Dekhta hoon koi ladki haseen – Kishore – R D Burman – Kamal Hasan | Sanam Teri Kasam (1982)


Even though we will find the dance performance in this video funny today, this was one of the most attractive performances when the movie was released for the first time. Around the time this and other Kamal Hasan starred movie released, teenage boys would dress up like the actor and teenage girls would fall for them. Once I met a girl, who was going to run away with a boy, who dressed up like the actor because her parents did not allow her to get married to him. I don’t know what happened next. But that was an impressionable age and instead of restricting teenagers, I guess parents should make them understand that for them studying was the right thing to do rather than falling for someone, who is not in a position to take care of them.

Movie: This song appeared in 1982 romantic drama Sanam Teri Kasam (Darling, Your Promise), produced by Reena Roy’s sister Barkhaa Roy and directed by Narender Bedi for the banner Barkhaa Movies. This movie starred Kamal Hasan, Reena Roy, Seema Deo, Kader Khan, Ranjeet, Jeevan, etc.

The story of the movie begins with Ramlal Sharma (Kader Khan), a police informer receiving money for his services to the police. He uses that money to buy a guitar for his son Sunny. When he returns home completely intoxicated, he is reprimanded by his wife Sudha (Seema Deo). He ignores the chastising and goes to sleep on the sofa itself.

When Wilson (Jeevan) finds out that Ramlal has been informing the police about his illegal smuggling activities, he makes Ramlal kill someone during a fight and informs the police about it. Ramlal has to run for his life. He returns home and since he was being chased by the police, runs away from there as well. Years later Sunny is Sunil (Kamal Hasan) and he is a famous dancer-performer. Many girls have a crush on him.

This is when this song appears in the movie.

Song: The song was penned by lyricist Gulshan Bawra (Gulshan Kumar Mehta) and the music was composed by R D Burman. R D Burman won his first Filmfare Best Music Director Award for this movie.

The man talks about a girl, who comes in his dreams. He tells everybody, how she looks, how she comes and how she behaves, everything. Awake, when he sees a beautiful girl, he wonders if it is the same girl. He is still in search of his dream princess.

Video: Director of Photography is Kaka Thakur. Dance choreography is by P L Raj-Suresh Bhatt.

Kamal Hasan is today called Ulagha Nayakan or the World Hero in Tamil. He is a fantastic actor from the Tamil Film Industry, which is called Collywood. The song begins with 2 girls beating drums, with one leg each on the drums. This looks fantastic. And the kamaal ka artist Kamal Hasan comes and joins them.

The stage décor is fascinating. But the color of the dancers’ dresses and Kamal Hasan does not go with the décor. They could have used a darker color of the same. Being a Bharatanatyam dancer, he begins the dance with Karate kicks. In between, grace pertaining to Bharatanatyam is also seen.

The rotating thing they show in the background shown in close-up can make people with vertigo have giddiness. They have placed decorative pieces like crystal balls at places. That also looks good. At one point, Kamal Hasan does not complete the kick on his right after the left one and goes to the next step. I am sure it was because of the mistake of the choreographer. They have not given him enough time to complete the step.

Immediately, the girls get exercise bars used in gymnastics and he performs exercises on it excellently. All the clowns fall down like balloons losing air. Kamal Hasan pumping gas into them is visually good.

Kamal Hasan picking up the clowns one at a time and kicking and pushing them has a comic effect. In between when the girls with red shorts come, it gives a pleasing effect to the eyes. To sit on the drums and move legs in a synchronized manner needs talent and precision and that has been done well. Most of the dance songs given to Kamal Hasan in those days, have some acrobatics in them, like this one.

Artists: The playback singer is Kishore Kumar and Kamal Hasan lip-syncs to the song.

Cultural Influence: Where Kamal Hasan kicks, pushes the clowns and other comic shots are not good for children because they might get wrong ideas. They will emulate the steps and will create problems for themselves and their parents. The rotating thing in the background can cause giddiness and headache for senior citizens. These shots have to be picturized very carefully.


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