Yaar ki mehfil mein – Asha/Omi – Sonik-Omi | Dharma (1973)


Movie: This song appeared in 1973 super hit action drama Dharma (A name) directed by Chand produced by S K Kapur under the banner of Kapur Films. The movie starred late Pran, late Navin Nischol, Rekha, Ramesh Deo, Rajan Haksar, Anjali Kadam, late Ajit, late Madan Puri, late Asit Sen, Bindu, etc.

Chandan Singh (Pran) is a dacoit living in an isolated area with his wife Parvati (Anjali Kadam) and his followers Bhairav Singh (Rajan Haksar), Mangal Singh (Madan Puri). Bhairav Singh betrays Chandan Singh, who is almost arrested by Inspector Ajit Singh (Ajit). In the absence of Chandan Singh, Bhairav Singh tries to molest Parvati. Soon, Chandan Singh appears there to save her and they leave with their son Suraj. While they are escaping in a boat, Inspector Ajit shoots at Chandan Singh, but the bullet hits Parvati and she falls off the boat. Suraj and Chandan also jump off behind her. The current of the river separates the family members.

Chandan visits Inspector Ajit Singh’s home, where Ajit’s wife Asha (Rekha) is accidently killed. Chandan Singh kidnaps Ajit and Asha’s daughter Radha. While riding his horse, he unintentionally drops Radha on the side of the road. One woman finds the little girl and takes her back home. Years later, Chandan Singh emerges as the thief Dharma as well as Nawab Sikander.

Raju (Navin Nischol) jumps into a train compartment where 2 women Radha (Rekha again) and her mother are present. Though initially Raju and Radha have an altercation between each other, her mother allows him to stay in the compartment till the next station. He saves the women from 2 goons. But, the goons make away with Radha’s chain. The goons turn out to be Raju’s henchmen. Raju gives them their cut and runs away with Radha’s chain when the police arrive there from nowhere.

Mangal Singh has taken care of Bhairav Singh’s son Chaman Singh (Ramesh Deo), who has now grown up. Mangal Singh and Chaman Singh together cheat rich men by showing them the temptation of women. This time Seth Garib Das (Asit Sen) had been ensnared by them and this cabaret is organized for him.

Song: The lyrics of this song were penned by Verma Malik and the music was composed by Sonik-Omi.

The girl says, “I live in the hearts of lovers and my name is Jamila.”

Video: The video opens with Helen beginning the dance with some male dancers. The music has already begun. Ramesh Deo is with Asit Sen, who is watching the dance wide-eyed. Claps take the song forward. Asit Sen and Ramesh Deo are drinking alcohol.

They go to another dance bar and another dancer comes into the dance area to perform. In the third bar, Sonia Sahni is performing. In the fourth bar, Jayashree T is performing Bhangra. In the next bar, they do drugs and Bindu is performing. The video ends with the song.

Artists: The playback of this song was sung by Asha Bhonsle and Omi and the onscreen performances are by Helen, Asit Sen, Ramesh Deo and others.

Cultural Influence: This song is the typically Bollywood cabaret. The song is good and so are the artists. The video can be watched for the same.


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