Sun baal brahmachari, main hoon kanya kuwari – Lata/Mukesh – Shankar-Jaikishan – Hema/Manoj | Sanyasi (1975)


I selected this song because it is a little funny thanks to Manoj Kumar.

Movie: This song appeared in 1975 social drama Sanyasi (Sadhu, Ascetic) produced and directed by Sohanlal Kanwar under the banner of Filmnagar. The movie starred Manoj Kumar, Hema Malini, Sulochana, late Prem Nath, Prem Chopra, late Raj Mehra, Brahm Bharadhwaj, etc.

Renuka Devi (Sulochana) is the widowed mother of a son Ram (Manoj Kumar). Since her husband had been prone to all possible vices and indulged in them, Renuka Devi’s father-in-law Rai (Brahm Bharadhwaj) did not want Ram to repeat his father’s mistakes and teaches him all the positive values of the Hindu religion, particularly the entire contents of the Bhagavad Geeta. As a result, Ram stays away from all vices, becomes an expert in yoga, wants to remain a celibate and refuses to get married to anyone. Rai dies willing his property and money to charity if Ram did not marry within a year. Renukadevi arranges a meeting between Ram and an attractive girl Aarti (Nazima). But, Aarti is kidnapped by a group of criminals.

She is replaced by Champa (Hema Malini) by Renuka Devi’s brother Gopinath (Raj Mehra) and his son Rakesh (Prem Chopra). Actually, this person impersonating as Renuka Devi’s brother is a criminal Girdhari and his son is Banwari and her real brother died in a railway accident. Renukadevi intends to take her brother’s help in getting Ram married to Aarti. But, Rakesh or Banwari falls in love with her and his father warns him about it. It is around this time that Champa impersonating Aarti sings this song to attract Ram.

Song: The music of this song was composed by Shankar-Jaikishan and the lyrics were penned by Verma Malik.

Through this song, the girl is trying to convince the man, who does not want to get married to anyone, into marrying her.

Video: Cinematography is by Radhu Karmarkar. Dance choreography is by Satyanarayan.

The video begins with the back shot of Manoj Kumar praying in the pooja room and Hema Malini enjoying it from outside the room. Manoj Kumar is wearing white-colored ascetic’s clothes and Hema Malini is wearing a scarlet red sari with golden embellishments. She first sits on the armrest of a chair and then slips into it. Only her feet are seen and she begins to sing.

Manoj Kumar is distracted by what Hema Malini says. She gets up on the chair and reclines on the armrest. Manoj Kumar runs his rosary for not getting distracted from his prayer. Hema Malini begins to dance. Manoj Kumar is almost crying and leaves the room to try going out of the place. But, Hema Malini stops him.

Soon he falls into a sofa. He closes his eyes for a second and she disappears. When he goes back to the pooja room, he finds her coming into it, this time wearing a green sari. Manoj Kumar places his index fingers into his ears. When she gets close, he moves away and begins to sing. In the struggle to get away from her, Manoj Kumar’s dhoti slips off. He adjusts it and moves toward another room looking behind his back.

He falls down and performs a shashtang naman (fully prone on the floor) to her. She enters a room to close it. Manoj Kumar latches the room from the outside. She comes from another room wearing a blue sari with silver embellishments. She catches hold of his angavastram and he tries to pull it away from her but she wins. He covers his upper body with his arms and runs away.

When he goes out of the back gate of his house, he finds his angavastram on the statue of a woman. Hema Malini comes to the place wearing a saffron sari with a green blouse. The video ends with Manoj Kumar running toward the back entrance, turning to fold his hands in front of her and running into his home.

Artists: The playback of this song was sung by Lata Mangeshkar and Mukesh and onscreen performances are by Hema Malini and Manoj Kumar.

Cultural Influence: The hero is an ascetic type of person and his mother has assigned the heroine to bring him into family life. This can happen in real life but rarely in villages perhaps. The song is good and the video can be watched as many times as viewers want for the song.


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