Kaise rahoon chup ke maine pi hi kya hai – Lata – Lakshmikant-Pyarelal – Sadhana | Inteqam (1969)


Movie: This song appeared in 1969 hit suspense thriller Inteqam (Revenge) directed by R K Nayyar and produced by Dewan A D Nayyar under the banner of Shaktiman Enterprises. The movie starred Sanjay Khan, late Sadhana, late Ashok Kumar, late Jeevan, late Rajinder Nath, late Rehman, Helen, Anju Mahendru, etc. The movie marked the return of the lead female actor after a brief illness. The movie is a take-off from the 1912 play Within the Law. There have been film adaptations of this play before like the American Paid with Joan Crawford. The Hindi version was remade into Pagabattina Paduchu (1971) in Telugu and Naav Motha Lakshan Khota (1977) in Marathi.

Reeta Mehra (Sadhana) is a poor girl living with her sick mother. She works in a small setup, which is a part of the franchise owned by Sohanlal (Rehman). One day, her boss sends her to entertain a businessman but she adamantly refuses. Sohanlal asks for an explanation from her and on her reply says that she has passed the test for honesty and integrity. But, her direct boss Bankelal (Jeevan) is not happy. In anger, he speaks in a derogatory manner about her to Sohanlal. Sohanlal gets her sent to jail on the false charges of stealing jewelry from his shop.

Before she is released,her mother dies and she swears revenge on Sohanlal. In the meanwhile, Heeralal Mehra (Ashok Kumar) had escaped arrest a year ago by handing over a jewelry box for safe-keeping. He comes searching for her and tells her how Sohanlal had cheated him as well 20 years ago. Sohanlal had promised Heeralal that if he would take over the jail sentence, he would take care of his family. But when Heeralal returns, he notices that Sohanlal has not cared about his family and there was no trace of it at that time.

Reeta and Heeralal get together to avenge themselves. They use Sohanlal’s son Rajpal (Sanjay Khan) for the purpose. Rajpal, an innocent young man, gets attracted to Reeta easily and falls deeply in love with her. He marries her against his father’s wishes. But, he later comes to know that Reeta had used him to take revenge on his father. But, he still loves her and requests her to forget everything. However, Reeta and Heeralal do not listen and leave no stone unturned to humiliate Sohanlal in public. She drinks alcohol during a party at their home and embarrasses Sohanlal with this song and dance sequence.

Song: The music of this song was composed by Lakshmikant-Pyarelal and the lyrics were penned by Rajinder Kishan. The singer of this song Lata Mangeshkar was nominated for the Best Female Playback Singer Award from Filmfare for this song. This was the only nomination that the film got that year.

The girl is in an inebriated condition but says that she has to drink more to lose her consciousness. Secrets have been revealed. The evening of the party has become an evening of revenge.

Video: Cinematography by K H Kapadia. The operative camera man was D K Dhuri. Dance choreography is by P L Raj.

The video opens with Sadhana staggering and bumping into Rajinder Nath, who falls down. Rehman and Sanjay Khan look embarrassed, while Jeevan makes fun of the situation and Ashok Kumar is happy. Asit Sen is shocked and then she bumps into him as well. He feels disgusted. Sadhana staggers toward Sanjay Khan, who takes away her goblet. She takes it back from him.

When Sadhana requests Helen to give her some more whiskey, Sanjay Khan pulls her back. She jerks away her arm and he lets go of her. This time Sanjay Khan snatches the goblet off her hand and she smiles. She also begins to dance. She sits in between a couple and takes away the glass of Asit Sen. She falls down and cannot get up easily. Then, she completely loses her balance and falls at the feet of Sanjay Khan. The video ends there.

Artists: The playback of this song has been sung by Lata Mangeshkar and the onscreen performances are by Sadhana, Sanjay Khan, Rehman, Ashok Kumar, Jeevan, Helen, Rajinder Nath, Asit Sen, etc.

Cultural Influence: The heroine is the hero’s wife and drinks alcohol during a party. In an inebriated condition, she sings this song, which has only filmi value. The video can be watched for the heroine and the song.


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