Uljhan hazaar koi dale – Asha/Kishore/Manna Dey – R D Burman – Parveen Babi | Chandi Sona (1977)


This is a very special Asha Bhonsle song for me due to what I call as the vocal gymnastics that she had attempted. Aisa hah jalwa ah Allah hai… That’s the way the song begins and I love the way she has sung it. Late R D Burman is also famous for such vocal gymnastics. It is no wonder that he made his wife sing in that way.

Besides, I also love this song because it is very motivational.

Movie: This song appeared in 1977 adventure drama Chandi Sona (Silver-Gold) produced and directed by Sanjay Khan under the banner of Lafo Films. The movie starred Sanjay Khan, late Parveen Babi, late Pran, Asrani, Paintal, late Mukri, late Yusuf Khan, Kamini Kaushal, etc.

A habited island contained the tomb of Shahenshah Chandi Sona (Emperor Silver Gold). It is believed that the tomb has several secrets including precious jewelry. Mayur (Sanjay Khan) and Rita (Parveen Babi) are stage actors and they love each other. They plot with Amar (Pran) to rob the wealth and live better lives. They buy a house from a woman called Mayadevi and build a swimming pool under which they dig a tunnel till underneath the tomb. They enlist the help of 4 prisoners by helping them escape the prison, with a lot of drama. They all reach a cave, on the way and feel happy at the small achievement in the path toward their larger goal. Here they sing this song.

Song: The lyrics of this song were penned by Majrooh Sultanpuri and the music was composed by R D Burman.

This motivating song talks about all the blockages in life that can be overcome with sheer effort. They also say that the place was lying in wait for them to discover.

Video: Cinematography is by Munir Khan. Dance choreography is by P L Raj-Satyanarayan.

The video opens with Paintal playing the banjo on a couple of large stones in the cave. Parveen Babi begins to dance to the tune. Sanjay Khan and others enter holding lanterns and prancing in tune with the music of the song. They are all fascinated by the cave. Parveen Babi and Sanjay Khan look at each other and Parveen Babi moves closer to Sanjay Khan to hug him.

She begins to perform vocal gymnastics before beginning the song. They all start dancing. The video ends with all of them coming together in a circle to dance. But, I am surprised, with the entire racket happening in the cave, how the place does not come down on them!

Artists: The playback of this song was sung by Asha Bhonsle, Kishore Kumar and Manna De, while the onscreen performances were by Parveen Babi, Sanjay Khan, Pran, Paintal, Asrani, Mukri and Yusuf Khan.

Cultural Influence: The hero and heroine induct the help of some people to get to the treasure. When they reach a natural cave, while digging the tunnel, they all are happy realizing that they are on the right track and sing this song. The song is good. The cave is good. The video is watchable.


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