It is said that Dilip Kumar went into depression after playing tragic roles in films such as Devdas and his psychiatrist recommended to do light roles. One such role that he took up was Kohinoor. Kohinoor cast Dilip Kumar and Meena Kumari to play a prince and princess of different kingdoms and was full of sword fights, songs and dances. Its tone was light and it lacked the intense characterisations of his earlier films. It was a major hit of the year.
The film included the very melodious songs 'Madhuban Mein Radhika Nache Re' and 'Do Sitaron Ka Zameen Par Hai Milan Aaj Ki Raat'. 'The former was a classical dance song, composed on Raga Hamir and sung by Mohammed Rafi.
After Maharaj Dhiraj Rana Chandrabhan of Kailash Nagar passed away, the Senapati, Veer Singh, crowns Rajkumar Dhivendra Pratap Bahadur Chandrabhan as the next King. Veer's wife, who has brought up Dhivendra like her own son, Surinder, would like Dhivendra to get married to Rajkumari Chandramukhi of Rajgarh. The Maharaja of Rajgarh is pleased to hear this, and asks his daughter to set forth to Kailash Nagar. On the way there, she is abducted by her very own Senapati and held captive until she gives her consent to marry him. Dhivendra rescues her, both fall in love, but are captured by Senapati's men. Dhivendra is gravelly injured but manages to escape and is looked after Rajgarh's Raj Nartaki, Rajlaxmi, who also falls in love with him. After Dhivendra recuperates, he finds out that Chandramukhi is kept against her will at Senapati's castle, hence he sets forth to set her free.
'Kohinoor' is nothing sort of a typical 60's Bollywood fairytale. There's a prince, a princess, an evil minister, an evil king, a dancer, horses and soldiers.
The comedic scenes are executed remarkably as Meena Kumari seems to have a knack for comedy but she really does go over the top in the dramatic scenes while she fits into the princess' role.
Dilip Kumar is adequate. Kumkum springs a surprise as she plays second lead to Meena, instead of the usual comedic role or heroine's sidekick. Kumkum does a fine job and she's a lovely dancer.
The songs are melodious, 'Jaadugar Ka Dil' sung by the legendary Asha Bhosle and filmed on Kumkum is one of the onus in the musical. On the technical side, the film is satisfactory for its time.
The well acclaimed soundtrack for the movie are composed by Naushad and lyrics penned by Shakeel Badayuni with vocals by Mohammed Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhonsle. The songs became a cult favourite among music lovers for its soul stirring music compositions.
The set designs look fake at times, but the black and white film wraps the gloomy settings. 'Kohinoor' is a flick that's perhaps more enjoyable to watch with the family than solo.