Kya ho phir jo din rangeela ho – Geeta/Asha – S D Burman – Shashikala/Helen | Nau Do Gyarah (1957)


Movie: This song appears in the 1957 mystery movie Nau Do Gyarah (Nine Two Eleven meaning to run away in Hindi) directed by late Vijay Anand (debut) and produced by late Dev Anand. The movie starred Dev Anand, Kalpana Kartik, late Madan Puri, Shashikala, Helen, late Jeevan, late Lalita Pawar, Krishan Dhawan, etc.

Madan Gopal (Dev Anand) is thrown out of his house for non-payment of rent. He visits his friend, who has been helping him to collect his mail. Madan finds a letter from his uncle Manoharlal. The older man had written that he will be leaving 1.1 million rupees – 0.9 million in cash and rest in property to Madan. Originally, the recipient was the older man’s sister-in-law’s son Kuldeep (Krishan Dhawan). Kuldeep is a man of bad character. Therefore, Manoharlal had decided to transfer all his money to Madan.

Madan immediately leaves Delhi for Bombay (Mumbai now) in a truck, which he buys out of loan money. On the way, his friend pulls him into a wedding. While the 2 are discussing the wedding, the bride Raksha (Kalpana Kartik) hears the conversation. Also, a friend of hers, after eavesdropping a conversation between the groom Surjit (Jeevan) and her father, tells her that the man is not the right choice for her. The groom was demanding more cash in dowry. When Madan tells his friend that if he were the girl, he would have run away, she also decides to do the same. She hides in Madan’s truck.

Raksha has already disguised herself as a Sikh boy with the false name of Sardar Nihal Singh. When Madan discovers ‘him’, both of them quarrel continuously. However, Madan is compelled to take ‘him’ with him because the Sikh boy has all that he needs in the journey – money, water and food. Soon, ‘Sardar Nihal Singh’ is exposed and Madan finds out that it is actually a girl. Though Madan does not know her past, both fall in love with each other. But, he keeps teasing her many times as thief. Raksha was unhappy in the marriage, but finds happiness, while traveling with Madan.

Both reach Bombay soon and Madan goes to visit his friend Radheshyam (Madan Puri). Radheshyam informs him that Manoharlal has died. Madan is shocked and fishes out the letter to realize that it is a few months old. Madan’s friend says that the entire property had gone to Kuldeep and his mother (Lalita Pawar). On Raksha’s suggestion, they decide to pay a visit to the estate, which is in Mahabaleshwar as if looking for a job of the estate manager. The ad that had been placed for the job insisted that the candidate should be married. Madan decides to present Raksha as his wife.

When Madan and Raksha reach there, Madan is immediately hired and they are given their quarters. Kuldeep is in love with a Bombay-based bar dancer, Nita (Shashikala) and she sings this song at this juncture with a colleague (Helen). Surjit is the owner of the hotel and he decides to frame Nita in a smuggling bid. For the purpose, he orders his goons to leave her car filled with objectionable goods in front of the hotel after informing the police.

Song: The music of this song was given by late S D Burman and the lyrics were penned by late Majrooh Sultanpuri.

One girl asks, “What will happen when the day is colorful? What will happen if the sand shines? What will happen if the sea is blue? What will happen if the sky is wet?” The other girl replies that it would be fun.

Video: Cinematography is by V Ratra. Dance choreography is by Zohra Saigal-Surya Kumar.

The video opens with a girl running across the stage strumming a guitar. 2 girls run from the opposite direction each playing the clarinet. Similarly, other girls play different small musical instruments. Someone, not visible in the camera focus area, blows circles of smoke from a pipe. Shashikala begins the song-and-dance sequence holding a cigarette with its holder.

Helen performs with a male dancer. The police are seen blocking the path of a car in the night. The driver runs toward the hotel where this performance is happening. The video ends as the actor disrupts the dance performance.

Artists: The playback of this song was given by Geeta Dutt and Asha Bhonsle, while the onscreen performances are by Shashikala and Helen.

Cultural Influence: This is a typical item song of today’s times. But, the artists have not exposed in this song of so many years ago. Though the video is overtly filmi, it can be watched for the artists and the melodious song.


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