Today’s third post is the analysis of the song, Kehna hai, from the Bollywood movie Padosan (1968). The song has been analyzed based on its context and visualization.
Movie – Padosan (1968)
The song, Kehna hai, 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. But soon, Bhola begins to feel guilty that he had lied about his singing talent. However, Vidhyapati and his assistants convince him into letting things be until Bhola’s marriage with Bindu.
Soon, it is Bindu’s birthday and she insists that Bhola sings for her and her friends. Luckily and unknowingly, she gives him enough time to arrange for Vidhyapati and others to join him at his home. This is the song that ‘Bhola’ or actually, Vidhyapati sings; at this point.
Song – Kehna hai
The lyrics of the song, Kehna hai, were penned by Rajinder Kishan and the music was set by R D Burman.
The man sings, “I want to say this for the first time. You have brought love in my life.”
Video – Kehna hai
The cinematography is by K H Kapadia. The operative cameraman is D K Dhuri. Dance choreography is by Suresh Bhatt.
The video opens with Kishore Kumar pushing Sunil Dutt to the center of the window. The former begins to sing the song and Sunil Dutt begins to lip-synch, holding a red rose. After completing the first few lines of the song, he throws the rose across into the opposite window.
Saira Banu catches the rose in her hands. She also feels embarrassed and places the rose on a table, close to the window. The actor, playing Saira Banu’s maid, is serving drinks to the female lead artist’s female friends.
Saira Banu is completely elated when she hears, through the song, that her neighbor loves her and brings the rose near her face, indicating her acceptance. The lead artists sit near their respective windows and look into each other’s eyes.
Kishore Kumar nudges Sunil Dutt and continues the song. Mukri, Keshto Mukherjee and Raj Kishore are looking at Sunil Dutt, hidden away from the view of the actors, who are watching from the other window.
Kishore Kumar and Sunil Dutt perform a ballroom dance away from the view of the girls. On the other hand, Saira Banu also dances with one of her friends. Then, she turns to find that Sunil Dutt is not in front of the window, who returns to his place in front of the window.
One of Saira Banu’s friends informs her that the person actually singing is not Sunil Dutt but Vidhyapati (Kishore Kumar). The other girl takes the lead actor through the staircase to the opposite house.
Soon, Sunil Dutt realizes that his game is up. But Kishore Kumar is singing away, happily, with closed eyes. So, Sunil Dutt turns Kishore Kumar’s head, forcefully, toward the 2 girls, who have entered the room. The song and the video end abruptly there.
Kishore Kumar sings this song for himself and Sunil Dutt. Saira Banu, Mukri, Keshto Mukherjee, Raj Kishore and other actors are also seen in the video.
There is no influence of any culture on this song. This is a beautiful romantic song by Kishore Kumar and I like it very much. The song and the artists are fantastic. The video is watchable for the antics of the prominent male actors.