Baat koi matlabki hai – Asha Bhonsle – Salil Chowdhury – Lillian | Apradhi Kaun (1957)


The first post for today is the analysis of the song, Baat koi matlabki hai, from the Bollywood movie Apradhi Kaun (1957). The song has been analyzed on the basis of its context and visualization.

Movie – Apradhi Kaun (1957)

The song, Baat koi matlabki hai, was featured in Bimal Roy Productions’ murder mystery Apradhi Kaun (1957), produced by Bimal Roy and directed by Asit Sen. The movie starred Abhi Bhattacharya, Mala Sinha, Gajanan Jagirdhar, etc.

The movie begins with a partially paralyzed Shree Nath (Gajanan Jagirdhar) visiting his younger brother Dina Nath (also Gajanan Jagirdhar), who has usurped the older brother’s properties. Shree Nath informs his younger brother that their father had willed the properties to Shree Nath and another brother Pitamber.

Then begins Dina Nath’s quest for his father’s last will, which leads him to a club where his girlfriend Lily (Lillian) is performing a song. During the song, she informs him that the person he has come to meet is in the room 504 – Rai Bahadur Janki Nath (Murad). Janki Nath is the man, who is holding Dina Nath’s father’s last will. Dina Nath tries to bargain with Janki Nath to get back the will. But the other man does not budge.

Lily is two-timing Janki Nath and helps Dina Nath reach the former’s home to steal the will. But Janki Nath arrives at the right time and during a scuffle, is killed. Dina Nath escapes with the will, before the police reaches the place.

At that point, Shobha (Mala Sinha) approaches Detective Rajesh Nath (Abhi Bhattacharya) to steal something. But when he refuses, she has to leave, dejectedly. Rajesh is, then, contacted by Dina Nath for protection since the latter suspects that someone would kill him. The former has to stay with the latter for the same. With Rajesh comes his assistant, Balram (Kumud Tripathi).

The police find out that Dina Nath is connected to the murder of Janki Nath and by the time they reach the house, the accused has already been killed. Rajesh and the police, now, jointly begin to investigate the case. There are several suspects including the in-house doctor (Tarun Bose), who is researching on the treatment for asthma; the manager of Dina Nath and others.

In the meantime, Shobha steals the will from the dead man’s room and she is caught by Rajesh, at the nick of time. Shobha tells him about Dina Nath’s brother Pitamber and is about to say something about Pitamber’s daughter when they see a dark shadow listening to their conversation, from the opaque window. Rajesh rushes out to catch the person. But the unknown person disappears.

The next day, Rajesh is about to leave for the city to find more information about Shobha, without her knowing about the reason for his departure. At the same time, he instructs her to keep the will with her to trap the killer. Rajesh visits his friend, Inspector Sinha (Paul Mahendra) at the city when they discuss about Dina Nath’s other brother Pitamber and Lily, who is one of the suspects of the first murder because she is one of the people seen coming out of Janki Nath’s home, some time before his death. In the next shot, Rajesh is seen entering the club where Lily is performing this song.

Song – Baat koi matlabki hai

The lyrics of the song, Baat koi matlabki hai, were penned by Majrooh Sultanpuri and set to music by Salil Chowdhury.

The song goes, thus, “It must definitely be something important. Otherwise, would you have come this way, Sir?”

Video – Baat koi matlabki hai

The cinematography is by Kamal Bose. Dance choreography is by Satyanarayan.

The video opens with Abhi Bhattacharya entering the club and some male dancers performing on the music that has already begun. Lillian enters the stage with her awkward movements.

She also begins to sing the song. A couple of actors play the trumpet and the flute. Another one plays the drums. A male actor performs a side somersault and Lillian dances with him. Behind her, a male actor is playing a piano.

Some male actors play the clarinet, a cello and a saxophone. Abhi Bhattacharya is having a cola and soon, leaves his table. The song rises to a crescendo and ends abruptly with the video as a male actor lifts Lillian, vertically from behind her.


Asha Bhonsle sings this song for Lillian. Abhi Bhattacharya and others are also seen in the video.

Cultural Influence

This song has been influenced by the Cabaret. I loved the way Asha Bhonsle has sung in the Anglo-Indian accent like the character for whom she has sung this song. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the same.


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