Hai kali kali ke lab par – Mohammad Rafi – Khayyam | Lala Rookh (1958)


Movie: This song appeared in 1958 Film India Corporation’s historical Lala Rookh (a name) produced by Ishmat Chugtai and directed by Athar Siraj. The movie starred late Talat Mahmood, Shyama, etc.

The movie begins with Shah Murad (Talat Mahmood) wanting to find out how his subjects are living in his kingdom. He goes to an inn where the people are enjoying a dance. When one of the men assembled there called Hassan sings this song, the female dancer performs this dance.

Song: The music of this song was scored by Khayyam and the lyrics were penned by Kaifi Azmi.

The man says, “The story of your beauty is being said by every young flower (girl). Your smile is everything in my garden.”

Video: The cinematography is by Nariman A Irani. Dance choreography is by Sohanlal.

The video opens with a female dancer performing on the music, which has already begun. Talat Mahmood is watching from a patterned window. The people assembled there request one of them, Hassan to sing on the given tune and he complies with the request. The music peters off toward the end of the song.

Artists: The playback of this song was sung by Mohammad Rafi.

Cultural Influence: This song is an Arabian folk dance and has been inserted at this juncture in the movie as a typical filmi item song. The men do not enjoy the dance without the song. So, they suggest that one of their friends give words to it. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the same.


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