Zulmi sang aankh ladi – Lata – Salil Chowdhury – Vaijayantimala | Madhumati (1958)


Movie: This song appears in the 1958 hit drama Madhumati (a name) produced and directed by Bimal Roy under the banner of Bimal Roy Productions. The movie starred Dilip Kumar, Vaijayantimala, late Johnny Walker, late Pran, late Tarun Bose, late Jayant, etc. This movie is one of the earliest movies to deal with rebirth.

Devendra (Dilip Kumar) is an engineer and drives down a hill road with his colleague (Tarun Bose) to receive his wife and child at the railway station. Their path is blocked by a landslide and they take refuge in an old mansion. Devendra finds the house uncannily familiar. He also finds an old portrait in the large front room, which he recognizes. Devendra remembers incidents from another life. He sits with the friend and the old caretaker of the mansion to tell his story as the storm rages outside.

Anand (Dilip Kumar again) comes to Shyamnagar Timber Estate as its new manager. He is an artist in his spare time and roams the hills. He meets a tribal girl Madhumati (Vaijayantimala) and falls in love with her. Her songs haunt him from a distance. One day, during a fair, Anand sees Madhumati and she sings this song about him.

Song: The music of this song was composed by Salil Chowdhury and the lyrics were penned by Shailendra.

The girl is in love with someone and she saw him some time back. Due to him, she has lost her sleep. She tells about it to her friends.

Video: Cinematography is by Dilip Gupta. Dance choreography is by Sachin Shanker-Sohanlal-Satyanarayan.

The video opens with Vaijayantimala hiding from Dilip Kumar and Dilip Kumar looking for her. She runs to a place in the fair where some girls are dancing. She begins to sing and dance. People gather around to look at the dance. Dilip Kumar comes to the place attracted by the sound of the song.

Johnny Walker also finds a place to sit near some people, who are standing. Vaijayantimala sees Dilip Kumar, who smiles. She continues to dance more enthusiastically. Her dress is typically that of a North Indian villager, like those of the other girls. Dilip Kumar moves to watch from a different place and Vaijayantimala misses him.

The video ends with Vaijayantimala moving in circles around the hay umbrella in the middle of the ground where the dance is going on.

Artists: The playback singer of this song was Lata Mangeshkar and the onscreen performances were by Vaijayantimala, Dilip Kumar, Johnny Walker and others.

Cultural Influence: The heroine likes the hero, so while singing a song at a fair, she sings about him and what changes he has brought in her life. The song and the dress are typical of villages in India. The heroine is a legendary and good dancer. The song is good and the video watchable for the song and the artists.


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