September 27, 2016 5:26:54 pm
There are times you start questioning the basics. For instance, when you come to know that your favourite number from Padosan, ‘Ek Chatur Naar’, was actually not from Padosan. And it was originally not sung by Kishore Kumar and Manna Dey. Or that it was originally not picturised on those lovable goofballs — Kishore and Sunil Dutt on one side and Mehmood on the other.
The song actually was sung by Ashok Kumar, Kishore Kumar’s elder brother. What’s more, Ashok also sang the original song. The song was a part of 1941 film Jhoola, a hit of its time.
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The plan to use the song in Padosan was of Kishore himself. He told Padosan lyricist Rajinder Krishan to do an extended version of the song, which was then picturised so memorably on Saira Banu, Mehmood, Sunil Dutt and Kishore Kumar. A constant companion of brother Ashok in those days, he had heard the song and the tunes stayed with him.
For those who need a quick refresher for the song, this is where Bindu pits Master Pillai (Mehmood) and Bhola (Sunil Dutt) against each other in a musical competition.
Little does she know that doing the honours for the besura Bhola is Guru Vidyapati (Kishore Kumar). The song for Padosan was composed by RD Burman and had all the makings of an earworm. In its previous avatar, the composition — interestingly — was by a woman composer, Saraswati Devi. Among the first women composers in India, if not the first, she gave music for what is probably the first few lines of Ek Chatur Naar.
We give you a rare video of the 1941 song and the unmatched 1968 Padosan version.
So which version did you like more — the Kishore Kumar Padosan one, or the original piece by Ashok Kumar from Jhoola? Whichever one you pick, the song will always remain our all time favourite. Right?
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