Dhoondh rahi thi jise – Sadhana Sargam/Amit Kumar – Anand-Milind – Juhi/Chunky | Zahreelay (1990)

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Movie: This song appeared in 1990 action drama Zahreelay (Poisonous) directed and produced by Jyotin Goel under the banner of Goel Screencraft. The movie starred Jeetendra, Sanjay Dutt, Chunky Pandey, Juhi Chawla, Bhanu Priya, Vinita, Kiran Kumar, Sharat Saxena, late Shafi Inamdaar, etc.

Captain Jaswant Kumar (Jeetendra) loses his left arm after fighting at the front for the country and getting critically wounded there. He goes to live with Editor A V Razdan (Shafi Inamdaar) in Shanti Nagar, Mumbai. This place is being terrorized by extortionists – Peter Gonsalves (Sharat Saxena) and Jaichand Khurana (Sudhir) – who work for the underworld don Taneja (Kiran Kumar). Jaswant and the local cabbie Raju Varma (Chunky Pandey) put up a fight in an attempt to drive the goons away. They attain considerable success until Taneja hires Raaka (Sanjay Dutt) to kill them. But then, they end up befriending Raaka and join forces against Taneja.

Chamki (Juhi Chawla) is a local girl, who is in love with Raju. However, Raju does not reciprocate the feelings. One day, Chamki sends Raju a very sensuous letter that goes down badly with him. He tells her that he is going to the police and she would be imprisoned for it. Chamki follows him and pulls the letter from his hind pocket. But then, the man, whose pocket she had just picked was someone else. Raju catches her in the act. He creates a scene and people chase her to the waterfront. It is at this time that Chamki sings this song.

Song: The lyrics of this song were penned by Majrooh Sultanpuri and the music was composed by Anand-Milind.

The girl says that she was trying to find her beloved and found someone else, instead. She introduces the man, who is her beloved and tells the crowd to ask him to swear on it. The man replies that his love could not be so cheap that he would fall for a thief. However, the man, finally, says that the girl is his beloved too and he wants to get married to her.

Video: Cinematography is by Chaman K Bajoo. Dance choreography is by Suresh Bhatt-Vijay-Oscar.

The video opens with Juhi Chawla being chased to the waterfront. She begins the song by pleading to the people there. She tries to bribe the constable. But, he throws away the currency note that she gave him. He holds her hand and pulls her along the footpath. She has no other alternative than to follow him. She continues the song and disengages her hand from the constable’s grip.

Juhi Chawla and Madhuri Dixit had come to the top level among female actors in the 1990s by imitating Sridevi. Even, in this song, Juhi Chawla is imitating her. She goes and hugs Chunky Pandey. Then, she pushes Chunky Pandey toward the constable and holds the collar of another taxi driver to show him as the man she found. She pushes the hand of Chunky Pandey to give it to the constable and escapes.

Both the men try to follow her. She reaches a mandap, where a marriage is happening. She mingles with the crowd and tries to avoid being seen by the constable and Chunky Pandey. Juhi Chawla tells the people there to get her married to Chunky Pandey. A woman tells some girls to get him.

When they pull him into the pandal and makes him sit on the groom’s seat, Juhi Chawla, who is already seated on the bride’s seat, tries to garland him. He snatches the garland and throws it away. Next, she gets on a double decker bus and Chunky Pandey is sitting on the top floor. She sits close to him and pulls out the envelope he had with the letter. But, he is smarter. He has the letter and she has removed only the envelope.

He, soon, tells her that he is ready to get married to her, though her looks are not all that great. Chunky Pandey locks the constable with his own handcuffs on the bus and the couple leaves the bus. The video ends with all the people on the bus waving to the couple.

Artists: The playback of this song was sung by Sadhana Sargam and Amit Kumar, while the onscreen performances are by Juhi Chawla, Chunky Pandey, etc.

Cultural Influence: People rush behind Juhi Chawla saying that she is a thief. To escape from the police, she tries to get the help of Chunky Pandey. But, he does not help her and she runs all over the place. The whole situation is filmi. The song is good. The video is watchable.

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