GORI HAIN KALAIYAN – LATA/SHABBIR KUMAR – BHAPPI LAHIRI – AMITABH BACHCHAN/JAYA PRADA | AAJ KA ARJUN (1990)

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Movie: This song appears in the 1990 hit movie Aaj Ka Arjun (Today’s Arjun) produced and directed by K C Bokadia and starring Jaya Prada, Amitabh Bachchan, Radhika, Kiran Kumar, Suresh Oberoi, Rishabh Shukla, Priti Sapru, Anupam Kher, Baby Guddu and late Amrish Puri. The movie was picturized in Rajasthan and was a remake of the Tamil movie of 1988 En Tangachi Padichava (My Sister is Educated) starring Prabhu Ganesan and Rupini. The interesting part in this place is that Priti Sapru, who had played Suresh Oberoi’s sister in Laawaris (1981), plays the same actor’s wife here.Laawaris also starred Amitabh Bachchan in the main lead.

The movie begins with Thakur Bhupendra Singh (Amrish Puri) is the landlord of a small Indian community and rules over them oppressively. With his henchman Lakhan’s (Kiran Kumar) support he compels the villagers to give thumbprints on documents palming off their lands to the Thakur. Initially, Lakhan has to kill one of the villagers to convince the others to the effect. When the local police inspector (Anupam Kher) comes to recover the body and asks the villagers more about the killer, Mohan’s (Suresh Oberoi) wife (Priti Sapru) comes forward to give the statement against the Thakur.

The police inspector visits the Thakur to convince him to surrender for the murder. But the Thakur refuses. Lakhan comes back to the villagers and in front of everybody tries to molest Mohan’s wife. But Bheema (Amitabh Bachchan) comes to the rescue of the hapless girl. He not only covers the girl with a dupatta but also beats Lakhan black and blue. Then he takes the Thakur’s henchman back to his boss to challenge the landlord. Bheema had just returned from a jail term. On hearing about Bheema’s enmity with the Thakur, the police inspector asks Bheema to visit the police station. Then on the insistence of the police inspector, Bheema tells him his story in a flashback.

This song appears in the beginning of the flashback.

Song: The lyrics of this song were written by Anjaan and music was composed by Bappi Lahiri.

The symbol of marriage in India is glass bangles. The girl says that her wrists are of fair complexion and requests the man to gift her green bangles.

The man replies whatever the color of the wrists; whoever gifts bangles is caught in a web.

The girl tries to convince the man to get married to her by revealing her love for him. He keeps denying his love for her. Finally, she begins to cry and he accepts her love.

Video: Director of Photography is Peter Pereira.

The video begins with the chimney of a flour mill making its sound. This sound kick-starts the song. The next shot shows women at the well, filling water and washing clothes. This is a typical village scene. 3-4 bullock-carts are moving towards their destination. A woman is churning curd. Some women are filling water from a river and are playing with the water.

At that time, Jaya Prada begins to tease Amitabh Bachchan. Right then, the next shot is that of a fair. There are different types of merry-go-rounds. There also Jaya Prada teases him. Some extra dancers perform Bhangra simultaneously playing the dafli (a small percussion instrument).

Then a few girls are running among the greenery. Jaya Prada brings them to tease Amitabh Bachchan while walking on a bridge. Then he gets angry and slaps Jaya Prada and she falls unconscious. When he tries to find out if she has really become unconscious, she wakes up.

Then again she tries to tease him, but he does not care. She is at her wit’s end and begins to cry. Then he realizes that she is really serious about her love and tries to appease her. She stops crying and is mollified. Among a lot of greenery the video ends.

Artists: The playback singers are Lata Mangeshkar and Shabbir Kumar, while onscreen performances are by Jaya Prada and Amitabh Bachchan, with some extra dancers.

Cultural Influence: Several cases like these happen in Indian villages. This particularly has been made into a movie. The song is watchable at least one time.

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