Prem Pujari is a 1970 Indian Hindi-language film produced, directed and written by Dev Anand for Navketan Films, his directorial debut. The movie stars Dev Anand, Waheeda Rehman, Shatrughan Sinha, Prem Chopra, Madan Puri and a then-unknown Amrish Puri. It has several popular songs composed and directed by S. D. Burman. The songs were written by Gopaldas Neeraj. He along with S. D. Burman, all singers and musicians gave one of their best work to help earn the limited fame (albeit, it was a colossal commercial failure, though it has gained cult following) garnered by the film mainly because of its memorable music. Three songs of this movie are evergreen; "Shokhiyon Mein Ghola Jaye" sung by Kishore Kumar and Lata Mangeshkar and "Phoolon Ke Rang Se" sung by Kishore Kumar and "Rangeela Re Tere Rang Mein" sung by Lata Mangeshkar.
|Directed by||Dev Anand|
|Written by||Dev Anand|
|Produced by||Dev Anand|
|Edited by||Babu Shaikh|
|Music by||S. D. Burman|
Lieutenant Ramdev Bakshi (Dev Anand) is the son of widowed army officer Durgadas Bakshi. Ram is an innocent man who has a deep interest in wildlife. Ram is in the army as per his father's choice. He loves Suman (Waheeda Rahman), a beautiful, cheerful lady living in Ram's village in Khemkaran. Ram and Suman spend their time together romancing.
One day, a letter comes from the Indian army stating that Ram should return back to the Indo-Chinese border since his holidays are over. Ram engages in a debate with his father where he wishes to leave the army. But however, he ultimately bids farewell to his village and Suman. On reaching the border, he refuses to take part in the war since he believes in non-violence or ahimsa. Frustrated, the army sentences him to 2 years in cellular jail for not abiding to the orders of his seniors. Fortunately, Ram runs away from the police and is roaming in the mountains of north-east.
Later, he turns himself in and seeks forgiveness for his refusal to listen to orders by spying for India. He is sent to Beijing from where he passes on many important Chinese secrets to India, helping them win the war. Later, Pandit Nehru awards him with the country's highest military honor. After the war, he marries Suman and the two live happily together.
- Dev Anand as Lt. Ramdev Bakshi / Peter Andrews / Yoo Thok
- Waheeda Rehman as Suman Mehra
- Shatrughan Sinha as Pakistani Army Officer
- Zaheeda as Rani Chang / Mrs. Andrews / Mrs. Seema Yoo Thok
- Prem Chopra as Bilkis Mohammed (Billy)
- Anup Kumar (actor) as Kulbhushan
- Nasir Hussain as Retd. Subedar Major Durgaprasad Bakshi
- Madan Puri as Chang
- Manmohan as Chinese Army Officer
- Sajjan as Suman's maternal uncle
- Amrish Puri as Henchman in church of Spain.
- Sachin as Sunder
- Siddhu as Chamanlal
The film was shot in Switzerland and has Grimsel Hotel in one of the song sequences. Here, Shatrughan Sinha was picked to play his part from the gathered public. Part of Prem Pujari was also shot at Astagaon near Shirdi in Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra.
The music was composed by S. D. Burman, with lyrics by Neeraj. Several of the songs from the film became popular, "Phoolon Ke Rang Se" sung by Kishore Kumar (music of which was reused by Burman from his earlier very popular Bengali song Borne Gondhe Chonde Geetitey), "Rangila Re Tere Rang Mein" which was a blend of folk and modern and sung by Lata Mangeshkar, "Shokhiyon Mein Ghola Jaaye" by Mangeshkar and Kishore Kumar, "Taaqat Watan Ki Hum Se Hai" (patriotic song), and the number in Burman's voice "Prem Ke Pujari Hum Hain". According to Anantharaman, Dev Anand stated that "Rangila Re" remained his all-time Navketan favourite song.
|1||"Rangeela Re Tere Rang Mein"||Lata Mangeshkar||06:15|
|2||"Shokhiyon Mein Ghola Jaye"||Kishore Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar||05:05|
|3||"Phoolon Ke Rang Se"||Kishore Kumar||04:57|
|4||"Taqat Watan Ki Humse Hai"||Mohammed Rafi, Manna Dey||07:23|
|5||"Prem Ke Pujari Hum Hai"||Sachin Dev Burman||04:18|
|6||"Yaaron Neelam Karo Susti"||Kishore Kumar, Bhupinder Singh||04:18|
|7||"Dungi Tenu Reshmi Rumal"||Lata Mangeshkar||04:03|
|8||"Phoolon Ke Rang Se (Revival)"||Kishore Kumar||04:55|
|9||"Shokhiyon Mein Ghola Jaye (Revival)"||Kishore Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar||05:11|
While Prem Pujari did not do well at the box office, the soundtrack, which became a success, was termed as "superlative" and as a "brilliant score" by Composer Sachin Dev Burman. The songs are known for the purity of their Urdu and Hindi languages and are regarded as evergreen classics.
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