BHAIYA MERE RAKHI KE BANDHAN KO NIBHANA – LATA – SHANKAR-JAIKISHEN – NANDA | CHHOTI BEHEN (1959)

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The bond between siblings is different from any other. The teasing, the secrets, waiting to have food together, etc. is something else altogether. In India, the bond between siblings is represented by the rakhi, which a sister ties on her brother’s wrist. My sister would tie it on my wrist. 🙂

Movie: This song appears in the 1959 family drama Chhoti Behen (Younger Sister) produced and directed by Prasad. The movie starred late Nanda in the title role with late Balraj Sahni, late Rehman, late Mahmood, Shubha Khote, Shyama, late Veena, etc. This movie was a remake of a Tamil movie En Thangai (1952). The film was also remade in Telugu as Aada Paduchu and in Kannada as Onde Balliya Hoogalu.

Rajendra (Balraj Sahni) lives in a middle-class home with his younger brother Shekhar (Rehman) and younger sister Meena (Nanda). He loves a school teacher Yashodha (Veena) and both hope to get married after Meena and Shekhar’s marriages. The movie begins with the day of Raksha Bandhan and Meena sings this song while celebrating the festival by tying Rakhi to both her brothers – Rajendra and Shekhar.

Song: The lyrics of this song were penned by Shailendra and the music was composed by Shankar-Jaikishen.

The girl asks her brothers, “O my elder brother, fulfill the promises of the Raksha Bandhan. O my elder brother, don’t forget your younger sister. This day is a happy festival and is sacred like the water of a river. The sister applies the auspicious tilak on the bright forehead of her brother. These benign rains sway while watching this. We tie this silken thread on your wrist and expect something back from you. This thread is delicate like glass, but cannot be broken for the whole life. This the whole world knows.”

Then she tells her brothers that there might come such days when she might not be with them to tie the rakhi on their wrists. She might be in some other city or country. But they should remember her and her love at that time. This song depicts the affection of brothers and sisters.

Video: Cinematography is by Dwarka Divecha.

The video opens in a highly decorated bungalow, where Nanda is making arrangements for celebrating the Raksha Bandhan festival. After arranging the plates of flowers, etc., she brings her elder brother Balraj Sahni. Nanda applies roli on Balraj Sahni’s forehead. Then she brings her other elder brother Rehman.

Next, she ties a rakhi to both Balraj Sahni and Rehman’s wrists and snatches the money from their hands. Nanda applies roli and rice to Rehman’s forehead. She then offers garlands to both her brothers and performs Aarti.

Nanda is wearing a typically South Indian pavade davni (this movie was produced and directed by a South Indian), while both the brothers wear North Indian style dhoti kurta. She holds both their hands and tells them to remember her if she is not near enough to celebrate Raksha Bandhan together. She gives sweets to both her brothers and Balraj Sahni gives a piece to her. Mahmood arrives in anger and the video ends.

Artists: The playback singer is Lata Mangeshkar and Nanda lip-syncs to the song, while Balraj Sahni and Rehman look on.

Cultural Influence: 2 elder brothers and one younger sister in a rich family is a blessing. The song is worth watching several times.

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