Mere paas aao mere doston ek kissa suno – Amitabh – Rajesh Roshan – Amitabh | Mr. Natwarlal (1979)

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Movie: This song appeared in 1979 comic action caper Mr. Natwarlal (a name) produced by Tony and directed by Rakesh Kumar under the banner of Navjeevan Films International. The movie starred Amitabh Bachchan, Rekha, late Ajit, late Amjad Khan, Indrani Mukherjee, late Satyen Kapoo, etc.

Natwar’s caretaker is his older brother police officer Girdharilal (Ajit). The honest police officer is framed for receiving a bribe by the evil criminal Vikram (Amjad Khan). Natwar (Amitabh Bachchan) grows up and creates a covert identity for himself as the mysterious underworld figure, Mr. Natwarlal. He is determined to avenge himself and his family on Vikram.

Natwar successfully locates Vikram in Chandanpur in the hilly regions of North India and goes to that place. At that place, Natwar is seen as a messiah, who had come to save them from Vikram, his goons and his man-eating tiger. One day, Natwar is trying to locate the border, when he sees some children from the village together. One of the kids is playing the flute and the others are listening to the music. When the kids spy him, they run away to hide behind their mothers. When he begins this song, the women tell the children to go and play with him and the kids smilingly comply.

Song: The music of this song was composed by Rajesh Roshan and the lyrics were penned by Anand Bakshi.

The man tries to get friendly with some kids through this song. He tells them a story – While he was traveling to some place through a jungle, he heard several noises that made him frightened. Then he saw a tiger, which chased him all over the jungle and ate him up. One of the kids asks him, how he could be alive then. He replies that the life that he is living is not worth it.

Video: Cinematography is by Fali Mistry.

The video opens with Amitabh Bachchan walking toward some kids and beginning the song. When he asks if they would like to listen to the story of a tiger, one of the women behind whom the kids had hidden tells them to go to him. He was harmless. The kids approach him together. He begins the story by saying that several years ago… At that time even Rekha comes and joins them.

He moves into the jungle area holding a long stick like a rifle and aims it randomly. Amitabh Bachchan performs some funny antics while telling the story. He acts for some time like Lord Hanuman, which is imitated by the kids’ leader. He jumps to reach one of the higher branches of a coniferous tree. Then, he sits on the nearest large branch. He makes some sounds that frighten the kids. He jumps off the branch holding on to it like a monkey.

He jumps down to the ground. There is mayhem and confusion as he tries to frighten the kids acting like a tiger. He runs all over the place and then, finally runs to the clearing and falls down.

The video ends with him being observed through a pair of binoculars by a villain as he is finishing the song.    

Artists: The playback of this song was sung by Amitabh Bachchan and the onscreen performances are by Amitabh Bachchan, Rekha and others.

Cultural Influence: The hero sings a song, which contains a story. The kids also love it. The way it has been picturized, the way he has sung it and the way the children have reacted to it are very entertaining. The video is watchable for the same.

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