Laal chadi maidaan khadi – Rafi – Shankar-Jaikishan – Shammi Kapoor | Janwar (1965)

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Movie: This song appears in the 1965 comic romantic musical Janwar (Animal) directed by Bhappi Sonie and produced by Hardeep. The movie starred late Shammi Kapoor, Rajshree, late Rajinder Nath, late Asit Sen, late Prithviraj Kapoor, late Achala Sachdev, late Rehman, etc.

Srivastav (Prithviraj Kapoor) lives a very rich lifestyle with his wife (Achala Sachdev) and 2 sons – Mahendra (Rehman) and Sunder (Shammi Kapoor). If he would have his way, he wants his sons to marry ladies from similarly rich backgrounds. However, Mahendra falls in love with Seema, who belongs to a poor family.

Sunder visits Srinagar for a tennis tournament and meets Sapna there. He gets attracted to her and begins teasing her. It is during one of these teasing sessions that he sings this song about her.

Song: This song was composed by Shankar-Jaikishan and the lyrics were penned by Shailendra.

This is an all-out teasing song. The man teases his beloved all through the song.

Video: Cinematography is by Tara Dutt.

The video begins with some dialogues between Rajinder Nath and Shammi Kapoor. They are photographing each other in a garden in Srinagar. When Shammi Kapoor’s turn comes behind the camera, he discerns Rajshree posing for her friend. Shammi Kapoor is shocked that she is at the same place as he. Rajinder Nath looks at her and calls her Laal Chadi (Red Walking Stick) because she is wearing a simple red salwar kameez.

Shammi Kapoor and Rajinder Nath are wearing simple dresses, too. Rajinder Nath’s calling Rajshree Laal Chadi kick-starts this song. Shammi Kapoor takes the red walking stick that Rajinder Nath has and digs it into the soil to begin the song. He also moves rhythmically in his typical way in a squatted position near the walking stick. Rajshree realizes that Shammi Kapoor is nearby and she gets upset.

Rajinder Nath tries to take the picture of some of Rajshree’s friends. One of them kicks a football at Rajinder Nath and he falls down with the camera. Rajshree tries to hide from Shammi Kapoor near a water body. But, he finds her and deliberately backs off to bump into her back.

2 of the girls hold a skipping rope and Rajinder Nath is jumping over it. Shammi Kapoor keeps following Rajshree, wherever she goes in that garden. Shammi Kapoor acts as if he is dead at one point. The act is so funny that Rajshree actually laughs at him.

Shammi Kapoor also digs the walking stick with her dupatta, which is trailing behind her as she walks, on the soil. She tries to dislodge the dupatta, but he does not allow it for some time. The other girls converge toward them together menacingly. He picks up the walking stick and leaves with Rajinder Nath. Thus ends the video.

Artists: The playback of this song has been sung by Mohammad Rafi. Onscreen performances are by Shammi Kapoor and Rajshree with other girls.

Cultural Influence: The hero teases the heroine with a red walking stick for wearing a red dress. This is very filmi. The video can be watched for Shammi Kapoor’s antics and the interesting song. Mom told me that when this movie had released, boys would tease all girls wearing fully red dresses. Thus, girls would avoid wearing such dresses. This was the only influence of the song.

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