O ghata sawari thodi thodi bawari – Lata – Lakshmikant-Pyarelal – Hema Malini | Abhinetri (1970)


Movie: This song appears in 1970 romantic drama Abhinetri (Female Actor) directed and produced by Subodh Mukherjee. The movie starred Shashi Kapoor, Hema Malini, late Nirupa Roy, Nazima, late Asit Sen, Deb Mukherjee, etc.

Anjana (Hema Malini) is a stage dancer and singer. One day, she returns home and heavy rains begin. Anjana’s artistic nature prevails and she begins to sing this song.

Song: The music of this hit song was composed by Lakshmikant-Pyarelal and the lyrics were penned by Majrooh Sultanpuri.

The gist of the song is: This time the attitude of the rains is different. The girl’s situation also seems to be different. She expects something different to happen this time in her life, as well.

Video: Cinematography is by N V Srinivas.

The video begins with the shot of the cloud-laden sky. Then the camera shoots the rain-drops falling on the ground and the glass terrace of Hema Malini’s house. Next shot is of Hema Malini, lying on a ledge in the garden to enjoy a few drops of rain. She is wearing a light orange sari. Then, she begins to dance a little.

Soon, she is seen doing exercises in black T-shirt and leggings. After exercise, she is seen bathing in the bathtub. She is still singing. Suddenly, the window opens and the rain-drops fall inside the bathroom. When she is done with the bath, she wraps a large towel around herself and closes the window.

Next, she is seen wearing a pink night dress. The video ends with her praying to her mother’s picture in the hall.

Artists: The playback singer of this song is Lata Mangeshkar and Hema Malini has lip-synced to this song.

Cultural Influence: The heroine of the movie sings about the clouds and rains. Hema Malini is considered to be Vaijayantimala’s successor. Though Hema Malini does not have the beauty, talent and grace of Vaijayantimala, she has grown to become a legend, too. The video can be watched for the song.


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