Movie – Baap Re Baap (1955):
The song – Tu na bata hamein sab hai pata – appears in the 1955 Kardar Productions’ hit musical comic caper Baap Re Baap (Oh, My God!) directed and produced by A R Kardar. The movie starred late Kishore Kumar, late Chand Usmani, Smriti Biswas, late Jayant, late Ulhas and late Leela Mishra.
Kunwar Ashok (Kishore Kumar) has just returned after studying in a foreign country for 5 years. His parents are overly protective and treat his one sneeze as pneumonia. On the night when he is compelled to rest due to his ‘ill health’, he sees a flower-girl Kokila (Chand Usmani) singing and dancing. He falls in love with her, instantly and chases her around. He convinces her into falling in love with him. Kunwar has also convinced her mother that he would be marrying her daughter.
Colonel Jung Bahadur (Ulhas) and his wife (Leela Mishra) visit Kumar’s home with their daughter Roopa (Smriti Biswas) and they are trying to get Roopa married to Kunwar. Though Kunwar’s parents realize the Colonel and his family’s intentions, they advertise in several newspapers for a bride. Kunwar’s maternal uncle, Saligram (S N Bannerjee) is given the task of selecting the best girl from the several applications that have come. Kunwar joins him without informing his parents that he is going with his uncle. All he tells them that he is going for a vacation.
I am not happy about the way the girls are ridiculed by Kunwar. Particularly, the girl who performs Bharatanatyam is derided by Kunwar saying that he does not intend to start a drama company, by marrying her. Every girl will have some passion. It could be Bharatanatyam or crafts or any other such hobby. Believing that a girl would only run the house after marriage is a dumb expectation. Kunwar’s attitude is really very chauvinistic and he shows double standards. He fell in love with Kokila because she was singing and dancing when he saw her first. The girl, who performed Bharatanatyam, is more professional and is a better performer than Kokila. I don’t mean that he should fall in love with the girl, who performed Bharatanatyam. That would be downright disloyal to Kokila and I don’t appreciate people doing that. But, I don’t see how any comparison can be done between her and Kokila.
Anyways, Kunwar rejects all the girls and returns home with his uncle. Soon enough, he meets Kokila and she sings this song as he dances.
Song – Tu na bata hamein sab hai pata:
Jan Nisar Akhtar and O P Nayyar have been credited with the lyrics and music of this song – Tu na bata hamein sab hai pata…, respectively.
The girl sings, “Even if you don’t tell me, I know what is in your heart.”
Video – Tu na bata hamein sab hai pata:
The cinematography was by Dwarka Divecha and K Ramanlal operated the camera. Dance choreography is by Surya Kumar.
The video opens with Kishore Kumar dancing around trees alone. Chand Usmani is swinging on a simple wooden swing. For a change it is not the heroine, who is dancing. It is the hero! 🙂 He plays the harmonica as he dances. Chand Usmani moves away from the swing and Kishore Kumar takes her place. The song peters out and the video ends as Kishore Kumar plays around with the swing.
Asha Bhonsle sang the playback for Chand Usmani and Kishore Kumar dances around her, in the song Tu na bata hamein sab hai pata.
This typically filmi fun romantic song saying that the heroine knows what the hero is thinking. The song and the artists are very good. The video is watchable for the melody of the song and Kishore Kumar’s antics.