Sharma na yun – Asha/Dev – R D Burman – Bindu/Dev | 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, late Manmohan Krishna, Rakhi, late A K Hangal, Sulochana, Padma Khanna, Master Satyajit, 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 (Roopesh Kumar) 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. 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. Soon, Thakur Sahab’s second wife Rani (Bindu) tries to seduce Amar through this song.

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

The seductive woman tells the man not to hesitate or fear her or the situation. She adds, “The night has curtained them from the outside. Let’s have fun.”

Video: Cinematography is by Fali Mistry. Dance choreography is by Suresh Bhatt-P L Raj.

The video opens with Bindu seductively swimming toward Dev Anand. She gets out of the private swimming pool and runs behind the curtains to change into a bathing gown. Dev Anand is also wearing a bathing gown. Bindu pulls him into the bedroom. She offers him some whiskey. Bindu is soon seen seducing him but is unsuccessful in it. The video ends as Dev Anand leaves the room.

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

Cultural Influence: This is a typical filmi seductive song where a vamp tries to seduce the hero. This song is present to inform us that the hero will not be tempted by any woman. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable.

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