Usha Uthup sings ‘I Married A Female Wrestler’ in the Bollywood Film ‘Bombay to Goa’

Usha Uthup sang ‘I Married A Female Wrestler in the Bollywood Comedy Film, ‘Bombay to Goa’ released in 1972.

Usha Uthup was interviewed by Vernon Corea in the early 1960s. Vernon featured her music over the airwaves of Radio Ceylon, subsequently the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation. She had flown to Colombo as many other young aspiring Indian musicians did to be on radio programmes of Radio Ceylon. The station was ‘King of the Airwaves’ in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. Vernon was instrumental in helping the music careers of so many, including musicians from the Indian sub-continent. In the 1980s, Usha Uthup was a frequent visitor to Vernon Corea’s BBC Office in The Langham, opposite BBC Broadcasting House. Vernon has also interviewed her on his popular BBC Radio London programme, ‘London Sounds Eastern.’

In the film ‘Bombay to Goa’ the 1972 adventure-comedy Hindi movie starring Amitabh Bachchan, Shatrughan Sinha, Aruna Irani and Mehmood, Usha Uthup sing’s requests in a nightclub and one song requested by Amitabh was the Ernest Ignatius hit, ‘I Married A Female Wrestler,’ popularized across the Indian sub-continent by Radio Ceylon and Vernon in particular. Vernon has also interviewed a very young Ernest Ignatius back in the 1960s.

The storyline from Wikipedia –

Usha Uthup and Amitabh Bachchan in the nightclub scene in ‘Bombay to Goa.’

The lives of Atmaram (Nazir Hussain) and his wife (Dulari) are turned upside down when they see their daughter, Mala’s (Aruna Irani) pictures in a magazine. They arrange for Mala’s marriage with the son of Ramlal (Agha). Mala is opposed to marrying anyone who she has not met, and is at the same time thrilled that the two persons she trusted, one Sharma (Shatrughan Sinha), and the other Verma (Manmohan) had actually submitted her pictures to a magazine, and were now willing to sign her up for a Bollywood movie. Mala is not able to understand her parents’ opposition on her way to fame, and runs away from home with a lot of money and hands this money to Sharma and Verma. Greed overtakes Sharma and Verma, leading to the death of Verma. Mala, who witnessed Sharma kill Verma, now is on the run for her life. She boards a bus from Bombay which bound for Goa. Sharma soon overtakes her, and has one of his armed men on the bus to kill her. And then arrives Mala’s admirer Ravikumar (Amitabh Bachchan), who not only protects Mala, but also accompanies her throughout the journey. Mala starts to trust and subsequently fall in love with Ravikumar. The bus journey is adventurous with the passengers, a totally mixed bunch, from all over India, different religions, cultures, and faiths, all thrown together for this journey. The bus is in the “control” of driver Rajesh (Anwar Ali), and conductor, Khanna (Mehmood).


Mehmood … Khanna / Bus Conductor
Anwar Ali … Rajesh / Bus Driver
Shatrughan Sinha … Sharma
Amitabh Bachchan … Ravikumar
Aruna Irani … Mala
Nasir Hussain … Atmaram, Mala’s Father
Dulari … Mala’s Mother
Manmohan … Verma
Mukri … South Indian Passenger
Sunder … Pandit
Kishore Kumar … Himself
Keshto Mukherjee … Sleeping Passenger
Manorama … Young Girl’s Mother
Yusuf Khan … Boxer
Babbanlal Yadav … Boxer’s Henchman
Mehmood Jr. … Dhaba Waiter
Asit Sen … Dhaba Owner
Lalita Pawar … Kashibai
Birbal … Marathi Passenger
Rajkishore … Passenger


Mehmood offered the role of Ravikumar to future Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.Mehmood specially made this movie to launch his brother Anwar Ali and Amitabh Bachchan.


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