Dhal gaya din ho gayi shaam – Asha/Rafi – Lakshmikant-Pyarelal – Leena/Jeetendra – Humjoli (1970)

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Movie: This song appeared in 1970 social family drama Humjoli (Friend) directed by T R Ramanna and produced by Prasan Kapoor under the banner of Tirupati Pictures. The movie starred Jeetendra, Leena Chandavarkar, late Pran, Shashikala, late Mahmood, Aruna Irani, etc. The Hindi movie is the remake of the Tamil Panakkara Kudumbam (1964). It was remade in Kannada as Bhale Huduga (1978) and in Telugu as Intiguttu (1984).

Gopalnath (Pran) is a villager and has always dreamed of becoming rich. During a visit to Bombay (Mumbai now), he agrees to marry the rich plain Jane Roopa (Purnima). After her father Mr. Rai (Nazir Hussain) expires, she gives birth to a daughter. Roopa does not know that Gopalnath was having an affair with a girl from his village Shyama (Shashikala) before their marriage.

Gopalnath gets Roopa killed to marry Shyama. His daughter Ranibala survives the attack and is sent to a hostel. Years later Ranibala (Leena Chandavarkar) falls in love with her friend Shobha’s (Aruna Irani) brother Rajesh (Jeetendra). But, Gopalnath’s deeds come back to him in the form of Shyama’s relatives due to a letter he had written years ago to Shyama.

It is during one of their dates that Ranibala and Rajesh sing this song.

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

The girl wants to go home. But, the man is not ready to let her go. This is the gist of the entire idea given in the song.

Video: Cinematography is by M A Rehman. Dance choreography is by Hiralal-Suresh Bhatt.

The video opens with Leena Chandavarkar standing with Jeetendra. As the music begins, Leena Chandavarkar nods her head and moves out of camera range. Jeetendra is still standing in front of the camera, smiling. She is wearing a pink churidar-kameez and he is wearing a pair of white trousers and shirt, Jeetendra’s trademark attire. His white coat is hanging on his arm.

Leena Chandavarkar switches on the lights in the badminton court. They begin to play the game on the court. At the same time, Leena Chandavarkar begins to sing the song. They also play the game in rhythm with the music. Jumping Jack Jeetendra dances in his patent manner. He also dances on the pavilion jumping on the steps.

He has joined Leena Chandavarkar in the song. The moment he lands on the ground, he throws the bat away. Leena Chandavarkar also jumps in rhythm with the song on another part of the pavilion. She also throws away the bat. Jeetendra runs to the place where she is standing. They dance holding each other’s hands.

As the song ends Jeetendra follows Leena Chandavarkar but sits on the lowest step of the pavilion. The video ends with Leena Chandavarkar leaving the place.

Artists: The playback singers of this song are Asha Bhonsle and Mohammad Rafi and the onscreen performances are by Leena Chandavarkar and Jeetendra.

Cultural Influence: This is a typical filmi song, where the hero insists that the heroine stay back for the date even after the day is over. This situation can happen in real life, but minus the song. The song is good and so are the artists. The video is watchable for the song and the artists.

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