Doongi tainu reshmi rumal – Lata – S D Burman – Waheeda | Prem Pujari (1970)

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Movie: This song appears in 1970 action spy thriller Prem Pujari (Worshiper of Love) produced and directed by late Dev Anand for Navketan International Films. The movie starred Dev Anand, Waheeda Rehman, Shatrughan Sinha, Prem Chopra, late Madan Puri, the then unknown late Amrish Puri, Zaheeda, etc.

Lieutenant Ramdev Bakshi (Dev Anand) is a peaceful and quiet man, interested only in wildlife and nature. He gets a posting at the Indo-Chinese border. There, he refuses to lift the gun to attack the enemy. He is then court-martialed and later captured by the Chinese and humiliated. A beautiful Chinese agent promises him a better future by spying for her against India and he agrees. However, he foils all their wicked plans by spying on them instead.

On the other hand, in his village in India, Suman (Waheeda Rehman) is waiting for Ramdev to return home. When her maternal uncle (Sajjan) returns home after several years, she and her friends organize a dance program in his honor. This is the song they sing.

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

This song is in honor of the girl’s uncle and also it insists that like her uncle returned home, even her beloved would return.

Video: Cinematography is by Fali Mistry. The choreography is by Vinod Chopra.

The video begins with Waheeda Rehman running toward Sajjan and picking up his red handkerchief to dance with it. Then she throws it away while dancing. She picks it up and dances with it for some time again. The video ends with the last few jumps of the dance.

Artists: The playback of this song was sung by Lata Mangeshkar and onscreen performances are by Waheeda Rehman, Sajjan, Achala Sachdev and others.

Cultural Influence: There is a high amount of influence of the Punjabi culture on this song. The dance is a combination of Bhangra and Tappa – both dances from the Northern State of India. The song has feet-tapping music and the video can be watched for the artist and the song.

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