|Directed by||Jyoti Swaroop|
|Produced by||Mehmood, N. C. Sippy|
|Written by||Rajendra Krishan|
|Starring||Sunil Dutt, Saira Banu, Kishore Kumar, Mehmood|
|Music by||Rahul Dev Burman|
|Cinematography||K. H. Kapadia|
|Editing by||D. N. Pai|
|Distributed by||Kailash Dossani Investments Pvt. Ltd., Mehmood Productions|
|Running time||157 min.|
Padosan (Hindi: पड़ोसन, English: Lady Neighbour) is a 1968 Indian comedy film. Directed by Jyoti Swaroop, it was produced by Mehmood, N. C. Sippy and written by Rajendra Krishan. The music is by R.D. Burman. The movie stars Sunil Dutt and Saira Banu are in the lead roles. Kishore Kumar, Mukri, Raj Kishore and Keshto Mukherjee played the supporting roles. Mehmood as the South Indian musician and rival to Sunil Dutt is among the highlights of the film. Indiatimes Movies ranked the movie amongst the "Top 25 Must See Bollywood Films". The film was a remake of Tamil film Adutha Veettu Pen (1960).
It is based on the Bengali story Pasher Bari by Arun Chowdhury, which was first adapted in Bengali in 1952 as Pasher Bari directed by Sudhir Mukherjee and starring Bhanu Bannerjee. It was remade in Telugu as Pakkinti Ammayi (1953) starring Anjali Devi, Relangi, and singer A. M. Rajah. It was again remade into the Telugu film Pakkinti Ammayi (1981) starring Chandra Mohan, Jayasudha, S.P. Balasubrahmanyam and K. Chakravarthi. The movie was remade in Kannada as Pakkadamane Hudugi (2003) starring Raghavendra Rajkumar and Anant Nag.
A simpleton named Bhola (Sunil Dutt) falls in love with his neighbour Bindu (Saira Banu). To impress her he wants to sing to her. However, he isn't a good singer and so seeks the help of his friend, Guru Vidyapati (Kishore Kumar). Guru, a famous singer, agrees to help his friend. To impress Bindu, Guru sings in the background and Bhola mouths the words. Bindu is charmed by what she thinks is Bhola's singing. They become friends and fall in love. Bindu has a music teacher named Master Pillai/Masterji (Mehmood) who is also in love with her and keeps proposing to her. Thus a hilarious competition between Bhola, supported by Guru Vidyapati versus Masterji ensues for Bindu. Bindu however loves Bhola and hence refuses Masterji.
One day Bindu finds out about Bhola's lie. She is very upset and refuses to meet Bhola. In a rage, she decides to marry Masterji instead. They both prepare for the wedding, while Bhola thinks of a way to get Bindu back.
On the wedding day, Guru gets an idea. He makes Bhola pretend to have committed suicide. He puts a fake suicide note next to Bhola. Bhola has a noose around his neck and a chair next to him. Guru goes and tells the news to Bindu. She is shocked. She leaves her wedding altar and runs to Bhola. She reads the note and starts to repent. Bindu then tries to wake Bhola up. Bhola wakes up and Bindu is delighted. She tells Masterji that she wants to marry Bhola and he agrees. Bhola and Bindu get married.
- Sunil Dutt as Bhola
- Saira Banu as Bindoo
- Mehmood as Master Pillai/Masterji
- Kishore Kumar as Vidyapati/Guru (Bhola's Friend)
- Mukri as Banarsi
- Keshto Mukherjee as Kolkatiya
- Raj Kishore as Lahori
- Om Prakash as Kunwar Pratap Singh (Bhola's uncle)
- Moolchand as Pratap Singh's servant
- Dulari as Bhola's aunt
- Agha as Bindoo's Father
- Sunder as Pandit Janki Prasad/Panditji
The soundtrack included following songs:
- "Mere Saamne Wali Khidki Mein" (Kishore Kumar)
- "Bhai Bhatur" (Lata Mangeshkar)
- "Ek Chatur Naar Karke Shringaar" (Manna Dey and Kishore Kumar)
- "Kehna Hai" (Kishore Kumar)
- "Meri Pyari Bindu" (Kishore Kumar)
- "Main Chali Main Chali" (Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle)
- "Mere Bhole Balam" (Kishore Kumar)
- "Sharm Aati Hai Magar" (Lata Mangeshkar)
- "Sanwariya Sanwariya" (Manna Dey)
Reportedly the song "Ek Chatur Naar" (a duet by Kishore Kumar and Manna Dey) was partly improvised by Kishore Kumar at the time of recording and Manna Dey, determined to show Kishore Kumar how he would sing the duet better (since Kishore had not been trained classically), got into the mood of the song and immortalized "Ek Chatur Naar". Legend also has it that Manna Dey was upset by the fact that in the picturisation of the song, the singing competition between the two heroes (Dutt and Mehmood) was won by Dutt, for whom the background singing was done by Kishore. Dey didn't like the fact that a classically trained singer like himself would have to lose, though only off-screen, to an untrained singer (Kishore). In the song, at a couple of times Mehmood had to say "Sur Gadbad Jee" against Sunil Dutt where Kishore was singing, hence Dey refused to say those words so Mehmood gave his own voice for the same.