Naam mera Prem Kali – Kavita – Lakshmikant-Pyarelal – Sridevi | Chaalbaaz (1988)


Movie: This song appeared in 1988 rom-com Chaalbaaz (Trickster) produced by A. Poorna Chandra Rao and directed by Pankaj Parashar under the banner of Lakshmi Productions. The movie starred Sridevi (double role), Sunny Deol, Rajnikant, Anupam Kher, etc.

Anju and Manju are identical twins separated a few days after birth. Manju is kidnapped by their nanny, who is not mentally stable. Their parents are also killed in a car accident by an evil uncle Tribhuvan (Anupam Kher). Manju (Sridevi) grows up in a shanty town as a carefree stage dancer and she gets her contracts through her childhood friend and neighbor Jaggu (Rajnikant). She performs this song in one of her shows.

Song: Anand Bakshi’s lyrics are fantastic and the lilting music by Lakshmikant-Pyarelal is dance-worthy.

The girl sings that her name is Prem Kali. She left home. On the way, she found her beloved’s lane. Her beloved’s lane is Love Lane. He spoke her name. She held her heart. He teased her. She turned away from him. What else could she do? This is the gist of the song.

Video: Cinematography is by Manmohan Singh. This dance was choreographed by Saroj Khan.

The video opens with Sridevi moving to the beats of the song in the shadows. Light is shone on her face and she performs some dance steps. She begins to sing the song as she plays the drums. 4 male dancers join her. There is a change of dress. But, the location remains the same.

She removes her gloves and earrings to throw them on the floor. She is about to remove her jacket, as well. But, she gestures negatively to move out of the camera focus area. She returns wearing another dress and hairstyle. The music rapidly rises to a crescendo. The video ends with the song and Sridevi takes a bow to realize that part of her costume has gone!

Artists: Kavita Krishnamurthy sings this song on the playback while Sridevi performs the dance with some male dancers.

Cultural Influence: This song and dance sequence is made for entertainment purpose only. Otherwise, there is no cultural significance to this song. The song is good and so are the artists. The video is watchable for the same.


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