YEH HAI MERA PREMI MUJHKO KARE SALAM – LATA/KISHORE – LAKSHMIKANT-PYARELAL – LEENA CHANDAVARKAR/JEETENDRA | BIDAAI (1974)

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Movie: This song appears in the 1974 drama Bidai (Farewell – Usually, this word is used for the farewell of brides from their parents’ home after their marriage). The movie was produced and directed by L V Prasad. The movie was a remake of the Telugu Talla Pellama (1974). The Hindi movie starred Jeetendra, Leena Chandavarkar, late Madan Puri, late Durga Khote, late Satyen Kapoo, late Anwar Hussain, Kanan Kaushal, Meena T, late A K Hangal, etc. Durga Khote, who played the widowed mother of Satyen Kapoo and Jeetendra won the Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award.

Parvati’s (Durga Khote) husband expires after his partner cheats him of all his money in their business. She still has to bring up her children – Prabhakar, Sudhakar and a mute Gauri. Prabhakar (Satyen Kapoo) marries Pooja (Kanan Kaushal) and leaves them. Time passes and Sudhakar (Jeetendra) grows up to complete his schooling and goes away to complete his degree. Gauri (Meena T) is not allowed to marry Murli (Asrani) and commits suicide. Murli loses his sanity and Sudhakar is called back home.

Padma (Leena Chandavarkar) has fallen in love with Sudhakar, a college mate of hers. When her father Dharam Das (Madan Puri) does not allow her to marry him, she runs away with Sudhakar’s friend Shankar Lal (Jagdeep) in his taxi. When she reaches Sudhakar’s home, Parvati insists that Sudhakar marry Padma. This song is placed at this place, after their first night.

Song: The music of this song was composed by Lakshmikant-Pyarelal and the lyrics were penned by Anand Bakshi.

The girl says, “Have a look. This is my lover. He salutes me. I am his queen and he is my slave.”

The man repeats her, “I am her lover. I salute her. She is my queen and I am her slave.”

The girl continues, “He is the moon. I am moonlight. I am the fragrance. He is the flower. Look! He has forgotten everything thinking of me. What is your name?”

He replies, “I don’t remember.”

She asks again, “Where do you live?”

He replies, “I forgot.”

She asks, “Who am I?”

He replies, “You are my beloved.”

She asks again, “How do I look?”

He replies, “Very beautiful.”

She continues, “I am his White Fairy and he is my young lover. I am his queen and he is my slave.”

The chorus sings, “Such a beautiful couple! Such a beautiful union!”

The girl takes over, “Look, I will show you the game of our love. Will you sing?”

He replies, “Yes, I will sing.”

She asks, “Will you dance?”

He replies, “I will. How will I praise you? I don’t find the words. Even fairies do not have this style. I will spend night and day in your service. If I call a name, it will be yours.”

She takes over again, “He entertains me like this morning and evening. I am his queen and he is my slave.”

The chorus sings, “We have seen millions of lovers. This man is one in a million.”

The girl comes forward and says in anger, “Just leave! Stay away from him, friends. Don’t ever touch him. I warn you!”

This way, the girl keeps the other girls zealously away from her man.

Video: Cinematographer is Jal Mistry.

The video begins with Jeetendra and Leena Chandavarkar coming out of a door. It is a dream sequence. The whole set is made up of playing cards. The set is beautiful with multiple rotating platforms. Both of them are wearing dresses like that of the King and Queen from the playing cards. The dresses of the other dancers are also like those from playing cards.

Jeetendra, the Jumping Jack has been given very soft and simple steps. Same is the case with the heroine. The video ends with both of them going out the door again.

Artists: The playback has been sung by Lata Mangeshkar and Kishore Kumar, while onscreen performances are by Leena Chandavarkar and Jeetendra.

Cultural Influence: A boy and a girl will always be in a fantasy world when newly married. This song sequence depicts one of them. The video is worth watching for a change.

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