Detective (1958) – A Complete Analysis

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Today, I will pick some bones from the Bollywood movie Detective (1958).

Detective (1958) – A Complete Analysis

  1. This is a mundane love story with a murderous twist rather than a thriller. We know who is the killer from the beginning. So, there is no mystery about it. Thus, the title does not gel with the story. I wanted to watch this movie since childhood particularly because the title indicated mystery and I was attracted to the first song Ankhonpe bharosa mat kar… But, I was disappointed. There is no mystery in it.
  2. It is not clear, who is the detective – Mashin’s (Mala Sinha) father Loonpe (Moni Chatterjee) or Raja Ghosh (Pradeep Kumar). If it is Loonpe, then he is a police detective and he dies midway. That doesn’t count. If it is Raja Ghosh, then he does what he does, which is not much, under the pressure of the goons. That again does not count.
  3. All Mala Sinha does is scream. She is a good actor wasted in the role of Mashin.
  4. Mukul Roy’s music and Shailendra’s lyrics are good on their own and would have worked in an out-and-out love story. But, they do not fit into a detective story. For a thriller, the music should have that element of mystery, which is lacking here.

Detective (1958) songs

Ankhonpe bharosa mat kar…

Kal talak hum ek tha…

Chodiye gussa huzoor…

Do sunahari ankhon mein…

Mujhko tum jo mile…

Raahi chal sambhal sambhal…

Aaja karle muqabala yeh hai baazi pyarki…

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