Director/Composer/Na: Hrishikesh Mukherjee/S. D. Burman
ISBN/UPC (if available): SHEDVD 018
The film revolves around Professor Parimal Tripathi (Dharmendra), a botany professor who falls in love with and marries Sulekha (Sharmila Tagore).
Parimal loves playing pranks, and is the antithesis of regular professors. Sulekha, on the other hand is in awe by her jijaji (brother-in-law) Raghavendra (Om Prakash). She considers her jijaji to be a person of high intellect and looks upon him as her idol. Parimal develops an inferiority complex thanks to Sulekha's excessive praise of her jijaji and decides to prove that he is also just as smart. Jijaji's pressing need for a driver who can speak pristine Hindi provides the perfect opportunity for Parimal to enter into his life. Parimal decides to become Pyaremohan Illahbadi, a motor mouth driver who pretends to hate the English language and speak only Hindi. So begins the comedy of errors, as Parimal and Sulekha play prank after prank on the unsuspecting jijaji.
First they pretend that Sulekha is not happy in her new marriage, then they put across the impression that Sulekha is having an affair with Pyaremohan, and if that was not enough they get Parimal’s long time friend Sukumar Sinha (Amitabh Bachchan), who is also a Professor, but of English literature, to temporarily act as Parimal and portray him as a serious and boring lecturer, the complete opposite of Parimal's character. Pyaremohan's excessively refined Hindi, his habit of correcting jijaji's usage of the language and his persistence in getting jijaji to teach him English all serve to irk jijaji to no end and provide for many laughs. Towards the end, SuKumar falls in love with and ends up marrying Vasudha (Jaya Bachchan) who at first believed he was Parimal, Pyaremohan reveals his true identity and jijaji finally admits that he too can make mistakes. The film revolves around the resolution of these funny mishaps.
Hrishikesh Mukherjee directed Dharmendra in Anupama (with Sharmil Tagore) (1966), Satyakam (with Sharmila Tagore) (1969), Guddi (Dharmendra in a ‘special appearance’ as himself) (1971), and Chupke Chupke (again with Sharmila) (1975). This collaboration produced two National awards -1966 ‘Anupama’ best Hindi film and 1969 – ‘Satyakam’ – Best Hindi film.
Amitabh, Dharmendra, Om Prakash, Asrani, Jaya Bhaduri,
Usha Kiran, Sharmil Tagore
Director: Hrishikesh Mukherjee
Music Director: S. D. Burman
Producer: N. C. Sippy