Raat ka sama jhoomein chandrama – Lata Mangeshkar – S D Burman – Asha Parekh | Ziddi (1964)

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Movie: This song appeared in 1964 hit romantic tale Ziddi (Stubborn) produced and directed by Pramod Chakravorty under the banner of Pramod Films. The movie starred late Joy Mukherjee, Asha Parekh, Nazima, late Mahmood, late Dhumal, Shobha Khote, Sulochana, Raj Mehra, etc.

Ashok (Joy Mukherjee) is a wannabe writer and in the process of getting his works published, he encounters the photo of Asha (Asha Parekh) at the publisher’s office. He also gets to know that Asha’s father needs a manager, who would bring the rich spoilt brat Asha to her senses. Ashok accepts the job and travels to Ooty for the same. Though her father Thakur Mahendra Singh (Raj Mehra) has ordered her not to go for a performance and Ashok had blocked her exit, she takes the help of her pet elephant Majnu to get there. Ashok goes to watch the performance and is surprised that Asha is the performer. She sings and dances to the tune of this song. With Ashok is Ramdas (Dhumal) another employee of Asha’s father. The driver Mahesh (Mahmood) and Ramdas’s daughter Sheela (Shobha Khote) are also watching the performance separately.

Song: The music of this song was composed by S D Burman and the lyrics were penned by Hasrat Jaipuri.

The girl says that her body dances in tune with the dance of the moon during that night. She also says that she is different and very stubborn.

Video: Cinematography is by V K Murthy. Dance choreography is by Suresh Bhatt.

The video opens with a crowd ready to watch the performance and Joy Mukherjee and Dhumal entering the place. Both sit at a place from where they can see the performance without any hindrance. The music has already begun. A few female dancers begin the dance. Asha Parekh enters with vigorous and jumping steps. Her face is in darkness.

Mahmood and Shobha Khote are also seen enjoying the dance. Light is shone on Asha Parekh’s face and Joy Mukherjee gets shocked that how she could make it to the event. Dhumal gets up to approach her. Joy Mukherjee stops him. Asha Parekh continues the dance. Both the men begin to enjoy the dance performance.

I find one thing very odd. Asha Parekh is shown as a Tom Boy in the major part of the movie and she performs this song wearing female dresses like sari and ghagra cholis. Asha Parekh is shown sitting first in a boat and then moves on a path. The filmmakers have taken cinematic liberty and have created the stage portion in a studio. The different types of locations that have been depicted cannot be made on a small stage.

Mahmood sees Dhumal and gets alarmed. He tells Shobha Khote about it and leaves the place alone. The scene changes again with the change of Asha Parekh’s costume. Now, she is wearing ghagra choli. Mahmood returns covering his head with a dupatta. When he looks at Dhumal, Dhumal gets attracted to ‘her’.

Then, Asha Parekh dances on a large drum. She has changed into a dark blue costume. She sings, “I have seen many people like you. You are nothing in front of me.” Joy Mukherjee realizes that she is talking about him and gets miffed. Joy Mukherjee gets up to leave. The video ends with the end of the song and the audience clapping in encouragement.

Artists: The playback of this song was sung by Lata Mangeshkar and the onscreen performances are by Asha Parekh, Joy Mukherjee, Dhumal, Mahmood, Shobha Khote, etc.

Cultural Influence: This song showcases the dancing talent of the heroine. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the same.

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