Do ekam do – 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, late Rajinder Nath (debut), Sulochana, late 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, with whom her friend was going to get married. Neeta challenges her other friends that soon this man would be holding her hand instead of Champakali’s hand and 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. At the end of the song where they compete, what Neeta says happens. Raja is holding Neeta’s hand and proposing to her. But, Raja’s lie is caught and he takes off.

Raja has placed an ad in a newspaper as Prof. Samri that he would solve all problems. He receives 2 letters. Both the letters request him to come to the entrance of a club to meet the writer of the letter. For identification, one person has requested him to hold a rose while the other person has told him to hold an apple. It turns out that the person who had told him to hold a rose is Kailash and he is miffed that Neeta is attracted to an accident victim Chandra (Tahir Hussain). The other person is Neeta and she wants to get rid of Kailash and surprisingly Chandra, who has begun to take her false concern to be love. ‘Prof. Samri’ promises both that he would come to Neeta’s place that night for a party to solve their problems.

Raja disguises as an old Muslim with a daughter. The daughter is actually Tom, wearing a Burkha. Raja begins his work immediately. He creates a misunderstanding about Kailash with Jagat Narayan. With Kailash and Tom (in a burkha) sitting together, it is convincing.

It is at this time that Raja, Neeta and her friends 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.

This song runs as a two times mathematical table and words have been spun to rhyme with it and do not make much sense. The man covertly says that he is in love with the girl.

Video: Cinematography is by Dilip Gupta. The operative cameraman is A Bhattacharya. Dance choreography is by Herman Benjamin- More-Sachin Shankar-Prabati Kumar.

The video opens with Shammi Kapoor wielding the baton in front of some musicians. He is wearing the dress of an old Muslim. He begins to sing and perform a few dance steps. The girls clap their hands encouraging him further. He takes the bow and runs to Asha Parekh to dance with her.

Asha Parekh’s friends also dance to the tune of the song. Her best friend also sings with them. The music rises to a crescendo and they all begin to dance very vigorously. Asha Parekh’s friends cannot keep up with the lead pair. Raj Mehra is angry with Rajinder Nath, who in turn is sulking. Tahir Hussain is enjoying the song. The video ends as Shammi Kapoor falls down.

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

Cultural Influence: The hero has supposedly come for the party to help the heroine and the comic actor. But, he has his own ulterior motive behind it. The song is filmi, but loveable. The artists are also good. The video is watchable.

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