Kolkata Police uses legendary scene from Saptapadi to create awareness on safe riding
Kolkata: The scene featuring the immortal romantic pair of Bengali Cinema Uttam Kumar and Suchitra Sen, riding on a motorcycle and singing ei path jodi na sesh hoy in the film Saptapadi, is still as popular as it was five decades ago.
The Kolkata Police didn't make any delay in making use of the evergreen scene, in which Uttam Kumar is riding a motorcycle with Suchitra Sen as pillion rider, to reach people of all ages with the message of "Safe Drive Save Life".
The Kolkata Police has tweeted a still photograph of a particular moment from the scene, in which both the matinee idols are singing the song while riding the motorcycle and a parody of the song has been incorporated to create awareness on the importance of using helmets while riding a motorcycle, even as a pillion.
In this particular scene of the Bengali romantic drama that was released in 1961, Uttam Kumar and Suchitra Sen were featured singing a duet. The song was sung by Hemanta Mukhopadhyay and Sandhya Mukherjee.
Now, in a bid to encourage people to use helmet, it has been shown in the photograph that Uttam Kumar is saying ei path jodi na sesh hoy (if the road doesn't end), in reply to which Suchitra Sen is seen saying duto helmet holey besh hoy (it would be good if there are two helmets).
Before playing the role of a motorcycle rider in the film, Uttam Kumar had taken lessons in motorcycle riding from a famous motorcycle collector in South Kolkata. However, on the day when the scene was shot, the director decided that he would act with Suchitra Sen on a fixed motorcycle.
He had learnt the art of motorcycle riding so perfectly, that the viewers had got the feeling that the two-wheeler was moving, even though the scene was shot on a fixed motorcycle.
The motorcycle that Uttam Kumar was seen riding in the film was a BSA Golden Flash. Today too, many high-end bikes are often found plying on city roads. So, the police have taken up the idea of creating awareness using the photograph of the matinee idols.
The tweet has been liked by many and the same has been retweeted by 78 users of the social networking site.