Movie – Ustadon Ke Ustad (1963)
Maine kaha tha aana Sunday ko was featured in the Films and Television 62’s romedy Ustadon Ke Ustad (1963) produced and directed by Brij. The movie starred Ashok Kumar, Pradeep Kumar, Shakila, Johnny Walker, etc.
Dinesh (Pradeep Kumar) is a jobless engineer and earns his living by conning people. Taxi-driver Babu (Johnny Walker) is his friend. Dinesh visits a hotel one night to con a new person and encounters Nita (Shakila) and her friends. It turns out that Nita is the daughter of the man, he had come to meet. Nita tells Dinesh that her father had invited him home the next day.
Dinesh asks Babu to get him a luxury car for the visit and it turns out that the car is owned by Nita. Her father is impressed by the project and decides to invest in it. Nita suggests that Dinesh also invest a lakh (0.1 million) in the project. When Dinesh realizes that the car was Nita’s, he is apologetic and she tells him to forget about his part of the investment.
Dinesh sets out to visit Pune to select a plot of land for the factory connected to the project. Rita (Helen) happens to be in the same bus carrying some money from a recent robbery. Their bags get exchanged and Dinesh is arrested by the police when his bag opens in his hotel revealing one lakh rupees. Dinesh is locked up in the cell since he does not say anything about the dacoits. The goons send Mangal Singh (Sheikh Mukhtar) to kill Dinesh.
Dinesh gives him the slip and meets Babu, in front of whom he commits suicide since he did not have any other alternative. Nita requests Babu to take her to the place where Dinesh had committed suicide. She is in grief. A male voice is heard singing in the background and it turns out that after all Dinesh is alive and had spread the word about his suicide to save himself from the goons. Mangal finds him and is about to kill him when Nita ties a make-shift rakhi on his wrist to save her beloved.
Mangal and Dinesh join forces to redeem the main protagonist of the story, Dinesh. They begin looking for Rita. In the process, they land at a qawwali event and are compelled to compete with the famous Shakila Banu Bhopali (playing herself) because the police are following them. Rita and Babu are among the audience, who had come to watch the performance. Rita leaves. Dinesh and Mangal try to follow her. But, the organizers of the event do not let them leave the place. Dinesh requests Babu to follow Rita and he does a wonderful job of it. Babu gives the girl the impression that he is a rich man from Africa looking for his dream girl in India.
Rita is a gold-digger and she ensnares Babu with her charming personality. When Babu returns to Nita’s home, he has a bad time dealing with Dinesh and Mangal. Babu has fallen for Rita. Dinesh had told him to see if she had a mark on her hand, which the taxi driver hadn’t. But, Babu had found out the club where she lived. Babu and Mangal visit the club where Rita is performing this song. The owner of the club, Jeevan (Anwar Hussain) is suspicious of Babu and Mangal and so, is keeping an eye on them.
Song – Maine kaha tha aana Sunday ko
The lyrics of Maine kaha tha aana Sunday ko were penned by Asad Bhopali and the music was set by Ravi.
The girl says, “I told you to come on Sunday. You came on Monday.”
Video – Maine kaha tha aana Sunday ko
The cinematography is by Rajendra Malone. Dance choreography is by Surya Kumar.
The video opens with Helen climbing gracefully down some steps with a basket full of tender coconuts. The setting is like that of a market in Hawaii. Helen cuts some of the tender coconuts and gives them to some men. Sheikh Mukhtar pushes Johnny Walker toward her.
Johnny Walker approaches Helen and she begins to sing this song moving away from him. He replies to her through the song. Anwar Hussain looks very suspiciously at Johnny Walker. Pradeep Kumar is also present among the patrons, in the getup of a Negro.
Pradeep Kumar and Sheikh Mukhtar exchange winks. They do not like Johnny Walker’s romantic approach toward Helen. The music rises to a crescendo and so does the dance. Pradeep Kumar has had enough and stands up to walk briskly toward Helen.
Pradeep Kumar removes the glove Helen is wearing on her right hand. Anwar Hussain switches off the lights right then. The video ends there abruptly.
Mohammad Rafi and Asha Bhonsle have sung this song for Johnny Walker and Helen. Sheikh Mukhtar, Anwar Hussain and others look on.
This song is influenced by the Hawaiian culture. The song and the artists are fantastic. The video is watchable for the same.
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