I think I can safely say that we owed money to our canteen walas at some or the other point in time. In school or in college when dad either didn’t give enough pocket money, or enough was just never enough.
It is said that when Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi was filmed, the inspiration for the song paanch rupaiyya bara aana came from Kishore Kumar himself. Apparently, back in college, he owed his canteen wala Rs 5.75.
Another interesting bit – Everyone who has tried to evade taxes would empathize with Kumar on this one. Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi was made with expectations that it would lose miserably. Why? Simple! If the movie flopped, he could show it as a loss of income, and thus avoid paying taxes! Makes you wonder why more than half the movies flop today, doesn’t it? Kumar went one step ahead – he plagiarised (the ultimate sin we journalists can commit) two of the songs in the movie, both lifted from two different English films. “Hum the who thi” from The Water Mellon Song and “Ek ladki bheegi bhaagi si” from 16 Tons of the album 16 Tons of Tennessee Ernie.
But the twist is that not only did the film not flop, it went on to become a roaring success. Poor Kumar saab. Getting a hit and not being able to afford it.
And of course, who can forget the lovely Madhubala. Considered one of the most beautiful women of her time, “Haal kaisa hai janab ka” was where the romance between Kumar and her began, at the time that Kumar was still married!
Oh, and guess what? Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi was to be followed by a movie called Rukti Ka Naam Khatara. We all can guess what fate that one met. I just dug up another piece of funny trivia: It seems KK directed another film called Badhti ka naam daadi to follow CKNG! Funny man, indeed.