Jo baharonse nazaronse chune – Shailendra Singh – Raam-Laxman – Mithun | 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, late Urmila Bhat, late Om Shiv Puri, Shree Ram Lagoo, 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 participates in a dance sequence. At the end of the song, she falls in love with Shyam (Mithun Chakraborty), who is among the audience. He also falls in love with her.
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 behavior toward her. He finds Rani and Shyam together and creates a scene in the gypsy settlement. Rana 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 Rani and Shyam part from each other.
The Thakur decides to marry Shyam to Seema the daughter of another Thakur. Soon, Seema realizes that Shyam is in love with someone else. Once, she overhears the Thakur and his wife talking. They are talking about how the Thakur lied to Shyam that the gypsies were not ready to marry Rani to him. Seema informs this to Shyam and he leaves the place. Rani, on the other hand, has taken ill. Shyam disguises as a gypsie to meet her and sings this song while trying to find the gypsy settlement.
Song: The lyrics of this song were penned by Ravindra Rawal and the music was composed by Raam-Laxman.
The man sings, “I spread the colors that I choose from the spring and the scenery. I sing those songs which were woven in solitude and in the mind.”
Video: Cinematography is by Arvind Laad. Dance choreography is by Subal Sarkar.
The video opens with someone playing the dafli and moving across the focus area of the camera. The player vaguely seems familiar. It is Mithun Chakraborty. A small boy is playing the flute in the background where some sheep and Mithun Chakraborty’s white horse are grazing.
Mithun Chakraborty begins the song. He is in the getup of a gypsy. He performs a few dance movements. Ranjeeta wakes up from her sickness as she hears her beloved’s voice. Jayashree T, Pinchoo Kapoor, Jagdeep and Shree Ram Lagoo are happy. The local people stand listening to Mithun Chakraborty’s song.
Ranjeeta gets up from the bed. Everybody is surprised at what had happened. Shree Ram Lagoo goes out of Ranjeeta’s tent to look at who is singing. Mithun Chakraborty reaches the gypsy settlement. Ranjeeta tells her friend that her beloved had come. Sharat Saxena is also nearby. Ranjeeta is smiling now. The song peters out and the video ends there.
Artists: The playback singer of this song is Shailendra Singh and the onscreen performances are by Ranjeeta, Mithun Chakraborty, Jayashree T, Pinchoo Kapoor, Shree Ram Lagoo, Jagdeep and Sharat Saxena.
Cultural Influence: This is a typical filmi song where the hero tries to sing like a gypsie to become one of them. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the above.

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