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The Legacy of Bhoot Bangla and Chhote Nawab: A Tribute to Mehmood and R.D. Burman


Bhoot Bangla (1961) Chhote Nawab (1965): A Review of Two Classic Bollywood Movies




Bollywood is one of the most prolific and popular film industries in the world. It has produced thousands of movies in various languages, genres, and styles over the decades. Among these movies, some have become classics that are cherished by generations of viewers. In this article, we will review two such classic movies: Bhoot Bangla (1961) and Chhote Nawab (1965). These movies are examples of comedy, horror, mystery, drama, and romance genres. They were directed by Mehmood Ali (Mehmood) and S.A. Akbar respectively. They featured some of the most famous actors, singers, and composers of that era. They also influenced the Bollywood industry and culture in various ways. Let us take a closer look at these movies and see what makes them so special.




Bhoot Bangla (1961) Chhote Nawab (1965)



Bhoot Bangla (1961)




Bhoot Bangla is a comedy-horror-mystery movie that was released in 1961. It was directed by Mehmood Ali (Mehmood), who also played one of the lead roles in it. The other lead actors were Tanuja Mukherjee (Tanuja), Nasir Hussain (Nasir), Nana Palsikar (Nana), Asit Sen (Asit), Dhumal (Dhumal), R.D. Burman (Rahul), etc. The movie was a box-office hit and received positive reviews from critics.


The plot of Bhoot Bangla revolves around a haunted mansion that belongs to a wealthy family. The family members have been killed or disappeared mysteriously over the years. The only survivor is Kumar (Nasir), who lives in London with his friend Rekha (Tanuja). Kumar decides to return to India to claim his inheritance after his uncle's death. However, he finds out that his uncle's will states that he has to stay in the mansion for one month before he can inherit it. He also learns that there are rumors of ghosts and murders in the mansion.


Kumar decides to take up the challenge with Rekha's help. They are joined by three other friends: Mohan (Mehmood), Ramu (Rahul), and Shyam (Asit). They arrive at the mansion and meet the caretaker, Lala (Nana), who warns them about the dangers of staying there. They also encounter a mysterious woman, Kamini (Helen), who claims to be Kumar's cousin. She tries to seduce Kumar and scare away the others.


The movie then follows the adventures and misadventures of the five friends as they explore the mansion and face various spooky and funny situations. They encounter ghosts, skeletons, bats, spiders, snakes, and other creatures. They also discover clues and secrets about the family's past and the mystery behind the murders. They realize that someone is trying to kill them and prevent them from inheriting the mansion.


The movie is full of comedy, horror, and mystery elements that keep the audience entertained and intrigued. The movie has a blend of slapstick humor, witty dialogues, suspenseful scenes, and surprising twists. The movie also has a musical touch, as it features some of the best songs composed by R.D. Burman and sung by Manna Dey, Lata Mangeshkar, Kishore Kumar, Asha Bhosle, and others. Some of the popular songs are "Aao Twist Karein", "Jago Sone Walon", "Pyar Karta Ja", "O Mere Pyar Aaja", etc.


Some of the memorable scenes and dialogues from the movie are:


  • The scene where Mohan pretends to be a ghost and scares Ramu and Shyam.



  • The scene where Kumar and Rekha dance romantically in the garden while Kamini watches them jealously.



  • The scene where Lala tells the story of how his father died in the mansion.



  • The scene where Kumar finds a secret passage behind a painting and enters it.



  • The scene where Kamini reveals her true identity and motive.



  • The dialogue where Mohan says "Bhoot Bangla hai yeh, bhoot bangla" (This is a haunted mansion, a haunted mansion).



  • The dialogue where Rekha says "Kumar, tum mujhe bhool jaoge" (Kumar, you will forget me).



  • The dialogue where Kamini says "Main tumhara cousin hoon, Kamini" (I am your cousin, Kamini).



The movie also has some themes and messages that are relevant to the audience. The movie shows the importance of love, friendship, courage, honesty, and justice. It also shows the consequences of greed, revenge, hatred, and deception. It also shows how people can overcome their fears and challenges with humor and optimism.


Chhote Nawab (1965)




Chhote Nawab is a comedy-drama-romance movie that was released in 1965. It was directed by S.A. Akbar (Akbar) and produced by Mehmood Ali (Mehmood), who also played one of the lead roles in it. The other lead actors were Ameeta (Ameeta), Johnny Walker (Johnny), Minoo Mumtaz (Minoo), Helen Richardson (Helen), etc. The movie was a moderate success at the box-office and received mixed reviews from critics.


The plot of Chhote Nawab revolves around a young prince who lives in a palace with his father and stepmother. The prince's name is Bajrang Bahadur Singh (Mehmood), but he is fondly called Chhote Nawab (Little Prince) by everyone. He is innocent, naive, spoiled, and pampered by his father. He has no interest in studies or responsibilities. He only likes to play with his toys and pets.


One day, his father decides to send him to Bombay (now Mumbai) to learn some manners and discipline from his uncle. His uncle is a strict and stern man who runs a hotel business. He has a daughter named Roshni (Ameeta), who is smart, educated, and independent. She is engaged to a rich businessman named Rajan (Jagdish Raj). Chhote Nawab arrives in Bombay with his loyal servant Gopal (Johnny) and his pet dog Moti.


The movie then follows the adventures and misadventures of Chhote Nawab as he adjusts to the city life and faces various challenges and conflicts. He meets different kinds of people and experiences different kinds of situations. He falls in love with Roshni, who initially dislikes him but gradually warms up to him. He also makes friends with a cab driver named Munna (Mukri), a dancer named Sheila (Helen), and a singer named Anwar (Anwar Hussain). He also faces enemies such as Rajan, who is jealous of his relationship with Roshni, and a gangster named Raka (Rashid Khan), who wants to kidnap him for ransom.


The movie is full of comedy, drama, and romance elements that keep the audience entertained and moved. The movie has a blend of situational humor, emotional dialogues, dramatic scenes, and romantic moments. The movie also has a musical touch, as it features some of the best songs composed by R.D. Burman and sung by Mohammed Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar, Shamshad Begum, Manna Dey, and others. Some of the popular songs are "Ghar Aaja Ghir Aaye", "Matwali Ankhon Wale", "Aaj Hua Mera Dil Matwala", "Chura Ke Dil Ban Rahe Ho Bhole", etc.


Some of the memorable scenes and dialogues from the movie are:


  • The scene where Chhote Nawab arrives in Bombay and gets confused by the traffic and the crowd.



  • The scene where Chhote Nawab meets Roshni for the first time and annoys her with his childish behavior.



  • The scene where Chhote Nawab goes to a nightclub with Munna and Sheila and dances with them.



  • The scene where Chhote Nawab saves Roshni from Rajan's goons and confesses his love for her.



  • The scene where Chhote Nawab gets kidnapped by Raka and escapes with Gopal and Moti's help.



  • The dialogue where Chhote Nawab says "Main chhota sa nawab hoon, mujhe kuchh nahi aata" (I am a little prince, I don't know anything).



  • The dialogue where Roshni says "Tumhari aankhon mein ek ajeeb si chamak hai" (There is a strange sparkle in your eyes).



  • The dialogue where Rajan says "Tumhare liye to main kuchh bhi kar sakta hoon" (I can do anything for you).



The movie also has some themes and messages that are relevant to the audience. The movie shows the importance of growth, learning, adaptation, and transformation. It also shows the value of love, trust, respect, and honesty. It also shows how people can overcome their differences and prejudices with understanding and compassion.


Comparison and contrast




Bhoot Bangla and Chhote Nawab are two classic Bollywood movies that have some similarities and differences in terms of their genres, styles, tones, plots, characters, music, and themes. Let us compare and contrast them in this section.



Aspect


Bhoot Bangla


Chhote Nawab


Genre


Comedy-horror-mystery


Comedy-drama-romance


Style


Slapstick humor, witty dialogues, suspenseful scenes, surprising twists


Situational humor, emotional dialogues, dramatic scenes, romantic moments


Tone


Light-hearted, adventurous, thrilling


Sweet-hearted, sentimental, touching


Plot


A group of friends stay in a haunted mansion to inherit it and solve the mystery behind the murders


A young prince goes to Bombay to learn some manners and discipline and falls in love with his cousin's fiancee


Characters


Kumar (Nasir), Rekha (Tanuja), Mohan (Mehmood), Ramu (Rahul), Shyam (Asit), Lala (Nana), Kamini (Helen)


Bajrang Bahadur Singh/Chhote Nawab (Mehmood), Roshni (Ameeta), Gopal (Johnny), Munna (Mukri), Sheila (Helen), Rajan (Jagdish Raj), Raka (Rashid Khan)


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