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Film caption
Directed byJyoti Swaroop
Produced byMehmood, N. C. Sippy
Written byRajendra Krishan
StarringSunil Dutt, Saira Banu, Kishore Kumar, Mehmood
Music byRahul Dev Burman
CinematographyK. H. Kapadia
Edited byD. N. Pai
Distributed byKailash Dossani Investments Pvt. Ltd., Mehmood Productions
Release date
29 Nov, 1968
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. It was a remake of the Bengali film Pasher Bari (1952)[1] starring Bhanu Bandyopadhyay and Sabitri Chatterjee. The movie stars Sunil Dutt and Saira Banu in 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. It was considered as one of the best comedy movies made in Hindi film history. Mehmood's portrayal of a south Indian music teacher was one of his noted performances and a key highlight of the film. Kishore Kumar's character of a comical theater director was also well received. Indiatimes Movies ranked the movie amongst the "Top 25 Must See Bollywood Films".[2] Music was composed by R.D. Burman and was a huge success. Kishore Kumar sang for himself while Manna Dey sang for Mehmood.

It is based on the Bengali story Pasher Bari[3] by Arun Chowdhury, which was first adapted in Bengali in 1952 as Pasher Bari directed by Sudhir Mukherjee and starring Bhanu Bannerjee.[4] It was again remade into the Telugu film twice, Pakkinti Ammayi (1953) starring Anjali Devi and as Pakkinti Ammayi (1981) starring Chandra Mohan, Jayasudha, S.P. Balasubrahmanyam and K. Chakravarthi. It was also adapted into 1960 Tamil movie Adutha Veettu Penn. The movie was remade in Kannada as Pakkadamane Hudugi (2003) starring Raghavendra Rajkumar and Anant Nag.


Bhola (Sunil Dutt), an innocent young man lives with his Maternal Uncle (Mama) Kunwar Pratap Singh (Om Prakash). Bhola is enraged at Pratap Singh who has been searching for a girl to marry despite his wife being alive. Angry, he leaves his uncle's house and moves in to live with his Aunt (Pratap's wife). There, he finds a beautiful neighbor Bindu (Saira Banu) and falls in love with her. Bindu however, gets annoyed by Bhola and refutes his advances. Vidyapati (Kishore Kumar), Bhola's friend and mentor comes to his rescue and spies on Bindu.

Bindu develops a close relationship with her South Indian music teacher Master Pillai / Masterji. Vidyapathi realizes that Bindu loves music very much and is the reason for her closeness with Master Pillai. He tries to teach Bhola to sing but fails miserably. Inspired by dubbed songs, he devises an idea and asks Bhola to mimic the lyrics to songs while he does the real singing in the background himself. Their plan to impress Bindu succeeds and Bindu slowly starts falling for Bhola, much to the chagrin of Pillai.

When singing at Bindu's birthday party, one of her friends becomes suspicious at Bhola's voice. She leads Bindu to discover Bhola's fake act, leading to Bindu getting enraged. In a fit of rage, she agrees to the marriage proposal of Kunwar Pratap Singh, which she had earlier rejected upon knowing that he is Bhola's Maternal Uncle. Vidyapathi and his gang visit Pratap Singh and plead him to reject the proposal for his nephew's love, to which Pratap Singh agrees. This further enrages Bindu who decides to marry Pillai, just to get even with Bhola.

Helpless to stop the wedding, Vidyapathi comes up a last ditch plan to fake Bhola's suicide. They arrange a suicide scene and start shouting and mourning Bhola's "death". Everyone arrives at the scene including Bindu who is deeply shocked and tries to wake him up. Vidyapathi tells her that only her unrequited love could have a chance of bringing the dead back and encourages her to try harder. After some more pretending, Bhola finally cries and wakes up, embracing Bindu. Everyone including Master Pillai is happy and shocked to see the power of true love. In the end, Bhola's Maternal Uncle and Aunt also reconcile and bless the newlywed couple.



The music of the film was composed by Rahul Dev Burman and the lyrics were written by Rajendra Krishan.

S.No Title Singer(s) Duration
1 "Main Chali Main Chali" Asha Bhosle, Lata Mangeshkar 05:04
2 "Bhai Battur" Lata Mangeshkar 04:39
3 "Mere Samne Wali Khidki" Kishore Kumar 02:48
4 "Ek Chatur Naar" Kishore Kumar, Manna Dey, Mehmood 06:18
5 "Kehana Hai.. Kehana Hai Tumse" Kishore Kumar 03:39
6 "Aao Aao Sanwariya" Manna Dey, Mehmood 04:40
7 "Mere Bhole Balam (Meri Pyaari Bindu)" Kishore Kumar, Mukri 03:21
8 "Sharam Aati Hai Magar" Lata Mangeshkar 05:05
9 "Mere Samne Wali Khidki"(sad version) Kishore Kumar 02:31

Kishore Kumar's character in the film was inspired by the personality of his uncle, Dhananjay Banerjee (a classical singer),[5] and music director Khemchand Prakash. The song Ek Chatur Naar was originally sung in the movie Jhoola by Ashok Kumar.


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  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 21 August 2008. Retrieved 21 August 2008.
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  5. ^ Filmfare (1–15 November 1987)

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