Prem leela – Aman/Vineet – Himesh Reshammiya – Salman Khan | Prem Ratan Dhan Payo (2015)

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I have never liked the new compositions that are being churned out in the name of songs. But, when I saw this movie and heard the songs in it, I got tempted and felt that with this movie the return of the golden age of music has been initiated.

Movie: This song appeared in 2015 Rajshri Productions’ hit romantic flick Prem Ratan Dhan Payo (Found a Treasure Called Love) produced by Ajit Kumar Barjatya, Kamal Kumar Barjatya and Rajkumar Barjatya and directed by Sooraj Barjatiya. The movie starred Salman Khan, Sonam Kapoor, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Anupam Kher, Arman Kohli, Swara Bhaskar, Aashika Bhatia, Deepak Dobriyal, Sanjay Mishra, etc. This is the fourth collaboration between Sooraj Barjatiya and Salman Khan after Maine Pyar Kiya, Hum Aapke Hain Kaun? and Hum Saath Saath Hain.

The movie was reported to have been inspired from the South Korean movie Masquerade, which was in turn loosely based on the novel The Prisoner of Zenda by Anthony Hope. The movie was also released in Telugu and Tamil as Prema Leela and Meymaranden Paaraayo, respectively.

The movie begins with a Ram Leela performance, when the edge of the sari of the male actor playing Sita (Deepak Dobriyal), unintentionally, flies off. A couple of men in the audience pass derogatory remarks. This is the entry scene of Prem Dilwale (Salman Khan) when he pulls them through the aisle and presents them to the audience. They become very fearful of him. He makes them wear female dresses and makes them regret their behavior. It is at this time that Prem sings this song.

Song: The music of this song was scored by Himesh Reshammiya and the lyrics were penned by Irshad Kamil.

The gist of the song is that youngsters need to know about how Lord Ram and Goddess Sita loved each other. The intricacies of their relationship, the shyness of Goddess Sita toward Her Husband, etc. need to be understood by them.

Video: Cinematography is by V Manikandan. Dance choreography is by Radhika Rao-Vinay Sapru-Ahmad Khan-Mudassar Khan-Shabina Khan.

The video opens with Lord Hanuman tying up the two men (who had passed derogatory remarks) with a rope and moving them away from the stage. The music has already begun. Now, enters the one and only Salman Khan! He has begun moving his body according to the music. ‘Sita’ also ‘sees’ ‘Ram’ for the first time in between the dancing by Salman Khan.

Salman Khan begins the song. ‘Sita’ keeps looking at ‘Ram’ and then blushes. ‘Ravan’s’ shoes are too tight for him and as he approaches the Shiva’s bow, it becomes a comic act! Salman Khan makes Sanjay Mishra, who is the head of the drama troupe Chaubeyji; to take up the role of ‘Ravan’. Sanjay Mishra has been cutting corners to continue the play’s performances.

A little boy cutely performs a few dance steps. The cast comes to take the bow and Salman Khan gets small donations from the people in the audience. The video ends there. The stage and the hall are not too crowded. People management has been done well. Another thing. The dance choreographer has done a brilliant job.

Artists: The playback of this song was sung by Aman Trikha and Vineet Singh and the onscreen performances are by Salman Khan, Deepak Dobriyal, Sanjay Mishra and others.

Cultural Influence: This typically filmi song is a takeoff from the traditional Ram Leela celebrations happening during the Navaratri. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the same.

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