Yaar chulbula hai – Rafi/Asha – Usha Khanna – Shammi/Asha | Dil Deke Dekho (1959)


Movie: This song appeared in 1959 Filmalaya’s hit rom-com Dil Deke Dekho (Give your heart and see) directed by late Nasir Hussain and produced by Sashadhar Mukherjee. The movie starred late Shammi Kapoor, Asha Parekh (debut), late Rajinder Nath (debut), late Raj Mehra, Sulochana, etc.

Neeta (Asha Parekh) is a Nainital-based heiress and the only daughter of Jagat Narayan (Raj Mehra). After Neeta’s altercation with Raja (Shammi Kapoor) in Deonar Club and his friend Tom (Randhir) lose their jobs. A few days later, Raja sees Neeta and her friends coming his way for a picnic. Raja decides to avenge himself by lying his way into the picnic party. Soon, Raja’s lie is caught and he takes off.

In a few meetings, Raja tells Neeta that he is in love with her. She keeps saying that she does not love him and gets irritated with him. On the trip to Ranikhet, Neeta and Kailash encounter problems with their car and Neeta has to travel with Raja, who is just waiting for such an opportunity. All through the journey, Raja tries to get close to Neeta to spite Kailash, telling her that Kailash is not the right life-partner for her.

Kailash gets angry. After the repair of the car in the next village, Kailash and Neeta go to his home. There, even before entering the house, Kailash pours his anger on Neeta because Raja had tried to get close to her. Neeta has a fight with Kailash, saying that he does not trust her and goes to stay at a hotel at night. It is the same hotel, which is owned by Kailash’s guardian (Sulochana) Raja is already there as a drums player. Neeta wakes up at night realizing that she has fallen in love with Raja. In the morning, she comes out in the porch area in a thoughtful mood. Raja sees her and sings one song. Neeta is crying by the end of it. She tells him to leave her.

Raja’s father Raghubir is blind and Raja has sent him with some money to Delhi for the required operation. But, en route his pocket is picked and he sends a message to his son through a stranger, Sohan. Sohan is the son of the very man, who had shattered the lives of Raghubir and his wife, years ago. His wife is actually Kailash’s guardian, now and Kailash is Sohan’s step-brother. The message is conveniently dropped with Kailash’s aunt and Neeta’s father (Raj Mehra). They think that Sohan is actually her son, Roop and they go to meet him. After a lot of excuses, Sohan gets ready to marry Neeta, provided he gets to see her and she does not.

Neeta convinces Kailash’s aunt that she would not be able to marry Kailash. The aunt also says that she need not. Thinking that her route is clear, she goes to meet Raja. When Neeta goes to the hotel to find Raja, she is told that he has left the job and the place. Soon, Neeta finds Raja and tells him in several words that she can marry him. They return to the hotel and Raja goes for a rehearsal. Kailash’s aunt stops him, feeling some familiarity in him. When she realizes that he is Raja, she threatens him with the loss of job if he continues to chase Neeta. That night Raja sings a song. It is at this time that Sohan in Roop’s guise visits the hotel to ‘see’ Neeta. Raja’s familiar rendition of his love for Neeta upsets Sohan and he leaves the place. Kailash’s aunt throws Raja out of the job and, due to his stubbornness; she even decides to kill him if he does not desist from his intention of marrying Neeta.

Kailash’s aunt tells Neeta that her betrothed is named Roop. When Neeta goes to visit Raja, where he is staying, she sees the letter his father had written to him. The letter is addressed to Roop. Thinking that Kailash’s aunt was talking about this same Roop, Neeta begins to tease Raja that she is getting married to a handsome guy soon. She reveals that she has found out his real name is Roop. Then, she runs away. Raja follows her to a place where some villagers are threshing their harvest. Neeta changes into a village girl’s dress and with a veiled face, joins the villagers in the work. Raja realizes that it is her and begins this song. Neeta and the villagers also join him in the song.

Song: The music of this memorable song has been composed by Usha Khanna (debut) and the lyrics were penned by Majrooh Sultanpuri.

The man says that his beloved is very bubbly. She is also beautiful. She even lies, a little. The girl replies that the man should not fall for the lie.

Video: Cinematography is by Dilip Gupta. The operative cameraman is A Bhattacharya. Dance choreography is by Herman Benjamin- More-Sachin Shankar-Prabati Kumar.

The video opens with Shammi Kapoor removing his muffler, which he had tied on his head. Some female dancers perform with their brooms. Shammi Kapoor wears the typical pahadi cap on his head. The female dancers sit around a half-finished hut and clap in rhythm. The claps take the song forward.

Shammi Kapoor begins the song and performs a few dance steps. Asha Parekh removes her veil and takes over the song. She also begins to dance. Asha Parekh dances with one set of girls and moves over to another set to continue dancing and clapping hands. Likewise, Shammi Kapoor also claps hands with some of the male dancers and moves over to another set.

Similarly, after another stanza, they again dance with 2 sets of dancers, but this time the dance consists of jumps. The music rises to a crescendo and they keep dancing vigorously. The other dancers make a circle around the lead pair, who performs hand in hand. The video ends there.

Artists: The playback of this song was sung by Mohammad Rafi and Asha Bhonsle and the onscreen performances are by Shammi Kapoor, Asha Parekh and others.

Cultural Influence: The heroine thinks she is betrothed to the hero and teases him. The typically filmi song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the same.


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