Gentleman gentleman gentleman – Mahendra/Lata – Kalyanji-Anandji – Dilip Kumar | Gopi (1970)

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Movie: This song appeared in 1970 family drama Gopi (a name) directed by A Bhimsingh and produced by S S Palaniappan and T S Muthuswami under the banner of Prosperity Pictures. The movie starred Dilip Kumar, Saira Banu, late Pran, late Om Prakash, late Nirupa Roy, late Durga Khote, Farida Jalal, late Johnny Walker, late Lalita Pawar, Aruna Irani, etc.

Gopi (Dilip Kumar) is a simpleton and an honest unemployed man. He has an ideal family of an elder brother Girdharilal (Om Prakash), a sister Nandini (Farida Jalal) and a sister-in-law Parvati (Nirupa Roy); who all love him very much. This happens though Girdharilal is Gopi and Nandini’s step-brother.

Soon, Leelavati Devi (Lalita Pawar) and her niece Seema (Saira Banu), who are related to Parvati, come to visit them. Gopi also finds a job for himself. Seema falls in love with Gopi’s simplicity. Nandini understands her feelings. One night, she pretends to be the voice behind Lord Hanuman in the local temple and convinces his devotee Gopi to get married to Seema. To make Leelavati agree to the alliance he wears a modern dress, on his birthday, speaking broken English and holding a rifle. Seema is impressed. The rifle shots frighten Leelavati. It is at this time that Gopi sings this song.

Song: The music of this song was composed by Kalyanji-Anandji and the lyrics were penned by Rajinder Kishan.

The man insists that he has become modern enough to be a match for the girl. The girl initially says that she would not marry him and later agrees.

Video: Cinematography is by Faredoon A Irani. Dance choreography is by S Sohanlal-Roshan Kumari.

The video opens with some dialogues between Lalita Pawar, Saira Banu, Farida Jalal, Dilip Kumar and Om Prakash. Dilip Kumar pulls Saira Banu toward an open area between houses and turns her around. She moves around herself, with her ghagra creating twirls around her. Dilip Kumar begins the song.

Om Prakash and Nirupa Roy come there to enjoy the song. Some other people come to watch them. Saira Banu begins to dance and sing. Lalita Pawar looks at them shocked. The lead pair marches toward each other and then together. They also dance together. He shows his hat, comb and other modern things he has.

Dilip Kumar frightens Lalita Pawar and confesses that he loves Saira Banu. Dilip Kumar and Saira Banu get on a bicycle and leave the place, with Lalita Pawar lamenting over it. Thus, ends the video.

Artists: The playback of this song was sung by Mahendra Kapoor and Lata Mangeshkar and the onscreen performances are by Dilip Kumar, Saira Banu, Om Prakash, Nirupa Roy, Farida Jalal, Lalita Pawar, etc.

Cultural Influence: This typically filmi song is a confession by the hero that he is in love with the heroine. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable.

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