Aake seedhi lagi – Kishore/Kishore – Salil Chowdhury – Kishore/Pran | Half Ticket (1962)

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Movie – Half Ticket (1962)

The song, Aake seedhi lagi, appeared in the movie Half Ticket (1962) directed by Kalidas and produced by Bombay Talkies. The movie starred Kishore Kumar, Madhubala, Pran, etc.

Vijay (Kishore Kumar) is a worthless son of a rich businessman Seth Lalchand (Moni Chatterjee). He runs away from home because of his father’s constant nagging and attempts to get him married. At the railway station, he discovers that he did not have enough money for a ticket. When Vijay sees an obese child Munna and his mother (Tun Tun) buying tickets for Bombay (Mumbai now), he kidnaps Munna and disguises as the younger boy to get a half ticket.

A notorious thief Raja Babu (Pran) is trying to escape from the police after stealing some diamonds and drops the bag of diamonds in Vijay’s pocket. Raja Babu follows Vijay onto the train and tells him to call the older man as Chacha (Uncle). On the way to Bombay, when the ticket checker catches Vijay with a half ticket, he runs away to another compartment. There, he finds a performer Rajni (Madhubala) and gets away with his pretense of an oversized kid. Raja Babu finds him the next morning and tries to flirt with Rajni. But, Vijay saves her from the other man.

At Mumbai, Vijay keeps escaping the clutches of Raja Babu and tries to find a job. Without a degree, that appears difficult. Vijay goes through several comic experiences in searching for a job. After he messes up the performance of a dancer (Helen), he lands in Rajni’s home. Rajni promises that she would take care of him, through thick and thin. But soon, she discovers that he is not the special child, he tries to pretend and she throws him out of the home. By then, he has fallen in love with her and confesses it to her.

The moment Vijay comes out of Rajni’s house, he is caught by Raja Babu, who follows him to a gypsy colony. Vijay is still wearing Rajni’s nightgown. There, Vijay disguises as a gypsy girl. On the other hand, Raja Babu takes on the getup of a male gypsy. They perform this song at this point in the movie.

Song – Aake seedhi lagi

The lyrics of the song, Aake seedhi lagi, were penned by Shailendra and they were set to tune by Salil Chowdhury.

The song goes thus, “Your look came and hit my heart like a sharp knife.”

Video – Aake seedhi lagi

The cinematography is by Apurba Bhattacharjee. Dance Choreography is by Surya Kumar.

The video opens with Kishore Kumar running into the gypsy colony and entering a hut. Pran tries to enter the hut but a male gypsy stops him. He turns back to see that someone has been following him. Pran suspects the other man, who is smoking to be a policeman.

The actor performing the main antagonist hurriedly enters another hut. Kishore Kumar wears the dress of a female gypsy and comes out to find Pran wearing the getup of a male gypsy. The actor playing the protagonist begins to sing and dance.

Pran also begins to sing and dance as if the 2 are romantically involved. He begins pulling Kishore Kumar toward the exit of the colony. But, Kishore Kumar tries to pull away from him. Then, Kishore Kumar pushes the other actor away from him.

Kishore Kumar’s antics are worth watching. Even Pran is able to keep pace with the comic act of Kishore Kumar. The entire effect is really hilarious and is difficult to describe in words. Only watching the video can give one an idea of both the actors’ performances.

The song rises to a crescendo and ends there. The video also ends as Pran pulls off the other actor’s lady’s wig.

Artists

This song has been sung by Kishore Kumar for himself as well as Pran and others are also seen in the video.

Cultural Influence

This is a comic song performed by the hero and the villain. The playback by Kishore Kumar (both the male and female voices) has been hilariously performed. This is one of my favorite Kishore Kumar songs. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the same.

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