Honth hain tere do laal here – Rafi/Dilraj Kaur – O P Nayyar | Heera-Moti (1979)

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This song reminds me of my childhood when Mom would make my sister and me dance to the tune of Bhangra composed by her. Even today, I love to dance to the beats of this song.

Movie: This song appears in the 1979 action drama Heera-Moti (Diamond-Pearl) directed by Chand and produced by Ratan Mohan under the banner of R M Arts Productions. The movie starred Shatrughan Sinha, Reena Roy, Danny Dengzongpa, Bindu, late Ajit, late Anwar Hussain, Dev Kumar, etc.

Neelam (Reena Roy) is well-versed in the art of self-defense and lives with her guardian (Om Shiv Puri), who is the trustee of a Lord Krishna Temple. Neelam is attracted to a young businessman named Heeralal P Srivastav (Shatrughan Sinha). But Neelam does not know that Heeralal is, in fact, a burglar named Heera and he is after the diamond-studded crown of Lord Krishna. He is also feigning the romance with Neelam for his ulterior motive. He wants to give the crown to Pratap Singh (Ajit). But, he has to contend with his arch-rival Moti (Danny Dengzongpa), who would never let Heera steal the crown.

It is around this time that Neelam participates in a dance competition in Shimla. Bits of paper with names of the prospective partner for the dance are placed in a box. Heera wins the drawing and joins Neelam in the dance. This is the song that they sing and dance to the tune.

Song: The music of this song was composed by O P Nayyar and the lyrics were penned by Ahmad Wasi.

In this song, the man and his beloved sing praises of each other. The man also says that his beloved is so beautiful that the people of the world are in waiting to loot her. The girl tells him that he should protect her in his strong arms.

Video: Choreography is by Kamal and cinematography by Promod Mittle.

The video begins with Shatrughan Sinha turning toward the camera and saluting Reena Roy with a flying kiss. The next shot is of Reena Roy, who has begun dancing to the tune of the song. Danny Dengzongpa is in the guise of a priest and when he sees that all the bits of paper in the draw, contain the name of Heera only, he is shocked. Actually, Shatrughan Sinha had paid everybody to write only one name on their bits of paper – Heera.

The Bhangra dance has been choreographed very well by Kamal. The choreography is very different from the usual run-of-the-mill dances. Particularly, the dance steps, where Shatrughan Sinha is standing on the laps of 2 men and Reena Roy is squatting on the hands of 2 girls have been choreographed very well.

Soon Shatrughan Sinha begins the song and Reena Roy joins him. There is a change of dress twice and the snow begins to fall. The video ends with everybody dancing together in the snowfall and Shatrughan Sinha and Reena Roy going forward to receive their award for winning the dance competition.

Artists: The playback singers of this song were Mohammad Rafi and Dilraj Kaur and the onscreen performances are by Shatrughan Sinha, Reena Roy, Danny Dengzongpa and others.

Cultural Influence: This is a fantastic Bhangra song coming from the North Indian state of Punjab. The video can be watched for the song, dance and the artists.

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