Surat ho toh aisi ho – Talat/Rafi/Ramchander/Francis – C Ramchander | Barish (1957)


Movie: This song appeared in 1957 thriller Baarish (Monsoons, Rains) produced by K H Kapadia and directed by Shankar Mukherjee under the banner of Alankar Chitra. The movie starred late Dev Anand, late Nutan, Kum Kum, late Mahmood, etc.

Ramu (Dev Anand) is a carefree man and is sustained by his brother Gopal (Nana Palsikar). Gopal is soon killed by his boss and Ramu decides to find the killer. The boss tells Ramu’s best friend Mohan (Anwar Hussain) to tell Ramu to stay away from his affairs. Mohan sends Ramu with some money to give his father for his medical treatment.

When Ramu reaches the village, he is confronted by Chanda (Nutan). Mohan’s father expires and Ramu brings his mother and Chanda to his home in the city. Mohan has been arrested for a crime, in the meantime. Thus, the 2 ladies have to stay with Ramu only until Mohan comes out.

The area in which Ramu lives is not of a good repute. The men living nearby tease Chanda because she is beautiful. This is the song they sing.

Song: The music of this song was scored by C Ramchander and the lyrics were penned by Rajinder Kishan.

The men sing praises of the girl in a derogatory manner, with a wrong intention.

Video: Cinematography is by K H Kapadia. Dance choreography is by Surya Kumar.

The video opens with Nutan pumping water from the hand-pump and turning in anger. The song has already begun. 4 men including Mahmood sing this song in turns. They sing about Nutan thinking her to belong to their religion. They also dance, accordingly. On the other hand, her reaction is not favorable. The song peters off and the video ends there.

Artists: The playback of this song was sung by Talat Mahmood, Mohammad Rafi, C Ramchander, Francis Vaz and the onscreen performances are by Nutan, Mahmood and others.

Cultural Influence: This is a typically filmi song with the men teasing the heroine, with the wrong intention. But, the song and the choice of the artists are good. The video is watchable for the same.


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