Chhup chhup Meera roye – Lata – Kalyanji-Anandji – Dev Anand | Johny Mera Naam (1970)

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Movie: This song is featured in the 1970 hit crime thriller Johnny Mera Naam (My Name is Johnny), produced by Gulshan Rai and directed by Vijay Anand under the banner of Trimurti Films. The movie starred late Dev Anand, Hema Malini, late Jeevan, late Pran, late I S Johar, late Sajjan, late Premnath, late Iftekhar, etc.

Notorious smuggler and gangster Heeralal (Jeevan), arrested by the Bombay (Mumbai now) Police, is held in a cell. In the next cell, there is another gangster Johnny (Dev Anand). Heeralal confides in Johnny and asks him to contact a girl called Rekha (Hema Malini). Johnny meets Rekha and gives the tennis racquet to her that Heeralal had told him to deliver. Rekha successfully eludes the police and takes the diamonds, which were in the racquet, to Nalanda. But, from Nalanda railway station the police follow Rekha. At the ruins, Rekha tries to elude the police by singing a song for Johnny and he joins in the song.

They go to Kathmandu, Nepal by air. Soon, Johnny gets to meet Moti (Pran) and gets into the gang. After a faithful accomplice’s disloyalty, Johnny is given the task of delivering 5 million rupees to a dealer. This is actually a test of his loyalty, in which he passes with flying colors.

He gets another task, i.e. of transporting some drugs. Johnny and Rekha pretend that they are in love with each other in front of Moti. By now Johnny gets to know that Rekha has been ensnared into the dragnet of the gang in the course of finding her father Rai Sahab Bhupendra Singh (Sajjan). When Johnny and Rekha are successful in the second task as well, Moti gives them 2 different tasks.

Rekha is sent to a temple wearing the dress of Saint Meera Bai. Rekha just has to pick up an ek tara (a string instrument) from the temple. The ek tara contains all the precious jewels of the idols. But, feeling guilty about cheating God, she sings this song.

Song: The music composer of this song was Kalyanji-Anandji and the lyrics were penned by Indeewar.

This is a bhajan devoted to Lord Krishna. The girl considers herself to be Meera (a famous devotee of Lord Krishna). She feels guilty that she has done something wrong and Lord Krishna has been offended by it.

Video: Cinematography is by Fali Mistry. Dance choreography is by Suresh Bhatt-Sachin Shankar.

The video opens with Hema Malini looking at the ek tara and touching it guiltily. The music has already begun. Pran has come to the temple disguised as a sadhu. Hema Malini picks up the ek tara and turns back to move away from the sanctum sanctorium. She is pained by the act she is about to perform and begins the song.

Hema Malini begins to dance with the ek tara. Tears flow over her cheeks. A few men and women dance playing cymbals. The video ends as Pran approaches Hema Malini to threaten her.

Artists: The playback singer is Lata Mangeshkar and the onscreen performance is by Hema Malini, Pran and others.

Cultural Influence: This is a typical filmi devotional song depicting universally applicable emotions. The song is good and the artists are also good. The video is watchable for the song and the artists.

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