Main teri gunahgaar hoon – Asha/Rafi/Omi – Sonik-Omi – Navin Nischol | Dharma (1973)


Movie: This song appeared in 1973 super hit action drama Dharma (A name) directed by Chand produced by S K Kapur under the banner of Kapur Films. The movie starred late Pran, late Navin Nischol, Rekha, late Ajit, late Madan Puri, Ramesh Deo, late Asit Sen, Bindu, Rajan Haksar, Anjali Kadam, etc.

Chandan Singh (Pran) is a dacoit living in an isolated area with his wife Parvati (Anjali Kadam) and his followers Bhairav Singh (Rajan Haksar), Mangal Singh (Madan Puri). Bhairav Singh betrays Chandan Singh, who is almost arrested by Inspector Ajit Singh (Ajit). In the absence of Chandan Singh, Bhairav Singh tries to molest Parvati. Soon, Chandan Singh appears there to save her and they leave with their son Suraj. While they are escaping in a boat, Inspector Ajit shoots at Chandan Singh, but the bullet hits Parvati and she falls off the boat. Suraj and Chandan also jump off behind her. The family members separate from each other.

Chandan visits Inspector Ajit Singh’s home, where Ajit’s wife Asha (Rekha) is accidently killed. Chandan Singh kidnaps Ajit and Asha’s daughter Radha. While riding his horse, he unintentionally drops Radha on the side of the road. One woman finds the little girl and takes her back home. Years later Chandan Singh emerges as the thief Dharma as well as Nawab Sikander.

Raju (Navin Nischol) jumps into a train compartment where 2 women Radha (Rekha again) and her mother are present. Though initially Raju and Radha have an altercation between each other, her mother allows him to stay in the compartment till the next station. He saves the women from 2 goons. But, the goons make away with Radha’s chain. The goons turn out to be Raju’s henchmen. Raju gives them their cut and runs away with Radha’s chain when the police arrive there from nowhere.

Soon enough, Raju meets Radha in a temple and they decide to meet in National Park so that he can return her chain to her. Raju has fallen in love with Radha. Raju also joins hands with Dharma to steal from rich people. One day, both of them reach a nautch girl’s den, where Raju sees Radha dancing. He is initially disappointed. Radha sings and dances to the tune of this song.

Song: The lyrics of this song were penned by Verma Malik and the music was composed by Sonik-Omi.

The girl says that she is guilty of hiding things about herself. But still, she is his love. The man forgives her.

Video: The video opens with a disguised Pran drumming the tabla. Navin Nischol, also disguised, watches him. I wonder how these people got these disguises so fast at a place new to them! That’s cinematic liberty, I suppose. The camera pans to the entrance of the hall, where they are. Some actors performing as the police enter it.

Rekha begins to dance. She also begins to sing. After some time, Pran and Navin Nischol also begin singing. The video ends as the police leave convinced that the criminals they were looking for were not at that place.

Artists: The playback of this song was sung by Asha Bhonsle, Mohammad Rafi and Omi and the onscreen performances are by Rekha, Navin Nischol, Pran and Bindu.

Cultural Influence: This song is the typical Hindi movie mujra, where the nautch girl dances to entertain her customers. The song is good and so are the artists. The video can be watched for the same.


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