Kadar jane na – Lata Mangeshkar – Madan Mohan – Nimmi | Bhai-Bhai (1956)



Kadar jane na appears in the social frama Bhai-Bhai (1956) directed by M V Raman and produced by A V Meiyappan for A V M Productions.

Ashok (Ashok Kumar) is the owner of Superior Motors, which has branches in Bombay (Mumbai now), as well as Madras (Chennai now). He is the ideal caring and loving husband to the perfect wife Lakshmi (Nirupa Roy). They have a naughty little son Munna (Daisy Irani). Lakshmi is always at the service of her husband.

One day, Ashok starts on a trip to Mumbai and Lakshmi requests him to look out for his brother, whom they had lost 15 years back. In Mumbai, Raja (Kishore Kumar) is a pickpocket and meets the street performer Rani (Nimmi), one day. Raja helps Rani when her father is struck by a fast car. The car is being driven by Sangeeta (Shyama), who is driving Ashok to his destination. Sangeeta is Ashok’s Mumbai manager Bulbul’s (Om Prakash) sister. Ashok saves Sangeeta from prosecution in the accident. Soon, Ashok is completely enticed by Sangeeta. It turns out that she is Bulbul’s wife and not sister. But, Ashok does not know this fact.

Raja picks the wallet of Ashok and realizes the other man is his long-lost brother. Soon, Lakshmi comes to Bombay in search of her husband, with their son. She loses all her money, jewelry and address of his office, on the way, to thieves. Some thugs surround her to rape her. Raja saves her and realizes that she is his sister-in-law since he has Ashok’s wedding picture, which he got from the latter’s wallet. He takes them to Rani’s home where he also stays now.

Raja tries to convince Ashok to take his wife back. But, the man is completely ensnared by Sangeeta and tells him to send his wife back to Madras, with some money. One day, Raja and Rani have an altercation about an expensive sari she brings back home from her dance class friend’s place. He leaves her home in a huff. She sings this song at this time.

Song – Kadar jane na:

Rajinder Kishan penned the lyrics of this song and Madan Mohan composed its music.

The girl laments that her beloved does not care about her.


The cinematography is by T Muthuswamy.

The video opens with Kishore Kumar walking on the footpath and stopping on his way as the song begins. He turns back and Nimmi continues to sing the song, crying. Kishore Kumar slowly turns back and begins to walk back. She stands in front of a caged bird and continues to sing. Kishore Kumar returns and looks inside the house through a Jaffrey window.

Nimmi changes to a different sari. Kishore Kumar leaves the Jaffrey window and she continues to sing, with tears running down her cheeks. Kishore Kumar comes inside the house, repentant. He approaches her and the song ends there abruptly. The video ends with the shot of her forehead.


Lata Mangeshkar has sung this song on the playback and Nimmi and Kishore Kumar have their onscreen presence in it.

Cultural Influence:

This typically filmi song is a sad song, but in a fast tempo and sticks to your heart without much effort. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the same.


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