Main tujhse milne aayi mandir jane ke bahane – Rafi/Lata – Kalyanji-Anandji – Sunil/Asha | Heera (1973)

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I am so crazy about this Mohammad Rafi duet song. That is why I have selected this as one of the songs for today – Valentine’s Day. This song depicts the situation where love has transformed into worship. That’s what eternal and true love is made up of.

Movie: This song appeared in 1973 hit social drama Heera (Diamond, a name here) produced and directed by Sultan Ahmed under the banner of Sultan Productions. The movie starred late Sunil Dutt, Asha Parekh, Shatrughan Sinha, Farida Jalal, late Nazir Hussain, Sulochana Latkar, Tabassum, late Anwar Hussain, late Kanhaiyalal, etc.

Heera (Sunil Dutt) lives in a small rural town in India with his magistrate father (Nazir Hussain) and housewife mother (Sulochana Latkar). He has fallen in love with the local moneylender Dhaniram’s (Kanhaiyalal) daughter Asha (Asha Parekh). Asha reciprocates the feelings and they hope to get married soon. One day, Asha tells her father that she is visiting the temple and meets Heera. They sing this song at this time.

Song: The lyrics of this song were penned by Indeewar and the music was composed by Kalyanji-Anandji.

The gist of the song is that the girl says she came to meet her beloved by giving the excuse of visiting the temple. She feels guilty about it. The man consoles her by saying that love is also a form of worship.

Video: Cinematography is by R D Mathur. Dance choreography is by Gopi Krishna-Satyanarayan.

The video opens with Asha Parekh climbing down the temple steps in tune with the music. Sunil Dutt strums the ek tara (a stringed instrument). She begins the song to which he replies in the song. She also begins to dance. Shatrughan Sinha is seen watching them hiding behind a compound wall.

Asha Parekh looks beautiful in the white dress of a village belle. Sunil Dutt’s dress is also good. She is then seen dancing beside an artificial pond. The border of the round pond consists of several fountains. He is sitting on a stone elephant on one side of the pond. She offers her hand to him and he takes it. He continues with the song and covers her chest with her chunri.

The video ends as the song ends at the end of the day.

Artists: The playback of this song was sung by Lata Mangeshkar and Mohammad Rafi. The onscreen performances are by Asha Parekh and Sunil Dutt.

Cultural Influence: Here the main theme is eternal and true love. This is a typical filmi song depicting the same. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable several times.

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