Balma bada naadan hai – Lata Mangeshkar – C Ramchander – Geeta Bali | Albela (1951)


Movie – Albela (1951)

The song Balma bada naadan hai appeared in the Bhagwan Art Productions’ romedy Albela (1951) directed by Bhagwan Dada and produced by Bhagwan Dada and Rajnarayan Dubey. The movie starred Bhagwan Dada, Geeta Bali, etc.

Pyare (Bhagwan) is a daydreamer and wants to be popular and earn a lot of money. But, he belongs to a poor family and the family members are in the process of collecting money for the only sister Bimla’s (Bimla Kumari) marriage. When Pyare returns home, his father (Badri Prasad) requests him to arrange for Rs.300-400 for the marriage. Pyare promises the same.

The next day, Pyare gets fired for not concentrating in his job as a peon. He also gets thrown out of his home. When he tries to join a theater group, the manager (Sunder) tells him to leave his address and they would contact him. He does not have a place to stay, so he leaves it at that. Pyare joins a pair of street musicians and tries to earn his living by singing a song.

The manager watches the musicians attracting the crowd. A police constable disperses the crowd and the musicians run away. When the manager asks, the musicians take the credit from Pyare’s singing and land a job with the theater. Pyare realizes that everybody in this world is selfish. Soon, he lands at a performer Asha’s (Geeta Bali) place and accepts the job of washing the dishes. While placing the cleaned utensils at their places, they fall down and create some noise. He realizes that music can also be created by tapping spoons on vessels and sings a song.

The performance impresses Asha and she recommends his name to the theater manager. Asha personally trains Pyare through all his buffoonery and they perform together. His first performance gets him several accolades and he thinks he has won the bet he had placed in front of his family members. He decides to go back home with the money he has received. But, the theater owner tells Asha to convince him not to go, as yet. He seems to have an ulterior motive for it. But, Asha has fallen in love with Pyare.

Though Pyare does not go home, Asha makes sure that his family receives the gifts, he had purchased for them. Pyare does not realize that Asha is in love with him. So, she sings this song.

Song – Balma bada naadan hai

Rajinder Kishan penned the lyrics of Balma bada naadan hai… and C Ramchander composed its music.

The girl laments the fact that her beloved does not realize that she is in love with him.

Video – Balma bada naadan hai

The cinematography is by Shankar A Palav. Dance choreography is by Surya Kumar.

The video begins with Geeta Bali beginning to sing this song and performs a few dance steps. Though Bhagwan Dada sways in tune with the song, he goes back to read the letter he has been writing for his family, in the movie. The song peters out and the video ends as he appreciates the performance.


Lata Mangeshkar has sung for Geeta Bali and Bhagwan Dada looks on.

Cultural Influence

This typically filmi song is a representative of the old times. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the same.


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