53 Years of Teesri Manzil (21/10/1966)
It is a 1966 musical thriller film directed by Vijay Anand and produced by Nasir Hussain. It starred Shammi Kapoor and Asha Parekh, along with Laxmi Chhaya, Premnath, Prem Chopra, Iftekhar, Helen, K. N. Singh, and Salim Khan. The film became a hit at the box office. With the music and songs setting records, this movie is considered among the best offerings of R.D. Burman’s career.
The film’s DVD & VCD versions run for 145 minutes, while the theatre version ran for 175 minutes. Between Ruby’s jealous sniping at minute 76 and the song “Dekhiye Sahiban Woh Koi Aur Thi”, sung by Mohammed Rafi, approximately 30 minutes of footage is missing. The last time a full version of this film released was on VHS.
Salim Khan played a small role as Shammi Kapoor’s musician friend who pretends to be Rocky in the musical number “Oh Haseena Zulfon Waali”. In real life, Helen would later become his second wife. Shammi’s wife Geeta Bali died during the filming, and Vijay helped Shammi get over the grief.