Padosan (transl. Lady Neighbour) is a 1968 Indian Hindi-language musical comedy film directed by Jyoti Swaroop and produced by Mehmood, N. C. Sippy and written by Rajendra Krishan. It is a remake of the Bengali-language film Pasher Bari (1952) based on a short story of the same name by Arun Chowdhury[1][2] starring Bhanu Bandyopadhyay and Sabitri Chatterjee. The film stars Sunil Dutt and Saira Banu. Kishore Kumar, Mukri, Raj Kishore and Keshto Mukherjee played the supporting roles. Mehmood as the South Indian musician and rival to Sunil Dutt is among the highlights of the film. It was considered one of the best comedy films made in Hindi film history. Kishore Kumar's character of a comical theater director was also well received. Indiatimes Movies ranked the film amongst the "Top 25 Must See Bollywood Films".[3] Music was composed by R. D. Burman and was a huge success. Kishore Kumar sang for himself while Manna Dey sang for Mehmood. Many of the scenes were shot in Brindavan Gardens located near the city of Mysore.

Padosan
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Film poster
Directed byJyoti Swaroop
Written byRajinder Krishan
Based onPasher Bari
by Arun Chowdhury
Produced byMehmood
N. C. Sippy
StarringSunil Dutt
Saira Banu
Kishore Kumar
Mehmood
CinematographyK. H. Kapadia
Edited byD. N. Pai
Music byR.D. Burman
Kishore Kumar
Distributed byKailash Dossani Investments Pvt. Ltd.
Mehmood Productions
Release date
  • 29 November 1968 (1968-11-29)
Running time
157 minutes
CountryIndia
LanguageHindi
Box office₹2.8 crores

PlotEdit

Bhola (Sunil Dutt), an innocent young man lives with his maternal uncle (Mama) Kunwar Pratap Singh (Om Prakash). Bhola is enraged at Pratap Singh who has been searching for a girl to marry despite his wife being alive. Angry, he leaves his uncle's house and moves in to live with his Aunt (Pratap's wife). There, he finds a beautiful neighbour Bindu (Saira Banu) and falls in love with her. Bindu however, gets annoyed by Bhola and refutes his advances. Vidyapati (Kishore Kumar), who is a singer and theater actor and Bhola's friend and mentor comes to his rescue and spies on Bindu.

Bindu tolerates advances of her South Indian music teacher Master Pillai / Masterji (Mehmood). Vidyapathi realizes that Bindu loves music and that is the reason for her closeness with Master Pillai. He tries to teach Bhola to sing but fails miserably. Inspired by dubbed songs, he devises an idea and asks Bhola to mimic the lyrics to songs while he does the real singing in the background himself. Their plan to impress Bindu succeeds and Bindu slowly starts falling for Bhola, much to the chagrin of Pillai.

When singing at Bindu's birthday party, one of her friends becomes suspicious at Bhola's voice. She leads Bindu to discover Bhola's fake act. It makes Bindu angry and in a fit of rage, she agrees to the marriage proposal of Kunwar Pratap Singh, which she had earlier rejected upon knowing that he is Bhola's Maternal Uncle. Vidyapathi and his gang visit Pratap Singh and plead him to reject the proposal for his nephew's love, to which Pratap Singh agrees. This further enrages Bindu who decides to marry Pillai, just to get even with Bhola.

Helpless to stop the wedding, Vidyapathi comes up a last-ditch plan to fake Bhola's suicide. They arrange a suicide scene and start shouting and mourning Bhola's "death". Everyone arrives at the scene including Bindu who is deeply shocked and tries to wake him up. Vidyapathi tells her that only her unrequited love could have a chance of bringing the dead back and encourages her to try harder. After some more pretending, Bhola finally cries and wakes up, embracing Bindu. Everyone including Master Pillai is happy and shocked to see the power of true love. In the end, Bhola's Maternal Uncle and Aunt also reconcile and bless the newlywed couple. In the last scene of movie, Master Pillai is shown playing 'Shehnai' with tears in his eyes.

CastEdit

MusicEdit

The music of the film was composed by R. D. Burman. The lyrics were written by Rajendra Krishan.

S. No. Title Music Singer(s) Duration
1 "Main Chali Main Chali" R. D. Burman Asha Bhosle, Lata Mangeshkar 05:04
2 "Bhai Battur" R. D. Burman Lata Mangeshkar 04:39
3 "Mere Samne Wali Khidki Me" R. D. Burman Kishore Kumar 02:48
4 "Ek Chatur Naar" R. D. Burman Kishore Kumar, Manna Dey, Mehmood 06:18
5 "Kehana Hai.. Kehana Hai Tumse" R. D. Burman Kishore Kumar 03:39
6 "Aao Aao Sanwariya" R. D. Burman Manna Dey, Mehmood 04:40
7 "Mere Bhole Balam" (Meri Pyaari Bindu) R. D. Burman Kishore Kumar, R. D. Burman 03:21
8 "Sharam Aati Hai Magar" R. D. Burman Lata Mangeshkar 05:05
9 "Mere Samne Wali Khidki Me " (sad version) R. D. Burman Kishore Kumar 02:31

Kishore Kumar's character in the film was inspired by the personality of his uncle, Dhananjay Banerjee (a classical singer),[4] and music director Khemchand Prakash. The song Ek Chatur Naar was originally sung in the movie Jhoola by Ashok Kumar.

RemakesEdit

A cartoon namely Guru Aur Bhole was first aired in 2017 at Sony YAY! channel. The main characters Guru and Bhole were inspired by Kishore Kumar's role and Sunil Dutt's role in this movie. The voice artist for the character Guru is Amit Kumar, the son of Kishore Kumar.[5] [6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "At the Saamne Wali Khidki - Indian Express". Archive.indianexpress.com. 23 October 2010. Retrieved 3 June 2021.
  2. ^ Ashish Rajadhyaksha, Paul Willemen (1998) [1994]. Rajadhyaksha, Ashish; Willemen, Paul (eds.). Encyclopaedia of Indian Cinema (PDF). Oxford University Press. p. 396. ISBN 019-563579-5.
  3. ^ "25 Must See Bollywood Movies". Indiatimes Movies. Archived from the original on 21 August 2008. Retrieved 21 August 2008.
  4. ^ Filmfare (1–15 November 1987)
  5. ^ "Guru Aur Bhole | Netflix".
  6. ^ "Amit Kumar about doing voiceover for his father Kishore Kumar's resembling character in a cartoon | Firstpost".

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