Aao aao Sanwariya – Manna Dey – R D Burman – Mahmood | Padosan (1968)


Today’s second post is the analysis of the song, Aao aao Sanwariya, from the Bollywood movie Padosan (1968). The song has been analyzed based on its context and visualization.

Movie – Padosan (1968)

The song, Aao aao Sanwariya, 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, Om Prakash, Mukri, Keshto Mukherjee, 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.

Bhola has fallen in love with her and recruits the help of his friend, theatre-actor Vidhyapati (Kishore Kumar), to impress Bindu. Vidhyapati and his assistants, Banarasi (Mukri), Kolkatiya (Keshto Mukherjee) and Lahorie (Raj Kishore), with Bhola watch Bindu’s room.

Master Pillai (Mahmood) is Bindu’s teacher and visits her room regularly to teach her dance. On this day, Bhola and his team are watching the room, from below a mat curtain. Pillai sings this song at this point.

Song – Aao aao Sanwariya

The lyrics of the song, Aao aao Sanwariya, were penned by Rajinder Kishan and the music was set by R D Burman.

The song goes thus, “O Beloved, come along. O Dear, my heart yearns for you and you don’t know half my pain.”

Video – Aao aao Sanwariya

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

The video opens with Mahmood beginning the song, with a Carnatic aalap. The camera focuses behind him at Sunil Dutt and his team, watching from the opposite window. Mahmood uses a snuff in a comic way.

He also starts singing in Tamil and slaps his head to correct himself since the heroine, Saira Banu, would not know the language. Saira Banu approaches her bed and sits on it. Mahmood also comes to sit on it and continues the song.

Mahmood tries to get closer to Saira Banu and Sunil Dutt tries to reach him from the window, to beat him up. She gets up and moves away from Mahmood. He also again approaches her and begins to dance, in a hilarious way.

As Mahmood still continues to move closer to her and she pushes him behind a curtain. Kishore Kumar and Sunil Dutt are still watching them. Mahmood covers his body with the curtain and poking his head out, continues to sing and dance, hilariously.

She hurries to a sofa and he follows her there. He takes her hand and plays the talam on it. Keshto Mukherjee is watching them from a window opposite to the window behind them. Mahmood is not teaching dance. He is flirting with Saira Banu.

Saira Banu pulls her hand from his and moves away again. Mahmood discerns Keshto Mukherjee, watching him and makes faces at him. Keshto Mukherjee also does the same and moves away from the window.

Mahmood closes the window and turns back to Saira Banu, who is bored and busy flipping the pages of a magazine. Not only Sunil Dutt is not pleased, so is Kishore Kumar. It is clear, Saira Banu is not interested in learning dance from Mahmood.

Saira Banu deceives Mahmood and moves away. Mahmood’s eyes are closed and he tries to hug her. But she’s already left. He has hugged a pillow. The edge of his dhoti gets stuck below the sofa and he tries to pull it, but is unable to do it.

Mahmood continues to sing sitting on the sofa. The actor, playing Saira Banu’s maid, comes into the room, with a covered trolley. Soon, Mahmood ends the song and the video also ends as Mahmood ties up his pony tail and Saira Banu smiles at him.


Manna Dey has sung this song for Mahmood. Saira Banu, Sunil Dutt, Kishore Kumar, Mukri, Keshto Mukherjee and Raj Kishore are also seen in the video.

Cultural Influence

There is some influence of the South Indian Carnatic Music culture on this song. The song and the artists are fantastic. The video is watchable for the antics of the prominent male actors.


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