Mere dil ne jo manga mil gaya – Lata – Kalyanji-Anandji – Leena/Dharmendra | Rakhwala (1971)

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Somehow, I find a little desperation in the music of this song. I wonder how the others feel.

Movie: This song appears in the 1971 musical Rakhwala (Protector) produced by S Krishnamurthy and directed by Adurthi Subba Rao. It starred Dharmendra, Leena Chandavarkar, Vinod Khanna, late Madan Puri, Jagdeep, late Rakesh Pandey, etc. It was remade from the 1967 Tamil Kaavalkaaran.

Deepak Kumar (Dharmendra) wins a boxing match and is awarded a cup and Rs.5000 for the win. He even gains a job as a car driver for Jwala Prasad (Madan Puri) in the process. The day he joins the job he finds out that Jwala Prasad’s daughter is Chandni (Leena Chandavarkar), who was studying in his college with him. They had also fallen in love and Deepak had saved her life once.

However, Shyam (Vinod Khanna) has an eye on Chandni despite his nightly nefarious activities with innocent women. One day, Deepak’s mother, on her deathbed tells Deepak that his younger brother Suresh (Rakesh Pandey) is no one but her brother’s son. Her brother had been killed by Jwala Prasad for his wealth. Now, it was the duty of Deepak to get the wealth back for his cousin brother. Shyam also hears this story and blackmails Jwala Prasad into marrying Chandni to him.

However, when Jwala Prasad broaches this subject with his daughter, she says that she is in love with Deepak. Initially, Jwala Prasad does not agree with the match. Eventually, he relents, saying that he would make Deepak a rich man and then marry her to him. Chandni feels happy and takes her car alone to find Deepak on the road. Chandni sings this song at this time during the movie.

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

The girl says, “I get whatever my heart wants. Whatever I ask for I get. Every desire of love has become young. Darkness has left covering its face. The morning of my life has come. Today, the sky is bowing down at my feet. Slowly, my dreams bring a new color into my closed eyes. Some sweet songs come to my barren land. Before we blink, the scene has changed. This is a new turn in my life. Intoxication is spreading in me. Now, I will live in flowers. Every desire of love has become young.”

Video: Cinematography by P L Roy.

The video begins with a car moving towards the camera. In the next shot, some deer are shown running across the forest ground. Leena Chandavarkar is sitting in the car and begins singing. On the way, Dharmendra is walking with his back to the car. She drives the car in front of him to make him stop.

Then Leena Chandavarkar stands up on the seat of the car. Holding Dharmendra for support, she jumps off the car. Leena Chandavarkar is wearing a simple green colored sari and Dharmendra is wearing a simple dress too.

Leena Chandavarkar begins to dance. Dharmendra asks her if she had gone mad. She replies in the negative. Then he looks exasperated and she pushes him onto the grassy ground. Dharmendra feigns being upset. Leena Chandavarkar understands it and throws a flower on him. They are now in a garden. The video ends with both moving together toward a bush.

Artists: The playback has been sung by Lata Mangeshkar and the onscreen performances are by Leena Chandavarkar and Dharmendra.

Cultural Influence: This is a girl-following-boy romantic song. It can happen in real life. Girls may go and stand in front of the boy. Or she may go where he goes. But, taking the cinematic liberty, a song has been woven from the situation. It will give a kick to teenagers. It is worth watching due to the performances of Leena Chandavarkar and Dharmendra, as many times as one wants.

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