Sharma ke yeh kyon pardanashin – Asha/Shamshad – Ravi | Chaudhvin Ka Chand (1960)


Movie: This song appeared in 1960 hit Muslim social drama Chaudhvin Ka Chand (Beauty of the Moon one day before the Full Moon) produced by late Guru Dutt and directed by Mohammad Sadiq under the banner of Guru Dutt Films. The movie starred Guru Dutt, Waheeda Rehman, late Rehman, late Johnny Walker, etc.

The setting of the movie is Lucknow city, where Islamic Culture flourished. Nawab (Rehman) falls in love with an unknown girl (Waheeda Rehman), whom he meets in the market. Soon, it is Nawab’s sister Rehana’s (Minoo Mumtaz) birthday. On that day, the unknown girl Jameela visits their home with her other friends to celebrate Rehana’s birthday. Jameela with another friend goes into Nawab’s room to eat some fruits. Nawab is hidden there on the bed. The 2 girls sit on him enjoying the fruits. Jameela makes some derogatory comments about Nawab looking at his picture hanging on the wall. Immediately, Nawab gets up and the girls drop the plate of fruits and run for their lives. It is at this time that some of the girls, present there, sing this qawwali in a larger room.

Song: The music of this song was composed by Ravi and the lyrics were penned by Shakeel Badayuni.

This is essentially a Sufi qawwali sung by girls to analyze the behavior of girls when they encounter embarrassing situations like in love. The girls have split into 2 groups and they represent the male and the female communities.

Video: Cinematography is by V K Murthy.

The video opens with the shot of Rehman standing just inside his room and the music begins. He runs to the window to see more of Waheeda Rehman. Waheeda Rehman covers her head with her dupatta. The singing girls are shown making the typical qawwali gestures. Waheeda Rehman and her friend approach the place where the singing is happening.

Waheeda Rehman’s friend points out at Rehman saying in the song that he is watching. Rehman immediately closes the window. Meenu Mumtaz joins in the song. Rehman is still watching Waheeda Rehman through the window. Rehman laughs at the interaction between the 2 groups of girls.

The girls representing the male community says that the men tolerate all the torture given by girls as a respect to them. Right then Rehman remembers that 2 girls had sat on him some time back. His back was still hurting. Tun Tun enters Rehman’s room and finds him looking stealthily at the girls. Minoo Mumtaz sees Rehman watching them.

Within minutes Tun Tun has brought her inside her brother’s room. He is seen clapping to the rhythm of the song. The video ends there.

Artists: The playback of this song was sung by Asha Bhonsle and Shamshad Begum and the onscreen performances are by Waheeda Rehman, Minoo Mumtaz and Rehman among others.

Cultural Influence: This is a Sufi qawwali made in typical Bollywood style. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the same.


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