C.A.T. CAT – Kishore/Asha – Ravi – Kishore/Nutan | Dilli Ka Thug (1958)


Movie: This song appeared in 1958 New Oriental Pictures’ comic movie Dilli Ka Thug (Trickster of Delhi) produced and directed by S D Narang. The movie starred late Kishore Kumar, late Nutan, late Madan Puri, late Iftekhar, Krishnakant, late Minoo Mumtaz, etc.

Kishore Kumar Sharma (Kishore Kumar) makes money through gambling and tricking others. His mother gets to know about it and confronts him. Thus, he decides to get a job. He is simultaneously wooing Asha (Nutan). In the process, he disguises as a prince and lands in a club to have dinner with Asha and her uncle (Krishnakant). Kishore in the guise of the prince tells Asha’s uncle that he knows someone, who is in need of a job. Asha’s uncle welcomes him to his Bombay (Mumbai) home.

Kishore himself goes to Asha’s uncle’s home and casually says that he is the son of the journalist Anantram, a murderer believed dead, had killed. Anantram is actually disguised and staying with Asha as her uncle. The police and Kishore are in cahoots with each other and have a suspicion that Anantram is alive. But, they do not know that he is disguised as Asha’s uncle. Anantram tricks Kishore into writing a suicide letter and gives it to his henchman Bihari (Madan Puri), telling him to kill Kishore at the first opportunity. The Delhi police inspector Dilip Singh (Iftekhar) follows Anantram to Mumbai.

Soon, Asha realizes that the prince is actually Kishore. One day, Kishore waylays Asha, disguised as a Sikh cab driver, on her way back home from her job as a medical doctor. When she recognizes him and smiles, though acting offended, he keeps teasing her through a song. At the end of the song, he almost drowns in the sea. Asha comes to his rescue and contracts a cold. The next day she tells her friend about what had happened.

Her friend calls Kishore, pretending to be Asha, at Anantram’s pharmacy where he is working and tells him to come to the beach immediately. When he leaves the shop happily, Ananatram sees him and sends his goons to kill Kishore. Asha and her friend reach the beach in time to see him faint after a fight with the goons. Asha and her friend take him back to Asha’s home. Soon, Asha realizes that he is only pretending to be injured. I don’t understand why Kishore is not told to leave by Nutan since he is alright. He moves about her home and enters her study. He picks up the book she is reading and tries to read it. He is unable to read English. She tells him to begin from the Alphabet and he begins this song. She joins him in the song.

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

The man is trying to learn English and the girl teases him about it.

Video: Cinematography is by G Singh and F C Marconi (Color Photography). Dance choreography is by Suresh Bhatt-Satyanarayan-Sohanlal.

The video opens with Kishore Kumar wearing a pair of eye-glasses and reading from a book on Basic English. He begins the song saying that Nutan is a cat and Nutan replies that he is a rat!  He begins to move in a rhythmic manner as he is sitting on a chair. They begin to dance together. Kishore Kumar dances in his patent style, which is very funny. Soon, the song peters out and the video ends as Nutan indicates that she is just mocking

Artists: The playback of this song was sung by Kishore Kumar and Asha Bhonsle and the onscreen performances are by Kishore Kumar and Nutan.

Cultural Influence: This is another typical filmi romantic teasing song where the hero tries to learn English and the heroine teases him about it. Again, Kishore Kumar’s comic antics are worthy of a dekho. The song and the artists are very good. The video is watchable for the same.


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