Movie: Produced by A. Poorna Chandra Rao and directed by Pankaj Parashar under the banner of Lakshmi Productions, the romantic comedy or rom-com Chaalbaaz (Trickster) was released in 1988. 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. Anju (Sridevi again) is tortured by her extended family. After a lot of suffering, Anju runs away from home. Manju fights with her childhood friend and neighbor Jaggu (Rajnikant) and leaves the place in disgust.
In the process of rescuing Anju from some goons, Suraj gets hurt. During the same time, Anju and Manju get exchanged. Manju stops a car to get a doctor for Suraj and they land in Anju’s home since Tribhuvan is driving the car. Suraj (Sunny Deol) falls in love with Manju and they sing this song that night.
Song: Anand Bakshi’s lyrics are fantastic and the lilting music by Lakshmikant-Pyarelal is dance-worthy.
The man says that he is ailing because of his beloved. He cannot live without her. Then, he asks, “What can I do?” The girl replies that he should get notorious in her love. She adds, “Take my name and die. This is the only treatment for you.”
Video: Cinematography is by Manmohan Singh. This dance was choreographed by Saroj Khan.
The video opens with Sridevi climbing some stairs in style. She enters the room where Sunny Deol is staying and falls down on him dropping the glass of water and the tray aside. This is a dream sequence for the lead pair. Both of them are lying on a large ornate bed. Both of them begin to sing. Sridevi falls backward inside a swimming pool.
Sunny Deol plays the flute and Sridevi performs a few dance steps. There is a change of dress and location. Sridevi dances with a mud pot. She pours water from this mud pot on Sunny Deol’s hands. He does not drink the water. He is looking at her only. The mud pot falls down and breaks. There is a change of dress and location again.
He is playing the piano now and she is lying on it. She performs a few dance steps on it. Another change of dress and location later, she is seen wearing a dress like a tiger. She is also lying on a large toy tiger, with Sunny Deol watching her. There is another change of dress and location. They are wearing Arabian dresses and Sridevi comes out of a tent, dancing.
With another change in dress and location, they are shot in bright red light. Sridevi dances with a bottle of alcohol in her hand. Some Greek-Roman figures are present in the background, which come alive and begin dancing with the lead pair. The video ends with the end of the song.
Artists: Mohammad Aziz and Kavita Krishnamurthy sing on the playback while Sunny Deol and Sridevi perform the dance with some male dancers.
Cultural Influence: This song and dance sequence is made for entertainment only. Otherwise, there is no cultural importance to this song. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the comic timing of Sridevi.
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