Bombai Ka Babu

Bombai Ka Babu, India, 17 April 1960

Babu and Malik are two inseparable friends who live in a small town in India. One day they decide to play a prank and steal something but get caught. While Malik's dad came to bail out and stand as surety for him, Babu has no one to do so and ends up in the juvenile centre. When the two grow up, Malik becomes a Police Inspector, while Babu takes to crime and ends up in jail. When he is released from the jail, he goes to meet his partner-in-crime, Bali, and together they start planning the next heist. Malik meets Babu and tells him to straighten his ways. But Babu had already tried that and ended up being falsely accused of stealing a necklace belonging to his employer's wife. Nevertheless, Babu does inform Bali that he will not be taking part in any crime. Thereafter, Bali and his men are arrested and they blame Babu for ratting on them. Bali is released on bail. When Babu meets him, an argument ensues leading to a fight and Bali is killed. A fearful Babu flees Bombay and lands up in Jogendra Nagar in Northern India, where he meets a man named Bhagat who asks him to masquerade as Kundan, the sole heir of a wealthy man named Shahji. When Babu refuses, Bhagat threatens to notify the Police. Babu becomes Kundan and makes his way into the hearts of Shahji, his wife Rukmani and daughter Maya. Babu gets enough cash to pay off Bhagat in small installments but Bhagat becomes greedy and wants Babu to steal all the cash and jewellery and abscond. Babu is reluctant to steal from the kind people. To make matters worse, he has fallen in love with Maya - apparently his 'sister'. Caught between a rock and a hard place - no matter what move Babu makes - he will surely end up trapping himself - not only with Bhagat, but with his new found family as well as the police - who are now hot on his trail.

  • Genre: Action
  • Runtime: 154 Minutes
  • Director: Raj Khosla

Story

Bombai Ka Baboo (English: Gentleman from Bombay) is a 1960 Hindi film directed by Raj Khosla and written by Rajinder Singh Bedi. The film stars Dev Anand and Suchitra Sen in her rare appearance in Hindi cinema.

Though the film was a thriller, it treads into rare Hindi film territory by hinting at incest between the lead pair. Except for the "Brother-Sister" angle, the plot of Bombai Ka Babu is inspired by O. Henry's short story, A Double-Dyed Deceiver. The story of the movie Zameer starring Amitabh Bachchan is very similar to this movie.

Film and Music expert Rajesh Subramanian opines that it was Waheeda Rehman who sang the popular Telugu hit "Eruvaka Sagaroo Rannoo Chinnananna" on the behest of S D Burman and Dada Burman used the same tune for the title song "Dekhne mein bhola hai".

With classic songs like 'Chal ri sajni, ab kya soche', by Mukesh, and 'Deewana mastana hua Dil' by Mohd. Rafi and Asha Bhosle, the film was a musical masterpiece, with music by S. D. Burman and lyrics by Majrooh Sultanpuri. Raj Khosla was also the director of Dev Anand's suspense thrillers like CID (1956) and Kaala Paani (1958).