Gudiya hum se roothi rahogi – Lata – Laxmikant-Pyarelal | Dosti (1964)

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Movie: This song appears in 1964 super hit award-winning social Satyen Bose-directed drama Dosti (Friendship) produced by Tarachand Barjatiya under the banner of Rajshri Productions. The movie starred Sushil Kumar Somaya, Sudhir Kumar Sawant, Sanjay Khan (debut), Baby Farida, Uma Rajoo, late Nana Palsikar, late Abhi Bhattacharya, etc.

Ramnath or Ramu’s (Sushil Kumar) father dies during an accident in the factory where he worked. The factory refuses to pay compensation and Ramu loses his mother as well. He himself gets injured in an accident and loses a leg. Crippled and penniless, he is thrown out of his rented home as well. While roaming about the streets of Bombay (Mumbai now), he saves blind Mohan (Sudhir Kumar) from an accident.

Mohan is looking for his sister, who had joined a city hospital as a nurse so that she could pay for her brother’s treatment. She had left him with a caretaker in the village. But, Mohan is washed away from his shelter by flood and thus had to leave the village.

Ramu plays the harmonica well and Mohan is a good singer. They decide to sing songs on the streets to earn money together from people on the streets. They soon meet a small girl Manjula (Baby Farida), who has a rheumatic heart. She is a rich man Ashok’s (Sanjay Khan) sister. She also develops a sibling-like friendship with both of them.

Ramu wants to finish his studies and they need Rs.60 as the fees. They decide to ask the amount as a loan from Manjula. But, when Ashok gets to know about it, he gives them Rs.5 and sends them off, telling them not to return again. Ramu is sad and is dejected. Mohan immediately tells him not to lose hope. They somehow earn enough money for Ramu to join a school. One of the teachers (Nana Palsikar) takes pity on him and becomes his guardian.

The friends, then, go to Manjula to give her the good news of Ramu’s admission. But, the watchman does not allow them to meet her under her brother’s instructions. They have no other alternative than to leave. Manjula is upset and sulks. She does not even talk to her nurse Meena (Uma Rajoo). Thus, at this time, Meena sings this song to appease the little girl.

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

The lady tries to appease the little girl with this song and finally makes her smile.

Video: Cinematographer is Marshall Braganza.

The video opens with Uma Rajoo picking up a doll and beginning the song. Initially, she sings to the doll and then to Baby Farida. Both look at each other through the dressing table mirror. Baby Farida is sulking and Uma Rajoo is happy. Baby Farida gets up and walks across the room to stand near a table with dolls. Uma Rajoo follows her singing.

Uma Rajoo picks up a toy clarinet and plays it. Baby Farida moves away from there. Some interesting dolls are shown in the interim. Uma Rajoo begins to tease Baby Farida that she is about to laugh. But, Baby Farida does not give in yet. Baby Farida places a mask on her face to cover it. Uma Rajoo tries to cajole her still.

Uma Rajoo lifts the face of Baby Farida with the funny mask. 2 dolls are shown in between the sequence. Baby Farida’s dog tries to reach the top of the table where the dolls are kept. When Baby Farida looks at the mask, she finds it funny. But, she controls her mirth. Uma Rajoo brings the monkey doll that blows bubbles to the little girl and she sits beside her as well.

Baby Farida is finding the situation funny and trying to control her laughter. Now the little girl takes some balloons, which are nearby to her bed and lies down with the balloons on her. When Uma Rajoo moves toward the little girl, the shadow of a male figure, possibly Sanjay Khan is seen in the background. Uma Rajoo moves the balloons away. Baby Farida is acting as if she is sleeping. But, Uma Rajoo tickles the little girl, who begins to laugh. Thus, ends the video.

Artists: The playback singer of this song is Lata Mangeshkar and the song is lip-synced by Uma Rajoo. Baby Farida looks on.

Cultural Influence: The heroine is the nurse of a sick girl. The girl is upset due to some reason and the nurse tries to appease her by this song. This can happen in real life too, where the person who is appeasing may or may not sing a song. Here the makers have taken the cinematic liberty to place a song at this juncture. The song is good and the video is watchable for the song.

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