A delightfully light-hearted comedy, this was producer Mahmoodâ€™s "ambitious venture" as he declares at the start of the credits. Indeed he struck gold with this romantic comedy about a young drama troupe member named Bhola (Sunil Dutt) who meets and falls in love with a beautiful girl he believes to be a mermaid. Turns out the pretty pixie Bindu (Saira Banu), is in fact his neighbor. The two begin flirting, back and forth from window side.
Their dallying disrupted from time to time only by Binduâ€™s enamored Tamil dance teacher Masterji (comically played by the talented Mahmood himself). The smitten Bhola meanwhile decides to win his ladyâ€™s love by serenading her. The problem is his voice sounds like a braying donkey. So, with the help of his vocally gifted friend Guru (stylishly played by the late Kishore Kumar), Bhola begins to "serenade" Bindu, by lip-synching to his friendâ€™s poignant vocals ala Cyrano de Bergerac to Roxanne. The film features a memorable scene where Bhola and Masterji conduct a "juggulbandi" from opposite windows; the scene climaxes with Masterjiâ€™s hilariously frenzied Bharat Natyam solo.
Bhola manages to win Binduâ€™s affection until she learns of Bholaâ€™s charade. In anger, she turns to the ever-waiting Masterji, and agrees to marry him. Crestfallen, Bhola loses hope, and on the eve of Binduâ€™s wedding decides to kill himself. In a delightful turn of events, however, true love prevails in this charming comedy. Featuring R.D. Burmanâ€™s upbeat musical score and such popular hits as "Mere Saamne Wali Khidki " and the toe tapper "Ek Chatura Naar kar ke singar", Padosan is a true classic that will leave you laughing for days.