Deewane ka naam toh poocho – Rafi – Shankar-Jaikishan – Shammi Kapoor | An Evening in Paris (1967)

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Movie: This song appeared in 1967 hit romantic drama An Evening in Paris directed and produced by Shakti Samanta under the banner of Shakti Films. The movie starred late Shammi Kapoor, Sharmila Tagore, late Pran, late Rajinder Nath, etc.

Deepa (Sharmila Tagore) is a rich girl from India. She is unsuccessful in love not just once but thrice. Thus, she is now on her way to Paris to find real love. Whoever she meets, Deepa tells her sob story that Indian men prefer rich girls, pretending to be a maid. Shyam/Sam (Shammi Kapoor) sees her and decides to clear her misunderstanding. He sings this song on the streets of Paris, as his driver gives her a lift in his car.

Song: The music of this song was composed by Shankar-Jaikishan and the lyrics were penned by Shailendra.

The man says that the girl should ask the name of the man, who is crazy about her. She should also ask him, why he is following her. He also says that after that she may decide not to meet him again.

Video: The cinematography is by V Gopi Krishna. Dance choreography is by P L Raj.

The video opens with the long shot of a car moving on a Paris road with Sharmila Tagore on the passenger seat. The music has already started. Shammi Kapoor suddenly appears on the back seat and begins this song. The driver is seen enjoying the situation. When the car stops at the traffic light, Sharmila Tagore gets down from the car and leaves the place.

Shammi Kapoor follows her. Sharmila Tagore gets into a double-decker bus. Shammi Kapoor also gets into it. She is irritated and leaves the bus to walk away. Shammi Kapoor is still following her. Sharmila Tagore gets into a large launch. Shammi Kapoor is not far away and continues singing. Sharmila Tagore gets a cola for herself.

Sharmila Tagore gets down on the bank and goes into a building. Shammi Kapoor has followed her till there. The music rises to a crescendo and he stops singing.

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

Cultural Influence: This typically filmi song where the hero wants to get acquainted with the heroine. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable.

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