"Take movies, music, poetry out of life & its gone!"
Ranu Mondal’s real life instance was surprisingly there in a Dev Anand film released four decades back. – By Bobby Sing
03 Sep, 2019 | Articles on Cinema / Articles on Music, Poetry and Life / BTC Exclusive

A poor girl singing at a railway station or in the daily passenger local gets spotted by a music director accidently traveling by the train on a rainy day. Noticing her untrained but melodious voice with an amazing tonal quality, he decides to give her a chance and takes her to his studio for recording a film song. He gives her a surprising make-over, encourages her to sing the fresh lyrics and gets the recording done resulting in a great hit track.
Reading the above you must be thinking about the recent discovery made on social networks, now famous as Ranu Mondal – the lady found singing on a railway platform by Atindra Chakraborty, who was later given a dream chance of recording a Hindi film song by the famous Himesh Reshamiya. 
The man who was once laughed upon for saying “Mujhe Inkey Ghar Mein Roti Chahiye” supporting the budding singers on a TV reality show, proved his said words years later giving an unbelievable chance to Ranu Mondal. And the lady thankfully made the best of the opportunity given, bringing tears to the eyes of every single person watching her video clip singing the track in the studio, wearing a new shining saree and the big head phones having a smile on her face.
However, revealing the incredible fact related with the description narrated above, in reality I was not talking about Ranu Mondal, Himesh Reshamiya or their newly recorded film song. The instance mentioning the discovery being made in a local train was actually right there in a Dev Anand-Tina Munim film titled MANPASAND released in 1980.
Now you can call it the real life imitating the reel life, a matter of luck or anything else but the truth is that whatever happened with Ronu Mondal and Himesh Reshamiya in 2019, almost the same was also there in the film written and directed by Basu Chatterjee four decades back, though it had a different background of a bet placed between friends.
Giving you the gist, in MANPASAND too Dev Anand and Girish Karnad (related to the music industry) accidently discover the sweet voice of a poor girl selling Datun (Neem branches) in a local train played by Tina Munim. And then Dev decides to give her a chance, transforming her entire persona of a rude, outspoken girl into a graceful, talented singer in only a few months’ time.
Though MANPASAND – a musical having a melodious soundtrack by Rajesh Roshan (including a few inspired songs) and thoughtful lyrics by Amit Khanna (also the producer), was an adaptation of George Bernard Shaw’s famous play PYGMALION (also adapted as an English classic MY FAIR LADY in 1964), it beautifully Indiansed the entire proceedings converting the girl selling flowers into a girl selling Datun in the local train, only to be later followed by the real life becoming a rare, blessed co-incidence.
Interestingly, we thought only film-makers and authors used to come up with films and books depicting the real life.
But here it was the real life depicting a film scene and that too after a long gap of almost four decades.
Bobby Sing
(3rd Sept. 2019)

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