Bhai battur bhai battur – Lata Mangeshkar – R D Burman – Saira Banu | Padosan (1968)


Today’s first post is the analysis of the song, Bhai battur bhai battur, from the Bollywood movie Padosan (1968). The song has been analyzed based on its context and visualization.

Movie – Padosan (1968)

The song, Bhai battur bhai battur, appeared in the Mahmood Productions’ romcom Padosan (1968), produced by N C Sippy and Mahmood and directed by Jyoti Swaroop. The movie starred Sunil Dutt, Saira Banu, Mahmood, Kishore Kumar, etc.

Bindu (Saira Banu) is a beautiful and fun-loving girl and meets an innocent youngster, Bhola (Sunil Dutt). Bhola’s maternal uncle, Pratap Singh (Om Prakash) is in the process of marrying a much younger girl. Due to that, Bhola fights with the older man and goes to where his aunt, i.e., Pratap Singh’s wife (Dulari) stays. It turns out that Bindu lives in the opposite house and her room is visible from Bhola’s first floor room window. Bindu sings this song at this point.

Song – Bhai battur bhai battur

The lyrics of the song, Bhai battur bhai battur, were penned by Rajinder Kishan and the music was set by R D Burman.

The girl sings about her delicate body, due to which she is unable to walk!

Video – Bhai battur bhai battur

The cinematography is by K H Kapadia. The operative cameraman is D K Dhuri. Dance choreography is by Suresh Bhatt.

The video opens with Sunil Dutt wiping his face with a towel and the song beginning. He begins to enjoy the song. But when he looks at a woman’s picture, he cleans it with the towel and places the towel around his neck. It is Saira Banu, who is singing onscreen.

She is bathing inside a bathtub. Soon, she climbs out of the bathtub and wipes the water from her body. I am not a supporter of overt exposure of the female body. Though this is a bathing scene, I am happy that her body is not revealed explicitly.

She covers herself with the towel and then moves away from the camera. Sunil Dutt perceives Om Prakash’s picture, which he covers with the towel. She wears a bathing gown and combs her hair.

Saira Banu performs a dance and the actor playing her servant brings a white night gown for her. She continues to dance and then rolls up parts of her hair. Sunil Dutt is enjoying the performance and Dulari enters his room. The song and the video ends there.


Lata Mangeshkar has sung this song for Saira Banu. Sunil Dutt, Dulari and another female actor are also seen in the video.

Cultural Influence

There is no influence of any culture on this song. The song and the artists are fantastic. The video is watchable for the same.


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