- 2 hr 15 min
Singapore is a 1960 Hindi film, directed by Shakti Samanta, starring Shammi Kapoor, Padmini and Maria Menado in lead roles. The movie is a romantic thriller and was shot extensively in the city-state of Singapore. The plot of the movie revolves around a rich business tycoon named Prem Kumar (Shammi Kapoor), who is involved in illegal activities. His business rival hires a detective, Rajan (Shammi Kapoor again), to expose his illegal ventures. Meanwhile, Prem falls in love with a dancer named Mala (Padmini). Mala's sister Julie (Maria Menado) is also in love with Rajan. The first half of the movie is filled with fun and frolic, with Shammi Kapoor at his charming best. The song "Mera Naam Chin Chin Chu" featuring Padmini, is a classic and still remembered today. The chemistry between Shammi Kapoor and Padmini is one of the highlights of the movie. The second half of the movie takes a serious turn, as Rajan tries to expose Prem's illegal activities, putting himself and his loved ones in danger. The climax of the movie is quite intense and keeps the audiences on the edge of their seats. Apart from the main cast, the movie also features some great performances by the supporting actors. Helen has a small role as a singer and dancer, but her portrayal is unforgettable. K.N. Singh, who played the villain, is also noteworthy. The film has some remarkable songs, composed by Shankar-Jaikishan and penned by Hasrat Jaipuri-Shailendra. Apart from "Mera Naam Chin Chin Chu", the other songs like "Aye Gulbadan", "Tum Mujhe Yun Bhula Na Paoge", and "Teri Pyari Pyari Surat Ko" are still popular among the audiences. In terms of technical aspects, the cinematography by S. Ramachandra is noteworthy. The way he has captured the beautiful city of Singapore is commendable. The use of lighting and different camera angles in the climax scene is also quite impressive. Overall, Singapore is a well-made movie that brings together a good storyline, excellent performances and some great music. It is a must-watch for all Shammi Kapoor and Padmini fans, as well as anyone who loves a good romantic thriller. The movie is a classic from the 1960s and is still remembered and loved by audiences today.