In contrast to the sterto-typed sex-violence and lost-found oriended films, fresh comey films with long-lasting effects are scant in the largest film-producing country. One of these few which are of uncompounded mirth-merriment and "maja" is, undoubtedly, Padosan masi in 1968. Though the film was adopted from a hit Bengali film "Paser Bari" released in early fifties, Padosan is a class by its own. Bhola (Sunil Dutt) as the name suggests, is a simple, innocent young man who comes to live in his aunt's house that happens to face the house where the beauty Bindu (Saira Banu) lives. Bhola is romantically fascinated by Binu who is coveted by his music teacher Mehmood. It is understood that Bindu's bent is not for her Tamil "master-ji" but for his art. Singing is Greek to Bhola . Kishor Kumar along with his troop comes to stand by Bhola to make him champion in winning the wnsome lady. It is schemed that the Guru, Kishor Kumar will sing in envelopment and Bhola will just manage his lip-play and facial jestures so as to impress his sweet-heart. The project works and following some dramatic situations both are involved romantically and the poor "masterji' is found castaway. But in a situational event the truth comes to light and Bhola is rejected by Bindu on the charge of his deceit . There awaits yey another act of deceit. On the counsel of the "Guru" Kishor Kumar, Bhola has to feign dead as a result of suicide. Kishor Kumar and his dear chums aggravate the shock of Bindu by commenting upon the profound shock of Bhola. Bindu, who has already lost her heart to Bhola cannot control herself. She rushes up and drops on the lying Bhola. Bhola can hardly put up with wails and tears of Bindu and wakes up from his death-stance.
This is the long and the short of Padosan. The factors which contribute to the success and ever-lasting impression of the film are:-a) Jyoti Swarup the director must be a man of profound sense of humour. He knows, how to make each scene and sequence full of fun.The script is well-written and well-knitted, very much in consort with the situations.b) The charaters are brilliantly portrayed. Kishor Kumar is , par haps, the best in this film. He has blended his singing talent and acting potentials so subtly. As the typical Tamil music teacher Mehmood is , in a word, outstanding.His austerity, innocence, attraction for Bindu are so marginal but impeccable that nowhere there is modicum approach of overacting. We cannot think of any other person as a good substitute for him. Sunil Dutt in a sharp antithesis to his branded voice of a "daku".People have dicovered another Sunil Dutt here.c) R.D. Burman has done one of his best job in this film. Keeping apart, "Mere samne wali khirki me" or " Kahena hai, kahena hai" one has to strain nerves with the the difficult number "Ek chatur nar kar ke shringar"sung by Kishor and Manna Dey and Mehmood has been put in funny way with classical discepline intact. The hearsay goes, it took 21 days to record this song. A film like
Padosan does not come every year but once in a decade , if not more. This is the only reason a man takes up his pen to write the review of a movie nearly forty years later than its release