The first ever Japanese drama film: Love In Tokyo.

Love In Tokyo is a 1966 Hindi film starring Joy Mukherjee, Asha Parekh, Pran, Mehmood, Shubha Khote, Dhumal, Lalita Pawar, Asit Sen, Mohan Choti that became a hit at the box office. Sachin Bhowmick was the one who imagined and scripted the story of this amazing movie. Let’s learn about some interesting facts of the film:

Love in Tokyo is the first film shot in Tokyo, Japan. The film was shot primarily in Japan at locations including Tokyo, Ueno, Ginza, Tokyo Tower, Tokyo International Airport and Hiroshima.

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In this movie, Asha Parekh's ponytail was held by a hair clip that consisted of two beads on a rubber band. In India, this type of clip is now known as “Love in Tokyo”.

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When the unit left for Tokyo, all the songs were already recorded except the title song as Mohd Rafi Sahib had gone abroad. Pramod decided to leave for Tokyo and once Rafiji comes back, they will record the song and the tape would be sent to Tokyo and Pramod will shoot the song. Meanwhile, Pramod shot some aerial scenes of Tokyo city from a helicopter for this song.

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Mohd Rafi came back two weeks later and the unit had to sit idle, waiting for Rafiji since Pramod shot all the required scenes before his arrival. When Mohd Rafi reached Mumbai, without even going home, he directly hurried to record the song. The tape was sent to Tokyo on the same day and the shooting of the song was completed soon after that.

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Joy Mukherjee was the first Bengali hero to have played a more than one decade long successful innings in Bollywood as a romantic hero. He made a successful on-screen pair with Asha Parekh with three hits to its credit - Phir Wohi Dil Laaya Hoon (1963), Ziddi (1964) and Love In Tokyo (1966).

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It's a good rom-com with highly popular songs composed by Shankar-Jaikishan and very good photography capturing the scenic beauty of Japan. The movie had been shot in Japan just after the Tokyo Olympics were over in 1964.

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Guru Dutt's close associate, V.K. Moorthy has used his camera with a high degree of proficiency. Even the titles at the beginning of the movie, appear on handmade beautiful paintings in a highly aesthetic manner. Action and thrills are also up-to-the-mark from the standards of that time.

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Besides being a visual treat, Love in Tokyo is a musical treat too because of the efforts of Hasrat Jaipuri-Shailendra (the lyricists), Shankar-Jaikishan (the composers) and Rafi-Lata (the singers). Songs like Le Gayi Dil Gudiya Japan Ki (which is the title track), O Mere Shah-e-Khubaan, Saayonara, Mujhe Tum Mil Gaye Humdum, Koi Matwala Aaya Mere Dwaare, Aaja Re Aa Zara etc. are all melodious and memorable. Manna Dey has, like always, given his playback for Mehmood for the song “Main Tere Pyar Ka Beemaar Hoon, Kya Arz Karoon”.

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The dialogues of Agha Jani Kashmiri are impressive, especially the romantic lines of Joy Mukherjee. Joy has delivered a touching romantic performance. His on-screen chemistry with Asha has always been admirable. Asha Parekh's dancing talent has also been used in the song “Koi Matwala Aaya Mere Dwaare”. 

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Mehmood had earned a lot of fame as a comedian during the sixties. He is in full form with his permanent on-screen heroine Shubha Khote and permanent on-screen (would-be) father-in-law Dhumal. Pran is a hateable baddie as he always was in that time. The child artist Master Shaahid has also delivered a lovely performance. Lalita Pawar is perfect as the old-fashioned mother.

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Chakravorty's lavish presentation made people gawk at Japanese landmarks which were incomparable in size, shape and beauty to everything native. As you watch the film now, you are left astounded that even then Tokyo was better organized than what New Delhi is today and those bowling alleys, malls, escalators and tube trains, which came to India just recently. That probably explains Chakravorty's business acumen and why he had an enviable record of 15 silver jubilee hits out of 19 films that he directed!

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Filmmaker Imtiaz Ali has revealed that his upcoming film 'Love in Tokyo', an Indo-Japan collaborative venture will have an Indian hero and a Japanese heroine. "It is not a remake of the old film... we have just borrowed the title... The story is rooted in their respective cultures and the film would be shot mostly in Hindi," added Imtiaz. 

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