Published On: Sat, Dec 3rd, 2011

Chalti Ka Nam Gadi : Hilarious Romantic Comedy by Kishor Kumar and Madhubala

Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi is a famous 1958 Bollywood comedy.

The film featured Kishore Kumar, his two brothers Anoop Kumar and Ashok Kumar, and Madhubala. Kishore Kumar sang many of the songs in the film, along with Asha Bhosle. The music was composed by SD Burman, and the lyrics were written by Majrooh Sultanpuri. The success of the movie led the brothers to act in another comedy titled Badhti Ka Naam Dadhi (literally the one that grows is a beard) to rhyme with the name of this movie.


Brijmohan Sharma (Ashok Kumar), Manmohan Sharma (Kishore Kumar), and his brother Jagmohan Sharma (Anoop Kumar) run a garage. The eldest brother Brijmohan hates women and doesn’t allow any women or pictures of women in his garage unless its an emergency. One day, while Manmohan is on the night shift, Renu (Madhubala) comes to the garage seeking help as her car breaks down. Renu gets angry at Manmohan because he is sleeping when he is supposed to be on duty. Manmohan doesn’t like the fact that Renu shouts at him and initially refuses to repair her car but finally agrees. Manmohan finally repairs the car, and Renu leaves for her home forgetting to pay Manmohan for his services. Manmohan tells his brother Brijmohan about this and realizes that Renu forgot her purse in the garage. Manmohan goes through the contents of it and finds a pass to a concert. Manmohan decides to go to this concert to recover his money from Renu. When Manmohan reaches the venue, he is not allowed to enter as the pass has Renu’s name on it and not his, not wanting to let go of his money, Manmohan decides to wait in the Renu’s car and meet her when she comes out. Manmohan, however, falls asleep and Renu doesn’t notice him and drives home and parks her car in her garage with Manmohan inside. When Manmohan finally gets up, he gets hungry and tries to look for some food in Renu’s garage. A servant in Renu’s house sees this and chases Manmohan, who finally manages to escape. On his way home, he notices a few men dumping a dead body on the road and fleeing. When he tells his brothers about this the next morning, they have a hearty laugh at his expense.

Later, Renu calls the garage asking for help with her car and assures to pay back her previous dues also. Manmoham refuses to go to her house, fearing that he will be recognized by Renu’s servant and will get into trouble, so Jagmohan decides to go. Jagmohan meets Sheela (Sahira) in Renu’s house and the two start talking. Jagmohan is, however, afraid of women. He gets nervous because Sheela is around and thus isn’t able to repair Renu’s car. After Jagmohan takes off (not before drinking 10 glasses of water due to anxiety), Renu decides to call Manmohan. Meanwhile, Renu’s father is approached by Raja Hardayal Singh (K. N. Singh), who wants to get his younger brother (Sajjan) married to Renu. Renu’s father decides to talk to Renu about this not knowing the fact that both Raja Hardayal and his brother are crooks and that Manmohan had seen Raja Hardayal’s bother dump the body. As Renu is falling for Manmohan and the crooks desperately want Renu’s inheritance, both Renu and Manmohan are captured by Hardayal’s men. In captivity, they meet Kamini, whose photo Renu had earlier found in Brijmohan’s room. Brijmohan and Kamini were in love, but she was married off to Raja Hardayal. Brijmohan is under the impression that she dumped him for a richer man, and as a result of that, Brijmohan decides that he never wants to associate with women again. Kamini tries to free Renu and Manmohan, but a guard enters. Kamini, however, is able to escape herself and goes looking for Brijmohan. Meanwhile, Raja Hardyal Singh captures Renu’s father and forces him to get Renu married to his brother, threatening to kill Manmohan if he doesn’t. Before Raja Hardyal Singh has his way, Brijmohan is bought to the scene by Kamini. Brijmohan, who is a boxing champion, fights Raja Hardyal Singh’s men along with the help of his two brothers. In the end, Brijmohan and his brothers are victorious, and Manmohan decides to marry Renu, Brijmohan decides to marry Kamini, and Jagmohan decides to marry Sheela.

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