Aaj na chorenge – Kishore/Lata – R D Burman – Rajesh/Asha | Kati Patang (1970)


Movie: This song appeared in the hit 1970 social drama Kati Patang (Cut Kite) produced and directed by Shakti Samanta under the banner of Shakti Films. The movie starred late Rajesh Khanna, Asha Parekh, late Nazir Hussain, Prem Chopra, Bindu, etc. The movie is an adaptation of the novel of the same name by late Gulshan Nanda. It is also an adaptation of an English novel I Married a Dead Man by Cornell Woolrich. This movie was remade into Tamil as Nenjil Oru Mull (1981) and Telugu as Punnami Chandrudu (1987). It was also remade in Hindi as Bade Dil Wala (1983) by changing the gender of the protagonist.
Madhu (Asha Parekh) runs away from home on her wedding day because she is in love with Kailash (Prem Chopra). When she goes to meet him, he is in the arms of Shabnam (Bindu). When she returns home, her maternal uncle, who is her guardian, has committed suicide.
She leaves home and has to masquerade as her childhood friend Poonam when Poonam dies in a railway accident. Madhu is also left with Poonam’s little baby Munna. Poonam’s husband has already died in an accident. Madhu reaches Poonam’s in-laws’ place as her friend. On the way, in the rainy weather, the cabbie tries to rob her. A forest ranger and her in-laws’ neighbor Kamal (Rajesh Khanna) rescues her and lets her stay with him till the rain stops. Soon, she realizes that she was going to be married to Kamal. Madhu is ashamed when she realizes this.
She goes to Poonam’s in-law’s home and her father-in-law Dinanath (Nazir Hussain) and mother-in-law (Sulochana) accept her and let her stay with them as their son’s widow. Kamal keeps visiting the house since he was the song of Dinanath’s best friend’s son. Eventually, Kamal realizes that he is in love with the girl, who calls herself Poonam. During Holi, he compels her to come and watch the revelers celebrate the festival. It is during this time that Kamal sings this song and Madhu joins him in singing it.
Song: The lyrics of this song were penned by Anand Bakshi and the music was composed by R D Burman.
The man is in high spirits and celebrates the festival with fervor. But, the girl is sad at what had happened to her till then. She blames her fate.
Video: Cinematography is by V Gopi Krishna. Dance choreography is by Surya Kumar.
The video opens with some people making bhang. Some people are playing some musical instruments. Some girls come forward to dance in the area devoted to the same. Rajesh Khanna and Asha Parekh are standing inside a shelter smiling. Some girl tries to pull Asha Parekh on the dancing area.
Rajesh Khanna tells Asha Parekh to join the dancers. But, she says no. Rajesh Khanna joins the dancers and begins the song. He performs some steps in his patent style. The camera pans the people celebrating and playing dandiya. It moves toward the lone figure of Asha Parekh. She sings part of this song moving out of the shelter.
Rajesh Khanna addresses her as he takes over the song and approaches her as he dances. She pushes him away and goes back into the shelter. He goes back with the pichkari (pump) toward her and is about to pour colored water on her. She moves back from him. He continues dancing on the dancing area.
Rajesh Khanna pulls Asha Parekh on to the ground and throws a lot of color on her. Thus, ends the video.
Artists: The playback of this song was sung by Kishore Kumar and Lata Mangeshkar. Onscreen performances are by Rajesh Khanna, Asha Parekh and others.
Cultural Influence: In India, widows are traditionally not allowed to participate in festivals like Holi. This was one of the abominable things that one human would do to another. But, things have changed a lot since this movie was made. This is a typically filmi Holi song. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the same.


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