Har aadmi ko biwi ka ghulam hona chahiye – Kishore/Alka – Kalyanji-Anandji – Sanjeev/Vidhya | Hiraasat (1987)

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Knowing late Sanjeev Kumar Uncle a little personally, it is difficult for me to believe his performance in this song. Personally, he was a great cook. But, he has performed this song as if he does not know even a little cooking with a lot of comic effects.

Movie: This song appeared in 1987 action drama Sunil Arts’ Hiraasat (Custody) directed by Surendra Mohan and produced by Sunil Sharma. The movie starred Shatrughan Sinha, Hema Malini, Mithun Chakraborty, Anita Raj, Prem Chopra, Shakti Kapoor, late Deven Verma, Dalip Tahil, etc.

Assistant Commissioner of Police Ashok Saxena (Shatrughan Sinha) lives a middle-class life with his former street dancer wife Shobha (Hema Malini), and a younger college-student brother Rajesh (Mithun Chakraborty). Rajesh and college mate Renu (Anita Raj) love each other and Rajesh begins to work in the company of Renu’s father (Sujit Kumar). Happy with his work Renu’s father announces the engagement of Rajesh and Renu. Rajesh needs to inform his brother and his brother’s wife about the important event in his life. He is sent on some work to Bombay (Mumbai now) and meets them to inform them about it. It is at that time that Shobha informs him and her husband that Rajesh’s favorite actor’s movie had just released and they could go to watch it. Ashok tells them to carry on without him since he had some important work. This song appears in that movie.

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

The man says that every man should be the slave of his wife. But, his wife says that everybody should do the work they know after some comically disastrous eventuality.

Video: Cinematography is by Kaka Thakur. Dance choreography is by P L Raj-Suresh Bhatt.

The video opens with Sanjeev Kumar standing upright with closed eyes. He opens one eye and begins the song. Then, he opens the other eye also. Vidhya Sinha is lying on the sofa nearby. He goes and sits on the vacant portion of the sofa near her feet and begins to massage them. She pushes him away and he addresses the song to a dancing doll.

He feels like Vidhya Sinha is standing behind the doll and moving like it. Within seconds she is seen holding a chapatti roller and a pincer. She goes to recline on the dining table and he takes the chapatti roller and pincer to dance around her. They were supposed to go out and have dinner in a restaurant. Since he is late from work, he decides to cook.

Then, Sanjeev Kumar’s progress to the kitchen is shown in a funny manner. He is shown wearing an apron and a chef’s cap. A spring onion is seen hanging from his ear! The next stanza is worth watching and listening to. The fun cannot be described in words. Mithun Chakraborty and Hema Malini are seen laughing at the comic act. The video ends with the cooker letting off steam. The video is incomplete. By the end of the song, Sanjeev Kumar has made a mess of the menu and Vidhya Sinha makes him realize that it is not his job to cook.

Artists: The playback of this song was sung by Kishore Kumar and Alka Yagnik and the onscreen performances are by Hema Malini, Mithun Chakraborty, Sanjeev Kumar, Vidhya Sinha, etc.

Cultural Influence: The gist of this typically funny filmi song is that if people take up any work for the first time without expert supervision, the results can be disastrous. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for Sanjeev Kumar’s antics.

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