Sharm aati hai magar – Lata Mangeshkar – R D Burman – Saira Banu | Padosan (1968)


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

Movie – Padosan (1968)

The song, Sharm aati hai magar, 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 for Bhola. As fate has it, Vidhyapati’s prediction comes true, albeit post some drama. Fed up of Bhola’s advances, Bindu takes the help of Master Pillai, to deal with the notorious mischief monger, which unleashes a series of events when the Master gets Bhola beaten up by some goons. Bindu has already begun to regret the conspiracy she had been a part of against the injured man.

From nowhere, Vidhyapati and his assistants appear at that garden and take their injured friend back to his home. The doctor is called and Bindu is assigned to take care of Bhola. It turns out that she has fallen in love with him and she sings this song at this point.

Song – Sharm aati hai magar

The lyrics of the song, Sharm aati hai magar, were penned by Rajinder Kishan and the music was set by R D Burman.

The girl sings, “I blush while I say. But I need to say this today that my life is at your feet.”

Video – Sharm aati hai magar

The cinematography is by K H Kapadia. The operative cameraman is D K Dhuri.

The video opens with Saira Banu running around the room giving medicine to Sunil Dutt. The music has begun. She makes him lie on the bed and tries to leave. But he catches hold of the edge of her sari. She begins to sing the song and inserts a thermometer into his mouth.

Saira Banu takes away the edge of her sari. Then, she places herself at her feet. In the next shot; the actor, playing the doctor, removes the bandage from his head. Agha and Ratna, playing Saira Banu’s parents, look on happily.

Dulari and Saira Banu are also looking at the doctor, at work. The doctor applies smaller bandages with medicine. Saira Banu spends her time at night also with Sunil Dutt, helps him recover. Sunil Dutt covers her face with the flowing part of the sari.

They visit the place they had met for the first time, near a river. In the next shot, they are back in his room and again, she squats in front of him. Soon, the song peters out and the video also ends as she blushes standing near a pillar.


Lata Mangeshkar has sung this song for Saira Banu. Sunil Dutt is 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 antics of the prominent male actors.


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