Padosan (1968) *A must watch*

Every ship does reach the shore. Those who have no oarsman, receive God’s help

I have watched this movie quite a few times, but I think its one of the rare movies I tend to watch with equal enthusiasm every time. Although, it was a remake of a Tamil film “Adhutha Vittu Penn“, I thought the Hindi version was EQUALLY amazing and not to mention immensely entertaining. I thought performance-wise Kishore, STOLE THE SHOW!

Padosan ranks Top 25 Must See Bollywood Films.

Cast: Sunil Dutt, Saina Banu, Kishor Kumar, Mehmood

Padosan (Hindi: ??????, Urdu: ?????) is a 1968 Indian Hindi film. Directed by Jyoti Swaroop Produced by Usman Ali, and written by Rajendra Krishan. The music is by R.D. Burman.

The movie is a lighthearted comedy and tells the story of a simpleton (Sunil Dutt) and his neighbour (Saira Banu). Dutt falls for his neighbour and woos her with a little help from his friends (Kishore Kumar, Mukri, Agha and Keshto Mukherjee). Mehmood as the South Indian musician and rival to Sunil Dutt is among the highlights of the film.

Reportedly the song ‘Ek Chatur Naar’ (a duet by Kishore Kumar and Manna Dey) was partly improvised by Kishore Kumar at the time of recording and Manna Day, determined to show Kishore Kumar how he would sing the duet better (since Kishore had not been trained classically), got into the mood of the song and immortalized ‘Ek Chatur Naar’.

Songs include:

“Mere samne wali khidki mein…”;

“Me chali me chali dekho pyar ki gali mujhe rokhe na koi…”;

“Ik chatur naar karke singhar mere man ke duar ye goosath jaat…”;

“Kahena hai kahena hai akhir aaj ye tumse pehli baar, tum hi to lai ho jeevan me mere pyar pyar pyar….”.

Legend also has it that Manna Dey was upset by the fact that in the picturisation of the song, the singing competition between the two heroes (Dutt and Mehmood) was won by Dutt, for whom the background singing was done by Kishore. Dey didn’t like the fact that a classically trained singer like himself would have to lose, though only on-screen, to an un-trained singer (Kishore). In the song, at a couple of times Mehmood had to say “sur gadbad jee” against Sunil Dutt where Kishore was singing hence Dey refused to say those words so Mehmood gave his own voice for the same.

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