Tumsa Nahin Dekha

Tumsa Nahin Dekha is a 1957 film produced by Sashadhar Mukherjee for Filmistan- the breakaway studio formed by some old Bombay Talkies hands like Sashadhar. The film marked  Nassir Hussain’s evolution into a director. This is film he wrote and directed.

The film was conceived as a star vehicle for its heroine Ameeta, who was the protégée of FilmistanStudios owner Tolaram Jalan. After years of supporting roles, he relaunched her with Tumsa Nahin Dekha. The film was made with the primary focus on promoting Ameeta as a star and much care was taken with her make-up, wardrobe and lighting. Much of the films extensive publicity was also built around the actress.

Ironically, the film’s huge success at the box office, made the then, struggling Shammi Kapoor, an overnight sensation instead. This was the film where he developed his own individual look and youthful style and was his first lighthearted musical and its success helped move him to acting in this genre. The film also stars the popular villain and character actor Pran. Its music is by O.P. Nayyarand lyrics by Majrooh Sultanpuri.

The film was originally offered to Dev Anand but he declined due to Ameeta and Shammi Kapoor came in his place. The film’s original lyricist was  Sahirwho wrote the title song but he too opted out and Majrooh took his place. [ Interview by Shammi Kapoor to CNN IBN telecast after his death, on 15 August 2011].


Twenty years ago, after killing his brother, Sardar Rajpal flees from his hometown in Shillong and re-locates in the rural area of Assam along with his adopted daughter, Meena. He asks his wife, Kamla, to send their son, Shankar, so that he can employ him and get him married to Meena. Shankar arrives and he is welcomed by Sardar who employs him and introduces him to Meena. A few days another young man shows up at his door claiming that he is Kamla’s son. A baffled Sardar also welcomes him, and puts both the young men under observation in order to find who the real Shankar is. The question remains why would anyone want to impersonate Shankar, and what will happen to Sardar himself after the Police catch up with him for killing his brother 20 years ago.