Mr. & Mrs. 55 is
a 1955 Bollywood film by director Guru Dutt. Guru Dutt stars alongside
Madhubala, supported by Lalita Pawar, Johnny Walker and Jagdeep in this
socially critical romantic comedy set in contemporary Bombay. The films music
is by O. P. Nayyar and lyrics by Majrooh Sultanpuri. Vyjayanthimala was
offered the film but she refused. Later in 2011 she said this was one of the
few films she regretted not doing.
Plot Summary -
Preetam (Guru Dutt),
a struggling cartoonist, meets Anita (Madhubala) at a tennis
match, where she is watching her favorite tennis star. Anita, a wealthy
and westernized heiress is controlled by her feminist aunt, Sita Devi (Lalita
Pawar). Sita is suspicious of men, and cultivates her attitudes in Anita.
However, to receive her fortune, her father's will decrees that Anita must
marry within one month of turning 21. Sita Devi doesn't agree with this, and
tries to set Anita up with a sham marriage which will soon lead to divorce,
thereby giving her both freedom and a fortune. Sita hires Preetam to marry
Anita, but doesn't know that the pair have already met. Preetam is kept from
Anita after their marriage, but he kidnaps her and takes her to the
traditional house of his brother.
While at the house,
Anita befriends Preetam's sister-in-law, and begins to see the merit in
becoming a traditional Indian wife. Preetam is worried that he has lost
Anita, and expedites their divorce by providing false, incriminating evidence
to the court. Preetam then leaves Mumbai, heartbroken. Anita now recognizes
her feelings for Preetam and rushes to meet him at the airport. In the end,
the couple is reunited.
Cartoons in the
movie are drawn by famous cartoonist R. K. Laxman.
Both of the film's
leading stars Guru Dutt and Madhubala died at a relatively young age in the
1960s. It is surmised that Guru Dutt committed suicide in 1964 at the age of
thirty-nine but some believe it was accidental overdose of sleeping pills and
alcohol. Madhubala died four years later in 1969 of a heart ailment at the
age of 36.
Mr. & Mrs. 55 – 8907011113878
Guru Dutt, Madhubala, Lalita Pawar, Johnny
Walker, Kum Kum, Tun Tun, Cuckoo, Moni Chatterjee, Al Nasir & Yasmin