Zubi zubi zalebu – Asha Bhonsle – Shankar-Jaikishan – Sharmila/Shammi | 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 Pran, late David, late Rajinder Nath, etc.

Deepa (Sharmila Tagore) is a rich girl from India, who travels to Paris in search of real love. Deepa tells her sob story that Indian men prefer rich girls to everybody she meets and pretends to be a maid. Shyam/Sam (Shammi Kapoor) sees her and decides to clear her misunderstanding. He follows her to her quarters and soon gets to know that she is a rich girl.

Sam keeps following her. Deepa is fed up of Sam chasing her. She wants to leave Paris and work for humanity. When asked, her manager suggests her joining the Red Cross as a nurse treating Indians in Geneva, Switzerland. There also Sam follows her. Shekhar has also followed her to Switzerland. One evening, Shekhar insists that she drink alcohol and tries to take advantage of her in her unconscious state. Sam sees what has been happening, tricks Shekhar and rescues Deepa. The next day, Deepa leaves a letter for Sam saying that she is leaving 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). Deepa is in Beirut and Jack decides to kidnap her. He also sends his goons for the purpose.

Deepa, on the other hand, is blissfully ignorant of the kidnapping bid and enjoying her vacation. She insists that Makhan Singh arrange for a water skiing trip for her. The club does not give her the necessary permission, so he has to find an instructor. Sam turns up there, joins her as an instructor and sings a song to impress Deepa. By the end of the song, Deepa also confesses that she is in love with him. After seeing Suzie, Shekhar plans to replace Deepa with her when Jack kidnaps the heiress. Suzie decides to support him and follows Deepa with Shekhar to learn her mannerisms. When the actual exchange takes place and Suzie meets Sam, he immediately realizes from some of her mannerisms that she is not Deepa.

By then, Deepa’s father also comes there because Shekhar had sent him a cablegram in the name of his father, the manager, to come over. Sam goes and informs Deepa’s father and manager about the replacement of Deepa. Deepa’s father thinks that if the girl is a look-alike of Deepa, then she is the long-lost identical twin sister of Deepa. When they go to confront Suzie, she asks Sam to go with her so that Deepa can be saved. In return for Deepa’s life, Suzie asks for Sam’s love. They have an argument and Suzie leaves saying that if he changes his mind, he is welcome to the hotel, where she would be dancing. After a lot of thought, Sam reaches the hotel, where Suzie is singing and sizzling to this song.

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

The girl is welcoming the man since he had come to her after she had told him to.

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

The video opens with Shammi Kapoor entering the restaurant area of the hotel. Some female dancers are seen wearing funny costumes, standing on the stage. Sharmila Tagore enters the stage and begins the song. She also begins to dance. Shammi Kapoor is not happy. Sharmila Tagore approaches him, pulls him toward a table and makes him sit there. The song-and-dance sequence ends soon and Sharmila Tagore takes a bow. Thus, the video ends.

Artists: The playback of this song was sung by Asha Bhonsle and the onscreen performances are by Shammi Kapoor, Sharmila Tagore 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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