Ni sultana re – Rafi/Lata – R D Burman – Shashi Kapoor/Asha Parekh | Pyar ka Mausam (1969)

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This is one of my favorite duets of Mohammad Rafi Sahab with Lata Mangeshkar. I just love this title song so much. 🙂

Movie: This song appears in 1969 hit romantic movie Pyar Ka Mausam (The Season of Love) produced and directed by late Nasir Hussain. The movie starred Shashi Kapoor, Asha Parekh, late Bharat Bhushan, late Nirupa Roy, late Madan Puri, late Tahir Hussain, late Rajinder Nath, etc. Nasir Hussain’s nephew Faisal Khan, who was 3 years old then played Shashi Kapoor’s childhood role. Late R D Burman not only gave the music for the songs of this movie, he had also acted in it. The story was Nasir Hussain’s favorite theme of lost-and-found formula, when the members of a family get separated in the beginning of the movie and they get reunited at the end after much drama.

Seema is the only child of widower Mohan and is adopted as a child by his boss Sardar Ranjit Singh (Tahir Hussain). He does not have an heir to his estate since his daughter Jamuna (Nirupa Roy) eloped with a poor farmer Gopal (Bharat Bhushan). Ranjit does not get along well with his step-brother Shankar (Madan Puri). Jamuna manages to appease her father and he decides to visit her home. However, their home is burnt down by Shankar with Gopal burning to death and their son Sundar is missing. Jamuna loses her sanity as a result.

Many years later Seema (Asha Parekh) meets a young man named Pyarelal (Shashi Kapoor) in Ooty when she is on an outing with her friends. It is at this time that Pyarelal challenges Seema on a musical contest that would attract some women working in a nearby field. This is the song that both of them sing to attract the women.

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

The man says, “Dear Sultana, the season of love has come. It’s greenery all around. You may not say anything through your mouth. But, your bangles say a lot. After listening to what your bangles say, my heart sways.”

The girl replies, “O Beloved, heartless person, the rains have come. You come as well. When I will meet you, my beloved, and hold your hand, then I will sing more enthusiastically. I will be happy and satisfied only when I will meet you. My heart has gone to you. How will one live, at least tell that to me.”

Video: Cinematography is by Munir Khan.

The video begins with Shashi Kapoor playing the guitar and beginning the song. After he has danced for the first stanza that he has sung, Lakshmi Chhaya comes toward Asha Parekh and tries to help her with the challenge. Shashi Kapoor gets her out of the picture gesturing that the contest is between himself and Asha Parekh and she should not interfere.

Then Shashi Kapoor asks Asha Parekh to dance in the way he wants. Asha Parekh sings and dances to the tune of it. When her part of the song’s beginning is over, Shashi Kapoor sidles up to her, singing and tries to fix a flower in her hair. When she leaves his side and the flower falls down, he catches hold of her hand and turns it a bit on either side and then leaves her hand.

Next, he dances around her, continuing to sing. Lakshmi Chhaya again tries to interfere, when Tabassum stops her. Asha Parekh repeats her part of the song. But, soon Shashi Kapoor shows a Rs.100 note to the women; who run to him, snatch it from him and run away. Asha Parekh runs away from there and her friends are about to move toward her.

The video ends with Shashi Kapoor enjoying the win that he got by cheating.

Artists: The playback of this song was sung by Mohammad Rafi and Lata Mangeshkar and the onscreen performances are by Shashi Kapoor and Asha Parekh, while Tabassum, Lakshmi Chhaya and others look on.

Cultural Influence: This is the first meeting of the hero and the heroine. The hero challenges the heroine but cheats to win. It has been picturized well. This is also filmi stuff. However, the video can be watched for the artists and the melody of the song.

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