I remember having seen this song in a trailer for the movie when we had gone to a theatre to watch another movie. May be because it was sung by Mohammad Rafi, the song stuck to me and I remembered it today.

Movie: This song appears in the 1978 action movie Nalayak (Unworthy) produced by Jagdish Sharma and directed by Padmanabh. The movie starred Jeetendra, Leena Chandavarkar, late Satyen Kapoo, late Nirupa Roy, Asrani, Bindu, etc.

Lakshman (Jeetendra), the black sheep of the family, is considered a no-good slacker. His sister-in-law Sita (Nirupa Roy) had brought him up with a lot of pampering. One day, Lakshman’s brother Ram Narayan (Satyen Kapoo) asks him to visit their niece’s marriage at Talegaon. Lakshman borrows a jeep from a mechanic friend and goes to the races in Pune. There he meets Seema (Leena Chandavarkar). Seema had been compelled to visit the races though she did not like it. Looking at her attitude, he places a bet with his friend that he would make her his girlfriend. When she leaves the races, Lakshman follows her and sings this song.

Song: The lyrics of this song were penned by Varma Malik and the music was composed by Kalyanji-Anandji.

The man says, “The world has always thought me to be an idler. The people called me worthless. If anybody else calls me anything, I won’t be hurt. If you say, I will take poison and die. There is modesty in your eyes. The modesty is beautiful. O this youth! The youth is beautiful. Reply in love for the question of love. Our pairing will be very good. My eyes will see you in dreams. Our love will be beautiful. Don’t reject me. Listen to me. If anybody else rejects me, I will not be hurt. If you reject me, I will take poison and die. Listen to me. Don’t go far. The light of my eyes, don’t show such attitude. You will accept someone as your boyfriend. (Why not me?) I will definitely get your love, though I might lose my reputation or be famous. I will take you with me today. Just come, don’t leave me. If anybody else leaves me, I will not be hurt. If you leave me, I will take poison and die.”

Video: Cinematography is by Kamlakar Rao.

The video opens with Leena Chandavarkar driving a car. Jeetendra is following her in a jeep through a narrow road. There is greenery on both the sides of the road. Jeetendra overtakes Leena Chandavarkar’s car and stops. Then Leena Chandavarkar has to stop her car.

He goes to her car and takes away the ignition keys. Next, Leena Chandavarkar goes to the garden and Jeetendra follows her.

Jeetendra used to be called Jumping Jack because of the kind of dance he used to be given. Here there is a lot of pumping he does. His dance here is more like aerobic exercises.

Her friends and his friends come over to the garden and watch them. Initially, she rejects the flowers that he gives. Then she ponders over what he is singing and accepts the flowers. By the time, they come closer, their friends declare their presence and Leena Chandavarkar’s friends take her away.

Towards the end, Jeetendra has been given some jumps as well. The video ends with Jeetendra and Leena Chandavarkar saying bye to each other.

Artists: The playback has been sung by Mohammad Rafi and Jeetendra lip-syncs to the song while Leena Chandavarkar and others look on.

Cultural Influence: Usually, people go for picnics to parks together with friends. In this song, it is shown differently. When the boy and girl come to the park, their friends follow them rather than coming with them. The video is worthy of watching for Mohammad Rafi’s song, Jumping Jack Jeetendra and Leena Chandavarkar, though she has not been given much work.


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