Leja leja leja mera dil – Sharda – Shankar-Jaikishan – Sharmila Tagore | An Evening in Paris (1967)

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

Deepa (Sharmila Tagore) is a rich girl from India, who travels to Paris in search of real love. Deepa pretends to be a maid and tells her sob story that Indian men prefer rich girls to everybody she meets. Shyam/Sam (Shammi Kapoor) sees her and decides to clear her misunderstanding. He follows her to where she lives and the next day comes with a bouquet to visit her.

When Sam reaches there, he understands from Deepa’s driver Makhan Singh (Rajinder Nath) that she is a rich girl. He also gets to know that she has gone for a picnic with 12 other girls after they had ditched their boyfriends. With her is Shekhar (Pran), the wayward son of her manager Damodar Dayal (David). Sam barges into the picnic as a Sheikh and the girls leave the place with their boyfriends. Deepa and her maid Honey are left behind with a bus having punctured tyres. Sam arranges for the girls’ transport, leaving Shekhar behind. While they are leaving in scooters, the 12 girls also join them with their boyfriends.

Deepa is fed up of Sam chasing her. She wants to leave Paris and work for the humanity. When asked, her manager suggests her joining the Red Cross as a nurse treating Indians in Switzerland. There also Sam follows her. Shekhar has also followed her to Switzerland. One evening, Shekhar makes her drink alcohol and tries to take advantage of her in her unconscious state. Sam sees what has been happening and tricks Shekhar to rescue Deepa. The next day, Deepa leaves a letter for Sam saying that she is going away from him.

Shekhar has taken some loan from Jack (K N Singh) and at this juncture, Jack catches up with him. When Shekhar says that he is going to marry Deepa to get hold of her wealth, Jack says that she looks like a dancer Suzie (Sharmila Tagore again). It is in the next shot that Suzie sings this song at a club.

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

The girl says, “Take away my heart. It is your world and party. I am waiting for you with a palpitating heart (which I am ready to give you).”

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

The video opens with 7 oriental dancers beginning the dance in tune with the music, which has already begun. 7 more girls come on the stage. Sharmila Tagore is sitting on a metal formation made of circles. She introduces herself as Suzie. She begins the song. Soon enough, she is seen dancing with some male dancers.

Some other girls are seen walking on their toes. Sharmila Tagore is brought to the stage on a large trolley. She has changed her dress. She continues to dance on the flat surface on it. K N Singh, Pran and Shetty (who has acted as K N Singh’s henchman in this movie) enter the place. Sharmila Tagore waves to K N Singh.

Pran seems to be shocked that there is a look-alike of Deepa. He is smoking a cigarette. There is another change of dress. Sharmila Tagore approaches K N Singh, who offers her some whiskey. She declines the offer and continues to dance going to the stage. The video ends with the song.

Artists: The playback of this song was sung by Sharda and the onscreen performances are by Sharmila Tagore, K N Singh, Pran, Shetty and the others.

Cultural Influence: This is again a typically filmi cabaret song. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable.

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