EK CHATUR NAAR KARKE SINGAR – KISHORE KUMAR/MANNA DEY – R D BURMAN – SUNIL DUTT/KISHORE KUMAR/MAHMOOD | PADOSAN (1968)

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This is one of the funniest songs that Bollywood has produced!
Movie: This song appears in the 1968 hit comedy Padosan (Female Neighbor) produced by N C Sippy and Mahmood and directed by Jyoti Swaroop. It was actually remade from the Telugu movie Pakkinti Ammayi (1953). It was also made into the Tamil Adutha Veettu Penn (1960) with late T R Ramachandran, late Anjali Devi and late K A Thangavelu. The Kannada remake was Pakkadamane Hudugi (2003) with Anant Nag and Raghavendra Rajkumar. The Hindi movie starred late Sunil Dutt, Saira Banu, late Kishore Kumar, late Mukri, late Mahmood, late Om Prakash and late Keshto Mukherjee.
Otherwise, a very comic movie, what I find incorrect is the representation of the South Indian dance teacher by Mahmood. The name of the dance teacher played by Mahmood is Pillai. While Pillais are South Indians alright, they are Keralites (belonging to Kerala) and not Tamilians (belonging to Tamil Nadu) as shown by Mahmood’s character in the movie.
This movie was listed in the Top 25 Must See Bollywood Films by Indiatimes Movies. The movie is also based on Arun Chowdhury’s Bengali story Pasher Bari. 1952 saw the story’s first adaptation in Bengali as Pasher Bari starring Bhanu Bannerjee and directed by Sudhir Mukherjee.
The story goes thus, Bhola (Sunil Dutt) is an innocent young man living with his maternal uncle Kunwar Pratap Singh (Om Prakash) Bhola is furious because Pratap Singh is looking for a girl to get married though his wife (Dulari) is still alive. Bhola leaves home to go and live with his aunt (Pratap’s wife). Bhola falls in love with the beautiful neighbor of his aunt Bindu (Saira Banu). Bindu is actually a short-tempered girl and is annoyed by Bhola. Vidyapati (Kishore Kumar) is Bhola’s friend and guide and decides to help him. They spy on Bindu and realize that she loves music.
Bindu has the buffoon of a dance teacher called Master Pillai (Mahmood), who is close to her due to his association with music. Vidyapati tries to teach Bhola music but fails miserably. He later decides to give background voice to Bhola as he lip-syncs to the song in front.
One day, Bhola goads Bindu and Master Pillai into a competition with him. That is when this song is sung in this movie.
Song: The music of this song was composed by R D Burman and the lyrics have been penned by Rajinder Kishen.
It would be more worthwhile to watch the song than read its meaning here. Even if one does not understand the meaning of the lines of the song, the antics of the main characters will definitely make one laugh.
Video: Cinematography is by K H Kapadia.
The video begins with the argument between Sunil Dutt, Saira Banu and Mahmood. They fight about good singing. Then the song begins.
The song has been composed in the form of a combination of Carnatic and Hindustani music. Mahmood begins with the alapana in Carnatic music and the song proper while playing the harmonium. Kishore Kumar sings the Hindustani counterpart for Sunil Dutt. Their preparation for the ‘concert’ itself is funny.
Mahmood shows his antics while singing. Mahmood is wearing anklets around his wrist and begins dancing Bharatanatyam supposedly. It is not exactly Bharatanatyam. The steps have been incorporated here for the comic effect.
While Mahmood dances, Sunil Dutt moves back towards Kishore Kumar in sync with the rhythm of the song. Kishore Kumar pushes Sunil Dutt in front and simultaneously sings a Bengali song. On being challenged by Mahmood, Sunil Dutt walks towards his window and Kishore Kumar throws a hangman’s rope around his neck to pull him back.
While singing, Mahmood almost falls off the window-sill and hangs on it. Saira Banu immediately plays the radio, so that she does not lose the contest. When Mahmood climbs back into the room and appreciates her, she slaps him and the video ends.
Artists: The playback singers are late Manna Dey, late Kishore Kumar and Mahmood, while onscreen performances are by Mahmood, Sunil Dutt, Saira Banu, Kishore Kumar, Keshto Mukherjee and Mukri.
Cultural Influence: If one is having mood swings, they can play this video as many times as they want and keep laughing.

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