I call this song Asha square (Asha2) because there are 2 Ashas involved in the song – actor Asha Parekh and singer Asha Bhonsle, both my favorites.

Movie: This song appears in the 1970 movie Naya Raasta (The New Path) produced by I A Nadiadwala and directed by Khalid Akhtar. The movie starred Jeetendra, Asha Parekh, late Balraj Sahni, Farida Jalal, late Sujit Kumar, late Lalita Pawar, late Veena, etc.

Chander (Jeetendra) has returned from the city to perform the last rites for his father and decides to give up law to settle in the village. This village is backward in that many people are segregated as untouchables. Chander is planning to bring some kind of revolution in the village by treating everybody as equal. But his mother Rukmini (Veena) tells him to stop talking about equal rights because he is no longer living in a city.

But Chander still continues his good work. When, one of the untouchables, Shallo (Asha Parekh) sees that Chander partook of the food that she had made for her brother Bansi (Balraj Sahni), she begins to revere him as God. Chander sees her place flowers on the plow he uses and picks them up. He stops her on her way and tucks one of the flowers in her hair saying that those flowers are worthy of being tucked into her hair.

It is at this time that she sings this song.

Song: The music of this song was composed by N Dutta and the lyrics were penned by Sahir Ludhyanvi.

The girl says, “I have realized that someone is trying to attract my heart. My heart is dancing in happiness. I have found a place in his heart. It is not without reason that he wanted to tuck this flower in my hair.”

The song is very small – made of just 2 small stanzas. The girl realizes that she is in love with someone and that someone is also attracted towards her.

Video: The video begins with Jeetendra tucking a pink rose on Asha Parekh’s hair. She runs away to sing this song. She is wearing a simple village dress. The makers of this movie have given her a lot of space to run and dance to the tune of this song.

The places she runs to, has a lot of grass, water and trees. She also runs over muddy soil. She continues singing and shows the flower Jeetendra had tucked in her hair towards the camera. Then she runs with her back to the camera and thus the video ends.

Artists: The playback singer is Asha Bhonsle and Asha Parekh lip-syncs to the song.

Cultural Influence: Sometimes, when educated men go to villages, they like the innocence of village girls and fall in love with them. That is what this song depicts. This song is worth watching 2-3 times.


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