Humko toh yaara teri yaari – Kishore/Asha – R D Burman – Rishi/Kaajal – Hum Kisise Kum Nahin (1977)

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We had seen this movie for the first time with my cousin brother, a few months elder to me. We were all small children then. We 2 girls would believe anything he said. There is a sequence with horses sometime before this song, which involved a mad horse. My brother told us that the horse was not real. It was a plastic horse, being pumped from behind the camera! 😀

Movie: This song appeared in 1977 romantic action Nasir Hussain Films’ Hum Kisise Kum Nahin (We are not less than anyone) directed and produced by Nasir Hussain. The movie starred Rishi Kapoor, Tariq Khan, Kaajal Kiran (debut), Zeenat Aman, late Om Shiv Puri, late Amjad Khan, 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 from Africa. But, they do not know what had happened to the wealth when he returned to India. 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 forwarded 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 since 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. After a song sequence, Sanjay’s secret is revealed and Kaajal begins to hate him.

Kaajal begins to trust Rajesh in the guise of Manjeet so much that when he asks her to come alone without her bodyguards she complies. In a bid to kidnap Kaajal, Rajesh makes her drink alcohol and sings this song.

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

The man sings that their friendship is more precious to him than his life. The girl trusts him so much that even if he sells her, she would comply with his wishes.

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

The video opens with Rishi Kapoor running down a grassy slope. The music has already begun. Rishi Kapoor requests Kaajal Kiran to stay back. But, she is not ready. He tries to strangle himself with his muffler. She stops him and they roll on the slope together. She gets up and he stops her. He also begins the song.

Kaajal Kiran goes further and encounters a group of youths coming her way, on bicycles. She tries to stop them. They fall like 9 pins in front of her. One of the cyclists takes with him her red shawl. She follows him in another cycle. A bull observes the red shawl and runs behind the cyclist. The cyclist increases his speed.

Kaajal Kiran is following the cyclist. Rishi Kapoor follows her on a horse. The cyclist moves off course because of the bull. Kaajal Kiran reaches the finishing line of the race with Rishi Kapoor following up on the horse. He continues the song. They reach a place where some school children are being taught some exercises. Kaajal Kiran stands on the table and begins to whistle.

The children begin to dance to the tune of the whistles. The physical training teacher tells Kaajal Kiran to get down. But, she doesn’t. Rishi Kapoor begins to grin at the scene. He waits for her sitting on the lower level of a tree. When she passes him, he catches hold of her hand. She takes over the song. The video ends with Kaajal Kiran falling on the open ground.

Artists: The playback of this song was sung by Kishore Kumar and Asha Bhonsle and onscreen performance is by Rishi Kapoor and Kaajal Kiran among others.

Cultural Influence: This is a typical filmi song glorifying something more than friendship. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the same.

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