Ruk jao na ji aisi kya jaldi – Asha Bhonsle – S D Burman – Madhubala | Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi (1958)


Movie: This song appeared in 1958 superhit comic romantic caper Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi (That which runs is a vehicle), directed Satyen Bose and produced by Anoop Sharma under the banner of K S Films. It starred late Ashok Kumar, late Madhubala, late Kishore Kumar, late Anoop Kumar, late K N Singh, late Sajjan, 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 except during an emergency. One day, Manmohan is doing the night shift, when Renu (Madhubala) appears at the garage, with her broken down car. Renu is angry with Manmohan for not being 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 to her 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 some 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 the garage, they do not get into trouble. Renu realizes that she has fallen in love with Manmohan and visits their garage. She sneaks into Brijmohan’s bedroom as he is asleep and finds a girl’s picture there hidden under his pillow. When he wakes up and is together with his brothers, Renu brings the photograph and almost blackmails him to send Manmohan with her. She lies to them that she needs him to repair a car. Actually, she brings him to the beach for a picnic. After the picnic is over, Renu tells Manmohan that she is getting married to a prince. He just congratulates her, without realizing that both of them have fallen in love with each other.
Renu gets irked by his behavior and leaves him stranded on the beach. Back home, Manmohan realizes that he had fallen in love with Renu. But, his brother would not allow him to get married to her. Still, he asks, why he kept the picture of a girl in his room. Brijmohan replies that he was ditched by that girl.
The prince (Sajjan), who has been chosen for Renu, and Manmohan participate in a car race, in which Manmohan wins. When Renu introduces the prince to Manmohan, the latter realizes that he had seen the former somewhere. He remembers that he had seen the ‘prince’ throwing the dead body of a jeweler on the road when he was returning from Renu’s home the other day. He informs Renu about it. Both decide to investigate the matter.
Thus, when the ‘prince’ visits Renu the next day, she calls Manmohan to her home. The ‘prince’ is about to leave and to stop him Renu sings this song.
Song: S D Burman has composed the music of this song and Majrooh Sultanpuri has written the lyrics.
The girl sings, “Stay back. Why is the hurry? The needle of separation will prick us both.”
Video: Cinematographer is Aloke Dasgupta. Dance choreography is by Badri Prasad-Herman Benjamin.
The video opens with Sajjan in the process of leaving the house. Madhubala stops him and begins this song. He tries to hug her and she just stays out of his grip. She also performs a few dance steps. She takes him to the compound of the house and continues to sing and dance. She takes him around the terrace garden. She ends the song and pulls the small flower tucked into his coat to shake it near his nose. He sneezes and the video ends there.
Artists: Asha Bhonsle sings on the playback. Madhubala and Sajjan perform the song onscreen.
Cultural Influence: This is a typically filmi song, sung by the heroine to halt the villain at her place until the hero arrived. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the same.


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