Chal diye bandanawaz – Rafi/Geeta – O P Nayyar – Guru/Madhubala | Mr. and Mrs. ’55 (1955)


Movie: This song appeared in 1955 Guru Dutt Films’ romantic comic caper Mr. and Mrs. ’55, produced and directed by Guru Dutt. The movie starred late Guru Dutt, late Madhubala, late Johnny Walker, Vinita Bhatt, late Lalita Pawar, Jagdeep, etc.

Preetam (Guru Dutt) is a struggling cartoonist and meets Anita (Madhubala) at a tennis match, as she watches her favorite tennis star. Anita is a westernized heir to abundant wealth, but, is controlled by her feminist Aunt Sita Devi (Lalita Pawar). Sita is a misandrist and tries to cultivate the same attitudes in her ward, Anita. But, Anita has to get married within one month of her 21st birthday to avail of her fortune. Sita Devi tries to set her ward up in a contract marriage, which is expected to lead to a divorce. Sita hires Preetam to marry Anita, to which he agrees when he gets to know who the bride is.

Anita would have preferred getting married to Preetam since she liked him, according to her. But, when Anita and Preetam get married, she does not like it since she believes that he had married her for the money – a paltry sum of Rs.250/month. Sita Devi gives him his first cheque and tells him to stay away from Anita. Preetam and Anita meet each other again at a club that night. She is irked at seeing him and behaves in a very detached manner with him.

He cartoons taking inspiration from his own life involving Sita Devi and Anita. It gets published and the elderly lady comes to his home to demand a divorce. He refuses. On his friend Johnny’s (Johnny Walker) insistence, he tricks Anita into coming with him to his home, where his sister-in-law stays. During the journey, Anita’s car stops working. He sings this song and Anita replies to his questions spitefully.

Song: The lyrics of this song were penned by Majrooh Sultanpuri and the music was composed by O P Nayyar.

The man says, “Ma’am, you walked off in such a way that my heart has begun strumming a new tune. I was longing for you. You went on with style and attitude.” The girl replies, “Listen, Mr. Trickster. Don’t think you can get away with anything.”

Video: Cinematography is by V K Murthy. Dance choreography is by Surya Kumar.

The video opens with the angry face of the beautiful Madhubala. She moves toward some women, who are washing clothes. Guru Dutt also moves toward them and begins the song. Madhubala replies spitefully and moves away to find him appear in her path. He soon imprisons her in his arms and she struggles to get away. They, soon, get into the car and leave. I wonder when the car is not working and has not been repaired, how it can be driven. The song peters off and the video ends there.

Artists: The playback of this song was sung by Mohammad Rafi and Geeta Dutt, while the onscreen performances are by Madhubala, Guru Dutt and others.

Cultural Influence: The film-makers have placed this song just to bring the hero-heroine together. This is a typically filmi song. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the song and the artists.


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