Mana janabne pukara nahin – Kishore Kumar – S D Burman – Dev Anand | Paying Guest (1956)


Movie – Paying Guest (1956)

The song, Mana janabne pukara nahin, appeared in the S Mukherji Production’s romcom Paying Guest (1956), produced by Shashadhar Mukherji and directed by Subodh Mukherji. The movie starred Dev Anand, Nutan, Shobha Khote, etc.

Ramesh Kumar (Dev Anand) is a homeless advocate and he gets into a tiff with Shanti (Nutan) while living in a previous rental home. He gets thrown out of the house due to that. Ramesh follows Shanti and finds out that her home is available for rent but her father would allow only elderly men. Ramesh disguises as an old Muslim man and gets the space as a paying guest. He then continues to follow Shanti and lands at her college debating event. During the debate, Shanti is talking about love being more important for marriage. While her college-mate, Chanchal (Shobha Khote) speaks for wealth being more important for marriage. As Shanti leaves to return home after a badminton match, Ramesh appears and begins to tease her through this song.

Song – Mana janabne pukara nahin

The lyrics of the song, Mana janabne pukara nahin, were penned by Majrooh Sultanpuri and the music was set by S D Burman.

The man sings, “Ok, you did not beckon to me. Don’t you even like my company?”

Video – Mana janabne pukara nahin

The director of photography was Dronacharya.

The video opens with Nutan hurrying away from someone on a bridge. Dev Anand is following her on a bicycle. The music has already begun. He begins to sing. They reach habitation and he tries to get close to her. Nutan steals the bicycle from him.

But he still follows her by snatching the bicycle from another man. They reach side-by-side and she begins to smile. It is clear that this is a studio shot. The song peters out and the video also ends as they cycle away.


Kishore Kumar sang this song for Dev Anand. Nutan and other actors are also seen in the video.

Cultural Influence

This song is a teasing (ched-chad) song sung by the hero for the heroine. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the same.


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