Dekho logon yeh kaisa zamana – Rafi/Asha – Raam-Lakshman – Mithun/Ranjeeta | Hum Se Badhkar Kaun (1981)

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Movie: This song appeared in 1981 action movie, Pratima Films’ Hum Se Badhkar Kaun, produced by Pranlal Mehta and directed by Deepak Bahry. The main star cast includes Mithun Chakraborty, late Amjad Khan, Vijayendra Ghatge, Danny Denzongpa, Ranjeeta Kaur, Neeta Mehta, Padmini Kapila and Kajal Kiran.

The story goes thus: Radha lives in poverty with her husband Mohan though he comes from a rich family. Then Mohan’s father falls ill and there are no hopes of his recovery. Mohan’s family decides to visit his father and the old man gives him directions to the family treasure, consisting of gold and jewelry, which is buried under a temple. Then, Mohan’s father passes away. There are 4 keys to reach that treasure, which Mohan gives to each of his 4 sons – Chandan, Bablu, Raju and Pappu.

The conversation between the family members is overheard by Lalchand (Ranjeet), the old man’s employee. He decides to keep the treasure for himself and kills Mohan. He is arrested and sentenced to a long time in prison. Radha in the meantime gets separated from her sons and losses her mind.

Many years later her sons are grown up. Chandan has become Bholaram (Amjad Khan) and has set up a dairy farm. Raju is a petty thief and goes around with the name Johnny (Danny Dengzongpa). Bablu is Vijay, the Deputy Superintendent of Police (Vijayendra). The youngest Pappu has also taken up a career in crime and goes with the name Tony (Mithun Chakraborty). All these young men’s lives intersect each other often. But Bholaram and Vijay are on the side of law and the other 2 are on the side of crime.

Tony is in love with Tina (Ranjeeta) and follows her one day to a get-together in the wilderness. But, Tina says that she does not love him. The people participating in the get-together help Tony to patch up with Tina as Tony sings this song. Tina joins in to reply to him.

Song: The music of this song was composed by Raam-Lakshman and the lyrics were penned by Ravindra Rawal.

The song basically involves the man trying to appease the girl and tries to make her fall in love with him. Initially, she makes a lot of excuses and finally, relents.

Video: Choreography has been done by P L Raj. Cinematographer or the Director of Photography of the movie is Arvind Laad.

The video opens with the close-up shot of Ranjeeta’s expressionless face. The group of people having the get-together separate and Mithun Chakraborty is seen standing in between them. Mithun Chakraborty moves toward Ranjeeta and tries to hug her. She pushes him away. Ranjeeta tells him that she hates him. But, he says that he loves her.

He finally hugs her and she pushes him off. Mithun Chakraborty begins to dance with the others. He requests others to help him appease Ranjeeta. At this time, Mithun Chakraborty dances holding the hand of Bhagwan Dada, a senior actor. Both dance in their own styles. It is a confluence of 2 eras.

Bhagwan plays the guitar and dances to the tune of the song. Danny Dengzongpa also joins them in the celebration. He wants the chain worn by Mithun Chakraborty. Mithun Chakraborty dances with a photograph and says that he loves the girl in the picture. Ranjeeta gets alarmed and moves rapidly toward him as she sings. He does not allow her to see the picture. When she finally gets it, she smiles as the photo is hers.

She asks the others to help her convince him of their love. The girls hold the hands of Ranjeeta and the men hold the arms of Mithun Chakraborty to bring them together. The lead pair hugs each other. The video ends with the lead pair leaving the place together.

Artists: The playback has been sung by Mohammad Rafi, Asha Bhonsle and chorus, while the onscreen performances are by Mithun Chakraborty, Ranjeeta, Bhagwan, etc.

Cultural Influence: A campfire has been built at one place. By chance, the hero and the heroine reach there. The hero has been following her for some time. The hero compels the heroine to fall in love with him. She initially refuses but later relents. The situation can happen in real life. But, such songs are the imagination of movies. The song is good and has been rendered well by Mohammad Rafi Sahab and Asha Bhonsle. The video is watchable for the song and the artists.

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