Chemistry and camaraderie had a crucial part to play in this wild helix of twists and turns.
Like in the case of all Vijay Anand flicks, Johnny Mera Naam, too, boasted of superior camerawork, sleek technique, a chartbusting score and its equally captivating choreography.
No one can quite erase the image of Dev Anand popping out from every door and window in the playful Pal bhar ke liye or Hema Malini's melodious pacifier, O mere raja or even Padma Khanna's seductively undressing to the beats of Husn ke laakhon rang.
In this rollicking tale of estranged brothers, played effectively by Dev Saab and Pran, romance and revenge find their own sweet screen time as well as success.
Besides making a A-lister out of a, as Nigella Lawson would emphasise 'gorgeous-gorgeous' Hema Malini, it also went on to become a highly profitable box office proposition affirming its ageing lead hero's 'evergreen' stature to anyone in doubt.
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