|Woh Kaun Thi?|
|Directed by||Raj Khosla|
|Written by||Dhruva Chatterjee (dialogues)|
|Screenplay by||Dhruva Chatterjee|
|Story by||Dhruva Chatterjee|
|Produced by||N. N. Sippy|
M. A. Madhu (exec.)
|Cinematography||K. H. Kapadia|
|Edited by||D. N. Pai|
|Music by||Madan Mohan|
Raja Mehdi Ali Khan (lyrics)
|Distributed by||Prithvi Pictures|
Woh Kaun Thi? (transl. Who Was She?) is a 1964 Indian Hindi-language mystery thriller 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. 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).
On a rainy night, the highly reputed Dr. Anand is driving. He sees a woman standing in the road and gives her a lift. She introduces herself as No one. As soon as she steps in the car (Austin Cambridge A55 Mark II), the wipers eerily stop working. He's even more spooked when the lady shows him the way when it is not visible and guides him outside a cemetery. On reaching the cemetery, the gates open automatically and he hears someone sing the words "Naina Barse Rimjhim Rimjhim".
Dr. Anand is about to inherit a large fortune from a distant relative under the condition that he is perfectly mentally stable—otherwise, he would not inherit the property as there had already been cases of mental instability in his family in the past. His colleague, Dr. Lata loves Dr. Anand, but he already has a girlfriend, Seema. The mystery unfolds when Seema is killed by a cyanide injection and the suspects are Dr. Lata and her father, Dr. Singh, the head doctor of the hospital in which Anand and Lata work.
On a stormy night, Anand is called to a dilapidated mansion on an emergency case. There, he learns that the patient has already died. He is surprised to see that the patient is the same girl. Some policemen tell him that the place has been deserted for a while and that it is rumored to be haunted. The policemen inform him that what he saw in the mansion happened years ago and many a doctor has registered similar cases with the police on rainy nights. On another occasion, he sees a newspaper that says that the same girl died in a rail accident.
Anand is very unhappy after his girlfriend's demise, but his marriage is fixed to a girl named Sandhya, Anand's mother has never even seen but was recommended by her sister. On the wedding night, Anand is shocked to see that she is like the same girl. He starts avoiding her. One day, he sees that she has painted the same bungalow in which he was called on that rainy night. Just after that, he hears her singing a part of "Naina Barse Rimjhim Rimjhim". Another evening, he sees an unmanned boat sailing in the lake and hears another part of "Naina Barse Rimjhim Rimjhim". Yet another night, the Same Girl reaches Anand's hospital and tries to impress him with her beauty and singing. He gets impressed and they sit in the car, where he gets déjà vu as again the wipers stop working and she can clearly see the way on the stormy and foggy night. He takes her to the bungalow and to the room where he had seen her dead and she disappears. When he reaches home, she is waiting for him and his mother says that she never left the house.
Anand is finally successful in persuading his mother to let Sandhya go back to her home by train. The next day, he learns that the train was in an accident, but he saw her on the terrace that same night. All these things take a toll on his mental health and he is advised to take some rest in Shimla. There, he meets a monk on a hilltop who tells him that 100 years ago at this very spot, a boy and a girl were romancing when the girl fell and died. Since then, her spirit has been roaming, waiting for her lover to return, who has been reincarnated in Anand's form. Anand then sees Sandhya far down the hillside and she sings the last part of "Naina Barse Rimjhim Rimjhim". Persuaded, Anand jumps but is saved by Lata.
Later, when Anand sees Sandhya trying to lure him out, he follows her to the same old bungalow, where he sees Sandhya on the stairway in one moment and then impossibly beside him in another. She lures him to the roof, where suddenly he sees a duplicate of Sandhya who came running out of a room in the house. The duplicate shouts that she is the real Sandhya but she is taken away. Strengthened by this sudden revelation, Anand realizes this woman on the roof is not a ghost and confronts her, but she accidentally falls down and dies. Then comes Ramesh, Anand's cousin. The climax of the movie comes here as Ramesh reveals that all this was his plan from the very beginning so that Anand is termed as mentally unstable and that his entire inheritance would pass to the next cousin i.e., Ramesh. A duel follows with other henchmen of Ramesh joining to kill Anand but the police arrive and arrest all the culprits.
The superintendent reveals the hidden details of how the previous acts had been staged with the policeman, the monk, and the 'servant' Madhav and tells the story of the other woman who was Sandhya's twin, whose existence was unknown to Sandhya. Sandhya's parents had separated them 18 years ago when her mother took away the other girl. Her mother died, and she was forced to adopt unfair means for her living. Her father learned of her after 16 years but he could not tell Sandhya about her twin sister. But somehow Ramesh learned of this twin sister and he started his brilliant planning. The "Sandhya" who had lured him in the hospital, the woman he had met on the road, the dead girl in the mansion, and the woman in white in Shimla were all acts done by this other girl. This explains the entire story and Sandhya's simultaneous presence in two places. Hence, the mystery is solved and at the end of the film Sandhya and Anand reunite.
- Sadhana as Sandhya / Sandhya's twin sister
- Manoj Kumar as Dr. Anand
- Helen as Seema, Anand's girlfriend
- Ratnamala as Dr. Anand's mother
- Prem Chopra as Ramesh, Anand's distant cousin
- Parveen Choudhary as Dr. Lata, a coworker of Anand
- K. N. Singh as Dr Singh, Anand's boss and Lata's father
- Mohan Choti as Sher Singh, servant of the Simla quarters
- Dhumal (actor) as Madhav, the new servant in Anand's home
- Indira Bansal as Rosy
- Raj Mehra as Police Superintendent
- Anwari Bai as Old lady in old bungalow
- Pal Sharma as the monk in Shimla
|Woh Kaun Thi?|
|Soundtrack album by|
|Madan Mohan chronology|
The music became very famous and it was also nominated for the Filmfare award that year. The beautiful lyrics of the songs were written by Raja Mehdi Ali Khan
|"Lag Jaa Gale"||Lata Mangeshkar|
|"Aap Kyun Roye"||Lata Mangeshkar|
|"Naina Barse Rimjhim"||Lata Mangeshkar|
|"Chhodkar Tera Pyar Ka Daman"||Lata Mangeshkar, Mahendra Kapoor|
|"Tiki Riki Tiki Riki Takori, Tiki Riki Tiki Riki Tum"||Mohammed Rafi, Asha Bhosle|
|"Shokh Nazar Ki Bijliyan"||Asha Bhosle|
Awards and nominations
- Filmfare Award for Best Cinematographer for Black & White Film- K.H. Kapadia
- http://www.boxofficeindia.co.in/worth-their-weight-in-gold/[dead link]
- "Woh Kaun Thi? (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) - EP". iTunes.com. January 1964. Retrieved 16 March 2018.
- 1st Filmfare Awards 1953