Hum the woh thin aur sama rangeen – Kishore/Anoop – S D Burman – Kishore/Anoop | Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi (1958)


Movie: This song appeared in 1958 K S Films’ comic romantic caper Chalti Ka Naam Gadi (That which runs is a vehicle) directed Satyen Bose and produced by Anoop Sharma. It starred late Ashok Kumar, late Kishore Kumar and late Anoop Kumar with late Madhubala, late K N Singh, etc.

Brijmohan Sharma (Ashok Kumar) runs a garage with his 2 younger brothers Manmohan Sharma (Kishore Kumar) and Jagmohan Sharma (Anoop Kumar). Brijmohan hates women and does not allow women in his garage unless it is an emergency. One day, Manmohan is doing the night shift, when Renu (Madhubala) appears at the garage, with her broken down car. Renu gets angry with Manmohan since he is found by her sleeping the night out when he is supposed to be alert on duty. Manmohan does not like Renu shouting at him and, at first, refuses to repair her car. But, later he relents.

When Renu leaves, she does not pay him. She also leaves behind her purse in the garage. When Manmohan searches the purse, he finds a concert pass. He goes to the concert to recover his money. He is not allowed inside because Renu’s name is written on the pass. He does not want to let go of the money and he waits in Renu’s car. However, he falls asleep, as she drives the car to go home. Manmohan reaches Renu’s bedroom, through the garage door and disrupts the whole household. Without being seen by Renu’s father and the watchman, with a lot of difficulty and comic repercussions, Manmohan somehow comes out. But, when he comes out, he witnesses part of a crime. A man (Sajjan) drops the dead body of a man in the middle of the road and flees.

The next day, Renu requests Brijmohan to send Manmohan to repair their car, which had again stopped working. After his work is done, Renu drops Manmohan in their garage. Since Brijmohan is not in, they do not get into trouble. It is at this time that Manmohan sings this song for the benefit of his brother Jagmohan.

Song: S D Burman has composed the music of this song and Majrooh Sultanpuri has written the lyrics.

The man says that the girl and he got together and then they fell in love with each other. His brother asks, “Your love has been settled. Now, what will happen to me?”

Video: Cinematographer is Aloke Dasgupta. Dance choreography is by Badri Prasad-Herman Benjamin.

The video opens with Kishore Kumar beginning the song and Anoop Kumar and Mohan Choti looking on. He begins to dance as well. Anoop Kumar also dances with him. He lifts his brother in his arms and places him gently on the floor. He also sings a few lines. The music rises to a crescendo and the video ends there.

Artists: Kishore Kumar and Anoop Kumar sing on the playback as well as perform onscreen.

Cultural Influence: This is a typically filmi song where the hero lies to his brother that he and the heroine had fallen in love with each other. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the Ganguly brothers’ (Kishore and Anoop) comic antics.

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