Bikaner ki chunri odhi – Asha Bhonsle – O P Nayyar – Jayashree T | Pran Jaye Par Vachan N Jayae (1974)


I remember that during my childhood some students in my class would call this movie Pran (actor) Jaye Par Bachchan (Amitabh Bachchan) Na Jaye. 🙂 This was a way of enjoying the movie in those days.

Movie: This song appeared in 1974 dacoit drama Pran Jaye Par Vachan Na Jaye (Can lose my life but never turn back on my word) produced by Ratan Mohan and directed by S. Ali Raza under the banner of R M Art Productions. The movie starred late Sunil Dutt, Rekha, late Iftekhar, late Prem Nath, late Jeevan, Bindu, late Madan Puri, Ranjeet, Jayashree T, etc.

Raja Thakur (Sunil Dutt) is a dacoit and fights oppression and corruption in his own unique way. This Robin Hood-like figure is most feared and revered by the villagers. The police have organized a fool-proof plan to capture Raja Thakur during the fair dedicated to the Devi, which is to be held soon. He gets to know about it through an informer. To waylay the police, his gang members with the help of a dancer (Jayashree T) hold a dance item in the fair. During that time, the dancer sings this song.

Song: The music of this song was composed by O P Nayyar and the lyrics were penned by S H Bihari.

The gist of this song is that the girl has bought beauty and fashion materials from different parts of North India. (Names of the places are mentioned.) Wearing these materials, she is dancing for her beloved.

Video: Cinematography is by V N Reddy. Dance choreography is by Kamal.

The video of this song begins at 4 minutes and 4 seconds. (I did not get the video of only the song from any reliable website.) The group of dacoits with Jayashree T gets down from a boat on the way to the fair. She is wearing ghagra choli The music has already begun. They reach the dancing area. Jayashree T is brought here by a man on his shoulder.

Jayashree T begins to dance and sing the song. Another girl is in Pathan dress and dances intermittently with her. A Police jeep is seen moving through the wilderness. In between the dance she keeps gesturing to the other members of the dacoit gang. Sunil Dutt is seen riding a horse through a small river.

The video ends as Sunil Dutt enters the dancing area.

Artists: The playback of this song was sung by Asha Bhonsle and the onscreen performances are by Jayashree T, Sunil Dutt and others.

Cultural Influence: This is a typical filmi version of a mela (fair) song, where a dancer entertains the crowd present. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable.


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