Kal ki haseen mulaquat ke liye – Kishore/Lata – Lakshimikant-Pyarelal – Hema/Dharmendra | Charas (1976)


Movie: This song appears in the movie Charas (1976) and it has been directed and produced by Ramanand Sagar under the banner of Sagar Art Enterprises. The star-cast of the film was Dharmendra, Hema Malini, late Amjad Khan, Aruna Irani, late Ajit, late Sujit Kumar, Asrani, late Keshto Mukherjee, late Nazir Hussain, etc.

When Suraj (Dharmendra) comes to India after losing his father (Nazir Hussain) and sister (Aruna Irani) in Uganda riots, he realizes that the caretaker of their property, Kalicharan (Ajit) has sold most of it and has been using the money for illegal activities. He is not ready to return the money. Kalicharan sends a killer behind Suraj, but he escapes by hiding in Sudha’s (Hema Malini) car.

After a car chase, Suraj is saved by an unknown man. He introduces himself as the don of a rival gang and invites Suraj to join his gang. However, Suraj refuses preferring to rather suffer than become a criminal. Soon, Suraj is arrested by 2 constables (Asrani and Keshto Mukherjee). When he is taken to the police station, it is revealed that the unknown man is actually the DIG of police. Suraj is invited by the DIG to join them to bust Kalicharan’s international drug ring. He agrees.

Sudha is a known stage performer and was previously involved in a murder. Kalicharan frames her to blackmail her to do his bidding. On his insistence, she begins to smuggle his drugs. Suraj has to go to Rome and then to Malta as part of his mission and again bumps into Sudha on the plane. They are already in love with each other. Both are staying in the same hotel and by coincidence in opposite rooms. Thus, that night Suraj sings this song for Sudha.

Song: Music is composed by Lakshmikant-Pyarelal and the lyrics have been penned by Anand Bakshi.

This song involves sweet nothings in between a couple. Both cannot sleep at night and they sing this song to pass time.

Video: Cinematography by Prem Sagar is exquisite.

The video opens with Dharmendra trying to kiss Hema Malini and she resisting. When he pushes him away with a single finger placed on his lips, he bites her finger. She jerks it to reduce the pain. She turns him around and pushes him toward the opposite door. He comes back to her room, not allowing her to close the door.

She pulls him toward his room and even opens it for him. Then he follows her toward her room but pulls her into his. She somehow gets out of his grip and goes toward her room. He goes with her and in the middle of the passage he places his head on her shoulder. The other guests are enjoying the visual.

The lead pair is hugging each other when the other guests come out of their rooms to see what the commotion is. When Hema Malini realizes it, she turns Dharmendra around and asks him to see them. They separate and go to their own rooms. Hema Malini comes back out of her room to see if the other guests are still outside.

When she sees that they still are, Dharmendra asks her if she is not sleepy as yet. She replies that he had stolen her sleep. Both squat near the threshold of their own rooms and then again get up. She asks why he is still awake. He says that he was frightened of being alone. He shields his face from the others and walks over to her room.

She pushes him out of her room and locks the door when the other guests begin to get too interested in what was happening within her room. The lead pair speaks to each other across the balconies of their rooms. He watches her as she changes her dress from his balcony and comes into her room. She again pushes him out through the main door and switches off the light switches.

He looks into her room through the balconies. But, this time she does not respond. Therefore, he goes to his bed and plops onto it. Thus ends the video.

Artists: The playback of this song has been sung by Lata Mangeshkar and Kishore Kumar, while the onscreen performances are by Hema Malini, Dharmendra and others.

Cultural Influence: The hero and the heroine sing a song about being separated during the night. This cannot be expected to happen in reality. The song is good and the video is watchable.


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