“Nanhe munhe bacche teri mutthi mein kya hai, mutthi mein hai takdeer hamari”
Although many of us have never seen this film, and even fewer know the name – I am sure all of us have heard this song as kids and sung along.
The song is from a film called ‘Boot Polish’ poignant but inspirational movie about two urchins who take to a shoe-shining job to earn money and food. It’s a great moral story, especially for kids.
The two kids in question are Baby Naaz and Master Ratan.
This film was nominated for the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film festival in 1955, and Baby Naaz was given a special mention (It was her first film as a child actress by the way!).
Back home, Raj Kapoor, Tara Dutt and David won awards for ‘Best Film’, ‘Best Cinematographer’, and ‘Best Supporting Actor’, respectively.
You all know Raj Kapoor, right? But for those who aren’t sure who David is (and I am sure there are many), David (full name: David Abraham Cheulkar) was the same fellow who always played the role of the ‘friendly uncle’ or ‘sweet old man’ in films like ‘Chupke Chupke’ and ‘Khubsoorat’.
I think he was a personal favourite of Basu Chatterjee and Hrishikesh Mukherjee, and with good reason! (He is absolutely adorable)
The song I mentioned above is picturized with him and a whole lot of kids, is a popular number till date, and If you look on the right hand side, you can watch it right now.
Now, something about Baby Naaz – her career as a grown up actress never really took flight. Her real name was Salma Baig. Interestingly, her performance in this movie gave her so much recognition at that tender age, that she was known by the name Baby Naaz throughout her life.
This film was her 10th or so ( can you imagine how TALENTED she must have been to do those many at THAT age?) Apparently, Naaz got this film when Nargis saw her in a show and recommended her to Raj Kapoor. After that, there was no turning back for the girl, who did numerous films, one of which was also Devdas.
It is said that Raj Kapoor was not happy with Prakash Arora’s directorial skills and intervened himself (as he was often said to do) to re-shoot the entire thing himself. The film however, is credited to Arora’s name.
Raj Kapoor’s other venture into children’s’ films was Ab Dilli Dur Nahi.
Well, that’s about it! Cheers to Baby Naaz and Master Ratan and David!