Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi

Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi (transl.That Which Moves Is Called a Car) is a 1958 Indian comedy film. 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 S. D. Burman, and the lyrics were written by Majrooh Sultanpuri. The success of the film led the brothers to act in another comedy titled Badhti Ka Naam Dadhi ("That Which Grows Is a Beard") to rhyme with the name of this film. The film was remade in Marathi in 2006 as Saade Maade Teen.[2]

Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi
Theatrical poster
Directed bySatyen Bose
Produced byAnoop Sharma
StarringKishore Kumar
Ashok Kumar
Anoop Kumar
Music bySachin Dev Burman
CinematographyAloke Dasgupta
Edited byR.M. Tipnis
KS Films
Distributed byM/S Issardas Naoomal
Release date
  • 1 January 1958 (1958-01-01)
Running time
173 min
Box office25 million (US$360,000)[1]


Brothers Brijmohan, Manmohan and Jagmohan Sharma run a garage. Brijmohan hates women and does not allow any women or pictures of them in his garage unless it is an emergency. One day, while Manmohan is on the night shift, a woman named Renu 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 does not like the fact that Renu shouted at him and initially refuses to repair her car, but finally agrees. Manmohan fixes the car, and Renu leaves, forgetting to pay Manmohan for his services. He tells his brother Brijmohan about this and realizes that Renu forgot her purse in the garage. Manmohan goes through it and finds a pass to a concert. Manmohan goes to this concert to recover his money. When Manmohan reaches the venue, he is not allowed to enter as the pass has Renu's name on it. Not wanting to let go of his money, Manmohan waits in Renu's car to meet her when she comes out. He, however, falls asleep and Renu does not notice him; she drives home and parks in her garage with Manmohan in the car. When Manmohan wakes up, he gets hungry and looks for some food in Renu's garage. A servant in the house sees this and chases Manmohan, who manages to escape. On his way home, he notices a few men dumping a corpse on the road and fleeing. When he tells his brothers about his night the next morning, they have a hearty laugh at his expense.

Later, Renu calls the garage asking for help with her car and assuring she will pay back her fees. Manmohan refuses to go to her house, fearing that he will be recognized by Renu's servant and will get into trouble; Jagmohan decides to go. Jagmohan meets Sheela in Renu's house and the two start talking. Jagmohan is, however, afraid of women. He gets nervous because Sheela is around and cannot repair the 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, who wants to get his younger brother married to Renu. Renu's father decides to talk to Renu about this, not knowing that Raja Hardayal and his brother are crooks – Manmohan saw Raja Hardayal's brother dump the corpse.

As Renu is falling for Manmohan and the crooks desperately want her inheritance, Renu and Manmohan are captured by Hardayal's men. In captivity, they meet Kamini, the woman whose photo Renu had 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; as a result, he 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 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 Hardayal Singh has his way, Brijmohan is brought to the scene by Kamini. Brijmohan, who is a boxing champion, fights Raja Hardyal Singh's men with the help of his two brothers. In the end, Brijmohan and his brothers are victorious. Manmohan and Renu decide to get married. So do Brijmohan and Kamini, and Jagmohan and Sheila.



Kishore Kumar made Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi, hoping it would fail commercially; he wanted to show losses in his income, and thus avoid paying a huge income tax to the authorities. To his disgust, the film became a success; as he did not want to add to his earnings, he gave Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi and all its rights to his secretary Anoop Sharma, who retained the copyright. The income tax case on Kishore Kumar was not solved even after forty years.[3]


Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi
Soundtrack album by
GenreFeature film soundtrack
ProducerS.D. Burman

The music is composed by S.D. Burman, with lyrics by Majrooh Sultanpuri.[4] The songs "Hum The Woh Thi" and "Ek Ladki Bheegi Bhaagi Si" were based on Tennessee Ernie Ford's "The Watermelon Song" and Merle Travis's "Sixteen Tons" respectively.[5]

# Title Singer(s) Music Duration
1 "Babu Samjho Ishare" Kishore Kumar, Manna Dey S.D. Burman 04:54
2 "Ek Ladki Bheegi Bhaagi Si" Kishore Kumar S.D. Burman 04:01
3 "Haal Kaisa Hai Janaab Ka" Asha Bhosle, Kishore Kumar S.D. Burman 04:28
4 "Hum The Woh Thi" Kishore Kumar S.D. Burman 03:44
5 "Hum Tumhare Hain" Asha Bhosle, Sudha Malhotra S.D. Burman 04:38
6 "In Haathon Se Sab Ki Gaadi" Kishore Kumar S.D. Burman 03:20
7 "Main Sitaron Ka Tarana" Asha Bhosle, Kishore Kumar S.D. Burman 05:47
8 "Ruk Jao Na Ji" Asha Bhosle S.D. Burman 03:13

Box office

Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi was released on 1 January 1958.[3] The film was a box office success,[1] becoming the second highest-grossing film of the year and 21st highest-grossing Indian film of the 1950s.[6]


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  4. "Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi". JioSaavn. Retrieved 5 May 2019.
  5. Srinivasan, Karthik (13 November 2018). "How Two Songs In Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi Were Inspired By American Singer Tennessee Ernie Ford". Film Companion. Retrieved 13 November 2018.
  6. "Top Earners 1950–1959". Box Office India. Archived from the original on 19 September 2012. Retrieved 30 January 2011.
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