Ramchandra keh gaye siya se – Mahendra Kapoor – Kalyanji-Anandji – Dilip Kumar | Gopi (1970)


Movie: This song appeared in 1970 family drama Gopi (a name) directed by A Bhimsingh and produced by S S Palaniappan and T S Muthuswami under the banner of Prosperity Pictures. The movie starred Dilip Kumar, Saira Banu, late Pran, late Om Prakash, late Nirupa Roy, late Durga Khote, Farida Jalal, late Johnny Walker, late Lalita Pawar, Aruna Irani, etc. It is known for the class act by Dilip Kumar and Om Prakash. Rajendra Kumar was initially signed for this movie. But, according to the producers, the pairing of Dilip Kumar and Saira Banu was perfect and thus Rajendra Kumar returned the signing amount and quit the movie. It is a remake of the Kannada Chinnada Gombe (1964).

Gopi (Dilip Kumar) is a simpleton and an honest unemployed man. He has an ideal family of an elder brother Girdharilal (Om Prakash), a sister Nandini (Farida Jalal) and a sister-in-law Parvati (Nirupa Roy); who all love him very much. This happens though Girdharilal is Gopi and Nandini’s step-brother. One night after dinner, Gopi sings this song for the entire village in the courtyard of his home.

Song: The music of this song was composed by Kalyanji-Anandji and the lyrics were penned by Rajinder Kishan.

The music of this song is typically Gujarati bhajan. The man tells that new times are expected soon when the cranes will eat grains and crows will eat pearls. There will be several drastic changes in how people would be living like there will be more illegal money and people with wrong intentions.

Video: Cinematography is by Faredoon A Irani. Dance choreography is by S Sohanlal-Roshan Kumari.

The video opens with some dialogues between Dilip Kumar, Om Prakash and Nirupa Roy. Dilip Kumar calls out to Farida Jalal and tells her to arrange a get-together for a bhajan session with him. Some people begin to play the drum, cymbals and harmonium. Dilip Kumar begins the song.

Even Dilip Kumar has cymbals in his hands, which he also plays. He goes near Om Prakash and continues the song. Then, he approaches Nirupa Roy to say that for everything the son will oppose his parents. Nirupa Roy reprimands him for the slight impropriety in his words. A man plays the flute.

Om Prakash is enjoying the song with closed eyes. The people watching the bhajan also give chorus support to it. Farida Jalal moves in circles around the Tulsi plant in the courtyard. The tempo of the music and song rises and Om Prakash plays the clarinet. The tempo rises to a crescendo and Dilip Kumar and Om Prakash hug each other. Thus ends the video.

Artists: The playback of this song was sung by Mahendra Kapoor and the onscreen performances are by Dilip Kumar, Om Prakash, Nirupa Roy, Farida Jalal, etc.

Cultural Influence: According to Hindus, the current times are called as Kalyuga, when all things go wrong. The hero sings about these upheavals that are expected. The song is very good and meaningful. Dilip Kumar has also performed well. The song can be watched repeatedly.


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