Dil mein jo batein hain – Kishore/Asha – R D Burman – Dev/Hema | Joshila (1973)

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Movie: This song appeared in 1973 thriller Joshila (Spirited) directed by late Yash Chopra and produced by Gulshan Rai. The movie starred late Dev Anand, Hema Malini, Rakhi, late A K Hangal, Sulochana, Padma Khanna, Master Satyajit, late Manmohan Krishna, etc.

Shalini (Hema Malini) has come to the prison during her college vacations. She is the friend of the jailor Manmohan Krishan’s (Manmohan Krishna) daughter Chandra (Sheetal). Shalini gets acquainted with one of the inmates Amar (Dev Anand), who is serving the term for murder. One day, Shalini visits the prison to ask him about how he happened to be there. In a flashback, he talks about his family and his girlfriend, Sapna (Rakhi). Soon, his father (A K Hangal) expires and leaves Amar and the other members of their family with a lot of loans that needs to be settled. Amar gets a supervisor job in Sapna’s brother’s factory. One night, while saving the honor of a girl, Amar kills Sapna’s brother. If justice had prevailed, he could have been left off with a minimum sentence. But, the girl, whose honor he had saved, turns the tables on him and accuses him of the sexual assault. Thus, he lands in jail and the flashback ends there.

Soon, Amar saves the jailor’s life from a fatal assault of some revolting prisoners. This good act gets him a release order and his 2 years’ sentence is excused. He wants to inform this first to Shalini. But, she and her friend have left the place after spending the vacation there.

When he reaches home, he finds his mother (Sulochana), sister Manju (Padma Khanna) and brother Ravi (Master Satyajit) living without even bare necessities. Amar begins looking for jobs and lands at Sapna’s husband’s company for a job. He had almost got the job, but, he has to produce the reference of a reliable person. When he sees Sapna, he tells her husband that he did not know anyone in the city though he had been born and brought up there.

He sees Manju dancing in skimpy clothes for the entertainment of people in a club and decides that he has to find some good job and that too fast. Outside, he meets his old friend from prison Madanlal Dogra (Madan Puri). As soon as Madanlal Dogra gives him some details of a job at a hill station, he is killed and Amar leaves the place to save himself from being framed for another murder. Thus, he lands at a hill station as Madanlal Dogra.

Amar’s job is to take care of the estate of Thakur Sahab (Pran) and unknowingly he has been ensnared in the thick plot of deceit and for a to-be-committed murder. Amar gains a good name for himself at this new job. Shalini lands there and it turns out that she is Thakur Sahab’s daughter. She had debuted in novel-writing and had published her first novel on the prison life of Amar. Thakur Sahab and Amar receive one copy each of the novel. Amar completes reading it at one go. The next shot is of Amar and Shalini singing this song in the terrace gardens of the hill station. They had fallen in love with each other.

Song: The lyrics of this song were penned by Sahir Ludhyanvi and the music was scored by R D Burman.

The man insists that he and the girl exchange what they feel about each other. The girl is shy and feels hesitant to do so.

Video: Cinematography is by Fali Mistry.

The video opens with a short telephonic conversation between Hema Malini and Dev Anand. The next shot is of beautiful scenic visuals looking down from a mountain at other mountains. Hema Malini and Dev Anand are wearing winter clothes to ward off the extreme cold. She is video shooting the scenic beauty. Again, there is a short conversation between them.

They hug and are together seen inside a winch moving from one mountain to the other. The next shot is of them together on the terrace gardens on the mountains. He begins the song and she replies to him. They move around trees to continue singing the song. These songs where the hero and heroine run around trees were a trend around this time and were soon ridiculed by all.

The chorus adds to the melody of the song. The song, soon, peters off and the video ends there.

Artists: The playback of this song was sung by Kishore Kumar and Asha Bhonsle and the onscreen performances are by Dev Anand and Hema Malini.

Cultural Influence: This is a typical filmi song where the hero and the heroine exchange sweet nothings. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable.

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