Uthe sab ke kadam dekho rum pum pum – Lata/Amit – Rajesh Roshan | Baton Baton Mein (1979)


This is one of Amit Kumar songs I like.

Movie: This song appears in 1979 rom-com and family drama Baton Baton Mein (a mini-proverb meaning – While talking something happens), produced and directed by Basu Chatterjee under the banner of Pearl Enterprises and Cine Eye Films. The stars include Amol Palekar, Tina Munim, late David, late Pearl Padamsee, Asrani and Ranjit Chowdhry.

Rosie Parreira (Pearl Padamsee) is a too fretful type of woman, who is a widow living with her son, Shabi (Ranjit Chowdhry) and a beautiful daughter Nancy (Tina Munim). Shabi is obsessed with violin and Rosie wants Nancy to marry a wealthy young man. Rosie’s brother and neighbor Tom (David) introduces a young eligible bachelor Tony Braganza (Amol Palekar) to Nancy on the 9.10 AM local train commuting from Bandra to Churchgate. Tom also tells her to introduce Tony to Rosie. When Tony visits their home for the first time, Rosie is at first apprehensive about him since he draws only Rs.300 per month as salary. On the other hand, Nancy draws Rs.700. When she is told that this was just the probationary period and post that he would get a monthly salary of Rs.1000, she changes her mind. Nancy and Tony are allowed to meet and eventually fall in love.

It is around this time that the family with Tony sings this song.

Song: Music has been composed by Rajesh Roshan and the lyrics have been written by Amit Khanna.

This is a fun song, where the man and the girl are allowed to meet and mingle.

Video: Cinematography is by A K Bir.

I don’t understand one thing. Why do 2 people have to sing the song, which has been sung on playback by a single person, in the same song? Amit Kumar has sung for Ranjit Chowdhry as well as Amol Palekar, while Lata Mangeshkar has sung for Pearl Padamsee and Tina Munim. Everyone’s voice is different from each other. So, one person playback singing for 2 people in the same song does not seem right to me.

During the song, Amol Palekar imagines that he is alone in a local train compartment with Tina Munim and this has been shot well.

The song has been picturized in a middle class Goan Christian family’s home. The room with the place of worship, paintings on the walls and furniture looks good. They have chosen the stuff rightly. All of them express the feelings of the song very well. Top of all is the old lady, Leela Mishra. Her acting is the best.

Artists: Playback singers are Lata Mangeshkar and Amit Kumar, while Pearl Padamsee, Tina Munim, Amol Palekar and Ranjit Chowdhry have lip-synced to it. Even Leela Mishra has sung a few lines.

Cultural Influence: There is always an old man or woman in a family, who is against modern outlook. At the same time, there will be some elderly person, who supports it. This is normal in life. The family members talk with each other often. During that time, there will always be someone, who talks against the modern thought. In this song, there is Leela Mishra, who talks against modernity. Here the makers have taken cinematic liberty in putting those words in a song. This song is close to today’s life in India and maybe elsewhere. The song and artists are good. The video is watchable.


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