Yeh ladka haye Allah – Asha/Rafi – R D Burman – Kaajal Kiran/Tariq Khan – Hum Kisise Kum Nahin (1977)

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Movie: This song appeared in 1977 romantic action flick Hum Kisise Kum Nahin (We are not less than anyone) produced and directed by Nasir Hussain under the banner of Nasir Hussain Films. The movie starred Rishi Kapoor, Kaajal Kiran (debut), Tariq Khan, late Amjad Khan, Zeenat Aman, late Om Shiv Puri, late Jalal Agha, Tom Alter, etc.

Rajesh (Rishi Kapoor) has lost his father recently and his sister Mala (Aarti) is soon to get married. Their father was a wealthy man. But, they do not know when he returned to India from Africa, what had happened to the wealth. With no wealth, Rajesh has to dance in hotels to earn his living. Saudagar Singh (Amjad Khan) approaches Rajesh to tell him that his father had given a man a belt full of diamonds when he had returned to India because he had suffered a fatal heart attack. But this man had not given the belt to Rajesh. Thus, Saudagar Singh convinces Rajesh that he would help him get the diamonds.

In the meanwhile, Sanjay Kumar (Tariq Khan) is in love with Kaajal (Kaajal Kiran) from childhood. But, now, years later, Kaajal’s father Kishorilal (Kamal Kapoor) is against the alliance because Sanjay comes from a poor family. Soon, Sanjay gains employment with Rajesh, who is masquerading as Manjeet. Kaajal is told to visit Manjeet by her father. When Sanjay opens the door for her, she mistakes him for the person she was supposed to meet. They go out together on a date and sing this song.

Song: The music of this song was composed by R D Burman and the lyrics were composed by Majrooh Sultanpuri.

The girl says that the man does not know that love takes some time to happen. It is difficult to explain to him. The man says that he is the one for her and warns her not to delay in falling in love with him.

Video: Cinematography is by Munir Khan. Dance choreography is by Suresh Bhatt.

The video opens with Kaajal Kiran strumming the guitar. She begins the song. Tariq Khan is shocked that she called him a crazy man. Kaajal Kiran giggles and Tariq Khan takes offense to move away from her. She follows him on a garden path. He takes the guitar and begins playing it happily. He says that he loves her and asks her if she loves him too. She replies in the negative.

Tariq Khan is again offended and takes off in the car. Kaajal Kiran comes in front of the car continuing to sing. Tariq Khan begins to drive the car and she climbs onto the edge of it. When she sees a balloon vendor, she climbs down and gets hold of some balloons. Surprisingly, the balloons pull her up in the air and she begins to float.

Tariq Khan runs on the road trying to catch her. He could very well have used the car to travel that distance. But, the makers had to take some cinematic liberty for this particular sequence. Tariq Khan must have realized that there is no point in running behind her. So, he takes the car and finds a rifle from somewhere to shoot the balloons.

The hero is always a multifaceted human being. He will always know what the right thing is for every circumstance! And he will also know how to play different musical instruments and his aim in gun-shooting is also correct. This will always be true even though we know that he comes from a poor family and does not have the means to learn these skills.

With the bursting of some balloons, Kaajal Kiran comes down. When she comes to the right level, Tariq Khan pulls her down and holds the balloons in one hand. He does not fly off! He seems to be so heavy! Then, he lets go of the balloons, which fly away. A marriage procession comes their way. She plays the ek tara and he plays the dhol (a type of drum).

Kaajal Kiran lifts the veil of the bride so that it is seen by the groom, who is sitting beside her on the bullock-cart. Tariq Khan begins to sing and he applies some vermilion on the parting of Kaajal Kiran’s hair symbolizing the Hindu way of marriage. They run back to the car and board it. The music peters off and the video ends as they drive off in the car.

Artists: The playback of this song was sung byAsha Bhonsle and Mohammad Rafi and onscreen performance are by Kaajal Kiran and Tariq Khan among others.

Cultural Influence: The girl finds it difficult to explain to the man that it takes some time to fall in love. This filmi song is good and so are the artists. The video is watchable for the same.

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