Chal sanyasi mandir mein – Lata/Mukesh – Shankar-Jaikishan – Hema/Manoj | Sanyasi (1975)

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

Though Champa alias Aarti tries to convince Ram, nothing affects him. Renuka Devi visits Ram’s Guru Shanti Baba (Pran), who advises Aarti that she has to ensnare Ram through her beauty. Also, Renuka Devi informs them that once Ram has been convinced she would marry Aarti with Ram. Aarti begins to work more enthusiastically and sings this song to ensnare Ram.

Song: The music of this song was composed by Shankar-Jaikishan and the lyrics were penned by Pt. Vishweshwar Sharma.

This song is a conversation between a celibate man and an attractive woman, who is trying to convince him into falling in love with her. They try to convince each other about their beliefs and neither wins at the end of the song.

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

The video opens with Hema Malini beginning the song. She is wearing the typical North Indian red bridal sari. Manoj Kumar is wearing a white dhoti kurta with an angavastram. Hema Malini shows him the chimta (a musical instrument with cymbals) and says that it can be paired with her bangles. Manoj Kumar runs away from her and begins singing.

He goes to sit on the bed in the middle of the room. She moves toward him and lies down on the bed. By chance, she lies down on his angavastram. He tries to pull it away from her and eventually gets it. He looks at the picture of Radha and Lord Krishna on the wall and feels that Hema Malini is wearing the dress of Radha for him. The balcony has been lighted with beautiful lights. But, she is actually still wearing the red sari and she tries to hug him. He ducks.

He then imagines that she is wearing a white dress, which used to be worn by apsaras in olden days. There are a lot of flowers all over the floor and the bed. Then again he imagines that she is wearing another blue dress and tries to ensnare him. The typical Diwali diyas have been placed all over the room and the balcony.

She is again wearing the red bridal sari. Now, he feels that she is wearing the dress of Menaka for Sage Vishwamitra. There is a sudden change of location to the bank of the river Ganga. He just jumps into the river. She continues to sing. The video ends with him swimming in the river and she walking on the bank.

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

Cultural Influence: The heroine wants to impress the hero and she comes to the place where he is present. He continuously performs only pooja and prayers. That is why she comes to disturb him. This situation can happen in villages in reality. This is a movie, so the makers have placed a song and dance sequence here. The song is good and the video can be watched as many times as the viewer wishes.

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