the dedication of the main actor leads him to practice table tennis games at lunchtime. Little does he know that one of his coworkers has managed to bring egg curry for lunch which in turn leads to a hilarious sequence of events where the egg is mistaken for a table tennis ball and the ball is mistaken for an egg
Zindagi ki cricket mein draw nahi hota … ya toh jeet hoti hai ya haar … aur jeet ussi ki hoti hai joh upar hai … aur upar wahi hai joh neeche nahi hai
Have you lately been disrespected by the security guard at office? Or swindled by crooks who sold you assembled junk for a motorcycle? Or have you had a case of LLL (Love’s Labor Lost)?
What you need then is a ‘zabardast ghumao’ in life. let Col. J.N.W. Singh give you that.
ABOUT COL. SINGH
Col. Singh is a seer of human nature and is wicked-smart in the ways of the world. His client roster boasts of legends like Shri. Amitabh Bachchan who seeks his help in matters of tax planning. He also corresponds regularly with eminent dignitaries and the Prime Minister’s Office.
Though his teachings have never been compiled as a book, his exceptional pedagogy was captured as a documentary made in 1975. The documentary chronicles the metamorphosis of a shy, mousy Arun into a shrewd champion of matters worldly.
Arun is initially diagnosed by Col. Singh as a case of ‘LLL’ and Unstable Paranoid Frustration and prescribed an intensive course in Special Courtship Training and Psycho Therapy Behaviorism.
Arun later emerges a winner in life to thwart the pesky Nagesh and secure the affections of his lady-love, Prabha.
If the Colonel is too pleased with your performance, he might choose to give you your entire course fee back.
Arun (Amol Palekar) works at the firm of Jackson Tolaram and in the very same building though on a different floor works Prabha (Vidya Sinha) in Frank Lloyd. Both Arun and Prabha catch the same bus from the same bus stop every day to work and get separated only when they actually reach the work premises. Arun is in love with Prabha and it is something of a ritual with him to stare at her and follow her, alternately and at the same time if possible. Prabha is aware of Arun´s attentions and is more than flattered by them. Arun however is never even able to strike up a conversation with Prabha let alone express an interest in her. He is simply happy to daydream about her and continue his ultimately frustrating daily exercise.
To shatter Arun´s peace there enters into his idyllic world the very flamboyant, the very self-centered Nagesh (Asrani) who is an acquaintance of Prabha´s and in fact works at the very same office. These rivals then battle it out everyday with Nagesh inevitably winning out because of his street-smart attitude and superior skills in just about every walk of life. Totally frazzled and despondent, Arun starts consulting all sorts of astrologers and palmists and suchlike and finally lands into the arms of the very wise and jovial Colonel Julius Winnifred Singh (Ashok Kumar). The Colonel teaches Arun the tricks of the trade and Arun after a sabbatical of sorts returns to the environs of Bombay and wins both love and a stronger self.
Who needs chopsticks. Sometimes you should just go for it!!
Flora restaurant in Worli Mumbai was featured in the above scene where Nagesh (Asrani) is struggling to use the chopsticks. The restaurant is still in business. It does not seem that the decor has changed much over the years.
For lovers of the movie, please identify the dishes ordered by Arun (Amol Palekar)
In the movie “Chhoti si Baat” Arun Pradeep (Amol Palekar) wants to buy a scooter to impress his lady love Prabha (Vidya Sinha) and instead ends up buying an old bike due to a devious stratagem hatched by Ustad Gurnaam, of Munich garage, and his mechanic accomplice Pinto.
As part of a plan to get rid of an old bike that is in a state of disrepair, Gurnaam, along with Peter, Pinto and another accomplice staged a enactment where Pinto and the other guy pretend to be buyers interested in the bike. As part of the sales pitch, Gurnaam lists out the following qualities for the motorcycle.
- Single owner for 25 years
- Original English maal (closest translation – goods)
- Every component is like a piece of diamond
Gurnaam also claims that the bike is his dil ka tukda (piece of heart) and he is compelled to sell this only because he is in financial need. Gurnaam asks for Rs 4000 and settles for a single cash payment of Rs 3000 to which Arun agrees to.
In this movie it is shown that Arun is looking at a Royal Enfield bike, but when he is riding in the picture above, it is a Triumph Speed Twin model.
This is where it all began. The trio enjoying a meal at the wonderful Cafe Samovar (closed) at Jehangir Art Gallery in Bombay.
Arun (Amol Palekar) attempts to order but Nagesh buts in, snatching the menu from Arun and proceeds to order. Nagesh is a regular at the restaurant and instructs the waiter D’Souza (first name unknown) to put in an order for his special dish (reference to Chicken a la Poos). Furthermore, Nagesh first confirms that the Chef Peter is indeed working today and in the kitchen to tend to his order. It is mentioned (by Nagesh) that Peter will pay special attention to the order if he is aware that it was ordered by Nagesh.
Nagesh goes on to place the order with D’Souza as follows
- Chicken a la Poos – 3 Plates
- Dahi Bada (According to Nagesh, often relished by Prabha) – 3 Plates
- Keema (minced meat) Parantha – unkown quantity
Nagesh quite authoritatively mentions to D’Souza that his tip is contingent on quick service.
During the small talk at the table it is revealed that Sunil (Gavaskar) was Nagesh’s batchmate and was indeed guided by Nagesh, though it is not immediately clear if he was referring to school or college batch.
Once the food arrives, the order has been partially fulfilled as is evident from the picture below.
The Dahi Bada, Chicken and rice are clearly identifiable, but we cannot confirm the identity of the 4th item. It appears to be some sort of vegetable dish which is not mentioned in the ordering round.
Also, missing from the order is the keema parantha (potentially due to the ambiguous quantity in the order) which is noticed by Nagesh and immediately apologetically acknowledged by D’Souza. However, we never get to see this item actually being fulfilled as the party continue to enjoy lunch and the next shot shows finger bowls on the table.
As for the filming location a few shots of the venue in their present condition.
View from outside
Cafe Samovar seating area
Humble Menu, missing signature dish – Chicken a la Poos