Release date1969 WriterN.S. Bedi (dialogue director), Rajendra Krishan (dialogue) ScreenplayRajendra Krishan, N.S. Bedi CastJeetendra (Ram Kumar #2), Hema Malini (Geeta), Mehmood Ali (Ram Kumar #3), Prem Chopra (Ram Kumar #1), Neetu Singh (Munni) Similar moviesJeetendra and Prem Chopra appear in Waris and Jawab
Waris (English: Heir) is a 1969 Hindi Action, Comedy film, produced by Vasu Menon on Vasu Studios banner and directed by Ramanna. Starring Jeetendra, Hema Malini, Prem Chopra, Mehmood, Aruna Irani, in the lead roles and music composed by R. D. Burman. The film was a remake of Tamil film Naan (1967) which was first remade in Telugu as Nenante Nene (1968), starring Krishna, Krishnam Raju, Kanchana in pivotal roles.
The story revolved around a young prince with socialist ideas who runs away from the palace. Twenty years later, after the death News of the king, three pretenders arrive each claiming to be the real prince. This is a film based on a story of kings. Due to disagreements in the King's household, his wife and son (Jeetendra) decide to move away from his kingdom. Years later, the King dies and the Palace decides to find the Prince, so that he can claim his rightful place on the throne. They locate three young men, all claiming to be the prince. The Palace officials put them to the test, and one by one, all of them pass various tests imposed on them, leaving the officials in a quandary as to who the real prince is between these three young men. Meanwhile, the original prince sees the news and reveals his identity to her mother to whom he is living by his false identity as orphan. At the same time, Prem chopra also lists his identity as Prince. Meanwhile, (Prem Chopra) kidnapped the original Prince to become itself king and arrive as Ram kumar 1 at the Palace. But two men also arrive at the Palace claiming to be Prince. After so much chaos, Ravi and Rajan save the life of Ram kumar. At last, Murthy tries to escape with money but is stopped by Jeetendra, but he escapes from there by kidnapping the princess. At last, in car, prem chopra mother saves the life of the girl by saying him to jump from the car and ask his son to stop the car, but he didn't stop the car. Finally, his mother shoots him and the film ends with crashing of the car from the Mountain.
Jeetendra as Ravi / Ram Kumar #2
Hema Malini as Geeta
Prem Chopra as Murthy / Ram Kumar #1
Mehmood as CID Inspector Rajan / Ram Kumar #3 & his mother (Dual role)
Sudesh Kumar as Original Ram Kumar
David as Diwanji
Chaman Puri as James
Sunder as Birbal
Suraj as Prem Kumar
Nazima as Komal
Kamini Kaushal as Rukmani
Manorama as Thakurain
Master Sachin as Young Ram Kumar
Baby Sonia as Neetu Singh
The film was well received by the audience. Hema Malini's performance was appreciated in her first important and successful role. It was a commercial success and turned out to be the 9th highest grossing Bollywood film of 1969.
Mehmood and Aruna Irani had made a successful comedy team in Aulad (1968) produced a year earlier. Their next pairing was Waris and the audience appreciation helped in their working together in several films.
The film's score was composed by Rahul Dev Burman and lyrics were penned by Rajendra Krishan. It had playback by Asha Bhosle, Mohammed Rafi and Lata Mangeshkar. A popular number was the parody song, "Chahe Koi Mujhe Bhoot Kaho" where Burman mixed a medley of numbers from different films like Junglee (1961), Brahmachari (1968) and An Evening In Paris (1967).