Sultana Sultana mera naam hai Sultana – Usha Mangeshkar – Raam-Laxman – Ranjeeta | Tarana (1979)


Movie: This song appeared in 1979 romantic drama Taraana (Symphony) directed by Deepak Bahry and produced by Tarachand Barjatiya under the banner of Rajshri Productions. The movie starred Mithun Chakraborty, Ranjeeta, late Bhagwan, late Om Shiv Puri, Jagdeep, Shree Ram Lagoo, Jayashree T, late Urmila Bhat, Sharat Saxena, etc.

The movie begins with 2 families returning from a fair via a boat. A storm rages. Little Shyam loses his parents to death and little Radha is lost in the floods. Radha’s parents accept Shyam as their son and move on with their lives. Radha is found by the gypsy chief Rana (Shree Ram Lagoo) and is brought up by him. Years later, Radha, rechristened as Rani (Ranjeeta), is a beautiful gypsy dancer. She sings and dances to the tune of this song in her introductory dance-sequence.

Song: The lyrics of this song were penned by Ravindra Rawal and the music was composed by Raam-Laxman.

The girl says that her name is Sultana. She also insists that her beauty’s style is rare. This song is basically the self-glorification of the girl.

Video: Cinematography is by Arvind Laad. Dance choreography is by Subal Sarkar.

The video opens with the shot of Ranjeeta’s feet with clinking light anklets. The next shot is of someone playing the dhol (a type of drum). From afar, Ranjeeta is seen revolving around herself. She begins the song-and-dance sequence. Jayashree T is also dancing with her. Some male dancers use some sticks as props.

Mithun Chakraborty is riding a horse and turns back when he hears the song. Ranjeeta is seen walking the tightrope. She is cradled on the sticks that some male dancers are holding. Soon, the song ends and the video gets over there.

Artists: The playback singer of this song is Usha Mangeshkar and the onscreen performances are by Ranjeeta, Jayashree T, Mithun Chakraborty and others.

Cultural Influence: This is a typical filmi gypsy song. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the above.

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