Movie – Baap Re Baap (1955)
The song – Tum na aaye ghata ghum ki chane lagi – 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.
Kunwar’s parents advertise in several newspapers for a bride for Kunwar. 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.
Kunwar rejects all the girls and returns home with his uncle. Kunwar’s father (Jayant) is suspicious and invites the girls and their families to their home. Kunwar has a couple of tricks up his sleeve. In the ensuing comic fights, the brides and their family members end up injuring not only each other but also Kunwar’s parents. The brides and their parents leave Kunwar’s home to get admitted in the hospital.
Having created chaos and got the girls and their families out of his home, Kunwar is happy and promises Kokila to have dinner and breakfast with her at her home. But, when Kunwar is about to go out to meet Kokila, Kunwar’s family friends, Colonel Jung Bahadur (Ulhas) and his wife (Leela Mishra) are visiting them with their daughter Roopa (Smriti Biswas). Roopa is in love with Kunwar and whisks him back to his room, compelling him to spend time with her. In the meanwhile, Kokila is decked up and waiting for him.
Kokila is a good girl. But, Roopa is a more confident and educated girl. Why does education only make good men? Why can’t educated girls be good? This was the 1950s. But, in several TV serials, this is the situation that is shown. Education is not good? But, why? Education gives the students a mind of their own. They can decide what is good or bad for them. This fact has to sink in. Then only we will get good thoughtful scripts for movies and TV serials alike.
Song – Tum na aaye ghata ghum ki chane lagi
Jan Nisar Akhtar and O P Nayyar have been credited with the lyrics and music of this song – Tum na aaye ghata ghum ki chane lagi…, respectively.
The girl sings, “You did not come and the clouds of gloom spread in my life.”
Video – Tum na aaye ghata ghum ki chane lagi
The cinematography was by Dwarka Divecha and K Ramanlal operated the camera.
The video opens with Chand Usmani approaching the camera and beginning the song. The actor performing the role of her mother watches her from within their home. Chand Usmani moves about the garden singing the song. Soon, the song peters out and the video ends there.
Asha Bhonsle sang the playback for Chand Usmani in the song Tum na aaye ghata ghum ki chane lagi.
This is a typically filmi sad song with the heroine yearning for the hero. The song and the artists are very good. The video is watchable the same.