Dekho bijli dole bin badal ke – Asha/Usha – O P Nayyar – Joy Mukherjee | Phir Wahi Dil Laya Hoon (1963)

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Movie: This song appeared in 1963 hit romantic drama Phir Wahi Dil Laya Hoon (I’ve come back with the same heart) produced and directed by Nasir Hussain under the banner of Nasir Hussain Films. The movie starred late Joy Mukherjee, Asha Parekh, late Pran, late Rajinder Nath, etc.

Marital discord increases between Jamuna (Veena) and her husband Colonel Mahendranath and she leaves him. He does not give her their son, so she gets him kidnapped. Mother and son go and live in Srinagar. Mahendranath then brings up Mona, his friend’s daughter as a niece. He wants the now grown up Mona (Asha Parekh) to marry Biharilal alias Difu (Rajinder Nath), who has been to a foreign country and belongs to a wealthy family. The next shot is of a competition between Mona and another girl. It is during this competition that the 2 girls sing this song.

Song: The music of this song was composed by O P Nayyar and Majrooh Sultanpuri wrote the lyrics.

The song itself is about dance – how the anklets ring, how the lightning dances, etc. The lyricist has taken a lot of poetic liberties to personify inanimate things.

Video: Cinematography is by Marshal Braganza. Dance choreography is by Gopi Krishna.

The video opens with Asha Parekh and another dancer beginning the dance. The taalam (beat) has begun. Asha Parekh jumps to the side of the other dancer to perform a few steps and then returns to her place. Tabassum is seen singing the song with 2 other girls. The other dancer jumps to Asha Parekh’s side to perform a few steps and return.

When the other girl continues the dance the audience claps to encourage her. She thanks them. Now, it is the turn of Asha Parekh to dance. The audience appreciates her as well. She also thanks them. The real competition begins now with both of them dancing to the same set of taalams. The other girl cannot keep up with the beats and falls down.

Triumphantly, Asha Parekh goes to the other side and performs a few rotations and returns to her place continuing with the dance. The music rises to a crescendo and finally ends. The video ends with the cup Asha Parekh has won standing on the tea table at her home.

Artists: The playback for this song was sung by Asha Bhonsle and Usha Mangeshkar and the onscreen performance was by Asha Parekh and others.

Cultural Influence: This song establishes the girl as the best dancer in the movie. This can happen in reality, too. The song is good and the video is watchable for the song and the artists, again and again.

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