Tere kabil main dil ko banaoongi – Lata Mangeshkar – Usha Khanna – Vijayalakshmi | Badal (1966)

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Movie: This song appeared in 1966 action, adventure and costume drama Badal (Cloud, a name) produced and directed by Aspi under Super Pictures banner. The movie starred late Sheikh Mukhtar, Vijayalakshmi, late Sanjeev Kumar, Ratnamala, Helen, Shammi, Ali Raza, Hiralal, etc.

Badal (Sanjeev Kumar) is a happy-go-lucky chap, who falls for every single girl in his village. One day, his mother (Ratnamala) tells him to meet the ailing king and show him an old talisman. He sets off for the city. He reaches an inn, where he meets the dancer Bijuria (Helen). He befriends her father Sheru (Sheikh Mukhtar) after a fight. Badal is also the sole eye-witness of the king being killed by his own minister Uday Singh (Hiralal). Badal, thus, begins to organize the citizens against the minister, who has usurped the kingdom. For this purpose, Badal has taken up the pen name of Azad and uses his talent of writing poems to the country’s advantage.

Minal (Vijayalakshmi) is the brat sister of the commander-in-chief of the army (Ali Raza) and has had many altercations with Badal before. She sends her maid Bindiya (Shammi) to the inn with the message for Badal to visit her that evening in the palace. He does so with an army. The palace guards are about to arrest him when the army appears. Minal tells the guards to leave. It is then that Badal’s friends reveal that the ‘army’ was actually some bust-sized dolls. When Badal and Minal are together alone, she tells him that she knows he is Azad and lets him go. Badal leaves the palace without a care in the world. It is at this time that Minal sings this song. She seems to have fallen in love with Badal.

Song: The lyrics of this song were penned by Indeewar and the music was scored by Usha Khanna.

The girl sings that she would make herself worthy of her beloved.

Video: Cinematography is by Dali Daruwala-P John. Dance choreography is by Surya Kumar.

The video opens with the shot of some beautiful flowering branches of a plant. The music has already begun. Vijayalakshmi plucks one flower and plays with it. Then, she moves toward a curtain, plays with it and begins the song. She also begins to dance. She addresses a statue covered with a couple of dupattas.

Sanjeev Kumar is seen enjoying the song. He seems to have returned. He is just near her when she moves to the balcony. He follows her to the lower level of the ground. The song peters off and she turns to look at him. Sanjeev Kumar is smiling with arms crossed across his chest. The video ends there.

Artists: The playback singers of this song are Lata Mangeshkar and the onscreen performances are by Vijayalakshmi.

Cultural Influence: The heroine has realized that she has fallen in love with the hero and decides to turn over a new leaf. The typically filmi song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the same.

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