Song: Main Chali Main Chali
Music: RD Burman
Singers: Asha Bhosle, Lata Mangeshkar
Lyrics: Rajendra Krishan
Actors: Saira Banu and others
Songs about female friendships were a trend in 1950s and 60s in Hindi cinema. ‘Ae kaala baadal bol’, ‘Tum jiyo hazaaron saal’, ‘Gori chali sasuraal’, and the all-time favourite ‘Main chali main chali’ – a delightful song from Padosan which was considered to be one of the best comedy movies in Hindi.
Saira Banu and her friends are cycling around the city, and the lyrics and music bring a smile to every face. The song shows how free and happy women are in each other’s company, even as they ensure we keep our feet on the ground and don’t go wandering off some place where someone might cheat us in love. This is one of the few songs sung by Asha Bhosle and Lata Mangeshkar together. ‘Mere Samne Wali Khidki Mein’, ‘Ek Chatur Naar Karke Singaar’ were other evergreen songs from Padosan.