Ever since i saw the Badminton song sequence in om shanti om and knowing it came from Humjoli, i knew i had to see it. This film without doubt must be one of Farah Khan's favourites as she references parts of it in Om Shanti Om and its not hard to see why though as its an enjoyable fun flick
Rupa (Purnima) the daughter of wealthy Nasir Hussain is considered ugly by her to be husband as a result he leaves her
Hmm i'm thinking he considered her ugly just because of her dark skin
Gopal (Pran) who is present agrees to marry Rupa to save Nasir's honour, Nasir is delighterd and he gets them married
Unknown to Nasir and Rupa is the fact that Gopal has a fiancee Shyama.
When Rupa's father dies he deceives her into taking a trip to a temple on her way there Rupa boat is capsized by bandits hired by Gopal, he then marries Shyama
A stranger rushes to Gopal telling him about Rupa's death, he hands his baby daughter Rani to him telling him she was saved from the accident, Gopal asks him to keep this a secret between them, he then asks him to raise her for him
A few years later and Gopal has inherited all of Rupa's millions, he keeps in touch with his now grown up daughter Rani (Leena Chadravakar) on the sly, when she asks to move in with him he refuses but instead he gets her a house
Rajesh (Jeetendra) & Shobha (Aruna Irani) leave their his fathers house after he makes plans to remarry (selfish kids aren't they, poor man has been single for a very long time)
They both come to Mumbai and there rajesh meets Shivram (Mehmood) who offers him a place
Shobha also meets Rani with whom she had gone to college, she gets her brother Rajesh a job with her father
Shobha and Rajesh fall in love
but their relationship is threatened when her step mother Shyama's relative Manmohan blackmails her father telling him to marry him to Rani otherwise he would tell the police of how he had plotted his wife's murder
Gopal then urges Rajesh to break up with Rani, which he does by gyrating with Mumtaz in a club thereby driving Rani to shedding tears of anger & jealousy
How will things turn out, will Rajesh and Rani ever come back together? Will Gopal change his mind about letting Rani marry Manmohan? Will his secret ever be known?
Humjoli represents that genre of classic camp escapist bollywood cinema, high on melodrama, full of fun and Mehmood in a a very tolerable comic side plot. Great perfomances from everyone as well as excellent songs and picturisatons make Humjoli an entertaining watch, no wonder Farah Khan referenced bits of it for Om Shanti Om
Other reasons to watch Humjoli are
Pran what a class act this man truly is, he never bores me, i loved his facial expressions and dialogue in the scrrencap below, i wish i could say it in Hindi
A very cute Leena Chandavarkar, there's a a coy cheekiness and likability she exudes this is my second film i've seen her in and i'm a fan
Jeetendra at his charismatic melodramatic best, gotta love him in the wine suit and tie below
Mehmood in a comic triple role
Mehmood's wacky joke of distributing diarrhoea inducing chocolates
the poor victim of mehmood's chocolates
Mehmood as a baby in a dodgy special effect
Some fabulous interiors
A very cool winebar, why is it that my local bar can't and doesn't look like this
Gotta love Pran's bedroom
Manmohan is some whacky cool sunglasses
And of course the superb music by Laxmikant Pyarelal there's the super cute and fun Dil gaya 'dhal gaya din' where Jeetendra and Leena play badminton while singing, you can even hear the sounds of shuttlecock pop which Farah Khan references in the 'Dhoom Tana' song from 'Om shanti Om'
Jeetendra and Leena in 'Dhal gaya din'
Deepika and Sharukh Khan in Om shanti om
Even Leena's outfit seems to have been the inspiration behind Deepika's
Notice the tight churidars and head scarves are similar to that Deepika has in the 'Om shanti om' poster above
Chal shuru Ho ja where Jeetendra and Mehmood dance in their pants at 'Hotel my love' you can hear the slaps, kicks and punches in the song
'Hai re Hai' a fun fun rain song all those who like rain songs better add this one to their list
The catchy 'Tik Tik' where Mumtaz and Jeetendra's dancing makes Leena shed tears of jealously. Mumtaz's outfit in this song is also the inspiration behind Deepika's showgirl outfit in the posters of 'Om shanti om' and in the 60's scene from the 'Dhoom Tana' song
Mumtaz's feather head dress in 'Tik Tik'
Her full showgirl outfit with two side slits
Deepika wears a very similar one complete with feathery head dress in the om shanti om poster and in the 'Dhoom Tana' song
Total score: 7/10 (Highly entertaining camp fun)