O Shankar mere – Mahendra Kapoor – Kalyanji-Anandji – Dilip Kumar | Bairaag (1976)

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Movie: This song appeared in 1976 social and family drama Bairaag (Devotional Austerity) produced by Mushir-Riaz and directed by Asit Sen under the banner of M R Productions. The movie starred Dilip Kumar, Saira Banu, Leena Chandavarkar, Prem Chopra, Helen, late Sujit Kumar, late Madan Puri, Paintal, Kader Khan, late Asit Sen, Sachin, etc.

Kailash (Dilip Kumar) loses his eyesight post a car accident. His wife Pushpa (Ruma Guha Thakurta) gives birth to twin boys, one of whom is blind. Before his wife is conscious again, he asks the doctor to dispose off the blind infant. The doctor’s wife leaves the blind infant at a Hindu temple. The little baby is discovered by the temple priest (Nazir Hussain), who brings up the boy – Bholenath. Years later the boy (Dilip Kumar) grows up to serve the zamindar. Bholenath sings this devotional song around this time.

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

Since the man is blind, he wants to see Lord Shiva. In his prayers, he sings the praises of the Lord and requests him to give him eyesight.

Video: Cinematography is by Kamal Bose. Dance choreography is by Manohar Naidu-P L Raj.

The video opens with Ruma Guha Thakurta dying and the shot of the colorful sky just before dawn. The song has begun in the background. Sachin and others bring the ingredients for pooja. Close-up shot of the idol of Lord Shiva is shown. The camera pans closer to the folded hands of Sachin and he becomes Dilip Kumar, depicting the growth in the age of the character.

The outside of the temple and the nearby rapidly flowing river are shown. Dilip Kumar begins to sing. Nazir Hussain, Kumari Naaz, Mukri, Mohan Choti and others are seen sitting with him. The older Dilip Kumar, the father is shown missing his wife. A snake appears at the feet of the Lord Shiva idol. Everybody stands up reverently after seeing the snake.

The video ends with the shot of the Lord Shiva idol.

Artists: The playback of this song was sung by Mahendra Kapoor and the onscreen performances are by Dilip Kumar, Nazir Hussain, Kumari Naaz, Mukri, Mohan Choti and others.

Cultural Influence: The hero is blind and wants to see Lord Shiva. This is the gist of the song. The song is full of devotion. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable.

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