Meri dilruba tujhko aana padega – Shailendra/Usha – Raam-Laxman – Mithun/Ranjeeta | Tarana (1979)

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Movie: This song appeared in 1979 Rajshri Productions’ romantic drama Taraana (Symphony) directed by Deepak Bahry and produced by Tarachand Barjatiya. The movie starred Mithun Chakraborty, Ranjeeta, Shree Ram Lagoo, late Om Shiv Puri, late Urmila Bhat, Sharat Saxena, Jagdeep, Jayashree T, late Bhagwan, etc.

Rani (Ranjeeta) is a beautiful gypsy dancer. She participated in a dance sequence. At the end of the song, the audience throws coins near the performers. Shyam (Mithun Chakraborty) is among the audience and throws his gold ring near Rani’s feet. When Rani picks it up and realizes that it is an expensive ring. Rani and Shyam look at each other. They leave the place. Soon, Shyam finds his way to the place where the gypsies have pitched their tents and locates the tent of Rani. He asks her to promise that she would come to meet him the next day. After that, they begin to meet often and their love blossoms.

As always, the villain enters. In this story, there is Jagira (Sharat Saxena). Jagira is attracted to Rani. But, Rani is disgusted with his advances. He finds Rani and Shyam together and creates a scene in the gypsy settlement. Her father and the gypsy chieftain Rana (Shree Ram Lagoo) questions Rani and she admits being in love with Shyam. He tries to deter her from dreaming about a richer man. But, she reveals that Shyam’s mother also likes her. Rana is convinced and decides to meet the Thakur the next day to propose Rani’s marriage with Shyam.

The Thakur (Om Shiv Puri) rejects the proposal and Rana restricts Rani to meet Shyam. That day, Shyam sings this song to beckon his beloved.

Song: The lyrics of this song were penned by Tilakraj Thapar and the music was composed by Raam-Laxman.

The man beckons his beloved saying, “My beloved, you will have to come. You will have to fulfill the sacred ritual of loyalty.” This meaning has to be derived assuming that the man and his beloved have real love between them. Real love between 2 people has certain requirements like loyalty, which has been called a ritual here.

Video: Cinematography is by Arvind Laad.

The video opens as Mithun Chakraborty turns from his horse toward the camera. He thinks he is looking at Ranjeeta from in between 2 branches of a tree. She disappears from there and he feels sad. Behind the haze of a fog, he is seen walking and beginning the song. The camera shoots some beautiful mountains.

Ranjeeta is looking out of her tent window trying to figure out how to go to meet Mithun Chakraborty. Ranjeeta looks at her friend, Jayashree T. Ranjeeta begins to cry. Her friend is also sad. Mithun Chakraborty has been walking over large lawns. He, then, walks across a bridge. Ranjeeta is about to leave her home to meet Mithun Chakraborty. But, Jayashree T stops her. Even she is crying now.

Soon, Ranjeeta has reached where he is present and takes an alaap. With the backdrop of large trees, Ranjeeta and Mithun Chakraborty are seen running toward each other and they embrace. The song and the video end there.

Artists: The playback singer of this song is Shailendra Singh and Usha Mangeshkar and the onscreen performances are by Mithun Chakraborty and Ranjeeta.

Cultural Influence: This is a typical filmi song where the hero is becoming anxious to see the heroine. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the above.

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