Main tera tota tu meri maina – Kishore/Janaki – Bappi Lahiri – Chunky/Neelam | Paap Ki Duniya (1988)


Movie: This song appeared in 1988 action romantic flick Paap Ki Dunia (The World of Sins) directed by Shibu Mitra and produced by Pahlaj Nihalani under the banner of Vishaldeep International Combines. The movie starred Sunny Deol, Neelam, Chunkey Pandey, late Pran, Rubina, Shakti Kapoor, Danny Dengzongpa, etc. There are several elements of the plot, which were copied from older movies. My sister and I were studying when this movie was released and believed that the story was new. It is now that I realize it is a copied version.

Gangster Pasha brings up the Jailer’s (Pran) son Ashok as Suraj as his own son. Pasha teaches him all the skills required for theft and acting as a hit-man. Years later, Suraj (Sunny Deol) has grown up and has gained expertise in these skills. The police are always on his trail and he is jailed often. After completing the sentence, he comes back to crime with Pasha.

On the other hand, Pran’s sister’s son Vijay (Chunkey Pandey) is a feared police officer. But, he is in love with his neighbor Aarti (Neelam) and hesitates to tell her about it. Aarti’s college security guard always informs Vijay when her class ends and the policeman runs to find his beloved. However, he is not able to gather enough guts to tell her about his love. One such day, he thinks that he is singing this song with her.

Song: The music of this song was scored by Bappi Lahiri and the lyrics were penned by Anjaan.

The gist of this song is the man is trying to tell the girl that he is in love with her. But, she realizes it at the end of the song. Or that is what the man thinks.

Video: Cinematography is by Siba Mishra. Dance choreography is by P L Raj.

The video opens with a human hand moving a toy green parakeet and in another shot another hand moving a toy Mayna bird. Then, Chunkey Pandey and Neelam are shown, one at a time, holding the parakeet and the Mayna bird. The next shot shows them running in a garden wearing western clothes. They begin dancing to the music, which has already begun.

The music suddenly changes to traditional Marathi folk and they are also seen wearing Maharashtrian getup. Their dance also changes to traditional Marathi folk. Chunkey Pandey begins to sing. Neelam begins to reply in the song. They are, now, wearing western dresses and match western dance steps to a western tune.

Suddenly, the music changes to traditional Marathi folk, the dance and the dresses too follow suit. They wear traditional Marathi folk dress and perform the traditional dance when the words are being sung. In between, when just music is played, they wear western clothes and perform a western dance. The last part has the Marathi fishermen folk dance and that part is shot on a beach.

Chunkey Pandey’s expressions are funny. Chunkey Pandey’s dhoti keeps slipping below his ankle, making it difficult for him to dance! The way it slips down and he keeps pulling it up makes it all the funnier. Soon, the song peters off and the video ends there.

Artists: The playback singers of this song are Kishore Kumar and S Janaki and the onscreen performances are by Chunkey Pandey and Neelam.

Cultural Influence: This filmi song was inspired from a Marathi folk dance song – Java naveen popat aala laagla veetu veetu bolaila… But, the song is really good. I would give the credit to Anjaan Sahab rather than Bappi Lahiri, who does not have a good reputation in the film industry as a good music director. The artists are also good. The video is watchable for Chunkey Pandey’s comic expressions!


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