Kaisi yeh judai hai – Usha/Shailendra – Raam-Laxman – Mithun/Ranjeeta | Tarana (1979)


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 Urmila Bhat, late Om Shiv Puri, Sharat Saxena, Jayashree T, Jagdeep, late Bhagwan, etc.

The movie begins with 2 families returning from a fair via a boat. A storm rages. Little Shyam’s parents and little Radha are lost in the floods. Radha’s parents accept Shyam as their son and move on with their lives. Rana (Shree Ram Lagoo) the gypsy chieftain finds Radha and he brings her up. Years later, Radha, rechristened as 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 insists that she 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 dissuade 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. On Shyam’s call, Rani goes to meet him and he gets beaten up by Jagira. Rani is forcefully brought back to the gypsy settlement. An unconscious Shyam is brought by his faithful horse to his home. The Thakur goes to threaten the gypsies for beating up Shyam and tells them to leave the land as soon as they can. It is the Thakur’s land in which the gypsies had settled temporarily. Rani visits Shyam’s home to meet him. But, the Thakur does not allow her to, not knowing that she is his long-lost daughter. The Thakur lies to Shyam that he had visited the gypsies to seek Rani’s hand in marriage with Shyam. But, they had declined. The gypsies leave the place and during that time Rani and Shyam think that they are singing this song after parting with each other.

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

The gist of the song is, “What kind of parting is this? It has threatened to kill us. We are unable to overcome this parting. We are leaving this place. We are crying out in vain.”

Video: Cinematography is by Arvind Laad.

The video opens with a moving wheel of a bullock cart. Ranjeeta is sitting in it sadly. The music has already begun. The voice of a female singer is heard singing this song. Mithun Chakraborty stands up from his comfortable bed. He moves toward the balcony of his room and is seen with tears in his eyes.

The next shot is of a campfire of the gypsies. Ranjeeta is sitting on one side with tears in her eyes and suddenly smiles. She thinks she sees Mithun Chakraborty with his horse walking on the path near which she is sitting. Mithun Chakraborty cries sitting at the place where the gypsies had initially settled.

The gypsies move on further in the morning. Mithun Chakraborty visits the places they had been meeting at remembering the moments they had spent together. The song peters out and the video ends as the bullock carts move further in the night.

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

Cultural Influence: This is a typical filmi song where the hero and the heroine have been parted by their parents and are singing about how they would live apart. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the above.


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