Movie – Paigham (1959)
The song, Kaise Diwali manayen hum Lala, appeared in Gemini Pictures’ hit dramedy Paigham (1959), directed and produced by S S Vasan. The movie starred Dilip Kumar Vaijayantimala, Raaj Kumar, B Saroja Devi, Motilal, Johnny Walker, etc.
The movie begins with friends Manju (Vaijayantimala) and Malti (B Saroja Devi) looking at their results on the college notice board. Manju has passed with flying colors and Malti has not. In the next shot, these 2 girls get into Malti’s car with some other friends. Malti drops her best friend, Manju at the latter’s home. She has already dropped her other friends elsewhere. When Manju’s mother (Vasundhara Devi) comes out and Manju introduces her friend to her that her father is a big business tycoon at Rangpur, the older woman swoons. This happens after Malti has left. So, Manju goes out to find a doctor. She finds a cycle rickshaw guy, Ratan (Dilip Kumar), who not only takes her to the doctor but also pays his fees.
Malti’s rich family has several servants. One of them is Nandu (Johnny Walker). On the day of salary, he comes out of the mill with his previous month’s payment. A pathan sees him and is about to catch hold of him. Nandu hides inside a lady’s umbrella. The woman almost beats him up. When he goes toward the footpath, he is caught by another pathan. Apparently, Nandu has taken loans from these pathans. He gives them the hundred rupees he has and tells them to make do with it. He also tells them to wait for the next month for the rest.
A vendor wishes Nandu, “Happy Diwali.” But, he replies through this song that he is unable to celebrate Diwali because of his poverty.
Song – Kaise Diwali manayen hum Lala
The song, Kaise Diwali manayen hum Lala, was written by Kavi Pradeep and C Ramchander set it to tune.
The song goes, “How will I celebrate Diwali when there is poverty the entire year?”
Video – Kaise Diwali manayen hum Lala
The cinematography is by P Elappa.
The video opens with Johnny Walker beginning the song. Some people follow him. He reaches a shanty town and continues to sing. He peeks at a poor woman’s food. She hides it from him. He smiles and continues the song. In the end, he stands on a raised platform at the foot of a tree and others move around in a circle, singing in chorus. The video ends abruptly at this point.
Mohammad Rafi has sung this song for Johnny Walker. Other actors are also seen in the video.
The comic actor laments his poverty in this song. This is a sarcastic rant against capitalism. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the same.