Victoria No. 203 is a 1972 Indian Hindi-language heist comedy film that revolves around a hidden stash of diamonds and the people who are after it. The film features a star-studded cast of Ashok Kumar, Pran, Saira Banu, Navin Nischol, Ranjeet, Anwar Hussain and Helen. The film was directed by Brij and had a hit music score by Kalyanji-Anandji.
The plot of the film is based on a novel by James Hadley Chase called There's a Hippy on the Highway. The film follows the adventures of two old crooks, Raja and Rana, who are released from jail and decide to lead a respectable life. However, they get involved in a chase for some diamonds that are hidden in a Victoria (horse carriage) driven by a girl named Rekha, who disguises herself as a boy. The diamonds belong to a smuggler named Durgadas, who is also the father of Rekha's love interest, Kumar. Along the way, they encounter various obstacles and enemies, such as a killer named Bedi, a Marwari businessman, a hospital wardboy and a madman on the road.
The film is a comedy of errors and misunderstandings, with hilarious situations and dialogues. The film also has some memorable songs, such as \"Do Bechare Bina Sahare\", \"Thoda Sa Thehro\" and \"Victoria Two Zero Three\". The film was a superhit at the box office and received positive reviews from critics and audiences alike. The film was nominated for two Filmfare Awards for Best Supporting Actor (Ashok Kumar and Pran) but did not win any.
The film was remade in several languages, such as Telugu (Andaru Dongale), Tamil (Vairam), Kannada (Giddu Dada) and Bengali (Chore Chore Mastuto Bhai). A Hindi remake of the film was also made in 2007 with the same title, starring Om Puri, Anupam Kher, Jimmy Sheirgill and Preeti Jhangiani. However, the remake failed to recreate the magic of the original and was a flop at the box office.
Victoria No. 203 is a classic heist comedy that has stood the test of time and is still enjoyed by generations of viewers. The film is a perfect example of how to make an entertaining and engaging film with a simple plot and a talented cast.
One of the highlights of the film is the chemistry and camaraderie between Ashok Kumar and Pran, who play the roles of Raja and Rana. The two veteran actors deliver impeccable comic timing and expressions, and make the audience laugh with their witty banter and antics. The film also showcases the versatility and charm of Saira Banu, who plays the dual role of Rekha and her sister Muni. Saira Banu manages to pull off both the roles with ease and grace, and looks stunning in every scene. Navin Nischol plays the role of Kumar, the son of Durgadas, who falls in love with Rekha and helps her prove her father's innocence. Ranjeet plays the role of Bedi, the ruthless killer who is hired by Durgadas to retrieve the diamonds. He is one of the main antagonists of the film and creates a lot of trouble for Raja, Rana and Rekha. Anwar Hussain plays the role of Durgadas, the smuggler who is unaware of his son's involvement with Rekha. He is also unaware of the fact that his trusted henchman Shetty is actually a police officer in disguise. Helen plays the role of a girl on the beach who tries to seduce Raja and Rana, but ends up being chased by them instead.
The film is full of twists and turns, as the diamonds change hands several times and end up in unexpected places. The climax of the film is a hilarious chase sequence, where Raja, Rana, Rekha, Kumar, Bedi, Durgadas and Shetty all converge at a railway station and try to get hold of the diamonds. The film ends with a happy note, as Raja and Rana are rewarded for their honesty and bravery, Rekha and Kumar are united in love, and Durgadas and Bedi are arrested by Shetty.
Victoria No. 203 is a film that has everything that a comedy lover can ask for: humor, romance, action, suspense, music and drama. The film is a timeless classic that can be watched over and over again without getting bored. The film is a tribute to the golden era of Hindi cinema and a must-watch for all fans of comedy films. 248dff8e21