|Maybe it's just my early imprinting on Daag, but make no mistake, if Rajesh Khanna wears a mustache at some point in any film, I WILL watch that film.|
|Mere Jeevan Saathi is a must-see if for nothing more than the Helen + whip bits.|
I've also watched him in a bunch of movies that seem to feature roughly the same second half of the plot (most of what he did with Sharmila comes to mind), and yet I haven't gotten bored yet. I think I actually prefer his more cliche films to his unusual ones. Sure, I was impressed by his double role in Sacha Jhutha (1970), a role which seems to be pretty well thought of even by his detractors, esp. those who like Manmohan Desai. But I think I will always prefer him in good old-fashioned melodrama.
|Namak Haraam (1973)|
|Kind of like Zeenat in this film, I can't quit you. (Ajanabee, 1974).|
Given the fact that Ittefaq is a mystery (so the less you know about it the better) and since this is an *Ahem* Review (meaning I don't really have any intention of un-selling you), and you may already know I hate plot summaries . . . here's your hook, line and
Ittefaq is two parts Film Noir:
From the lone man charged with crime he (probably) didn't commit, lost in a shadowy void . . .
To the variety of potential femme fatale(s) . . .
|Iftekhar knows that good girls get husbands, and vamps get life partners. Smart, smart.|
One part Rajesh seriously trying to imitate Humphrey Bogart's violent charm:
One part Whodunit:
|Iftekhar is at his gravely, pseudo-Scotland Yard detective best in this film.|
Three + parts AMAZING subtitles (at least in the Moserbaer release):
And 100 + parts style:
The "bottle-episode" set . . . so good you want to eat it . . .
The angles . . .
The lighting . . .
This movie is casual chic, no mistake about it. I kinda want to display it on my mantle and invite my friends over for a dinner party just to show it off . . .
I know I always ask this, but are you really still here? Seriously, find this movie already.