Rim papa pa – Kishore/Sushma – S D Burman – Dharmendra | Jugnu (1973)


Movie: This song appeared in 1973 social drama Pramod Films’ Jugnu (Firefly) produced and directed by Pramod Chakravorty. The movie starred Dharmendra, Hema Malini, Prem Chopra, late Mahmood, late Nazir Hussain, late Pran, etc.

Ashok (Dharmendra) is Jugnu, a Robinhood kind of a character. There is no protected setting where he can’t steal. And the looted goodies are used in an ashram. Once when he is stealing some diamonds and money from a smuggler (Ajit), he sees Seema (Hema Malini) on the shooting ground and falls in love with her. After this heist, he celebrates Diwali with the children in his ashram and his friend Mahesh. It is at this time that he sings this song.

Song: The music of this song was composed by S. D. Burman and the lyrics were penned by Anand Bakshi.

This song celebrates Diwali at the ashram run by the man. He also says that children are the best lamps lighting lives. The lights of Diwali die off after the night is over.

Video: Cinematography is by V K Murthy. Dance choreography is by Suresh Bhatt.

The video opens with the bursting of some crackers like fountains. The next shot shows Dharmendra. He begins the alaap of the song. He beckons the children toward himself. He begins the song as the children wearing uniform dresses run around the entire ground. He lifts one of the kids and continues singing. He lets go of the child.

Again several types of crackers are shown being burst. The children are playing on the simple amusement park rides. Mahmood takes over the song. Dharmendra also sings a few lines. As Mahmood directs the kids inside the ashram, the video ends.

Artists: The playback of this song was sung by Kishore Kumar and Sushma Shresht, while the onscreen performances are by Dharmendra, Mahmood and others.

Cultural Influence: Usually, Navaratri and other important festivals in India are associated with songs. But, this song for a change celebrates Diwali. The song is typically filmi. It is good and the artists are also good. The video is watchable.


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