Do Gaz Zameen Ke Neeche (1972)
|Cast||Surendra KUmar, Shobhana, Satyen Kapoo, Helen, Pooja, Habib, Imtiaz Khan, Dhumal|
|Director||R. Tulsi Shyam|
|Writer||F U Ramsay|
|Producer||F U Ramsay|
Do Gaz Zameen Ke Neeche is a Ramsay Bollywood thriller movie that hit theaters in 1972. This was almost a decade before their iconic Bollywood horror movies. But even in 1972, like the kid who’d be a astronaut taking a liking to the toy spaceship at her 3rd Birthday party, they funneled horror elements in what should have been a straight up thriller. This was the seventies, the swinging seventies, so the Indian audience at large had now become familiar with plot points like affairs, spouses murdering their worse half for property, so on and so forth. The seventies was also the decade hippie culture became popular in India, and with that came the aspects of supernatural, the occult, so on and so forth. The Ramsays were nothing if not great readers of what the audiences wanted – at least prior to 2000. Do Gaz Zameen Ke Neeche proves that.
Do Gaz Zameen Ke Neeche Synopsis:
A young, rich scientist, Rajvansh, lives all by himself in a mansion. One day, he saves a woman, Anjili, who was waylaid from goons. As time passes, they come close and fall in love. Rajvansh decides to marry the woman without knowing her background. As it usually happens, Anjili turns out to be a vamp. She, along with her uncle, try to loot the scientist of all his property. Rajvansh barely tolerates this. As the uncle begins to ask for more money, Rajvansh sees through him. During this time, Rajvansh rescues another woman, Meena.
Anjili sees this as the perfect opportunity to bring down Rajvansh, and begins nagging Rajvansh about Meena. She makes it clear that she suspects that the two have an affair. Tempers flare and Rajvansh and Anjili have frequent fights. This takes a toll on Rajvansh’s health. One day, Rajvansh suffers an heart attack, leaving him a paralytic.
By this time, Anjili knows that their ruse is up. However, her uncle forces her and her lover, Anand, to come up with a plan – to kill the scientist and decamp with the treasure that he has kept in his almirah. Doing this is not simple, they need to send away all the servants and of course, Meera. Even after they succeed in their plan, they can’t lay their hands on the treasure. Apparently, the keys to the almirah are missing, and the trio of murderers now have to try and find out where the keys are. And they don’t have much time as well – the servants might return any day. What happens to the trio? Do they get the treasure? Will Rajvansh’s death be avenged? Will Meera find her true love? To find out more, you will need to watch Do Gaz Zameen Ke Neeche.
Do Gaz Zameen Ke Neeche is classic Ramsay trope. Wrapping up the Western concept of the unfaithful wife and lethal relatives with a horror/thriller wrapping, Do Gaz Zameen Ke Neeche is quite watchable. In fact, it is one of the few movies that tackle the concept of what happens to the killers after they have killed their victim. Most Bollywood thrillers are about the murder itself, and this movie stands apart.
Bollywood thriller movie Do Gaz Zameen Ke Neeche has a crisp screenplay as well. There’s no added story arc and there isn’t even that token Bollywood love story that sprawls all over the screenplay. The Ramsays meant business with this one and didn’t allow the screenplay to wander around and about. For a chance, at least some of the characters are well written. Anand, the boyfriend, is someone who falls into a life of crime and guilt, and isn’t the alpha male who’d go to any lengths to get what he wants. Anjili, too, finally understands that their ruse is not going to work any longer. These characters are stark different than the negative characters of Bollywood movies, who won’t take no for an answer, even if it means falling down the cliff in the climactic battle with the whole village looking on.
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