Saat ajoobe is duniya mein – Rafi/Mukesh – Lakshmikant-Pyarelal – Dharmendra/Jeetendra | Dharam-Veer (1977)

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Movie: This song appeared in 1977 blockbuster hit costume drama Dharam-Veer produced and directed by Manmohan Desai under the banner of S S Movietone. The movie starred Dharmendra, Zeenat Aman, Jeetendra, Neetu Singh, late Pran, Indrani Mukherjee, late Jeevan, Ranjeet, etc. Bobby Deol played the younger version of his father Dharmendra’s character.

This is the story taking place in a mythological kingdom and tells the tale of twin brothers separated at birth, who still become best friends not knowing that they are real brothers. Princess Meenakshi (Indrani Mukherjee) is out hunting and is rescued from a few attackers by warrior-hunter Jwala Singh (Pran). Jwala lives alone in the jungle with only his pet falcon, Sheroo for company. After saving her from the miscreants, he asks her hand in marriage as a reward. This is denied by her father. During the night they are woken by a tiger and Jwala goes to slay it. The wild animal kills a villager and Jwala puts his poncho over him. He wrestles the tiger and they fall off a cliff together.

The princess sees the dead body of the villager and thinks that it is Jwala and goes into shock. Her father marries her off to another royal family. Unknown to Jwala, Meenakshi is pregnant with his child. Meenakshi’s brother King Satpal Singh (Jeevan) is informed through a prophecy that he would be killed by his eldest nephew, Dharam. To prevent this, he pleads poverty and shifts base to his sister’s residence.

Meenakshi, now the queen of another kingdom, gives birth to a healthy baby boy. Satpal tosses the baby out of the window as soon as he is born. The baby is caught by Sheroo and the bird takes him to his master Jwala. Jwala is being treated for his injuries by a poor childless blacksmith and his wife. When the bird brings the baby, they are happy and believing him to be God’s gift, they decide to raise him as their own.

Meanwhile, the Queen gives birth to another child and Satpal has dealt with only the first born. He is happy that the prophecy has been averted and swaps his son with his sister’s second baby. While he is asleep, his wife swaps the children back. As the children grow up, Satpal mistreats his own child thinking that he is the prince and dotes on the prince thinking that he is his child. The twins grow up separately. The elder one is called Dharam (Dharmendra) and learns his foster father’s trade. The younger Veer (Jeetendra) is the crown prince. Both become best friends and do not realize that they are really twins. It is around this time that they both sing this song.

Song: The music of this hit song was composed by Lakshmikant-Pyarelal and the lyrics were penned by Anand Bakshi.

This song glorifies the honest, sincere and innocent friendship between 2 men. They say that their friendship cannot be broken. It is like the 8th wonder of the world.

Video: Cinematography is by N V Srinivas.

The video opens with 2 people riding horses. The music also begins with the first shot. The 2 men ride the horses through mountainous regions and green areas. A closer shot shows that they are Dharmendra and Jeetendra. They help a small child cross a small stream by lifting him up. Dharmendra begins the song and Jeetendra joins him. The boy waves to them.

Dharmendra breaks an egg in a particular way to make an omelet on a makeshift stove of stones. Jeetendra tries the same trick but is not successful. The egg breaks in his hand. He goes to the nearby river to wash up. In the river, he sees the images of dacoits, who had come to harm him. Dharmendra jumps all over them to rescue his friend.

They take off again on another journey. They see Zeenat Aman, who is playing a princess in this movie, hit her servants with a hunter. The 2 men stop her from hitting her servant and together lift her horse-ridden buggy out of the hole the wheels have gone into. Dharmendra pulls her cloak and wipes all the mud off his body.

They both go to the palace. It looks like Dharmendra has come to the palace for the first time. They enter the court. Jeevan is not happy. Indrani Mukherjee comes into the court to sit on her throne. Jeetendra goes to her and tells her about his friend in her ear. Dharmendra asks for his share of mother’s love from the queen mother.

Indrani Mukherjee moves toward Dharmendra and places a hand on his head. After their friendship gets the queen mother’s approval, they leave the court. The video ends there.

Artists: The playback of this song was given by Mohammad Rafi Sahab and Mukeshji while the onscreen performances are by Dharmendra, Jeetendra, Zeenat Aman, Indrani Mukherjee, Jeevan, etc.

Cultural Influence: This song depicts the innocence and the closeness in friendship. People are often good friends but they will not move about singing songs like this. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable.

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