This song is a Bhangra song. It always reminds me of my childhood. My Mom would make my sister and me dance to the tune of Bhangra songs in school. I have always played the male character during these events. I feel so nostalgic. Besides, the singer of this song is Asha Bhonsle, my favorite.
Movie: This song appears in the 1968 movie Neel Kamal (Blue Lotus, a girl’s name here) produced by Pannalal Maheshwari and directed by Ram Maheshwari. The star-cast included Waheeda Rehman, late Raaj Kumar, Manoj Kumar, late Mahmood, late Balraj Sahni, Shashikala and late Lalita Pawar. Waheeda Rehman bagged the Best Actress Award from Filmfare for her role in this movie.
Sita (Waheeda Rehman) and her friends from college go on a trip to a historical place. At night, when they are returning home and waiting for their train in the railway waiting room, Sita sleepwalks and is almost hit by a train on the tracks. Ram (Manoj Kumar) saves her and takes her back to the station since the train which was going to run her down was the train the group was supposed to board. The other girls miss Sita and are worried that they might miss either the train or Sita. They do not want Sita to be left behind since she has to perform on stage for a charity function soon after for which all tickets had been sold.
It is at this time in the movie that this song appears.
Song: Music of this song was composed by Ravi and the lyrics were penned by Sahir Ludhianvi. Here the combination of Bhangra and Western music is excellent.
The girl calls her friends and tells them to look at the person in front of them. She finds that the person looks very strange. He neither has a moustache nor a plait (braid).
The boy says that he had just returned from abroad and had sung so well that entire Europe had swayed to his tune. He also says that he is her boyfriend and requests her not to reject him.
The girl finds it difficult to consider him even a human being. She threatens him that if he would call himself her boyfriend then she would not even stop at murder. According to her, her boyfriend was much more handsome than that boy.
The boy insists that he had brought gifts for her from the different countries he had visited. He explains to her that if he had worn the desi dress in a Western country, they would have thought that he was uneducated.
The girl goes on teasing him in a similar vein and he tries to convince her. Eventually, he wears his desi traditional dress and comes in front of her. Only then does she recognise him as her boyfriend.
Video: Cinematography is by Fali Mistry.
The video begins with a spacious stage on which Waheeda Rehman dances as 2 characters – male and female with extra dancers. This is not possible in reality. Cinematic liberty makes it possible. On the stage, the setting is a village.
Waheeda Rehman is a fantastic dancer. She makes the 2 characters different from each other very easily. The dress of the female character is bright orange and the dancers wear light pink dresses, which are pleasing to the eyes. Waheeda Rehman is wearing typical bhangra dress.
The dress color of the male character is off-white and it is a suit. The extras on that side also wear suits in a dark color. They dance holding a guitar in their hands. Their dance resembles today’s break dance and shakes of yore. Eventually, this character also wears a traditional bhangra dress.
Initially, the female character does not accept the male character as her boyfriend. The video ends with the female character accepting the male character as her boyfriend since he is in the bhangra dress. Manoj Kumar is enjoying the dance, sitting on the first row of the audience. He expresses his enjoyment very well through his face, though he is sitting in one place.
The choreography and picturization of the same actor performing 2 characters on stage is a difficult task. It needs a lot of imagination.
Artists: The playback singer is Asha Bhonsle and chorus and Waheeda Rehman performs onscreen with extra dancers. Manoj Kumar and others are in the audience watching the stage performance.
Cultural Influence: Bhangra-lovers will perform the dance after watching the song. Waheeda Rehman performs both the male and female characters in this song. Due to that, people have performed this song on stage with the same dancer performing both the characters with the dress and makeup of one on their front and the other on their back.