Izzat (1968) featuring Jayalalitha


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Izzat (1968) stars  Dharmendrain a double role playing brothers who don’t know they’re brothers until late in life. One is rich, the other poor; one dark, the other fair; one a land owner’s privileged son, the other an illegitimate  hard working student who’s just been orphaned.  There are no illegitimate children, only illegitimate parents!..doesn’t Amitabh or SRK scream that out in some film, maybe it’s Amitabh in Lawaaris?  Tell me if you know.  Fate brings the Dharmendrai together and wacky misunderstandings occur and vendettas are settled.  Here’s a plot summary courtesy of  the prolificrAjOo, but skip it if you don’t want spoilers.

After completing his college, dark-skinned Adivasi Shekhar returns home and finds that his mother, Savli, has passed away. Distraught, he is consoled by Father Abraham, who also tells him that his mother had an affair with wealthy Ramgarh-based Thakur Pratap Singh, who refused to marry her even after she became pregnant. Shekhar decides to avenge his humiliation and sets forth to expose Pratap. Upon arrival in Ramgarh, he finds that he has a fair-skinned look-alike half-brother, Dilip, as well as a sister, Neelu. Dilip meets him, hires him as an office staff person, and asks him to impersonate him in order to meet Deepa, the only daughter of wealthy Vinodbabu, and Shekhar agrees to do so. Shekhar meets Deepa and both are attracted to each other. Shekhar decides to tell her the truth about himself, and returns to Ramgarh. Once there, he finds history repeating itself as Dilip is in love with an Adivasi belle, Jhumki, but is refusing to marry her. Written by rAjOo (IMDB)

At the beginning of the film Shekhar who I will refer to as dark Dharmendra, since in the film they make a big deal about this dark skin, finds out about his mother’s tragic past, and his parentage.  That Thakur (Balraj Sahni) kaminey found his dark skinned, low caste villager good enough to sleep with, but once she was with child, he coldly accuses her of wanting his lakhs. Thakur is wrong, all she wants is his love, and ek chutki sindoor and blessings of the goddess.izzat.$

"Ek chutki sindoor!"

"Ek chutki sindoor!"

So Shekhar works himself into the fancy home of his father and finds that he’s got a fairer skinned half brother.
izzat.vendetta izzat.double Shekhar’s got some killing on his mind, but he also finds himself at a party.  What to do? Dharmendra sings at  the party, as Shekhar and they all think he’s his look alike rich brother,  Dilip.  Please take note of the bollywood balloons that decorate the party:izzat.balloonI suppose I should have been excited by Dharmendra and Tanuja’s performances  here (yawn), but for me this was  Jayalalitha‘s film.   It was the first time I’d ever seen her.  She plays a super spunky mountain girl, who likes that fancy Dharmendra character, fair-skinned Dilip, but he’s socially out of her reach, being wrong caste for her to desire, let alone acquire.  She can’t possibly marry up…or can she?  Take a good look at her, I think she can:
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The live wire  Jayalalitha of Izzat transformed herself into a  real life politician. It was the first time I’d seen her in a movie, and she was a Tamil star, so her part in a Hindi film was not the norm.  She also did some playback singing.

Prior to her venture into politics, she had a successful career in the Tamil film industry as an actress. She acted in the English language movie “Epistle” released in 1961 produced by Shankar Giri, son of former president of India Dr. V.V. Giri. Chinnada Gombe, her first film (in Kannada) was a major hit. Her first Telugufilm Manushulu Mamathalu made her famous. In 1972, she was honoured by the Tamil Nadu government with the award Kalaimamani. She has acted opposite Dharmendra in the Hindi Movie named Izzat. Her last film was Nadhiyai Thedi Vandha Kadal in the year 1980. (source)

Now that I know she’s an over achiever, I’m a bit suspicious of her, but after her performance in Izzat, I’d vote for her, no problem.  On a side note, I would be an extremely reckless voter in India, for that very reason. “Jaylalitha is on the ballot!?  She was soooo cute in Izzat, and what a dancer!” I’d check that ballot, not even caring about her politics simply because she was so cute in that film.  Good thing I can’t vote in India. In her role as Jhulki, she’s fearless, not afraid to love:

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She’s not afraid to defend herself against a dirtball goonda/thug/dacoit. This scoundrel has lusted after her and when he tries to forcefully move in, she delivers a tight slap to the face! Go girl!

izzat.slapI wasn’t able to find a version of the item number featuring Jayalalitha dancing with about 30 other women to the music Laxmikant Pyarelal and a lavish set, but I did find it as part of a set clips of the full movie uploaded on youtube. Now THIS is what I call an item number:

The beginning part of this number, which is not in the above clip can be seen about 8 1/2 minutes into this link.  This number was so lavish that I needed to screen cap some of it for the world to see.  Look how fantastic Jayalalithaa looks here.izzat.item.7izzat.item

Eventually that nasty Thakur gets his just rewards.  It was only a matter of time before karma catches up with him.izzat.tribalsWell, tribals will be tribals, so easily incited and ready to light a torch for justice.izzat.riotThough she had a small part, I was very taken with Laxmi Chhaya’s performance as a servant.  She’s a real mess here, but very hot, so I suppose she’s a hot mess. I just love the colors here, from the walls to her sari, to her make up. Fantastic!izzat.maid.2

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And as a nice touch, there was a cute little statue of Jesus, in front of some stylin’ flagstone.  I like my Jesus with flagstone, sort of how I like my coffee with mile and sugar. Now I’ve got to see more of Jayalalitha, so looks like there will have to be some more Tamil, Telegu and Kannada films are in my future. Now head over to Memsaab’s blog, to read her impressions of Izzat.

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13 thoughts on “Izzat (1968) featuring Jayalalitha

  1. This movie looks like its worth watching if only for the eye candy and songs, i’ve read reviews which gave the film a lack lustre feel but your write up is oh so tempting, if i do get it, i’ll be sure not to expect too much and watch it just for the songs. Concerning the illegitimate children quote when i googled it, it seems its a Yanwich Leon R quote

    http://quotationsbook.com/quote/29196/

    • bollywooddeewana-ji,
      It’s completely an eye candy film, melodramatic and silly at best. Tanuja’s part is really small, and the Dharmendrai are basically predictable. I just loved the maid and Jayalalitha for the most part and the sets, and of course the dancing and costumes. Thanks for finding that quote. I can’t wait for the next time I hear “illigitamate child” since I’m waiting to pounce with that phrase, “THERE ARE NO ILLIGITIMATE CHILDREN< ONLY ILLIGITIMATE PARENTS!" :)

  2. OMG I had no idea Jayalalitha was such a hottie! I admit I sniggered when I saw her Simi Garewal interview ages ago. Apparently Simi asked her who she thought should play her in a movie made about her life, and she answered Aishwarya Rai without batting an eyelash. This of course made me laugh out loud :-p and mutter unkind things. But perhaps I shall now reconsider. Although I must say she looks very much like Sadhana in those closeups!

    • pitu-ji,
      Jayalalitha was a full on hottie for sure. Bilkul hot! In the recent photos of her, though still attractive, I’d think she was older, but I always think many in the acting business lie on their ages, so she could be older, thus her current appearance makes more sense. She does look like Sadhana in those closeup, you’re right, with a touch of Asha Parekh & a splash of Vyjayanthimala too.

  3. I love Laxmi’s nosering!!!! I had trouble focusing on much beyond the fact that Dharmendra got oranger and oranger as the movie went on. I believe I used the term ham-fisted or similar to describe the way it delivered all its messages :)

    • memsaab-ji,
      I linked in your review. I love the Dharmendra turning orange comments. It was tiring to hear about the skin color in EVERY scene. It was like, “OK, we get it, he’s dark, that’s bad, his rich brother is fair, that’s good. BAS!” Much ham fisting in the delivery. :D It was indeed a heavy handed message, repeated over, and over, and over again. Laxmi was great, not so much in the screen capping I did, but on the actual film, she looked almost grey or green. I loved her, wanted to be her, showing happiness through her lowly daily grind and looking so sexy while at it. :) Like so many films, I screen cap after viewing and the pix sit on my computer and I eventually get to doing a post months later. So I can’t even remember since I saw the movie a couple months back, does Balraj Sahni’s Thakur character get killed by the tribals or does he happily realize his disertion of the DARK SKINNED Dharmendra? By the way, my skin is very fair, just thought I’d let you and eveyone know.

  4. I would love to be able to say that if I were a voter in India, I would cast a ballot for any politician who’d once been a cute actress and a great dancer, but I’ve learned that both Vyjayanthimala and Hema Malini became politicians in the BJP, which I tend to think of as a scary right-wing party (at least from what I know), so never mind that idea… Jayalalitha doesn’t seem as bad to me, but I cannot figure out her party, the AIADMK – I tried to read up on them but I found them very confusing for some reason. But being that I am pretty far on the left (with ideas that are scary to some people, especially in America), I guess that if I were in India voting in the last election, I might have been inclined to vote for members of the coalition that Jayalalitha belonged to (who lost miserably, by the way). But I also saw some comments from Indian leftists who said it didn’t matter because the left politicians had become sellouts and it wasn’t really worthwhile voting for anyone. Since this is the attitude I often take with U.S. elections, maybe I would have ended up with the same opinion in India and stayed home from the polls altogether.

    But, yes, I’ve known for a while that Jayalalitha was a hottie. I saw her in lots of clips with MGR. I’ve seen her in a couple of full Tamil movies, but I think I blocked at least one out of my mind because I couldn’t follow it because the subtitles were too ridiculous. I do clearly remember seeing her in the mythological film Aathi Parasakthi (1971) and she was very good in that, though not quite as divine as Padmini was…

    • Richard-ji,
      LOL regarding the impressions you have of the BJP, that seems to be the impression I get too. I think if Sarah Palin or Minnesota’s illustrious (kidding, I meant freaky) representative Michele Bachman lived in India, they’d be in the BJP. Follow some of the wordpress links under Jayalalitha’s name. Rather interesting. I’ll try to check out Aathi Parasakthi, thanks for the tip. Does this look like the right one?

      The only mythologicals I’ve seen are Jai Santoshi Maa which I loved. Check out this great scene:

      and Jai Bajrang Bali

      I could easily get addicted to mythologicals/devotionals.

  5. Sita-ji, that’s the right Aathi Parasakthi – well, one song from it…

    You might be able to watch it with English subtitles for free if you go here (as long as you have Flash 10, which I don’t have yet – but I watched it last year, and the year before too)…

    http://www.rajshri.com/moviesmidpage.aspx?cntid=9065

    Here is the one subtitled clip I could find on YouTube, the divine Padmini scene:

    I had posted the great Jayalalitha and Gemini dance, but the clip was removed. BTW, Stella_1 also wrote up the film and provided a link for downloading the soundtrack, here:

    http://tamilfilmstory.blogspot.com/2008/12/kv-mahadevan-aathi-parasakthi-1971.html

    I will have to check out the two you mentioned. I have seen quite a few mythological/devotional films. I can think of half a dozen off the top of my head, all of them South Indian. and most of them starring my favorite dancers. ;)

    • Hi Richard,

      You can still view the Hindi dubbed version of Jayalalitha and Gemini’s dance sequence on Youtube. Just search for “Shiva & Sati dance” on Youtube

  6. Richard-ji,
    LOL regarding the impressions you have of the BJP, that seems to be the impression I get too. I think if Sarah Palin or Minnesota’s illustrious (kidding, I meant freaky) representative Michele Bachman lived in India,

    What is this please no politics

  7. Here’s Jayalalitha’s semi-classical dance number from the mythological Hindi film Jai Jagat Janani (1976) in which she played the legendary Sati. This film is the Hindi dubbed version of the Tamil original Adiparashakti.

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