O mere Sona re – Asha/Rafi – R D Burman – Shammi Kapoor/Asha Parekh | Teesri Manzil (1966)

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This song can also be considered as an Asha2 because of 2 artists with the name of Asha performing in it.

Movie: This song appeared in the super hit movie Teesri Manzil (Third Floor), which was a musical thriller released in 1966, produced by Nasir Hussain and directed by Vijay Anand under the banner of Nasir Hussain Films. The star-cast included late Shammi Kapoor, Asha Parekh, Lakshmi Chhaya, Prem Chopra, late Iftekar, late Premnath, late K N Singh, Helen, Salim Khan, etc.

Sunita (Asha Parekh) lives with her rich widowed father in Delhi. One year back her elder sister Roopa had committed suicide in Dehradun. Sunita wants to avenge her death. All she knows is that she committed suicide since she was cheated by her boyfriend Rocky. En route to Mussoorie, she meets a naughty young man Anil (Shammi Kapoor) on the train. He has some fun at her expense giving us some hilarious moments. He falls in love with Sunita’s beauty and spirit.

Anil finds out that she has come looking for Rocky, who was actually himself. He tries to tell her the truth. But he keeps postponing the occasion. Anil tells her that he is a rich fellow, instead of saying the truth. She goes to the hotel, where Rocky and his band are playing music. Sunita receives a message one day supposedly from Rocky that he has gone to Madanpur. If she wants to meet him, she should contact Anil and ask him to visit him at his village to bring him back. When Anil gets to know about the letter, he initially says that he would not go, unless she came along alone. When she agrees, they set off the next morning. Before Anil comes to join her in the car, Sunita hides her friend Meena (Lakshmi Chhaya) inside the boot of the car.

Within a few minutes of the commencement of the journey, Meena indicates through a sound for Sunita that she wants to get down. Sunita tells Anil to get some cool water for the heated car. Anil gets it from nearby. Sunita moves away from the car saying that the weather is good and they should enjoy it. Anil sings a song to reveal to Sunita that he was really in love with her. Taking this chance Meena comes out of the boot of the car to stretch herself.

Sunita decides to leave. With Meena’s dupatta sticking out of the boot, Sunita thinks that her friend is on board. Meena realizes that they were leaving. But, she cannot reach in time to get back to her place in the car. She goes to a house nearby to stay overnight. Sunita and Anil have to stay in the car overnight because all the roads leading to their destination are blocked and the car stops midway.

Sunita gets suspicious of Anil’s intentions. But, at night he saves her from dacoits of the jungle they are in. In the morning, Anil is upset with Sunita. She has fallen in love with him. She sings this song to appease him and he replies in the song after he stops sulking.

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

The situation in this song is the reverse of many of the songs. This time the man is upset due to the fact that his beloved had misunderstood him. Now, it is the turn of the girl to appease him.

Video: Cinematography is by N Srinivas.

The video opens with Asha Parekh pushing Shammi Kapoor on the ground and laughing. She also begins the song catching hold of his hand as he gets up to go. As she tries to mollify him, he is not ready to be placated. When she places her hands on his shoulder, he pushes them away.

She holds a stick, which looks like a walking stick, with the hook end stuck to the neck of his shirt from behind. He gets irritated and still she walks in the opposite direction holding him that way. When he tries to frighten her, she runs away and sticks out her tongue at him. The shoulder strap of his handbag gets broken and Asha Parekh gestures that it is a good thing that had happened.

She follows him as he is about to leave. He happily observes her dancing hidden from her view. It is clear that he has been only acting that he was upset. She imitates him in some actions and takes away his bag. He tries to pull the bag from her. But, the other end of the shoulder strap also gets broken. He tries to mend it sitting on the grassy ground.

She tries to irritate him by sticking a stalk of grass in his ear twice. Now, he shows that he is really angry and he follows her rapidly to pull her down to the ground. He kisses her and she blushes. He takes over the song. With everything sorted, Asha Parekh continues the song. Shammi Kapoor is pleased with himself and dances in his patent style.

The next shot is of them sitting in the car and the car moving on the road. Lakshmi Chhaya runs to the front of the car to get a lift. The music and the video end with both the girls grinning at each other.

Artists: The playback of this song was sung by Asha Bhonsle and late Mohammad Rafi. Onscreen performances are by Asha Parekh, Shammi Kapoor and Lakshmi Chhaya.

Cultural Influence: The heroine misunderstands the hero and thus, the hero begins to sulk. Then, she tries to appease him, which is what the song consists of. This can happen in real life, but minus the song. The song is very good because of the presence of stalwart artists, both singers as well as the actors. The video is watchable for the above repeatedly.

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