Today’s second post is Jewel Thief (1967) – A Complete Analysis. Jewel Thief (1967) is the story of a man, who is caught in the dragnet of a plot by a clever criminal. The plot also involves how the innocent victim disentangles himself from the messy trap and how he helps his beloved do the same.
Jewel Thief (1967) – A Complete Analysis
- Vinay (Dev Anand) is hired by a jeweler Vishambar Nath (Sapru) on the former’s insistence to sort gems in his shop. Vinay is a complete stranger to the jeweler. How can the man trust Vinay to handle precious gems?
- Normally in real life, no one would express their grief the way Shalini (Vaijayantimala) does in Rulake gaya mera… They would play sad songs on the record player. We have to take the song and its picturization as cinematic liberty. But knowing Vaijayantimala’s acting prowess, she is very good at expressing the grief.
- Someone tells you a sob-story about a man, who looks like you and is her beloved. Will you believe it the first instance? Shalini tells Vinay that he looks like her fiancé Amar. And she sings Rulake gaya sapna mera… close to where Vinay is sorting some gems. If you were Vinay, would you leave the precious gems at your quarters and go to find the singer? Vinay does it. Luckily, the gems are not stolen, this time!
- Where precious stuff is concerned, you need to be careful. That is proven when the main characters get to know that Amar is a jewel thief and he strikes Vishambar Nath and steels several billions worth of gemstones. The likeness between Vinay and Amar is responsible for Vishambar Nath’s mistake. It is unbelievable that a jeweler of his caliber would be so naïve as to not confirm, who he is dealing with.
- Just before Dil pukare aare aare aare…, Shalini makes Vinay promise her that he wouldn’t tell her brother that she met him. But, during the song, they openly move about different places in Gangtok, Sikkim, without any fear of anyone noticing them.
- Music by S D Burman and lyrics by Majrooh Sultanpuri and Shailendra are very good. I love most of the songs.