Shehar ki pariyon ke peeche – Sadhana/Udit – Jatin-Lalit | Jo Jeeta Wahi Sikander (1992)


Movie: This song appeared in 1992 N H Films’ sports drama Jo Jeeta Wahi Sikander (The One Who Wins is the King) directed by Mansoor Khan and produced by late Nasir Hussain. The movie starred Aamir Khan, Ayesha Jhulka, Mamik Singh, Kiran Zaveri, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Deepak Tijori, Pooja Bedi, etc.
The town is Dehradun and the movie describes various colleges in Dehradun in the beginning. It is not clear whether they mean the junior or the senior college. Often there is confusion if these are colleges and schools. Rajput College consists of students from affluent backgrounds. Model College has students from poor local families. Other colleges are Xavier’s and Queen’s., The latter is an all-girls college and guys from the other 3 colleges try to woo the students there.
The town hosts an inter-college sports championship with a marathon cycle race as the main event every year. The beginning of the movie shows the race between Ratanlal Sharma (Mamik Singh) of Model College and Shekhar Malhotra (Deepak Tijori) of Rajput College. Shekhar wins the race due to Ratan’s inferior bike. Shekhar becomes overconfident and arrogant.
Sanju (Aamir Khan) is Ratan’s younger brother and is everything opposite of Ratan. He is a carefree boy and always gets into trouble with his father Ramlal (Kulbhushan Kharbanda), who wants him to be more mature and responsible like his brother. Ramlal runs a café near his home. Sanju and his little gang, including a girl Anjali (Ayesha Jhulka), who has a crush on Sanju; bunk their sports lessons to smoke cigarettes and roam around the town. Sanju has fallen for Devika (Pooja Bedi) from Queen’s College. Anjali realizes it, but, can’t do anything about it.
Ratan loves Kalpana (Kiran Zaveri) and she also reciprocates the feelings. But, they have never talked about it. Sanju gives Ratan a letter, supposedly written by Kalpana and makes sure she also receives one, supposedly written by Ratan. It is Diwali night and there is a get together at the settlement. All the young people come together on the ground in front of the Ramlal Café. It is at this time that the young people sing and dance to the tune of this song.
Song: The music of this song was scored by Jatin-Lalit and the lyrics were penned by Majrooh Sultanpuri.
The girl sings, “These boys, who are the fans of city girls, will not appreciate our simplicity.” The boy says, “Those girls, who don’t realize whom we love, how will they know the color of our love? Try to understand, my love.”
Video: Cinematography is by Najeeb Khan. The dance choreography is by Suresh Bhatt-Farha Khan-Madhav Kishan.
The video opens with Aamir Khan rolling over the floor. He has just been pushed down by Ayesha Jhulka. The next shot is of Ayesha Jhulka, Kiran Zaveri and others beginning the dance. Ayesha Jhulka dances around Aamir Khn, who is still sitting on the floor, shocked. Mamik Singh helps Aamir Khan get up.
Ayesha Jhulka begins the song and pushes Aamir Khan toward his friends. Aamir recovers from the fall and begins the song. He and his friends begin to dance. Manik Singh gives a red rose to Aamir Khan signaling him toward Ayesha Jhulka. Aamir Khan takes the rose and tucks it in Ayesha Jhulka’s hair.
Ayesha Jhulka turns and is flowing in the wave of love for him when her friends take her back toward other girls. The girls leave the place leaving the boys lamenting behind them. Thus, ends the video.
Artists: The playback of this song was sung by Sadhana Sargam and Udit Narayan and the onscreen performances are by Ayesha Jhulka, Aamir Khan, Mamik Singh, Kiran Zaveri and others.
Cultural Influence: This is a typically filmi song with the young boys and girls celebrating Diwali with this song. There is subtle teasing from both the sides. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the same.


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