Chuk chuk chak chak – Asha/Usha/Mahesh – Kalyanji-Anandji | Rafoo Chakkar (1975)

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I like at least one actor from each era. I have been watching Rishi Kapoor from when I was very small and I have loved his acting. This is one of his song on the funnier side.

Movie: This song appeared in 1975 hit comic caper Rafoo Chakkar (Run Away), produced by I A Nadiadwala and directed by Narender Bedi under the banner of M I Films. The film is a takeoff from the American movie Some Like It Hot. The movie starred Rishi Kapoor, Neetu Singh, Paintal, late Madan Puri, late Rajinder Nath, Asrani, etc.

Dev (Rishi Kapoor) and Salim (Paintal) are musicians, out-of-work. They witness a murder and are seen by the villains. In an attempt to save themselves, they disguise themselves as girls and join a group of girls, of a singing band, in a train to Kashmir. It is here that they meet Ritu (Neetu Singh) and Kanhaiyalal Chaturvedi (Asrani).

It is on the train that they all sing this song and dance to the tune.

Song: The music was composed by Kalyanji Anandji and the lyrics were written by Gulshan Bawra.

The song takes off with the sound of the train running on the tracks. The song is more like verbal speech rather than a song. The lyrics are intentionally funny as well.

Video: Cinematographer – Peter Pareira. Dance choreography is by Kamal-Sohanlal.

The song is picturized in a train compartment. The choreographer has used the little space very well for the dance. The actors have danced in between the coupes and the large musical instruments. In the beginning, Rishi Kapoor jerks his dress in such as way as if an ant has entered his dress! Then there is a step, where it looks like an ant-bite is being scratched!

They dance very well in the given restricted space. Then Asrani chases Paintal. The fact that Paintal is a boy is supposed to be known by only the audience. That is all the more hilarious.

Artists: Usha Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle and Mahesh Kumar have sung playback and Rishi Kapoor, Paintal, Neetu Singh and Asrani have lip-synched and danced to the tune of the song.

Cultural Influence: This song has a comic flavor to it. Everybody will try to pass time and enjoy on a long distance train. This is one way. The song is good. The video is watchable for the hilarity.

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