Jab Jab Phool Khile (1965)

 ●  Hindi ● 2 hrs 35 mins

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After returning from overseas, heiress Rita is stressed-out and needs to go someplace to unwind. She choses to go to Kashmir, and upon arrival there decides to rent a houseboat from the owner by the name of Raja. After a few misunderstandings, both are attracted to each other and soon fall in love. This romance is not looked upon favorably by Raj Bahadur Chunilal, Rita's dad, as he would prefer his daughter marry a suitor he has chosen for her by the name of Kishore. Rita dislikes Kishore, and will only marry Raja, so the wily Raj Bahadur devises a plan that will let him keep the cake, and eat it too.

Cast: Nanda Vinayak, Shashi Kapoor

Crew: Suraj Prakash (Director), Taru Dutt (Director of Photography), Anandji Virji Shah (Music Director), Vijay Kalyanji Shah (Music Director)

Rating: U (India)

Genres: Musical, Romance

Release Dates: 20 Oct 1965 (India)

Hindi Name: जब जब फूल खिले

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Did you know? While on location in Srinagar, a Lieutenant Colonel from Maharashtra became smitten with Nanda and asked Suraj Prakash to forward a marriage proposal to her mother. Nothing came of it, however. Read More
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as Rita Khanna
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as Munni
as Kishore
as Rai Bahadur Chunnilal Khanna
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2.35 : 1
Shashi Kapoor always said that Nanda was his favorite heroine, as she had signed with him as his heroine when he was an unknown and she was the bigger star.

The songs by music composing duo Kalyanji Anandji, assisted by then little-known Laxmikant Pyarelal, became immensely popular, and are considered evergreen classics today.

While 'Jab Jab Phool Khile' was not only commercially successful in India, the film was screened in Algeria's cinema halls every two days for a couple of years; there was, in fact, public demand for it. Shashi Kapoor was one of the most successful Indian actors in North Africa in countries like Algeria, Morocco and Libya. In the souks of Marrakesh, even today some of the older shopkeepers will give you a discount if you are from the land of Shashi kapoor.

The original climax from the script had Raj beating up the bad guys. However, Suraj Prakash rejected it, and after an afternoon watching 'Love in the Afternoon', settled with Rita leaving everything behind to go back to Kashmir with Raja.

Lyricist Anand Bakshi's career took off after this film.

At the film's Golden Jubilee celebrations, Suraj Prakash asked Brij Katyal what religion Raj belonged to, as it had never been specified and no one had noticed till now. It turned out that all the boatmen in Srinagar were Muslims. The writer was speechless, as this could have been portrayed as a Hindu-Muslim love story. Prakash claims this to be the true climax behind the making of his greatest hit.

While on location in Srinagar, a Lieutenant Colonel from Maharashtra became smitten with Nanda and asked Suraj Prakash to forward a marriage proposal to her mother. Nothing came of it, however.

Director Suraj Prakash and actor Shashi Kapoor made a bet: Prakash said the film would run for 25 weeks and Kapoor, eight weeks. Whoever proved to be right would present the other a suit stitched at Burlington's. Prakash won the bet and presented the suit to Kapoor; however, each proved to be wrong, as the film ran for 50 weeks and celebrated its golden jubilee.

Brij Katyal's script was turned down by three top producers, including Sholay creator N.N. Sippy. However, director Suraj Prakash felt it was a beautiful story and accepted it. It went on to become his greatest hit film.

This was Suraj Prakash's first colour film.

To prepare for his role as Raja, Shashi Kapoor would spend days with the boatmen in Kashmir to study their lifestyle. Sometimes, he would even have meals with them.

The climax,where Raja pulls Rita into the train, was shot in Bombay Central Train Station. Suraj Prakash gave explicit instructions on how and when to pull Nanda into the train. But when the time came, Kapoor followed those directions so well that there were only a few feet left for the platform to end when he pulled her in. Prakash claims the incident was so hair-raising that he'd shut his eyes,convinced that Nanda's end had come.