Today’s second post is the analysis of the song, Meri pyari Bindu, from the Bollywood movie Padosan (1968). The song has been analyzed based on its context and visualization.
Movie – Padosan (1968)
The song, Meri pyari Bindu, 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. Bhola and his team watch and even stalk them to find details of their relationship. Vidhyapati thinks that she is not interested in the Master’s looks but in his art. But nobody realizes that Bindu is not at all interested in the Master, in anyway. So, according to his assumptions about the girl, Vidhyapati begins to coach Bhola in singing. It turns out that Bhola is a dud, as far as singing is concerned. Alternatively, Vidhyapati gets the idea of playback singing for Bhola and Bindu almost gets impressed by the first song. She is about to talk to Bhola when Vidhyapati lowers the curtain and the lead pair is unable to talk to each other.
Bhola is offended by Vidhyapati’s behavior and visits his friend’s theater when Vidhyapati’s assistants reveal the real reason behind Bhola’s taking offense. Vidhyapati convinces his friend that soon Bindu would be singing songs like the one he sings at this point, with Bhola.
Song – Meri pyari Bindu
The lyrics of the song, Meri pyari Bindu, were penned by Rajinder Kishan and the music was set by R D Burman.
The song goes thus, “My innocent Beloved, my loving Beloved. My life without you is a lamp without oil.”
Video – Meri pyari Bindu
The cinematography is by K H Kapadia. The operative cameraman is D K Dhuri. Dance choreography is by Kishore Kumar.
The video opens with Kishore Kumar beginning the song as he flicks his fingers. He also begins to dance. Sunil Dutt looks on, astonished. Kishore Kumar, Mukri, Keshto Mukherjee and Raj Kishore begin to dance around the lead actor.
Kishore Kumar had choreographed this dance because the usual photographer was not available and it is so hilarious. The others follow him in the choreography. They are in the theater’s green room.
When Kishore Kumar sings that ‘Bindu’ would say that ‘Bhola’ should make her his own, Sunil Dutt is Mahapleased! Kishore Kumar pulls Sunil Dutt onto his feet and makes him dance with him.
Then, Sunil Dutt asks his friend, “What would the reply be?” Kishore Kumar replies that the replies come automatically in love and he goes on to say, “Anuradha…” Mukri corrects him saying, “Not Anuradha. It’s Bindu.”
Kishore Kumar continues to sing and perform the song so hilariously. Mukri, Keshto Mukherjee and Raj Kishore follow him around Sunil Dutt again. The song rises to a crescendo and ends with the video as the camera focuses on a dreamy Sunil Dutt.
Kishore Kumar has sung this song for himself. Sunil Dutt, Mukri, Keshto Mukherjee and Raj Kishore are also seen in the video.
There is some influence of the Rabindra Sangeet culture on this song. R D Burman or Panchamda and Kishore Kumar, both of them were Bengalis. No wonder, there’s a distinct Bengali flavor in the song. I am just crazy about this Kishore Kumar croon. The song and the artists are fantastic. The video is watchable for the antics of the prominent male actors.