Ruk jana o jana – Kishore Kumar – R D Burman – Dev Anand | Warrant (1975)

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Movie: This song appeared in 1975 action thriller Warrant directed by Pramod Chakravorty and produced by K P Singh and N P Singh under the banner of N P International. The movie starred late Dev Anand, Zeenat Aman, late Pran, late Dara Singh, late Ajit, late Lalita Pawar, late Joginder, Satish Kaul, late Madan Puri, etc.

A jail riot is instigated by Jaggu (Joginder) and during this time the Jailer Arun Mehra’s (Dev Anand) life is threatened. Another convict Dinesh (Satish Kaul) risks his life to save Arun. Arun and his mother (Sulochana) realize that Dinesh has been handed a death sentence for killing noted Professor Ashok Verma (Madan Puri). Arun considers Dinesh not guilty and Arun and Dinesh escape together. Thus, he has the police including Arun’s very own father Inspector General of Police Mehra (Pran) after him. When this news spreads, the underworld don Master (Ajit) informs a cold-hearted female assassin Rita (Zeenat Aman) and she also takes off searching for the 2 escaped men. She has 2 bullets reserved for the 2 men.

After escaping from the prison, Arun sees Rita driving a car. They do not know about her intentions. Arun tells Dinesh to follow him and he begins this song in order to tease Rita.

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

The man tells the girl to stop for some time to talk to him since the weather is good.

Video: Cinematography is by V K Murthy.

The video opens with the shot of the beautiful green and brown scenery of vegetation in a mountainous area. The music has already begun. Dev Anand is driving a road roller. Behind him, Zeenat Aman is driving a car. He blocks the small road with the road roller. He gets down and begins the song telling her to stop.

She backs off and takes a side turn to leave the place. He climbs down the mountain via the bushes and reaches the road further on before she does from the road. He blocks the car again singlehandedly. He jumps onto the front of the car and she starts the car. Zeenat Aman has a serious expressionless face.

She turns a bend roughly and he is dropped off at the side of the road. He gets into a slow-moving bullock cart, which again blocks her path. He gets off the cart and again tries to convince her to stop. Again she sidetracks from the side of the cart and leaves. Dev Anand finds a drum into which he goes and rolls down the mountain slope to block her path again.

There are 2 more drums in her path. She gets off the car to remove the drum from her path. But, Dev Anand comes out of it and teases her more. Then, Zeenat Aman pushes the drums away and goes back into the car. He follows her and gives her a karate chop on the back of her neck. The video ends with her becoming unconscious.

Artists: The playback of this song was sung by Kishore Kumar and the onscreen performances are by Dev Anand and Zeenat Aman.

Cultural Influence: The hero, Dev Anand is in hiding from the police with Satish Kaul and the heroine Zeenat Aman is in search of them to kill them. His intention in singing this song is just to acquire a means of transport for himself and Satish Kaul. This is a typically filmi song. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable.

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