Diwana mujhko log kahe – Mukesh – Shankar-Jaikishan – Raj Kapoor | Diwana (1967)

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Movie: This song appeared in 1967 social drama Diwana (Crazy Person) directed by Mahesh Kaul and produced by Mukhram Sharma and N C Sippy under the banner of Anupam Chitra. The movie starred late Raj Kapoor, Saira Banu, late Lalita Pawar, late Kamal Kapoor, etc.

Pyarelal (Raj Kapoor) is a simpleton and an extremely naïve young man, orphaned at birth and brought up by a Muslim woman Fatima (Lalita Pawar). Fatima insists that Pyarelal get a wife for himself so that she could retire from the household work. Pyarelal, thus, sets out on a journey looking for a wife. He meets a rich young woman Kamini Gupta (Saira Banu) on his way. Sir Maryadas (Kamal Kapoor), who brought her up, is actually Pyarelal’s long lost father.

Kamini just had a car accident and Pyarelal had saved her, her jewelry and money from a dacoit. Kamini insists that Pyarelal take her to the railway station, where she would undertake a train journey to reach Delhi for meeting her boyfriend. En route Kamini calls her Diwana and he begins this song.

Song: The lyrics of this song were penned by Hasrat Jaipuri and the music was composed by Shankar-Jaikishan.

The man says that people called him crazy and he thinks that people are crazy. People laughed at his face. But, he did not mind because he was kind-hearted. He was a naïve and innocent person. Honesty was in his blood. He considered everybody equal. According to him, God only knew who was bad. He was ready to give up his life and honor for love. He would keep moving forward on his chosen path till he reached his destination, leaving everything else to God.

Video: Cinematography is by Tyagraj Pendharkar.

The video opens with the close-up shot of Raj Kapoor. He has already begun the song. He and Saira Banu are sitting on a moving bullock cart. The bullock cart is moving on a road within a dense jungle. It moves over a large rock without creating much difference to the travelers.

Raj Kapoor plays the clarinet. Saira Banu is wearing a ghagra on trousers-shirt-jacket to pass off as a village girl. Raj Kapoor is wearing a simple military dress. Throughout the whole song, the bullock cart is shown moving on the road in the jungle.

The video shows a lot of natural scenery, which is captured in a very beautiful way by the color medium. The video ends with the bullock cart moving further on the road.

Artists: The playback of this song was sung by Mukesh and the onscreen performances are by Raj Kapoor and Saira Banu.

Cultural Influence: Raj Kapoor rescues Saira Banu from dacoits and takes her on his bullock cart to the railway station. On the way, he sings this song. The song is good and so are the artists. The video is watchable.

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