Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi

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Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi
Chalti ka Naam Gaadi.jpg
Theatrical Poster
Directed by Satyen Bose
Produced by Anoop Sharma
Written by Govind Moonis (dialogues)
Ramesh Pant (dialogues)
Starring Kishore Kumar
Madhubala
Ashok Kumar
Anoop Kumar
Music by Sachin Dev Burman
Cinematography Aloke Dasgupta
Edited by R.M. Tipnis
Distributed by M/S Issardas Naoomal
Release dates 1 January 1958[1]
Running time 173 min
Country India
Language Hindi
Box office INR25 million (US$410,000)[2]

Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi (English: That which runs is a Vehicle) is a 1958 Indian comedy film. The film featured Kishore Kumar, his two brothers Anoop Kumar and Ashok Kumar, and Madhubala. Kishore Kumar sang many of the songs in the film, along with Asha Bhosle. The music was composed by SD Burman, and the lyrics were written by Majrooh Sultanpuri. The success of the film led the brothers to act in another comedy titled Badhti Ka Naam Dadhi (That which grows is a beard) to rhyme with the name of this film.

Plot[edit]

Brijmohan Sharma (Ashok Kumar) and his brothers Manmohan Sharma (Kishore Kumar) and Jagmohan Sharma (Anoop Kumar) run a garage. The eldest brother Brijmohan hates women and doesn't allow any women or pictures of them in his garage unless its an emergency. One day, while Manmohan is on the night shift, Renu (Madhubala) comes to the garage seeking help as her car breaks down. Renu gets angry at Manmohan because he is sleeping when he is supposed to be on duty. Manmohan doesn't like the fact that Renu shouted at him and initially refuses to repair her car, but finally agrees. Manmohan fixes the car, and Renu leaves, forgetting to pay Manmohan for his services. He tells his brother Brijmohan about this and realizes that Renu forgot her purse in the garage. Manmohan goes through it and finds a pass to a concert. Manmohan goes to this concert to recover his money. When Manmohan reaches the venue, he is not allowed to enter as the pass has Renu's name on it. Not wanting to let go of his money, Manmohan waits in Renu's car and to meet her when she comes out. He, however, falls asleep and Renu doesn't notice him; she drives home and parks in her garage with Manmohan in the car. When Manmohan wakes up, he gets hungry and looks for some food in Renu's garage. A servant in the house sees this and chases Manmohan, who manages to escape. On his way home, he notices a few men dumping a dead body on the road and fleeing. When he tells his brothers about his night the next morning, they have a hearty laugh at his expense.

Later, Renu calls the garage asking for help with her car and assuring she will pay back her fees. Manmohan refuses to go to her house, fearing that he will be recognized by Renu's servant and will get into trouble; Jagmohan decides to go. Jagmohan meets Sheela (Sahira) in Renu's house and the two start talking. Jagmohan is, however, afraid of women. He gets nervous because Sheela is around and can't repair the car. After Jagmohan takes off (not before drinking 10 glasses of water due to anxiety), Renu decides to call Manmohan. Meanwhile, Renu's father is approached by Raja Hardayal Singh (K. N. Singh), who wants to get his younger brother (Sajjan) married to Renu. Renu's father decides to talk to Renu about this, not knowing that Raja Hardayal and his brother are crooks – Manmohan saw Raja Hardayal's brother dump a body.

As Renu is falling for Manmohan and the crooks desperately want her inheritance, Renu and Manmohan are captured by Hardayal's men. In captivity, they meet Kamini, whose photo Renu had found in Brijmohan's room. Brijmohan and Kamini were in love, but she was married off to Raja Hardayal. Brijmohan is under the impression that she dumped him for a richer man; as a result, he decides that he never wants to associate with women again. Kamini tries to free Renu and Manmohan, but a guard enters. Kamini, however, is able to escape and goes looking for Brijmohan. Meanwhile, Raja Hardyal Singh captures Renu's father and forces him to get Renu married to his brother, threatening to kill Manmohan if he doesn't. Before Raja Hardayal Singh has his way, Brijmohan is brought to the scene by Kamini. Brijmohan, who is a boxing champion, fights Raja Hardyal Singh's men with the help of his two brothers. In the end, Brijmohan and his brothers are victorious. Manmohan and Renu decide to get married. So do Brijmohan and Kamini, and Jagmohan and Sheila.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Kishore Kumar apparently made Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi, hoping it would fail commercially. He wanted to show losses in his income, and thus avoid paying a huge income tax to the authorities. So he made two films – Lookochuri (Bengali) and Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi, and waited eagerly for them to collapse.[3]

However, both surprisingly went on to become box-office successes. Kumar was so disgusted with this that he gave Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi and all its rights to his secretary Anoop Sharma, who retained the copyright. The income tax case on Kishore Kumar was not solved even after forty years.[4]

Soundtrack[edit]

Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi
Soundtrack album by S.D. Burman
Released 1958
Language Hindi
Label Saregama
Producer S.D. Burman

Music is composed by S.D. Burman, with lyrics by Majrooh Sultanpuri.[5] The tunes of two Songs, "Hum The Woh Thi" and "Ek Ladki Bheegi Bhaagi Si" were, to quite an extent, lifted from "The Watermelon Song" and "Sixteen Tons" respectively, supposedly on Kishore Kumar's request.[6]

No. Title Singer(s) Length
1. "In Haathon Se Sab Ki Gaadi"   Kishore Kumar  
2. "Ek Ladki Bheegi Bhaagi Si"   Kishore Kumar  
3. "Hum The Woh Thi"   Kishore Kumar  
4. "Babu Samjho Ishare"   Kishore Kumar, Manna Dey  
5. "Haal Kaisa Hai Janaab Ka"   Asha Bhosle, Kishore Kumar  
6. "Main Sitaron Ka Tarana"   Asha Bhosle, Kishore Kumar  
7. "Hum Tumhare Hain"   Asha Bhosle, Sudha Malhotra  
8. "Rukh Jao Ree Jee"   Asha Bhosle  

Box office[edit]

Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi was declared a "super-hit" at the box office.[2] It was the second highest grossing film of the year and 21st highest grossing film of the 1950s.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Chalti Ka Naam Gadi (1958) Movie – Chalti Ka Naam Gadi Songs,Chalti Ka Naam Gadi Lyrics and MP3 Downloads". Radioreloaded.com. 1 January 1958. Retrieved 2012-03-25. 
  2. ^ a b "Box office 1958". Boxofficeindia.com. Retrieved 30 January 2011. 
  3. ^ "The Making of Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi | Whistling Woods International Blog". Whistlingwoodsinternational.wordpress.com. 19 February 2011. Retrieved 2012-03-25. 
  4. ^ "The Making of Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi | Kishore Kumar". Yoodleeyoo.com. 13 December 2005. Retrieved 2012-03-25. 
  5. ^ Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi (1958)
  6. ^ http://www.yoodleeyoo.com/web/the-making-of-chalti-ka-naam-gaadi.html
  7. ^ "Top Earners 1950–1959". Boxofficeindia.com. Retrieved 30 January 2011. 

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