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Badhti Ka Naam Daadhi - 50 years of a mad cap comedy

Kishore Kumar's film "Badhti Ka Naam Daadhi"  which had released on June 30, 1974, is indeed a groundbreaking example of zany ...

Kishore Kumar's film "Badhti Ka Naam Daadhi"  which had released on June 30, 1974, is indeed a groundbreaking example of zany comedy that defies conventional filmmaking techniques. The film's narrative, or lack thereof, centres around the absurd premise of competition for the longest beard as an inheritance condition. This sets the stage for a series of outrageous events that showcase Kumar's irreverent humour and unconventional approach to storytelling.

One of the most notable aspects of the film is Kishore Kumar's dual role as both filmmaker and actor within the narrative. His constant interruptions and quirky instructions to the cast further blur the line between fiction and reality, enhancing the film's chaotic and unpredictable nature.

The characters in "Badhti Ka Naam Daadhi" are caricatures that exaggerate stereotypes and absurdities. For instance, the trio of doctors with names like Dr. Thappadwala, Dr. Ghoosawala, and Dr. Dandawala adds a layer of surreal humour to the already bizarre storyline. The villains, depicted as beard-snapping antagonists armed with scissors, epitomize the film's over-the-top style.

The main conflict revolves around the rivalry between Kishore Kumar's Mr. Gypsy and KN Singh's Khadak Singh, both vying for the coveted title of longest beard. Their antics, along with the support of a colourful ensemble cast, including Amit Kumar's Django and a young Bappi Lahiri's Bhonpu, contribute to the film's nonsensical yet entertaining plot.

The film's climax, with its surprise winner revealed in a classic special appearance, underscores the film's commitment to absurdity over logic. "Badhti Ka Naam Daadhi" is less about a coherent storyline and more about celebrating the sheer madness and comedic genius of Kishore Kumar.

In summary, Kishore Kumar's "Badhti Ka Naam Daadhi" is a testament to his maverick creativity and fearless experimentation. By disregarding conventional norms of filmmaking and embracing the ludicrous, Kumar crafted a film that continues to be remembered for its sheer audacity and ability to evoke laughter through its unconventional approach to comedy.

By Pratik Majumdar 

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