Ab ke sajan saawan mein – Lata – S D Burman – Sharmila Tagore | Chupke Chupke (1975)

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Movie: This song appears in the 1975 comic caper Chupke Chupke (Hush Hush or Stealthily) produced by N C Sippy and directed by late Hrishikesh Mukherjee. The movie starred Dharmendra, Sharmila Tagore, Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bhaduri, late Om Prakash, late Usha Kiron, late David, Asrani, Lily Chakraborty, late Keshto Mukherjee, etc.

During a Botany excursion, a Botany student Sulekha (Sharmila Tagore) falls in love with Professor Parimal Tripathi (Dharmendra). They get married with the blessings of Sulekha’s brother Haripad Bhaiya (David). Parimal is fond of playing tricks and does not follow the general image of professors. Sulekha is in awe of her brother-in-law Raghavendra (Om Prakash). In short, she reveres him. With her constantly praising her brother-in-law, Parimal develops an inferiority complex and decides to prove that he is in no way inferior to the older man.

In the meanwhile, Raghavendra has written to Haripad Bhaiya requesting him to send a driver speaking chaste Hindi. His present driver James D’Costa (Keshto Mukherjee) used improper grammar. Parimal grabs this opportunity to meet and interact with Raghavendra. Thus, Parimal becomes the driver, Pyaremohan Ilahabadi, who pretends to hate English language and speaks only Hindi. The triggers a laughathon as Sulekha and Parimal play pranks on the unsuspecting Raghavendra.

Initially, they pretend that Sulekha is unhappy with her marriage. Next, they present an impression that Sulekha is having an affair with Pyaremohan. During one of these days, P K Srivastava (Asrani) and his wife (Lily Chakraborty) visit Raghavendra and his family. It is at this time that Sulekha sings this song.

Song: The lyrics of this song were penned by Anand Bakshi and the music was composed by S D Burman.

There are some naughty undertones to this song. The lady talks about her stealthily meeting her husband due to some restrictions. There are only very few chances of meeting him. Thus, both have to burn in the fire of separation most of the time.

Video: Cinematography is by Jaywant Pathare.

The video begins with Sharmila Tagore beginning the song. She is sitting on the armrest of a sofa. Om Prakash, Asrani, Usha Kiron and Lily Chakraborty are listening to the song sitting in the drawing room. Dharmendra is hidden behind a curtain. Sharmila Tagore fiddles with her mangalsutra. Some dialogues are spoken in between. Om Prakash asks Asrani how Sharmila Tagore was singing. Asrani replies that he did not know that she could sing so well.

Sharmila Tagore goes and stands on this side of the curtain. She gives her hand to Dharmendra from behind the curtain. He caresses the hand and bites one finger. Om Prakash gets suspicious and walks toward Sharmila Tagore to find out what was happening. When Sharmila Tagore sees him, she pushes Dharmendra away. He runs toward the staircase and hides on the floor above.

Om Prakash looks behind the curtain and elsewhere to find no one. Sharmila Tagore continues to sing. Sharmila Tagore pulls him toward the nearest sofa and makes him sit near Usha Kiron. The video ends with Sharmila Tagore coming back to where she was sitting when she began the song. The picturization of this song has been done very well. The situation is so homely and looks natural.

Artists: The playback has been sung by Lata Mangeshkar and the onscreen performances are by Sharmila Tagore, Om Prakash, Asrani, Usha Kiron, Lily Chakraborty and Dharmendra.

Cultural Influence: The husband has come in the guise of the driver. The wife can’t say the truth, so she sings it in the form of a song. This is a very filmi situation. The lead pair is legendary and the song is melodious. Their fans will surely watch this song several times.

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