Movie – Baap Re Baap (1955)
The song – Jane bhi de chod yeh bahana – 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 makes sure that the applications from all the girls are rejected and this happens with a lot of comic chaos. Having created the 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.
The moment Kunwar can get out of the house, he gives them all the slip and reaches Kokila’s home to have food she had prepared for him. Kunwar’s mother finds him there and takes him away. Kunwar’s father comes to Kokila’s home and throws her mother and her out of it. Then, he burns their house. Not having a shelter that night itself, they leave the place. Kunwar is compelled by his parents to get married to Roopa. But, Roopa and her parents have intentions of their own. They want Kunwar to shift to their home, once the marriage takes place. But, Kunwar’s father is against it.
Kunwar tells everybody that he had decided to get married to Roopa. That makes Kunwar’s father angry and he throws his son out of the house. On the way out, Kunwar insists that Roopa come with him to a street-dwelling as his wife. Roopa refuses and her father is angry with Kunwar’s decision. This is ridiculous. Kokila is good because she is ready to stay with Kunwar in a hutment or wherever he wants her to live.
But, Roopa is educated, so she refuses to stay in a hut. Kunwar gets down from the car and goes around looking for Kokila and her mother. He locates them and she refuses to get married to him. Kunwar decides to commit a mock suicide. But, his mother comes and stops him. She also gets Kunwar and Kokila married. Back home, Kunwar’s father still refuses to accept their marriage and tells them to leave. But, Kunwar’s mother convinces him. Hurt by her father-in-law’s behavior, Kokila sits offended on her nuptial bed. Kunwar is wearing a sari and sings this song in a female voice to placate her.
Song – Jane bhi de chod yeh bahana
Jan Nisar Akhtar and O P Nayyar have been credited with the lyrics and music of this song – Jane bhi de chod yeh bahana, respectively.
The man sings, “Let bygones be bygones. Don’t give me excuses. Let’s unite now.”
Video – Jane bhi de chod yeh bahana
The cinematography was by Dwarka Divecha and K Ramanlal operated the camera. Dance choreography is by Surya Kumar.
The video opens with Kishore Kumar beginning to dance in his patent hilarious manner. Chand Usmani is still offended. His antics make her smile. But, she still pretends to remain offended. Soon, his behavior makes her smile openly. She pulls the sari worn by him and he turns around to let her remove it. The song ends abruptly and the video ends as he sits on the bed with her.
Asha Bhonsle sang the playback for Kishore Kumar in the song Jane bhi de chod yeh bahana and Chand Usmani looks on, offended.
This is a typically filmi song by the hero to placate the heroine. The song and the artists are very good. The video is ok to watch.