Pate ki baat kahega – Mukesh – Shankar-Jaikishan – Raj Kapoor | Diwana (1967)

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Movie: This song appeared in 1967 Anupam Chitra’s social drama Diwana (Crazy Person) directed by Mahesh Kaul and produced by Mukhram Sharma and N C Sippy. The movie starred late Raj Kapoor, Saira Banu, Ravindra Kapoor, late Lalita Pawar, late Kamal Kapoor, Salim Khan, etc.

Pyarelal (Raj Kapoor) is a simpleton and an extremely naïve man; orphaned at birth and brought up by a Muslim woman Fatima (Lalita Pawar). After bringing goods from the market to a grocery shop, Pyarelal takes very low wages. According to him, he takes low wages, so he is happy. Others hoard money and are not happy, he says. It is during one such incident that he sings this song.

Song: The lyrics of this song were penned by Shailendra and the music was composed by Shankar-Jaikishan.

The man says that whenever he says something, he says the right thing.

Video: Cinematography is by Tyagraj Pendharkar. Dance choreography is by Suresh Bhatt-Satyanarayan-Harbans.

The video opens with Raj Kapoor beginning the song. He dances with the kids. He sees a man stealing from a blind beggar. He approaches the thief and continues the song. The children beat up the thief and take away the money he had stolen from the beggar. One boy brings the money to Raj Kapoor, who returns it to the beggar.

Raj Kapoor sees a goldsmith cheating a woman out of her silver ornaments. Raj Kapoor gets the real worth of her ornaments for her. 2 of the kids fight each other and Raj Kapoor helps them to become friends again. Within seconds, the kids’ fathers fight and he gets them to become friends again, too. He gets into his bullock cart and leaves, ending the song. The video ends there.

Artists: The playback of this song was given by Mukesh and the onscreen performances are by Raj Kapoor and others.

Cultural Influence: This is a typically filmi song. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the same.

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