Subhanallah haseen chehera – Rafi – O P Nayyar – Shammi Kapoor | Kashmir Ki Kali (1964)


Movie: This song occurs in the hit 1964 movie Kashmir Ki Kali (Bud of Kashmir) produced and directed by Shakti Samanta under the banner of Shakti Films. The movie starred late Shammi Kapoor, Sharmila Tagore, late Nazir Hussain, late Pran, late Anoop Kumar, late Dhumal, etc.

Rich, pampered brat Rajiv Lal (Shammi Kapoor), the only son of Rani Maa, goes to their bungalow in Kashmir since his mother does not go there at all. When he reaches Kashmir, he realizes that his estate manager Bholaram (Dhumal) has converted their bungalow into a hotel. He has also rented out some rooms for the season. Bholaram tells the guests that Rajiv is crazy and thinks that he is the actual owner of the estate.

Next day, Rajiv meets Champa (Sharmila Tagore), a flower girl. He buys her Rs.5 worth of flowers at Rs.20 and tells her that he is the driver and not the owner. Soon, they fall in love and decide to marry. However, they do not know that there are some obstacles. The first obstacle is the wood contractor Mohan (Pran), who wants to marry Champa. One day, Mohan escorts Champa and her friends in a truck to a fair. Rajiv and his friend Chander (Anoop Kumar) join the group disguised as a Pathan couple. Rajiv sings this song as he stays with Champa and her friends on the back of the truck.

Song: The music of this song was by O P Nayyar and the lyrics were by S H Bihari.

This is another song glorifying the man’s beloved. He also wishes to God that the girl is away from all the negative things.

Video: Cinematography is by V N Reddy. Dance choreography is by Surya Kumar.

The video opens with Shammi Kapoor lifting the veil of his burkha and Sharmila Tagore getting surprised. The other girls are also happy. Shammi Kapoor begins the song. In the front of the truck, Pran is shocked that the Pathan woman has a male voice! Anoop Kumar tells him the reason that she is a Pathan.

The other girls begin to clap their hands in tune with the song. Shammi Kapoor joins them. Anoop Kumar tries to dance while sitting in the front passenger seat of the truck. Sharmila Tagore looks worried and goes to stand beside her friends as Shammi Kapoor comes near her. Pran tries to look behind the truck through the small window. But, Anoop Kumar does not allow him to do so.

Pran stops the truck and goes behind it to look at who is singing. Sharmila Tagore and other girls come forward clapping. Shammi Kapoor gets up from the floor of the truck with the veil on and playing 2 flutes together. Suddenly, Shammi Kapoor lifts Pran up by the collar, without revealing himself. Then he drops him back on the road. Pran falls down and as he stands up Shammi Kapoor irritates him from behind.

Pran goes back to the driver’s seat. The video ends as everybody claps to the tune of the song and the truck passes over a river bridge.

Artists: The playback singer is Mohammad Rafi. Onscreen performances are by Shammi Kapoor, Sharmila Tagore and others.

Cultural Influence: This song is composed by O P Nayyar Sahab glorifying the beloved in a Pathani tune. The situation is real, minus the song. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable several times.


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