Mere samne wali khidki mein – Kishore – R D Burman – Sunil Dutt | Padosan (1968)


Movie: This song appears in the 1968 hit comedy Padosan (Female Neighbor) produced by N C Sippy and Mahmood and directed by Jyoti Swaroop under the banner of Mahmood Productions. The movie starred late Sunil Dutt, Saira Banu, late Kishore Kumar, late Mahmood, late Mukri, late Keshto Mukherjee, late Om Prakash, etc.
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.
This is the first song that they sing.
Song: The music of this song was composed by R D Burman and the lyrics have been penned by Rajinder Kishen.
The man sings about his beloved, who lives opposite the house where he stays. He praises the beauty of the girl and says that he has forgotten his life’s routine after having seen her.

Video: Cinematography is by K H Kapadia.
The video opens with Kishore Kumar beginning the song. He is squatting, hidden near the window. His assistants – Mukri, Keshto Mukherjee and another actor use household things like musical instruments. Kishore Kumar tells Sunil Dutt to begin lip-syncing the song. Sunil Dutt is confused a little and then falls in line with the song.

Saira Banu runs to her window and peeps outside to locate the place where the song is coming from. When she realizes that the singer is Sunil Dutt, she tries to act as if she is not listening, turning the pages of a book. While he is singing, she enjoys it, with her back to the window. On the other side, Sunil Dutt and Kishore Kumar both look out of 2 separate windows singing the song.

Saira Banu smiles and Sunil Dutt and Kishore Kumar shake hands on their victory. The video ends there.
The playback singers are late Kishore Kumar, while onscreen performances are by Sunil Dutt, Saira Banu, Kishore Kumar, Keshto Mukherjee and Mukri.
Cultural Influence: The hero likes the heroine and tries to impress her by lip-syncing to the song sung by his friend. The song is good. The artists and the comedy are too good. The video is watchable several times.


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