Aa bataden ke tujhe kaise jiya jata hai – Rafi/ Lata/Shatru – Lakshmikant-Pyarelal | Dost (1974)

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Movie: This song appears in 1974 social drama Dost (Friend) produced by Premji for the banner Suchitra and directed by Dulal Guha. The movie starred Dharmendra, Hema Malini, Shatrughan Sinha, late Abhi Bhattacharya, late Asit Sen, late Rehman, etc.

Maanav (Dharmendra) is an orphan, brought up by a Catholic Priest, Father Francis (Abhi Bhattacharya). Post his MA, Maanav returns home to Tara Devi, to find out that his guardian is dead. He re-locates to Bombay (Mumbai now) by train. On the way, Gopichand Sharma (Shatrughan Sinha) tries to steal his heavy luggage, but Maanav chases him and retrieves it. Both the men become friends despite differences between them and stay together in Gopichand’s house. Gopichand is a thief, while Maanav wants to lead an honest life. Gopichand is estranged from his nurse wife Kalyani (Naaz) and son Munna.

Gopichand, with the help of Maanav, turns a new leaf and reconciles with his family. Soon, Maanav meets the daughter of the owner Mr. Gupta (Rehman) of Hercules Milk Foods, Kaajal Gupta (Hema Malini) and she helps him get a job with her father at Rs.400/month. Soon, it is Munna’s birthday and they celebrate it on a trip to the beach. Kaajal and her younger brother also join them uninvited. It is at this time that Maanav, Gopichand and Kaajal sing this song.

Song: The lyrics of this song were penned by Anand Bakshi and the music was composed by Lakshmikant-Pyarelal.

The man explains the right way to live via this song. The song differentiates between the life of a rich person and that of a poor person. The girl is also attracted to the life poor people live because there is more happiness there.

Video: Cinematography is by M Rajaram.

The video begins with Dharmendra beginning the song and the children in their ground moving in lines. Hema Malini and Shatrughan Sinha look on. A lot of movement is shown in the song, with most people moving about. Shatrughan Sinha keeps singing a couple of lines in between. Hema Malini also begins to sing. All of them are wearing simple dresses.

When Hema Malini sings, Dharmendra looks on with pleasant surprise and a smile. Though Dharmendra is considered to be a veteran actor, himself; I find his emoting – smiling and crying very funny. I believe that he cannot emote properly. He is worthy of only romance and action. The video ends with Dharmendra releasing a group of helium balloons in the air.

Artists: The playback of this song has been sung by Mohammad Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar and Shatrughan Sinha. The onscreen performances are by Dharmendra, Hema Malini, Shatrughan Sinha, Naaz, etc.

Cultural Influence: This is not the run-of-the-mill romantic song. This song depicts the right way to live one’s life. People, most of the time, advice others verbally about these topics. The makers have here introduced a song, which is very good to hear. The video can be watched for the song and the artists (singers and actors).

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