Main shayar toh nahin – Shailendra Singh – Lakshmikant-Pyarelal – Rishi Kapoor | Bobby (1973)


Movie: This song appeared in 1973 blockbuster romantic drama Bobby (a name) directed and produced by Raj Kapoor under the banner of R K Films. The movie starred Rishi Kapoor, Dimple Kapadia (debut), late Pran, late Durga Khote, late Prem Nath, etc.

This movie is a trendsetter in the genre of teenage romance with rich-poor clash as the backdrop. Many movies followed taking an inspiration from the plot of this movie.

Raj Nath is the son of rich businessman Nath (Pran). He is a naughty child and is sent to the boarding school for studies. When he (Rishi Kapoor) turns 18, he returns home and on his birthday he sees a girl (Dimple Kapadia) to fall in love at first sight. The girl is Bobby, the granddaughter of Raj’s governess Mrs. Braganza (Durga Khote).

Mrs. Braganza is insulted by Raj’s mother Sushma (Sonia Sahni) during the party and she leaves with her granddaughter. This happens when Nima (Aruna Irani) has distracted Raj elsewhere. Nima insists that Raj sing one of his poems since some time back she has seen his diary full of poems. At that time, Raj sings this song for the unknown girl, he had just seen.

Song: The lyrics of this song were penned by Anand Bakshi and the music was composed by Lakshmikant-Pyarelal.

The boy says that he is not a poet. But, since the time he had set eyes on his beloved for the first time, he had become a poet. He had also become a lover after setting his eyes on her. He had heard about love. But, he had never understood what that feeling was. He had been confused and been detached from friends. He had understood devotion and had been worshipping God since he had seen her.

Video: Cinematographer is Radhu Karmarkar. Dance choreography is by Sohanlal. This song was again picturized on Rishi Kapoor in Hum Tum (2004).

The video opens with the close-up shot of Rishi Kapoor. The music has started and Aruna Irani has begun dancing. Rishi Kapoor begins the song. Shots of party lights are shown. The lights are too bright. All men are wearing formal suits and women are wearing ethnic dresses. Rishi Kapoor distinctly tries to imitate his father Raj Kapoor.

While Aruna Irani dances, Rishi Kapoor winks at her. She is surprised. Soon, he winks at her again and she is again surprised. The video ends with the song ending and Rishi Kapoor and Aruna Irani taking the bow.

Artists: The playback for this song was sung by Shailendra Singh and the onscreen performances are by Rishi Kapoor, Dimple Kapadia, Aruna Irani and others.

Cultural Influence: The hero sings about the heroine during his birthday party. He has seen the heroine for the first time that day. An item girl gives a dance performance at that time. The song is good and so are the artists. The video is watchable for the song and the artists.


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