Bedardi mere Saiyan – Asha Bhonsle – Ravi – Minoo Mumtaz | Chaudhvin Ka Chand (1960)

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Movie: This song appeared in 1960 Guru Dutt Films’ hit Muslim social drama Chaudhvin Ka Chand (Beauty of the Moon one day before the Full Moon) produced by late Guru Dutt and directed by Mohammad Sadiq. The movie starred Guru Dutt, late Rehman, Waheeda Rehman, late Johnny Walker, etc.

The setting of the movie is Lucknow city, where Islamic Culture flourished. Nawab (Rehman) falls in love with an unknown girl Jameela (Waheeda Rehman), whom he sees in the market. After another chance encounter with the girl, Nawab tells his friends Aslam (Guru Dutt) and Mirza (Johnny Walker) about it. They decide to find her during Urz (death anniversary of a Sufi Saint). They are counting on her coming to the market and the dargah during that time. It is at this time that Mirza disguises as a fakir to help his friend find the girl and photograph her. Nawab and Aslam find Jameela during the fair and they follow her. But, since the women are in burkha, they had been following the wrong girl – Aslam’s cousin sister. Aslam speaks to his aunt about the marriage of his cousin with his friend Nawab.

Soon, Mirza is seen attending the mujra of a nautch girl Rehana (Minoo Mumtaz). She sings this song at that time.

Song: The music of this song was composed by Ravi and the lyrics were penned by Shakeel Badayuni.

This song is a complaint about the indifferent behavior of the girl’s beloved.

Video: Cinematography is by V K Murthy. Dance choreography is by Sohanlal.

The video opens with Minoo Mumtaz dancing to the tune of the music of the song. She begins to sing the song as well. Johnny Walker is one of the actors supposedly enjoying the song-and-dance sequence. The tempo of the song rises to a crescendo and the song ends as Minoo Mumtaz takes a bow. Everybody except Johnny Walker leaves and the video ends there.

Artists: The playback of this song was sung by Asha Bhonsle and the onscreen performances are by Minoo Mumtaz, Johnny Walker among others.

Cultural Influence: This typically filmi song is a mujra by a nautch girl. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for Jonny Walker’s comic antics.

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