation, but was cold-bloodedly thrown off to her death in reality.

Shocked at learning this, Anil suspects Ruby to be Rupa's murderer as she had intercepted his telephone call with Rupa and was always jealous of any other girl coming close to Anil. He confronts Ruby and tries to make her confess her crime, but an unknown assailant climbs up to the third floor of The Park Hotel through the drainpipe, and shoots Ruby fatally right in front of Anil's eyes. Ruby dies in Anil's arms and Inspector Das takes him into police custody, warning Anil that the shooter was aiming for him, not Ruby, since he believes that Anil is getting close to discovering the real killer. He shows Anil an expensive overcoat button discovered in Rupa's hand as evidence, which he believes she tore off the killer's overcoat at the time of her fall. Anil then suspects Ramesh to be Rupa's murderer but the latter denies the accusation from Inspector Das, although he was present at The Park Hotel on the night Rupa died, and is also seen secretly bribing someone dressed as Ruby's killer with a bottle of whiskey. Meanwhile, as Anil returns to his hotel room, a mysterious woman (Neeta) visits him, instructing him to take her car and go to a restaurant at the bottom of the hill, where he will find the conspirators. Anil does so, but finds out while driving that the car has faulty brakes, and jumps out of the car as it plummets down a cliff.

Presumed dead by everyone, Anil secretly visits Sunita, convinced that Ramesh killed both Rupa and Ruby and is now trying to kill him. He enlists the help of Sunita, who now believes his innocence and takes him to meet Ramesh at The Park Hotel. While Sunita is away, Anil discovers the same mysterious woman having released him in the car with faulty brakes and pursues her. He is surprised to witness her drive into the mansion of Kunwarsahab, who is shocked at seeing Anil there and insists that he is not safe anywhere and must stay with him in the night. He forcefully takes Anil into an old room in his mansion and instructs him to stay there till morning. After Kunwarsahab's departure, Anil begrudgingly goes through a closet in the room, searching for clothes to change into, when he is shocked to come across an overcoat of Kunwarsahab with the exact same buttons that Inspector Das had shown him and the overcoat is also missing a button. Realising that the killer of both Rupa and Ruby is none other than Kunwarsahab, Anil feigns an escape through the window, just as Kunwarsahab and the mysterious woman, Sabina, who is his girlfriend and a widow with two children, enter the room to kill Anil in his sleep.

While Kunwarsahab leaves to search for him, Anil threatens Sabina at knifepoint and forces her to confess the truth about Rupa and Ruby's murders. He telephones at the police station, and Sabina confesses to Inspector Das that Kunwarsahab had an extramarital affair with her which his wife discovered and attempted to shoot her, but Kunwarsahab tackled his wife by accidentally shooting her dead in the process. Kunwarsahab and Sabina were burying the dead body of Kunwarsahab's wife in a secluded place, when Rupa happened to witness them as she was on her way to meet Anil. She escaped to The Park Hotel with Kunwarsahab in pursuit and banged on the door of Anil's room, pleading him to let her in. However, Anil was unaware of Rupa's predicament and refused to open the door for her, causing Kunwarsahab to pick up Rupa and ruthlessly throw her off the third floor to her death. At that very moment, Kunwarsahab returns to his mansion and overhears Sabina's telephonic conversation with Inspector Das. He shoots Sabina to her death and then attempts to kill Anil, but goes over the ledge of his mansion in the ensuing scuffle between them both. Anil holds onto Kunwarsahab, asking him to surrender himself to the police having arrived at the scene, but Kunwarsahab chooses to die and lets go of Anil's hand, falling to his death from the third floor of his mansion. The film ends with Anil and Sunita returning to Delhi from the same train where they met the first time.



Nasir Hussain produced and wrote Teesri Manzil under his home banner. He approached Dev Anand to star in the film and he immediately agreed. However, at the same time, another of Nasir Hussain's productions, Baharon Ke Sapne, was to be directed by Vijay Anand. Then, on occasion of Sadhana's engagement party, a misunderstanding erupted between Dev Anand and Nasir Hussain, when Hussain allegedly overheard Dev Anand saying. "The film which Nasir is making with me is in colour and he has given Goldie some black-and-white film to make. Goldie is making the movie with some new boy, Rajesh Khanna". It was the next day that Hussain requested Vijay Anand to direct Teesri Manzil and offered to helm Baharon Ke Sapne, but specified that Teesri Manzil would not have Dev Anand in it. It was only then that Shammi Kapoor was approached.[5]

Vijay Anand came on board to direct and edit the film. Hussain then cast Shammi Kapoor, who had earlier starred in Hussain's two big hits Tumsa Nahin Dekha (1957) and Dil Deke Dekho (1959), the latter of which introduced Asha Parekh. Asha had starred in two more hits for Hussain Jab Pyar Kisise Hota Hai (1961) and Phir Wohi Dil Laya Hoon (1963). Thus, the newcomer for this film would be music composer R.D. Burman (son of music composer S.D. Burman), and he would create phenomenal music for this film. He would compose for all of Hussain's films until Zabardast (1985). Shammi Kapoor, Hussain and Vijay individually took credit for discovering the supremely talented R. D. Burman, but R. D. Burman gave credit to lyricist Majrooh Sultanpuri for recommending him to Hussain, and both of them would create unforgettable songs for Teesri Manzil. All the hit songs featured Mohammed Rafi.[6] The song picturizations were outstanding, with Helen dancing to "Oh Haseena Zulfon Waali". Songs such as "Aaja Aaja" had a rock n' roll base and were extremely popular.

The song "Tumne Mujhe Dekha Hokar Meherbaan", has particular significance to Shammi Kapoor. It is said that some (indeterminate) time before the song was about to be shot, he received news that his wife at the time, Geeta Bali, had just died. Consummate professional that he was, he said he wanted to continue the filming due to the costs to the producer. And so the song was shot while he was in mourning. His tearing up and acting in the song is very real due to this background. There is a particular sequence in the song, where a three pronged candle stand on Asha Parekh's table falls over and the candles are blown off. Shammi Kapoor walks over to the table, picks a lit candle from the neighbouring table, and appears to light all three candles. But when he straightens the candle holder, and the camera turns from a side-on view, to a front-on view, you can see that the middle candle has been left unlit. It seems Shammi Kapoor told the director to leave the shot as-is, and that was his way of showing that the light in his life, his wife, had been taken away.


Teesri Manzil
Soundtrack album by
ReleasedJanuary 1, 1966 (1966-01-01)[7]
GenreFeature film soundtrack
ProducerR.D. Burman
R.D. Burman chronology
Pati Patni
Teesri Manzil
Chandan Ka Palna

All the songs were composed by Rahul Dev Burman and lyrics were penned by Majrooh Sultanpuri. Mohammed Rafi featured in all the songs and Asha Bhosle sang all the female parts. Choreography was by Herman Benjamin.

Teesri Manzil
1."Title Music - Teesri Manzil"R.D. Burman2:42
2."Music - Teesri Manzil"R.D. Burman0:59
3."O Mere Sona Re Sona"Asha Bhosle & Mohammed Rafi5:00
4."O Haseena Zulfonwale Jane Jahan"Asha Bhosle & Mohammed Rafi6:55
5."Aaja Aaja Main Hoon Pyar Tera"Asha Bhosle & Mohammed Rafi6:05
6."Main Inpe Marta Hoon"Asha Bhosle & Mohammed Rafi5:24
7."Deewana Mujhsa Nahin"Mohammed Rafi3:22
8."Tumne Mujhe Dekha Hokar Meherban"Mohammed Rafi4:04
Total length:35:10


The film became a hit. Although it is a murder mystery, it continues to draw repeat audiences, even though the identity of the murderer is no longer a secret. Teesri Manzil was the last time Shammi starred in a Nasir Hussain film. Asha would go on to do four more, three of which she starred in.

Hussain and Vijay never worked together after Teesri Manzil. Hussain would return to directing all his films again and would only relinquish the director's chair to his son after three of his films flopped in the 1980s. Salim Khan played a small role as Shammi Kapoor's musician friend who pretends to be Rocky in the musical number "Oh Haseena Zulfon Waali". In real life, Helen would later become his second wife. Shammi's wife Geeta Bali died during the filming, and Vijay helped Shammi get over the grief.[8]

Dvd /VCD missing 21 minutes[edit]

The Dvd and Vcd versions of the film are missing 21 minutes of the film. The 1987 VCR release has the complete movie. The missing portion can be seen on Youtube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cgntrX8Z_9A&ab_channel=AtulShah .[dead link]


  1. ^ "Worth their weight in gold". Box office India. Archived from the original on 15 September 2017. Retrieved 25 May 2012.
  2. ^ India Times Top 25 Must-See Bollywood Films on Lists of Bests), archived from the original on 5 September 2012, retrieved 30 July 2012
  3. ^ "Shammi Kapoor". 29 August 2011 – via The Economist.
  4. ^ "Teesri Manzil missing scenes". MemsaabStory.
  5. ^ "When Dev Anand came to blows with Nasir Hussain". Press Trust of India. 23 October 2016 – via Business Standard.
  6. ^ R D Burman - My God, That's My Tune
  7. ^ "Teesri Manzil". Spotify. 8 November 2023.
  8. ^ "Entertainment News: Latest Hollywood & Bollywood News, Movies Releases & Reviews". The Indian Express.

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