Manoranjan (transl. Entertainment) is a 1974 Indian Hindi film directed by Shammi Kapoor. It is a remake of Irma La Douce. Sanjeev Kumar plays Jack Lemmon's role, Zeenat Aman Shirley MacLaine's and Shammi Kapoor plays Lou Jacobi's. Hotel Casanova is called Hotel Mauj!. Among the rest of the cast are Paintal, Asit Sen and Dev Kumar.
|Directed by||Shammi Kapoor|
|Produced by||F.C. Mehra|
|Written by||Abrar Alvi|
|Music by||Rahul Dev Burman|
|Edited by||Pran Mehra|
|Distributed by||Eagle Films|
|11 January 1974|
Manoranjan is perhaps the only Hindi movie where prostitution was presented as a 'fun' activity without moralising and the lead actress sleeps with men other than the hero and is not an issue. For 1974 the film in India was a revolution, and was panned by the critics and the audience due to the sense of immorality.
Havaldar Ratan is a rookie at the local police station, and is assigned duty on foot patrol on Manoranjan Street, a notorious red-light area, on the very first day of his job. He strikes up a conversation with a good-looking young woman named Nisha, and tells her that there is a possible violation of Suppression of Immoral Trafficking Act taking place on this street. He witnesses several women soliciting men, and decides to call in the paddy wagon, and get them arrested. Alas, one of the men frequenting the prostitutes is none other than Ratan's superior officer, who immediately summons Ratan, and has him removed from service on corruption charges. Nisha takes pity on a homeless and unemployed Ratan, and asks him to live with her. He does not want her to sell her body, and so he decides to work at night, and during the day he takes on the guise of a rich Nawab and spends time with her. Things go along smoothly, until Ratan decides that it is now time to get rid of the "Nawab", and he does so, only to find out that the police have been informed that he has killed the Nawab, and they are out to arrest him. What follows is hilarious chaos that will change Ratan and Nisha's lives forever.
In a 2008 interview with the BBC, Shammi Kapoor revealed that he had planned to star in Irma La Douce since the early 1960s when he first saw it in a theatre in London. He originally wanted to play the role of Nestor Patau, the honest police officer. However, by the time the film was made Kapoor felt he was too old for the role, and Sanjeev Kumar was given the part. The films was shot at Mehboob Studios and Natraj Studios. Kapoor also directed a video magazine called "Shammi Kapoor Presents Manoranjan" to promote the film.
- "A Special Tribute to Shammi Kapoor". BBC Asian Network. Re-broadcast of interview originally broadcast in December 2008. 14 August 2011.
Manoranjan was taken from Irma la Douce. And I saw Irma la Douce in London... That was a French play that was first on the stage in London. And I wanted then to play the role of Jack Lemmon—it was wonderful—but by the time I made the movie I was too old so I decided to direct the movie.
- Rajadhyaksha, Ashish; Paul Willemen (1999). Encyclopaedia of Indian cinema (Second ed.). British Film Institute. p. 120.
- "Filmfare Nominees and Winner" (PDF).