In these times of hookup cultures and no judgements, we have forgotten the innocence of love, the beauty of it, and the happiness of it. Call me an old school romantic, but that’s how I lead my relationships. I have my reasons, no heartbreaks, no confusions, just growth and fun of being in love. One movie that resonates the most with my inclination is Padosan. The movie was directed by Jyoti Swaroop in 1968. It was an adaptation of a Bengali story ‘Pasher Bari.’
Padosan is always in the list of all-time must-watch Bollywood movies. It had a special flavour of comedy, romance, and drama which is lacked in volumes in the movies of the modern era. The movie had an all-star cast – Sunil Dutt, Saira Bano, singer Kishor Kumar, and Mehmood.
Falling in love is an adventure, Padosan was the manifestation of it. Bhola (Sunil Dutt) has moved to his aunt’s home recently, where he finds Bindu (Saira Bano) a beautiful and elegant neighbour. Bhola tries to befriend her but gets rejected due to his ill behavioural manners. Vidyapati (Kishor Kumar), Bhola’s mentor comes to rescue his love story, and a trail of triumphs and mishap begins. Bhola is not the only one in love with Bindu, her teacher Pillai (Mehmood) is secretly in love with her and tries all his might to lure her.
Padosan made me realize that to fight for love is a noble cause, and when you are a dim-witted fool, its fun for everyone to watch. Sunil Dutt was a great actor, he blended in the role of Bhola like sugar in water. It was an amazing film that our generation should watch.