Dil mein Holi jal rahi hai – Kishore Kumar – Bappi Lahiri – Sunil Dutt | Zakhmee (1975)

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Today is Holi. I don’t know why; but, when I think of Bollywood songs connected to Holi only this one comes to my mind.
Movie: This song appeared in 1975 romantic thriller Zakhmee (Injured) produced by Tahir Husain and directed by Raja Thakur under the banner of T V Films. The movie starred late Sunil Dutt, Asha Parekh, Rakesh Roshan, Reena Roy, Tariq, Imtiaz, late Johnny Walker, etc.
Before Anand (Sunil Dutt) can get married to Asha (Asha Parekh); he is falsely accused of murdering his business partner Mohan, arrested and imprisoned until his trial. Anand does not say anything in support of himself and thus his lawyer thinks that he had really killed his partner. Anand’s brothers Amar (Rakesh Roshan) and Pawan (Tariq) do not believe that he could commit a homicide and kidnap Judge Ganguly’s (Iftekhar) only daughter Nisha (Reena Roy) to influence his decision about their brother to their advantage. Nisha soon gets reconciled to the fact that she has been abducted for a good cause.
On the other hand, when things become intolerable, Anand escapes from the prison to avenge himself. It is the festival of Holi and he sings this song at that time.
Song: The music of this song was composed by Bappi Lahiri and the lyrics were penned by Gauhar Kanpuri.
This is not the typical Bollywood Holi song. The typical Bollywood Holi song has a distinct romantic flavor to it. In this song, the man says that he has come back to avenge himself.
Video: Cinematography is by Munir Khan. Dance choreography is by Suresh Bhatt.
The video opens with a group of people playing and dancing to the music of the song. Sunil Dutt arrives and he begins the song holding a dafli. The colors of Holi make his face unrecognizable for the others. We know that he is Sunil Dutt. 🙂
Johnny Walker is also present and joins him in the song. Asha Parekh is seen praying to God at their home. Tears are running down Asha Parekh’s cheeks. Even Baby Pinky, who has her head on Asha Parekh’s lap, is also crying. The little girl has fallen asleep.
Asha Parekh takes the girl in her arms to her bed to place her on it. Johnny Walker throws some color in the eyes of a shoe shine boy sitting in front of Sunil Dutt’s home. Sunil Dutt places his dafli on the boy’s head and enters the house. The video ends there.
Artists: The playback of this song was sung by Kishore Kumar and the onscreen performances are by Sunil Dutt, Johnny Walker, Asha Parekh and Baby Pinky.
Cultural Influence: Usually during Holi, people organize themselves into groups to apply color to their relatives, friends and the passers-by. This is a typical filmi song made to celebrate the festival in a different way. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the same.

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