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Padosan (1968)

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A simple man from a village falls in love with his new neighbor. He enlists the help of his musical-theater friends to woo the lovely girl-next-door away from her music teacher.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sunil Dutt ...
Saira Banu ...
Bindu
Mehmood ...
Master Pillai (AKA Masterji) (as Mahmood)
Kishore Kumar ...
Vidyapathi
Om Prakash ...
Pratap Singh
Agha ...
Bindu's Father
Mukri ...
Banarasi
Sunder ...
Pandit Janki Prasad
Ganga
Praveen Paul ...
Bindu's Mother
Keshto Mukherjee ...
Calcuttiya (as Kesto)
Raj Kishore ...
Lahori
Dulari ...
Mrs. Pratap Singh
Ratna ...
Bindu's mom
Moolchand ...
Huzoori (as Mulchand)
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Bhola (Sunil Dutt) is a simple minded young man who has taken a vow to act according to the book of shashtras, which dictate that a man must marry when he is of the right age. He meets with lovely Bindu (Saira Banu) and falls head in love with her. Coincidentally, Bindu moves in next to his house. Bhola is thrilled, but soon despairs when he learns that Bindu has given her heart to Master Pillai (Mehmood). Bhola's friends Vidyapathi (Kishore Kumar), Banarasi (Mukri), and others belonging to an acting troupe, assist in hoodwinking Bindu to get attracted to Bhola, and thereby getting his love life back, but there are unexpected twists and turns, and Bhola's lies are exposed, making Bindu return to her plans to marry Master Pillai. Songs include: "Me chali me chali dekho pyar ki gali mujhe rokhe na koi..."; "Bhai bathur ab jaienge kitni door, najook najook meri jawani chalne se majboor..."; "Ik chatur naar karke singhar mere man ke duar ye goosath jaat..."; "Sarm ahti hai magar aaj yeh ... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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The scene where the idea of playback singing hits Kishore, a song "Anchal Mein Saja Lena Kaliyan" from "Phir Wohi Dil Laya Hoon (1963)" sung by Mohd. Rafi is being played. See more »

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Ek chatur naar karke singaar
Lyrics by Rajendra Krishan
Music by Rahul Dev Burman
Sung by Kishore Kumar, Manna Dey, Mehmood
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One of the greatest comedies of Indian Cinema!!
29 March 2005 | by (Belgium) – See all my reviews

Bhola had been very aptly named by his parents. He was a very straight forward, unlettered, village bumpkin; a young man though presentable in looks and simple at heart, yet lacking in all matters mental and artistic.

Bindu was a modern, educated, rich young miss, independent of spirit and highly accomplished in all the arts, and this is the story of how Destiny brought these two opposites together.

Bhola had been orphaned at a very young age, and had been lovingly brought up by his Mama and Mami, who had to offspring of their own. Unfortunately, though both loved Bhola in their own way, Mama and Mami had never got on well with each other, for the simple reason that Mama was old in age yet young at heart. Mami had borne with Mama's eccentricities for as long as she could, and then had separated from him, taking up a house in a different part of the city, supported by her father.

Bhola often pined for the Mami who had brought him up as her own son, and finally, when Mama again considers proposals from a match-maker for a second marriage, Bhola too leaves his Mama to go and live with his Mami.

And this is where Fate took a hand, for right opposite Mami's house lived Bindu, and it was love at first sight for Bhola, who tumbled headlong into romance at the first strains of Bindu's song, and at the first sight of her pretty face. But it was just the opposite with Bindu, who ridiculed, and felt contemptuous of the fool next door who dared to tangle with her.

Bindu was all respect and admiration for her Dance and Music Teacher, her Masterji, an accomplished Tamilian, who was quite an opportunist, by the way, and wanted to further his own romantic interests under cover of his music lessons.

Here is where Guru and his Panch Ratan Mandal stepped in. They were a group of amateur dramatic artistes, headed by the dynamic Guru, who were Bhola's best friends, and the ardent supporters of his romance.

In spite of being absolutely the opposite, the manoeuvrings of Guru and his friends from next door, slowly but gradually led Bindu to believe that Bhola was a very gifted singer, more talented in fact, than her own Masterji, who fell from grace when his cowardly and selfish nature came to light at the moment of his defeat. And thus Bhola and Bindu came slowly but surely together.

Yet the basis of Bhola's achievement was deceit, and Bindu's was a forceful and independent nature. The fraud had to come out sooner or later. And come out, it did. More sooner, than later.

Bindu decided, out of spite, to marry just anyone in the world who cared to propose to her. Anyone, that is, except Bhola.

And the proposals that came were Mama's and her Masterji's.

And now there was no way out for Bhola but to die a glorious death, a martyr in the cause of love.

And so, Bhola died! And Bindu repented!! And they all lived happily even after.


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