Sab log jidhar woh hain – Asha Bhonsle – N Datta – Helen | Gyarah Hazar Ladkiyan (1962)

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Movie: This song appeared in 1962 Naya Sansar’s romantic social drama Gyarah Hazar Ladkiyan (Eleven Thousand Girls) directed by K A Abbas and produced by the poet Ali Sardar Jafri and S K Mehta. The movie starred late Bharat Bhushan, Mala Sinha, Madhavi, Helen, late Murad, late Nadira, etc.

The story begins with a flashback involving Asha (Mala Sinha), working in the rationing office just after the war. She comes from a poor family and is the only earning member. She has 6 sisters, studying in school. Puran (Bharat Bhushan) belongs to a rich family. His father Seth Mulchand (Murad) is a businessman. But, Puran works as the special correspondent of a newspaper. Asha likes Puran’s articles exposing black-marketing and corruption, besides his articles on working women.

Asha wants to meet Puran and summons him to her office. While leaving Puran picks up her salary packet from the table unintentionally and drops his letter on her desk. Asha finds him at a hotel with the intention of getting her salary packet back from him. When he realizes that she earns a low pay, he decides to interview her. As she leaves, a dancer (Helen) sings and dances to the tune of this song.

Song: The lyrics of this song were penned by Majrooh Sultanpuri and the music was composed by N Datta.

The girl sings, “Everybody is looking where he (my beloved) is. I am looking at their eyes.”

Video: Cinematography is by Ramchandra.

The video opens with Mala Sinha turning back from the door and smiling. The next shot is of Helen, beginning the song-and-dance sequence. Mala Sinha grins and leaves. Helen approaches Bharat Bhushan and continues with the song. In between, the orchestra is shown playing the different musical instruments. Bharat Bhushan begins to smoke a cigarette. He blows out the smoke and the song ends. So does the video.

Artists: The playback of this song was sung by Asha Bhonsle and the onscreen performances were by Helen, Bharat Bhushan, Mala Sinha and others.

Cultural Influence: This is a typically filmi item number of today. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable.

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