CHURA LIYA HAI TUMNE JO DIL KO – ASHA/RAFI – R D BURMAN – ZEENAT AMAN/VIJAY ARORA | YAADON KI BARAAT (1973)

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Movie: This song appears in the hit 1973 action drama Yaadon Ki Baraat (Procession of Memories) produced and directed by Nasir Hussain. The movie starred Dharmendra, Ajit, Zeenat Aman, Vijay Arora, Tariq Khan, Neetu Singh, etc. This song became particularly very popular. The movie was remade in Telugu as Annadammula Anubandham, in Tamil as Naalai Namadhe and in Malayalam as Himam.

Music of this song runs during the beginning of the titles. Shankar, Vijay and Ratan are brothers. Their mother has taught them a song Yaadon ki baraat…, which they hold dearly to their hearts. The boys’ father is a painter and witnesses a robbery by Shakaal (Ajit) and his goons. Shakaal kills him to protect his identity before he can give the killer’s painting that he made to the police. He also kills the man’s wife. Having lost both their parents, the 3 boys get separated from each other. But not before Shankar and Vijay have witnessed the murder.

Years later the boys have grown up. Shankar (Dharmendra) is haunted by the memory of his parents’ murder and with his friend Usman (Ravinder Kapoor) is on a crime spree. Vijay (Vijay Arora) is adopted by the estate manager of a rich man in Mahabaleshwar. Ratan (Tariq Khan) has been brought up by the boys’ maid and has changed his name to Monto. He has started a band and sings with it at hotels.

Vijay meets Sunita (Zeenat Aman) one day on a lonely road, where he is driving a motorbike and she is in a car. Their next meeting is in the hotel, where Ratan as Monto is singing with his band. Vijay has just passed his final exam with flying colors. He returns to Mahabaleshwar, where he sees Sunita bullying his adopted father. Sunita is the daughter of the rich owner of the estate, where Vijay’s foster father works. When she leaves, he speaks to the older man and goes to visit his friend Salim (Jalal Agha). There he is told that Sunita is having a party and has invited Salim’s boss as well. I wonder if it is a co-incidence that Salim’s friend and his boss’ name are the same – Vijay.

In the party, Sunita sings this song to make fun of Vijay and Vijay plays along.

Song: The lyrics of this song were penned by Majrooh Sultanpuri and the music was composed by R D Burman.

The girl says, “You have stolen my heart. Don’t avoid me now. You have changed my life. Don’t change yourself. I want to come as spring in your life. My life should not get over with this longing. Today, promise me that you are mine.”

The boy replies, “I will decorate you even by sacrificing everything I have. I will give the blood from my heart to use as make-up for your beautiful lips. I will show to this world what it is being faithful to one’s beloved.”

Video: Cinematography is by Munir Khan.

This is a party sequence. The video begins with Zeenat Aman clicking 2 wine glasses. Then she picks up a guitar and plays it. She is wearing plain white palazzos. She looks very beautiful in it. She moves about the entire room. The room is very beautiful colored in light shades. The entire set looks like it has been carved in wax.

She walks towards Vijay Arora playing the guitar. He is wearing a black suit, which contrasts with the color of Zeenat Aman’s palazzos. He also looks handsome. He takes the guitar from her and plays it while singing the song further. The video ends with both of them standing on the verandah.

Artists: The playback of this song was sung by Asha Bhonsle and Mohammad Rafi, while the onscreen performances are by Zeenat Aman, Vijay Arora and others.

Cultural Influence: It is a typical party scene and usually parties are conducted in this way. The song is very good and the video is watchable to pass the time.

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