Gulzar's Namkeen reminds of a social demograph partially realized in Jane Austen 's Pride and Prejudice . Struggle of three sisters to survive a living , struggle of a mother to protect daughters from their father takes a new interface as a truck driver moves in their home to stay . Movie boldly challenges patriarch social microstructure and more over excels qualitatively in portraying truck driver Sanjeev Kumar . Sacrifices and affairs in relationship has been portrayed with a typical yet stunning Gulzar's signature conflict .
Shabana Azmi is mute yet speaks a lot .
And this song explains a lot .
The three sisters are shown pounding grain in the song and going about their work and singing this song with partly nonsense words. Gulzar additionally puts in the words pantaa bhate tattkaa baigun poraa, which geographically doesn’t make sense, since they are Bangla words of a brinjal dish. I have been told that it means “fresh eggplant roast in wet rice”.