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Padosan
 
Producer: Mahmood & N.C. Sippy
Director: Jyoti Swaroop
Starring: Sunil Dutt, Saira Banu, Mahmood, Kishore Kumar
Music: R.D. Burman
Lyrics: Rajinder Krishan
Genre: Comedy
Recommended Audience: General
Reviewed by: Lavanya Iyengar  - Rating: 9.0 / 10
 
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A delightfully light-hearted comedy, this was producer Mahmood’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 Bindu’s enamored Tamil dance teacher Masterji (comically played by the talented Mahmood himself). The smitten Bhola meanwhile decides to win his lady’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 friend’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 Masterji’s hilariously frenzied Bharat Natyam solo.

Bhola manages to win Bindu’s affection until she learns of Bhola’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 Bindu’s wedding decides to kill himself. In a delightful turn of events, however, true love prevails in this charming comedy. Featuring R.D. Burman’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.

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