Barah baje ki suiyon jaise – Kishore/Asha – R D Burman – Rishi/Neetu | Jhoota Kahin Ka (1979)


Movie: This song appears in the 1979 movie Jhootha Kahin Ka! (You Liar!), produced by Ravi Malhotra and directed by Ravi Tandon under the banner of R M Films. This movie starred Rishi Kapoor, Neetu Singh, late Om Shivpuri, Prem Chopra, Rakesh Roshan, late Preeti Ganguli, Helen, late Iftekhar, late Pinchoo Kapoor, late Satyen Kapoo, Indrani Mukherjee, late Keshto Mukherjee, etc.
The Rais – father (Om Shivpuri), mother Shanti (Indrani Mukherjee) and 2 sons Ajay and Vijay get separated when their ship encounters a storm and capsizes. Ajay and his mother are together, while Rai and Vijay reach separate places. Rich Jagatnarain Khanna saves Rai to take him home. He also makes sure that he is treated well and takes him as his business partner.
Several years later Ajay (Rishi Kapoor) works in Pinto’s Garage, living the dual life of a Casanova and a poor mechanic. He has dreams of marrying a rich woman named Sheetal Khanna (Neetu Singh). Vijay (Rakesh Roshan), now called as Vikram, works for Sheetal and hopes of marrying her too. Vikram has rendered an attractive woman Mala pregnant and refuses to marry her. An argument later Mala is killed and Vikram is blackmailed by a man called Prem (Prem Chopra).
Sheetal meets Ajay in the guise of a reporter Anita Verma due to some misunderstanding. Ajay, still thinking that she is Anita, falls in love with Sheetal. Even Sheetal falls in love with him. It is at this time that at midnight, one day, they sing this song. 
The lyrics of this song were composed by Gulshan Bawra and the music was composed by R D Burman.
The girl and the man decide to get united like the 2 hands of a clock meet at 12 midnight. The other people are jealous. The man and the girl want to make them even more jealous.

Video: Cinematography is by M R Vasudev. Dance choreography is by P L Raj.
The clock begins to hit 12 midnight when the video opens. Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh are nearby. They look at the clock and then, hold hands and stand together like the hands of the clock at midnight. They begin to dance and sing this song.

Neetu Singh is wearing a red shirt and khaki bellbottoms, while Rishi Kapoor is wearing a black and white shirt and a pair of black trousers. Actor Bhagwan is performing the role of a security guard and is sleeping in his chair. The lead pair goes to him and finds small pieces of hay to irritate his ear. Bhagwan gets irritated and is about to hit Rishi Kapoor with his stick. From behind Neetu Singh takes away the stick. Rishi Kapoor salutes him and he answers with a salute.

The place is a residential area and people open their windows and switch on the lights at their homes. Rishi Kapoor continues the song and begins to dance. Bhagwan also begins to dance in his own patent style. People from the building near which they are dancing throw water over them. The lead pair runs away and the water falls on poor Bhagwan.

The lead pair is dancing on the parapet wall of the Worli Sea Face now. They see a constable coming their way. They salute him and run away. Those were the times when people were not allowed to wander about at night. They find 2-3 young couples romancing in cars and an old Parsi couple together near a motorbike.

The old couple tries to leave in the motorbike. The old man tries to kick-start the motorcycle but is unable to do it. Rishi Kapoor winks at Neetu Singh and then she does so too at him. The lead pair starts the motorbike and leaves in it to the vexation of the old couple. The young people laugh at the situation. The video ends there.
The playback is given by Kishore Kumar and Asha Bhonsle. Onscreen performances are by Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh.
Cultural Influence: The hero and the heroine have fallen in love with each other and declare it through the song. The situation might be real, but minus the song. The song and the lead pair are good. The video is watchable.


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