Soni aur Moni ki hai jodi ajeeb – Lata – Lakshmikant-Pyarelal – Hema Malini | Amir Garib (1974)

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This song appears twice in the movie. I have chosen the female version.

Movie: This song appeared in 1974 social romantic drama Amir-Garib (Rich-Poor) produced and directed by Mohan Kumar under the banner of Emkay Films. The movie starred late Dev Anand, Hema Malini, late Prem Nath, Tanuja, late Sujit Kumar, Ranjit, late Sajjan, Sulochana, etc.

Moni or Manmohan (Dev Anand) lives a dual life – one as a musician and the other as a thief named Bhagula Bhagat. He robs the rich and distributes the wealth to the poor. He meets a girl called Soni or Sunita (Hema Malini), who falls in love with him. He does not reciprocate the feelings. Soni is also a petty criminal and a philanthropist. One day, she picks the pocket of a rich man on the streets and asks the help of Moni, who passes that way, to get the rich man off her back. She has stealthily placed the wallet in the back pocket of Moni’s trousers. To get the wallet back, she follows him and sings this song.

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

This song highlights the rich-poor divide between the man and the girl. The girl is in love with the man. But, he avoids her.

Video: Cinematography is by K H Kapadia. Dance choreography is by Satyanarayan-Suresh Bhatt.

The video opens with Hema Malini coming into the focus area of the camera and beginning the song. Dev Anand turns back, but turns to the front again and continues on his way. She goes close to him and tries to remove the wallet she is seeking. But, he moves away. He gets into a horse carriage – tonga. When she gets into it, he gets down.

She links her arm in his and walks with him. They go to a swimming pool. He is talking to 2 girls. When Hema Malini follows him, she pushes the girls into the pool and complains about Dev Anand to himself. Dev Anand runs off from there. She again approaches him and links her arm in his. The video ends with Hema Malini trying to remove the wallet she had come for.

Artists: The playback of this song has been sung by Lata Mangeshkar and the onscreen performances are by Hema Malini, Dev Anand and others.

Cultural Influence: The heroine is a pickpocket and has picked a rich man’s pocket to place wallet in the hero’s trouser pocket. To get the wallet back, the heroine sings this song. The song is good, so are the artists. The video is watchable for the same.

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