A Romantic Comedy Bollywood
movie released in 1968, Padosan
(Neighbour) is the story of Man Child
Bhola (Sunil Dutt
) who falls in love with Girl Next Door
Bindu (Saira Banu
). He refers the matter to his guru
(teacher, in this case music/drama) Vidyapati, played by comedy veteran Kishore Kumar
. Vidyapati develops intricate schemes
to catch her eye, quickly realizing that the key is to appeal to her love of music - fed by Master Pillai (veteran comic Mehmood
in a Funny Foreigner
role as a stereotypical South Indian), who we quickly realize is also infatuated with Bindu. The solution is obvious: Bhola can win Bindu's heart by serenading her. Unfortunately, his voice turns out to be only slightly better than the neighborhood donkey.
A second solution is immediately obvious: Bhola can mime singing, while Vidyapati hides in his room and sings on his behalf. This scheme - along with other schemes - works for a while, but eventually all is revealed. Bindu, upset at this betrayal, decides to marry Master Pillai after all, but a quickly rigged fake suicide works to prove that Bindu loves Bhola best, and the two of them end up married and happy.
Provides examples of:
- Complexity Addiction: While Bindu is admittedly fairly hard to please, Guru Vidyapati seems to go out of his way to come up with complicated Gambit Roulette-ringed schemes to woo her.
- Pairs: In-movie, Bhola and Masterji fight over Bindu. On screen, we have two highly respected comedians (Mehmood and Kishore Kumar) trying to one-up each other. In soundtrack, a Crowning Music of Awesome (Ek Chatur Naar) consists of a musical duel between populist singer Kishore Kumar and classically trained Manna Dey, both well-loved playback singers in Bollywood.