Ik pardesi aawara – Shabbir/Asha – Annu Malik – Sunny/Poonam | Sohni–Mahiwal (1984)

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This is one of the earlier works of music composer Annu Malik and it is such a classic song. I have always known that Annu Malik had potential. But unfortunately, most of his other works are crap.

Movie: This song appears in the 1984 India-Soviet collaborated tragic love story Sohni-Mahiwal (2 names) produced by F C Mehra and directed by Latif Faiziyev (Soviet Russia), Biala Kanwal and Umesh Mehra. The movie starred Sunny Deol, Poonam Dhillon, late Pran, Tanuja, late Shammi Kapoor, Zeenat Aman, Gulshan Grover, Rakesh Bedi, etc.

Prince Izzat Baig (Sunny Deol) visits India with his caravan and settles in a town in Gujarat searching for Sohni (Poonam Dhillon), whose picture he had seen in the water inside a ceramic container made by her. The moment he sees her, he is mesmerized and buys all the pottery that had been made by the family till then. Even Sohni is attracted to him. Izzat Baig tells her father Tulla (Pran) that he wants to study pottery before returning home. Tulla lets Sohni teach him and they get very close. One day, Sohni visits another village for her friend’s marriage. Izzat Baig also visits the marriage venue. There both of them sing and dance to the music of this song.

Song: The music of this song was composed by Annu Malik and the lyrics were penned by Anand Bakshi.

This song celebrates marriage as a union of 2 souls. Thus, the man sings about the floral veil of the groom and the girl sings about the bride’s doli (palanquin), both signifiers of a typical Indian wedding.

Video: Cinematography is by S Pappu. Dance choreography is by Kamal-P L Raj.

The video opens with quite a few male and female dancers beginning the dance in rhythm with the music, which has already started. Sunny Deol also joins them. Poonam Dhillon is happy to see him. Poonam Dhillon brings the bride from her room to the place where the wedding is going to happen. Sunny Deol begins the song after stopping his dance.

Rakesh Bedi plays the dholak and the groom is brought to the place where the wedding is going to happen. The marriage is happening by Hindu rites. Poonam Dhillon is pushed into the dance floor by her friends. She begins to dance and sing. Rakesh Bedi is also seen dancing with a girl. The bride departs in her doli. Pran gets angry that Poonam Dhillon and Sunny Deol are together. The video ends with Tanuja restraining him. The cinematography has been done very well.

Artists: The playback singers are Shabbir Kumar and Asha Bhonsle and Sunny Deol and Poonam Dhillon lip-sync to the song.

Cultural Influence: This movie is a takeoff from a legendary tragic love story. This is a typical Punjabi Bhangra song. The lead pair expresses their feelings and sings the song. The video is watchable several times for the artists and the melodious song.

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