ANKHIYON SE GOLI MAARE – DULHE RAJA

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Govinda was known as the Mithun Chakraborthy of the Poor People. I personally have a sisterly affection for him since the beginning of his career. Also this song has a special place in my memories. We were living elsewhere in Mumbai in the late 1990s. There was a little girl called Dolly living in our building in a ground floor apartment. She had a special place in her heart for my Mom, calling her Mummy Aunty. She would come to our home climbing the difficult (for her) steps to the first floor. She used to be a great fan of Govinda and would make me play cassettes with his songs. Then she would dance to the tune and make me dance too. She would sing this song particularly in this way, Akhiyonse boli mare… (Sic)!

Movie: The song appears in the movie Dulhe Raja (1998) produced and directed by late Harmesh Malhotra. It is a rom-com starring Govinda, Raveena Tandon, Kader Khan, Prem Chopra, Johnny Lever, Dinesh Hingoo and Asrani.

K K Singhania (Kader Khan) buys an expensive hotel ‘Maharaja International’ from P K Diwani (Dinesh Hingoo). Raja (Govinda) runs a dhaba (a small desi restaurant) inside the hotel premises, creating a drop in the earnings of Singhania’s hotel. Any which way Singhania tries to dislocate Raja’s dhaba ends in failure and hilarity.

Singhania’s daughter Kiran (Raveena Tandon) loves Rahul Sinha (Mohnish Bahl). Rahul gets regular financial support from Bishambar Nath (Prem Chopra). In the meantime, Raja falls for Kiran. He blatantly tells Singhania that he is fascinated by Kiran and he tirelessly asks Singhania for her hand only to be refused by the girl’s father.

Singhania also knows that Rahul is a rogue, who lures young women and later dumps them after making most of their wealth. Singhania thus warns Kiran not to marry Rahul and after an argument with her declares that he would allow her to marry anybody except Rahul.

One day, Raja destroys the top floor of Singhania’s hotel after Singhania tries to demolish his dhaba with a municipality bulldozer. Furious, Singhania heatedly declares Raja as his greatest enemy. Overhearing this, Kiran decides to ruin her father’s resolution that she is allowed to marry any man, a destitute or Singhania’s greatest enemy. She begins a false love affair with Raja increasing the latter’s affection for her.

It is during this time that this song is placed.

Song: Music by Anand Milind and lyrics by Sameer.

The boy sings thus, “She brings the person, who is crazy about her, to a bad condition. She shoots bullets from her eyes. The girl is fantastic.”

The first stanza means that the girl has the capacity to destroy the person, who is crazy about her. This is said in a light and fun manner. A metaphor of the girl shooting like a gun shoots a bullet has been used here.

The girl sings, “The boy is fantastic. He shoots bullets from his eyes.”

The boy continues, “A little undulating, a little wavy, she walks like a deer. She behaves in one way at one time and then another at another time. She changes her color often.”

Here the girl’s movement is compared indirectly (Metaphor) to the movement of a snake and then to that of a river. Her behavior is also indirectly compared to the different types of weights used for measurement. She is also indirectly compared to a chameleon, which changes its color.

The boy adds, “She will make anyone crazy with her own beauty. She has long, black hair, which is like a snake. She shoots from her eyes. She brings the person, who is crazy about her, to a bad condition. She shoots bullets from her eyes. The girl is fantastic.”

The girl sings, “The boy is fantastic. He shoots bullets from his eyes. Even I had fallen for you. But I had not revealed it to anyone. I would only love you morning and evening. I am saying the truth. My heart doesn’t love anyone else. Lo Behold! I have been caught by the net, which was for the nightingale.”

In this stanza, there is a Metaphor. The girl says that she has been caught by a net meant for the nightingale. She indirectly compares her relationship with the boy as a net meant for catching birds.

Video: Cinematography by Shyam Rao Shiposkar. Govinda has never been predictable as far as dances are concerned. A choreographer said in an interview that all choreographers had to keep 3-4 options for every step or a sequence.

This song’s instrumental version is heard when the credit display runs in the beginning of the film.

The beauty of this song and dance sequence is the different steps used in a break dance, the change in dresses and the garden, with water fountains. The green grass is pleasant to the eyes. The grass growth is shaped into different designs in the foreground as well as the background. This also looks very good. At the end of the song, Govinda and Raveena Tandon moving up and down the stairs look good.

Artists: Sonu Nigam and Jaspinder Narula sing and Govinda and Raveena Tandon dance to its tune.

Cultural Influence: This song has an entertainment purpose only. The dance can be enjoyed by children and older people alike.

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