Poor Suzi in ‘The Evening in Paris‘, the heroine Deepa’s twin sister, lost in childhood. Not only does the hero, Sam detest her for smoking, drinking, and asking for a kiss, her long-lost father rejects her too because she dances in a night club. As if it was her fault she was kidnapped when she was a kid by a drunkard villain. Even at the end, hit by bullets, she is passed on by Sam to his friend, Rajendra Nath to take care of her, and that’s the last we see of her. Did she recover, did she die? Who cares, as long as Deepa is fine.
Not my favourite double role. Though Sharmila Tagore looks delectable. Dhanno says she is the prettiest heroine she has ever seen.
My favourites in some sort of order are ‘Seeta Aur Geeta‘, ‘Ram aur Shyam‘ and ‘Sharmilee‘. The first and the last, not least, I guess because both Hema Malini and Raakhee are at their most gorgeous best. ‘Ram aur Shyam’ because Dilip Kumar is astounding.
Somehow I can’t seem to remember that many double roles in Hollywood films, except the twins in ‘Parent Trap’ and of course, the roles were played by twins. Though I love Baby Sonia in the Hindi take-off ‘Do Kaliyan‘ better.