Munna bada pyara ammi ka dulara – Kishore – Salil Chawdhury – Kishore | Musafir (1957)


Movie: This is a cute song from the 1957 movie Musafir (Traveler) produced and directed by late Hrishikesh Mukherjee (directorial debut). The movie starred late Suchitra Sen, late Kishore Kumar, Dilip Kumar, late Nirupa Roy, late Nazir Hussain, etc.

The story runs in episodes of Marriage, Birth and Death. In the first episode, Shakuntala (Suchitra Sen) and her husband take a house on rent from the landlord (David). The house is the lead actor in the movie. As Shakuntala makes the house a beautiful home, her husband gets busy with work. She meets the neighborhood tea vendor (Mohan Choti) and the next door lady, whose favorite pastime is to gossip about happenings in other people’s homes.

The couple also hears the music from a violin at night. However, according to the tea stall owner, the violinist is a mad-man, Pagla Babu and he would not perform when they want him to. Shakuntala and her husband had eloped to marry. But she wants her parents-in-law to accept their marriage and her. Her wish gets fulfilled soon and the couple has to go with them and leave the house. Before leaving, Shakuntala sows some seeds in the garden. The landlord has to again put the to let board on the house.

The second episode is of birth and the next tenant is a family headed by an old man (Nazir Hussain). The family includes his recently widowed daughter-in-law (Nirupa Roy) and younger son Bhanu (Kishore Kumar). The daughter-in-law is pregnant. Bhanu has just given his graduation exam and is also looking for a job. Until then, his father is taking care of all the expenses. Bhanu also hears the violin and asks the tea vendor about it, when he is told about the Pagla Babu. Bhanu’s wit and humor, which creates a light atmosphere for his sister-in-law, forms a hopeful light in the sadness prevalent in the house. Bhanu finds a book of poems, that one of the previous tenants have left there. It is at this time that he composes this song from one of the poems in the book.

Song: The music of this song was composed by Salil Chowdhury and the lyrics were penned by Shailendra.

This is a light-hearted song sung by a younger brother-in-law to keep his elder sister-in-law cheerful.

Video: Cinematography is by Kamal Bose.

The video begins with some dialogues between Kishore Kumar and Nirupa Roy. When Kishore Kumar locates a poem, he composes a song on it and begins to sing. Kishore Kumar dances and performs the entire song. He eventually, comes and sits near his sister-in-law on the cot. The video ends with Kishore Kumar finishing the song and leaving her side.

Artists: The playback of this song was sung by Kishore Kumar and the onscreen performances are by Kishore Kumar, Nirupa Roy and Nazir Hussain.

Cultural Influence: Bhabhi-Devar (sister-in-law and brother-in-law) relationship in India is traditionally considered to be more than that of Mother-Son. In this song, the sister-in-law is a recent widow expecting a child. Kishore Kumar tries to cheer up Nirupa Roy and makes her realize the importance of the child that is expected. The video can be watched for Kishore Kumar several times.


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