I want to hit somebody – Asha/Kishore – – Bappi Lahiri – Neelam/Mithun | Waqt Ki Awaaz (1988)

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There was a trend in Bollywood some years back where if there is a sister (hero’s or heroine’s), she has to be brutally raped and murdered. Otherwise, there is no credibility to the hero’s beating up of the villains. Such a situation also arises in this movie. Around those times, I was reviewing movies for a woman’s magazine and always found this part of the movie-plot ridiculous. Fed up of them, I, not only, stopped watching these movies, but also, began to write my own novels with more credibility.

Movie: This song appeared in 1988 romantic action flick Vijayalakshmi Art Pictures’ Waqt Ki Awaaz (Call of the times) directed by Kovelamudi Bapayya and produced by T Trivikrama Rao. The movie starred Mithun Chakraborty, Sridevi, Kader Khan, Ranjeet, Gulshan Grover, Asrani, Shakti Kapoor, Aruna Irani, etc.

Vishwa Pratap (Mithun Chakraborty) is undergoing a court trial for murdering someone called Billa. Vishwa Pratap relates to the Jailor (Vikas Anand) what really happened through a flashback. Vishwa Pratap is a Sikandarlal Thakkar’s (Kader Khan) company truck driver.

One day, he meets a runaway girl Lata (Sridevi). After listening to her sob story of being a maid to a lecherous man, he takes her home to stay with his sister Laxmi and him. Lata’s father Ishwar Prasad soon comes to know that she is with Vishwa Pratap and he visits the truck driver with his partner Sikandarlal, his son Rajan (Gulshan Grover) and Shera (Ranjeet) to convince Lata to go back to him. But, Lata refuses to go. In the night, Shera sends his goon Billa to kidnap Lata and kill Vishwa Pratap. Instead of kidnapping Lata, the goon kidnaps Laxmi. Soon they get to know that they had got the wrong girl. She runs away and the goon chases to rape and kill her. Vishwa Pratap discovers Laxmi’s mutilated body and finds some object of the killer in her hands. He finds the killer and murders him brutally.

Due to the absence of any concrete proof against Vishwa Pratap, Justice Sharda (Moushmi Chatterjee) releases him with respect. When Vishwa Pratap comes out of the jail, he finds everyone running away from him. He reaches a discotheque where a dancer (Neelam) is performing this song-and-dance sequence.

Song: The lyrics of this song were penned by Indiwar and the music was composed by Bappi Lahiri.

The girl says, “I want to hit somebody. I want to love somebody. Break me. Bend me. Twist my arm.” The man says, “I want to hit somebody. I want to eat somebody. I want to crush somebody. I will break you. I will bend you. I will twist your arm.”

Video: Cinematography is by A Venkat. Dance choreography is by Saroj Khan.

The video opens with Neelam and some other female dancers beginning to perform on the dance floor. The next shot is of Mithun Chakraborty looking around the discotheque. Neelam begins to sing. She helps Mithun Chakraborty to climb to the dance floor, which is at a higher level. Mithun Chakraborty also begins to sing and dance to the tune of the song.

The lights in the discotheque are typical of the location. A musician is shown drumming away at the several drums in front of him. Mithun Chakraborty plays the saxophone moving about the dance floor. Neelam keeps dancing in front of him. Ranjeet enters the disco. Mithun Chakraborty’s attention diverts to Ranjeet and the song and the video end.

Artists: The playback of this song was sung by Asha Bhonsle and Kishore Kumar and the onscreen performance is by Neelam and Mithun Chakraborty.

Cultural Influence: This is a typically filmi item song of today sung by the hero and another prominent actor selected only for this song. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the same.

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