Jab chali thandi hawa – Asha Bhonsle – Ravi – Asha Parekh | Do Badan (1966)

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This song is again an Asha2, with Asha Bhonsle singing the song and Asha Parekh performing it.

Movie: This song is featured in 1966 hit tragi-romantic drama Do Badan (2 Bodies) produced by Huda Bihari under the banner of J B Productions and directed by Raj Khosla. The movie starred Manoj Kumar, Asha Parekh, Simi Garewal, late Pran, etc. The idea of the film was suggested by Manoj Kumar. He took Raj Khosla for a show of Deedar (1951), which was having a rerun in the theaters. Initially, in the movie Asha Parekh’s character only was going to die at the end. However, Manoj Kumar insisted that his character should also die since that would have a better response and he was right.

Vikas (Manoj Kumar) belongs to a poor family and attends college for completing his studies to get a job for looking after himself and his father. He meets the wealthy Asha (Asha Parekh) in his college and post a few misunderstandings both fall in love with each other. During their exams, Vikas’ father passes away. He has to attend the funeral, so he leaves the exams midway. Thus, he is unable to complete his studies. Asha finds out about why Vikas did not attend the rest of the exams and writes to him. During a picnic with her friends, she feels lonely and longs to meet him. She also sings this song.

Song: The music of this hit song was composed by Ravi and the lyrics were penned by Shakeel Badayuni.

This song depicts the girl’s longing for her beloved. The beautiful ambiance is making her very lonely and makes her miss her man.

Video: Cinematography by V N Reddy.

The video starts with Asha Parekh’s friends beginning to dance to the music. The wind shakes some flowering bushes very hard. The girls keep dancing. One girl tries to amuse Asha Parekh. But Asha Parekh is sad and begins this song. Her dupatta is caught by the wind and flows to cover her face. She removes it from her face and continues singing.

In the meanwhile, Manoj Kumar is shown reading a letter, probably the one Asha Parekh had written. The other girls feel sad for her. The camera pans from the natural location to Asha Parekh. The girls carry dupattas across the field of the camera. Then, Asha Parekh lifts her dupatta and covers her face with it. The wind helps her in it.

Manoj Kumar is seen replying to her letter. Asha Parekh walks on the other side of some bushes doubling up as the hedge and the camera follows her. The video ends with Asha Parekh ending the song and coming to stand at one place.

Artists: The playback of this song has been sung by Asha Bhonsle and the onscreen performances are by Asha Parekh and other girls.

Cultural influence: This song depicts separation pangs of the girl when she is apart from her beloved. Usually, in reality, people would share their feelings with their friends verbally. Taking the cinematic liberty, the makers of this movie have incorporated a song at this place. The song has meaningful words and lilting music. The video is watchable for the performance of the lead pair.

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