Megha re bole ghanan ghanan – Rafi/Asha – Usha Khanna – Shammi/Asha | Dil Deke Dekho (1959)

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Movie: This song appeared in 1959 hit rom-com Dil Deke Dekho (Give your heart and see) produced by Sashadhar Mukherjee and directed by late Nasir Hussain under the banner of Filmalaya. The movie starred late Shammi Kapoor, Asha Parekh, Rajinder Nath (debut), Sulochana, Raj Mehra, etc.

Neeta (Asha Parekh) is an heiress and the only daughter of Jagat Narayan (Raj Mehra) in Nainital. She is told by her friends that their friend Sheila had been slapped by a drummer from Deonar Club. Neeta decides to avenge the insult to their friend. Neeta and her friends go to the club and she discusses her plans with them. Raja (Shammi Kapoor) is listening to them. He disguises himself and introduces himself to them as the manager of the club. He also informs them that there is enough security that would stop her from implementing what she had planned. Neeta stubbornly decides to go ahead with it anyways.

Neeta goes to the green room to bribe one of the participants of the dance to give her a costume. Raja removes his disguise and goes to play the drums singing a song. By the time Neeta comes to hit him, he has changed places with another man Tom (Randhir). Thus, Neeta hits Tom instead of Raja. As a result of the commotion that happens after this, Raja and Tom lose their jobs.

Soon, Raja sees Neeta and her friends coming his way for a picnic. Neeta says that another of her friends, Champakali would be bringing their eatables. Raja decides to avenge himself. He meets Champakali as Neeta’s friend from London and tells her that Neeta is in love with him. On the other hand, he tells Neeta that he is Champakali’s childhood friend. Neeta challenges her other friends that soon this man would be holding her hand instead of Champakali’s hand that he is a flirt, not suitable for their friend. Raja challenges Neeta that when he sings, women would leave their work and come to dance with him. It is at this time that Raja and Neeta sing this song.

Song: The music of this memorable song has been composed by Usha Khanna (debut) and the lyrics were penned by Majrooh Sultanpuri.

The man describes the sound of the clouds, wind and the light anklets. He says that when these make their sounds he feels like swaying. He also beckons his beloved.

Video: Cinematography is by Dilip Gupta. The operative cameraman is A Bhattacharya. Dance choreography is by Herman Benjamin- More-Sachin Shankar-Prabati Kumar. This situation and the song have been repeated in a later movie – Pyar Ka Mausam (1969) for the song Ni sultana re… This video contains both the songs and for the review of the Ni sultana re… song see here.

The video opens with Shammi Kapoor standing on a garden seat and beginning the song. Some women are seen walking in a line away from the picnic spot. Shammi Kapoor beckons to them through his song. Asha Parekh’s friends come forward to look at them. The women drop the wood they had cut and begin singing the song. They move toward Shammi Kapoor and begin dancing.

Asha Parekh’s friends begin to play the musical instruments that they have. Some of them even begin clapping their hands to raise the music to a crescendo. Shammi Kapoor and Asha Parekh compete with each other in the song. Shammi Kapoor gestures his team also to clap hands. He begins to dance with his team.

Asha Parekh stands up on her seat and so does Shammi Kapoor. Then, Asha Parekh jumps down to dance with her team. Shammi Kapoor takes Asha Parekh away from the others and lifts her hand. The video ends there.

Artists: The playback of this song was sung by Mohammad Rafi and Asha Bhonsle and the onscreen performances are by Shammi Kapoor, Asha Parekh and others.

Cultural Influence: The hero is trying to avenge himself here. Also, he is trying to say that he is in love with the heroine. This typically filmi song is good and so are the artists. The video is watchable for the same.

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