Kashmir Ki Kali is an Indian romance film directed by Shakti Samanta. The romance and the scenic beauty are the USPs of this classic film. Kashmir Ki Kali was one of the greatest hits of the time then, starring Shammi Kapoor, Sharmila Tagore, Pran, Nazir Hussain, Dhumal, Anoop Kumar, Madan Puri, Bir Sakuja, and Tun Tun. Let’s have a look at the interesting facts of the film.
Kashmir Ki Kali is a famous musical film featuring Shammi Kapoor and Sharmila Tagore. It has a sub-plot taken from the 1961 classic film ‘Come September’, where the owner of a big house at a hill station finds out that his caretaker has turned his mansion into a hotel in his absence.
Apart from Kashmir Ki Kali, Sumanta, the Director has delivered immensely successful entertainers like ‘Howrah Bridge’, ‘Kashmir ki Kali’, ‘Evening in Paris’, ‘Aradhna’, ‘Kati Patang’ and ‘Amar Prem’ with subtle messages of secularism and integration in equal measure.
Kashmir Ki Kali was the debut film of Sharmila Tagore. She was only 14 years old when she signed this film. She established herself in Hindi Cinema after this film.
The music in the film was composed by O.P. Nayyar, and the lyrics were penned by S.H. Bihari. It became the sixth-highest-grossing film of the year and was declared a hit at the box office.
The film's shooting was stalled for 21 days due to incessant heavy rains in Kashmir. After the weather cleared, it didn't rain for the next 25 days, and the entire Kashmir schedule was completed.
Originally, the duo Shankar Jaikishan were asked to compose this film's music. However, the veteran composer O.P.Nayyar invited Sumanta to listen to some tunes, which he liked. Eventually, 12 tunes were selected for the film, and the remainder was used in the film Sawan Ki Ghata (1966).
The film Kashmir Ki Kali serves a sumptuous feast of foot-tapping melodies that seem like odes to the “paradise on earth” by rhythm king O.P. Nayyar. All the seven songs of S.H. Bihari are delectably pleasing due to the harmonious blending of sparkling shayari and frolicking sangeet that have been extremely well choreographed by Surya Kumar.
Rafi’s classic “Ye Chaand Sa Roshan Chehra” on a Dal Lake shikara becomes an eternal boat ballet to remember.
Using Punjabi bhangra and its cherubic beats to perfection in the company of Mohammed Rafi (who sings all seven numbers) and Asha Bhosle, Nayyar creates everlasting melodies like “Kisi Na Kisi Se”, “Isharon Isharon Mein Dil Lenewale”, “Deewana Hua Badal”, “SubhanAllah Hai”, “Hai Re Hai” and “Hai Duniya Usee Ki” that enthral listeners till this day. Utilising Rafi's genius and Asha's range, Nayyar's music is the fulcrum of the film's immense popularity whereby the story, at times, takes a back seat.