Before Dev Anand and Zeenat Aman acted together in the legendary ‘Hare Ram Hare Krishna’, the two appeared on-screen together in another film. Dev Anand got top billing in the Indo-Filipino-American production ‘The Evil Within’. Also known as ‘Passport to Danger’ (1970), the James Bond-inspired crime thriller was helmed by leading Filipino director Lamberto V. Avellana and distributed by 20th Century Fox. Avellana’s best-known films include crime drama ‘Anak Dalita’ (1956) and the romance ‘Badjao’ (1957). However, the English-language ‘The Evil Within’ went unnoticed in America, was not released in India and landed up in a dubbed version in the Philippines.
The movie’s cast and crew includes several other familiar Indian faces, including Prem Nath, Iftekhar, MB Shetty and even Jagdish Raaj. Renowned cinematographer Fali Mistry, who lensed such Indian classics as ‘Amrapali’, ‘Nagin’ and ‘Guide’, shot ‘The Evil Within’.