I don't think there is an existing thread for this movie. I watched it the other day and while I wasn't exactly blown away by it, it was an interesting watch.
As far as I know, this was RK's first directorial venture. The story is about a young man who, on his wedding night, tells his bride (they seem to never have seen each other before) the story of his life. How he's loved the theater since he was a kid. How his childhood sweetheart whom he wanted to start a "theater" with moved away and left him devastated. How history repeated itself when he was in college and how he finally got big financial support and was able to start his own theater.
At this point of the story Nargis appears as a mysterious girl with a dark past - being the perfect actress Kewal (RK's character) had been looking for. I don't want to give away too much, so I'll stop going into more detail now.
Nargis impressed me immensely, she really is mysterious in her beauty. Raj Kapoor was fine, but even though I have only seen him in this and Mera Nam Joker I'm already getting a little fed up with his heavy drama. Lots of heartbreak, sacrifice in this one. But then again, it's beautifully done. Not a waste of time I'd say, but certainly not on my rewatch list for a long time either.
Watched this last night and can definitely agree with the sentiments above...certainly not a waste of time, but not one of my favorites, either.
Unlike the happier tones of Shree 420 and Awaara, where Raj plays the tramp, this film feels very Hitchcock-esque...lots of interesting camera angles/effects being used, eerie music, a dark theme overall. Unlike Hitchcock, though,
this film wraps up with a happy ending...but it doesn't feel contrived. Indeed, Raj has been through so many heartbreaks that it's not at all disagreeable that he ends up with his childhood sweetheart in the end, I personally was rooting for that to happen.
Anyway, it was interesting, if not a fully polished film. The music was ok, I suppose. The only song from the film I could classify as "catchy" is this one that's in my head since I saw the film:
(I've never been a mustache fan. The only man that looks better with a mustache than without is Raj. IMHO.)