Hone do faisla jeet ka haar ka – Shailendra/Usha/Meena/Chetan – 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, Jayashree T, Jagdeep, late Urmila Bhat, late Om Shiv Puri, Shree Ram Lagoo, Sharat Saxena, 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 reciprocates the feelings.
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. Later, 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.
Soon, Shyam comes to know that the Thakur had lied to him that the gypsies were not ready to marry Rani to him. He leaves the place. Rani, on the other hand, has taken ill. Shyam disguises as a gypsy to meet her and sings a song while trying to find the gypsy settlement.
Rani recognizes his voice and gets up from her sickness. But, Rani’s friend Bijli (Jayashree T) and her boyfriend Badal (Jagdeep) act as if the new gypsy man, who had come there, is trying to help Rani recover from her illness. Shyam, in the guise of the gypsy, sends Jagira to get sandalwood bark. He is already frightened because of the snakes surrounding the sandalwood tree, but, goes to the forest for it anyways. But, when he sees the snakes he retraces his steps in fright. When he returns he finds Rani with the new gypsy man and creates a scene. Rani tells him to compete with the new gypsy man in a music contest. If he won, Rani would marry him. It is at this time that they sing this song for the contest.
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, “Let the contest to find the best begin. Let us find out who wins and who loses.”
Video: Cinematography is by Arvind Laad. Dance choreography is by Subal Sarkar.
The video opens with some male dancers playing the dhol and female dancers beginning the dance. Jayashree T is among the female dancers. Mithun Chakraborty plays the dafli and Sharat Saxena plays the dhol. Shree Ram Lagoo and Pinchoo Kapoor sit on one side to watch. Ranjeeta also joins them.
Mithun Chakraborty begins the song. Sharat Saxena also joins in the song and approaches Ranjeeta to touch her chin. She moves away from him in disgust. Ranjeeta and Jayashree T also join in the song. Jagdeep and Bhagwan are seen dancing. Mithun Chakraborty and some male dancers perform with fire torches.
Soon, Sharat Saxena is unable to reply to Mithun Chakraborty’s question and he loses the contest. Ranjeeta dances happily. Sharat Saxena moves away from the place in frustration. The song peters off and the video ends there.
Artists: The playback singer of this song is Shailendra Singh, Usha Mangeshkar, Meena Patki and Chetan and the onscreen performances are by Ranjeeta, Mithun Chakraborty, Jayashree T, Pinchoo Kapoor, Shree Ram Lagoo, Jagdeep, Sharat Saxena and others.
Cultural Influence: This is a typical filmi song depicting a music contest between the hero and the villain. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the above.


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