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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
Edited by D. N. Pai
Distributed by Kailash Dossani Investments Pvt. Ltd., Mehmood Productions
Release date
29 Nov, 1968
Running time
157 min.
Country India
Language Hindi

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 ever made in Hindi film history. Mehmood's portrayal of a south Indian music teacher was one of his all time best and 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 hit. 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 "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.


Bhola (Sunil Dutt), an innocent young man lives along with his mama, (maternal uncle) Kunwar Pratap Singh (Om Prakash). Bhola gets enraged by the fact that Pratap Singh was looking for a girl to marry while his wife (Bhola's mami) was still alive. Angry, he leaves to live along with his mami (Pratap's wife). There he finds a beautiful neighbor Bindu (Saira Banu) and falls in love with her. But Bindu was a short tempered girl and gets annoyed by Bhola. Vidyapati (Kishore Kumar), Bhola's friend and mentor comes to his rescue and spies on Bindu.

Bindu moves close with her music teacher Master Pillai/Masterji who is a south Indian (Mehmood), though he wasn't much impressive. Vidyapathi finds out that Bindu loves music very much and that's the reason why she moves close with Pillai. He tries to make maestro of Bhola but fails. He later devises an idea to give voice to Bhola in the background while Bhola copies him in the front. Their plan succeeds and Bindu slowly starts to fall for Bhola, much to the disapproval of Pillai.

But on one fine day Bindu finds out their drama and gets enraged. She agrees to the marriage proposal of Kunwar Pratap Singh though she knew that he was old and uncle of Bhola. Vidyapathi and his gang goes to Pratap Singh and make him to cancel the match by telling him about Bhola's love. This further enrages Bindu who decides to marry Pillai, just to get even with Bhola.

Bhola finds no other way to stop the wedding and at last Vidyapathi comes up with an idea of Bhola's fake suicide. They arrange a suicide scene and start to shout that Bhola killed himself. Bindu gets deeply shocked and tries to wake him up. Vidyapathi tells her that love could bring the dead back and encourages her to try hard. After some more acting, Bhola wakes up as from the other world and embraces Bindu. Pillai also gets shocked to see the power of love and happily gets aside. In climax Bhola' mami and mama also reconcile and bless the newly wed 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.


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