Sona Rupa layo re – Asha Bhonsle – R D Burman – Hema Malini | 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, Sulochana, Master Satyajit, Padma Khanna, late A K Hangal, late Madan Puri, late Manmohan Krishna, etc.

Shalini (Hema Malini) has come to the prison during her college vacations. She is the jailor’s (Manmohan Krishna) daughter’s friend. Shalini gets acquainted with one of the inmates Amar (Dev Anand), who is serving the term for murder. One day, Shalini asks him about how he happened to be in prison. In a flashback, he talks about his family and his girlfriend, Sapna (Rakhi). Then, he tells her how he had to kill a man to save the honor of a girl. Thus, he lands in jail and the flashback ends there.

Amar is released 2 years earlier due to his good conduct. When he reaches home, he finds his mother (Sulochana), sister Manju (Padma Khanna) and brother Ravi (Master Satyajit) living as destitute. He sees Manju doing a striptease for the entertainment of people in a club and decides that he has to find some good job as early as possible. Outside, he meets his old friend from prison Madanlal Dogra (Madan Puri). As soon as Madanlal Dogra gives him some details of a job, he is killed and Amar runs away 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 the wheel-chair-bound Thakur Sahab (Pran) and unknowingly he is embroiled 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. They fall in love with each other.

Thakur Sahab’s second wife Rani (Bindu) soon finds out that he is Amar and not Madanlal Dogra. She with her boyfriend Kundan (Sudhir) kidnaps Amar’s family and threatens him with dire consequences of he does not kill the Thakur. Soon, there is an attempt on the Thakur’s life, when a chandelier almost falls on him. His life is saved when Shalini warns him and he moves out of the way. The fact that Amar had just left the room to repair the chandelier irks Shalini. She also sees Rani come out of his room late at night. These incidents widen the gap between the couple.

The police commissioner (Iftekhar) is also on the trail of Amar concerning the death of Madanlal Dogra. On the other hand, the conspirators plan another accident to kill the Thakur. This time Amar is in on it. They plan to kill him during a traditional function happening soon. During the function, Shalini performs this song-and-dance sequence.

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

The girl taunts the man through this song saying he is greedy and does not care for love.

Video: Cinematography is by Fali Mistry.

The video opens with some female dancers beginning the dance slowly in darkness. The audience is also shown. A female dancer begins the song and dance. But, the stage is still under darkness. Bindu, Pran, Sudhir, Dev Anand, etc. are seen watching the performance. The lights are switched on and Hema Malini suddenly appears singing and dancing.

In the next shot, Master Satyajit is being helped to climb to the top of the chimney from the fireplace, by Sulochana and Padma Khanna. Master Satyajit jumps down from the roof and he is seen breaking the lock on the door of the house where they were being held. Iftekhar is seen near the function area.

Dev Anand is trying to tamper with the live wire, which has been placed on the ribbon used for the inauguration. Dev Anand realizes that Hema Malini is taunting him. Dev Anand’s whole family is seen walking out of the house where they had been held. Dev Anand’s past enemy Hercules is seen assaulting the leading man with a knife. As he saves himself from the assault, the performance ends and so does the video.

Artists: The playback of this song was sung by Asha Bhonsle and the onscreen performances are by Hema Malini, Bindu, Pran, Sudhir, Dev Anand, Hercules and others.

Cultural Influence: This song is somewhat like an African tribal dance. This is a typical filmi stage song. But, the only difference is that through this song the heroine scoffs the hero. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable.

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