Dekhne mein bhola hai dil ka salona – Asha – Sachin Dev Burman – Suchitra Sen | Bombai Ka Babu (1960)


This song is sung by my favorite singer – Ashaji.

Movie: This song appears in 1960 movie Bombai Ka Babu (Gentleman from Bombay, Babu is also a name here) produced by Raj Khosla and Jal Mistry and directed by Raj Khosla under the banner of Naya Films. The movie starred late Dev Anand, late Suchitra Sen, late Jeevan, late Nazir Hussain, late Dhumal, late Achala Sachdev, late Jagdish Raj, late Tun Tun, late Dhumal, etc.

The movie was a thriller. It also ventured into the rare Bollywood territory of the hinting at the incest between the lead pair. Leaving out the brother-sister angle, the story of this movie was inspired by O Henry’s short story A Double-Dyed Deceiver. Amitabh Bachchan’s Zameer (1975) also follows a similar plot.

Babu (Dev Anand) is running away from Bombay (Mumbai now) police for a murder he did for self-defense. He goes to various cities like Delhi, but he is chased by the authorities at every place. Finally, he lands in Joginder Nagar and meets Bhagat (Rashid Khan). Bhagat blackmails him into impersonating Kundan, the long lost son of Dhalpur’s Zamindar Shahji (Nazir Hussain). The underlying intention for the impersonation is eventually stealing the Zamindar’s money.

Babu sends Kundan’s father a letter saying that he would be returning home. Babu is accepted by the family the moment he says that he is Kundan. The Zamindar’s daughter Maya (Suchitra Sen) asks several pointed questions about his past. But, Babu side-steps them and tells her that he would rather she did not ask something he wanted to forget. The affection showered by the Zamindar’s wife Rukmani (Achala Sachdev) makes Babu regret his despicable mission. Some of Maya’s friends come to visit them to get introduced to her brother. They tease him and Maya sings this song.

Song: The lyrics of this song were penned by late Majrooh Sultanpuri and the music was composed by S D Burman. S D Burman made Waheeda Rehman sing the popular Telugu hit song Eruvaka sagaroo rannoo Chinnananna… He used the same tune for this title song.

This is typically a song where a sister, together with her friends, teases a brother. She remembers her childhood. She finally warns him to keep away from her friends, who might ensnare him in their love.

Video: Cinematography is by Jal Mistry. Dance choreography is by Suresh Bhatt.

The video opens with one of the girls beginning the dance and others approaching her from the staircase. Suchitra Sen gives a naughty look. All the girls gather at one place and Suchitra Sen begins the song. She walks toward Dev Anand, who is pondering about what to do in the circumstances. She pushes him on the bed nearby. The girls watching from the window laugh.

Some girls watch him through the window curtain and Suchitra Sen pulls their ears so that they leave the place. Simultaneously, they perform the folk dance Bhangra. She warns everybody about their teasing him. If they did, they would lose their hearts to him. The girls clap to take the song forward. 2 girls hold his arms on either side of his and move in circles around him.

He lets go of one girl, who falls down on a haystack. Again 2 girls hold his hands on either side of his. Suchitra Sen begins to tease Dev Anand and he pulls her ear as a punishment. In between Dhumal (who plays the servant in the Zamindar’s home), enters carrying a plate of laddoos. The music rises to a crescendo with vigorous claps. Dev Anand also adds to the claps. Thus, the video ends at the zenith of the crescendo.

Artists: The playback singers are Asha Bhonsle and onscreen performers are Suchitra Sen, Dev Anand and others.

Cultural Influence: This song depicts a sister teasing her brother. The situation can be real, but minus the song. The song is good and so are the artists. The video is watchable for the above.


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