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Junglee (1961)


Written by Tim Dirks

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Junglee (1961, India) (aka Uncouth)

In Subodh Mukherji's romantic comedy - his first color film - and a big hit in the early 1960s that forever changed the formulaic, traditional Bollywood films of its type:

  • the story: a self-controlled, sober, cantankerous and serious Bombay (Mumbai) aristocratic executive Chandra Shekhar (Shammi Kapoor, the "Elvis Presley" of Hindi cinema) agreed with his domineering, widowed matriarch (Lalita Pawar) that laughter was only for the lower classes; his stubborn mother had also arranged marriage for her son to a Princess, named Rajkumari (Azra)
  • the sequence of his fateful romance with beautiful and charming, similarly-named Rajkumari 'Raj' (Saira Banu in her debut film at age 17) - a doctor's assistant, during a business trip to the northern province of Kashmir
  • in love, he declared through song his new-found, fun-loving freedom and wildness with her, in "Yahoo Yahoo Chahe Koi Mujhe" (dubbed by Mohammad Rafi) - as he descended and fell down the snow-covered mountains and hills, and declared his uninhibited joy by triumphantly crying out: "YAHOO" (it became a rallying cry for his generation)
  • another musical highlight - the flamenco-styled dance duet between hip-swiveling Shekhar and Miss Suku (Helen) - a musical production of "Aai Aai Ya Suku Suku" with pastel-colored sets inspired by the paintings of Monet and Van Gogh
Dance Duet Between Shekhar and Miss Suki

Chandra Shekhar Singing "Yahoo Yahoo Chahe Koi Mujhe"

In Love With Rajkumari 'Raj'


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