Nakhrewali – Kishore/Lata – Shankar-Jaikishan – Kishore/Vaijayantimala | New Delhi (1956)


Movie: This song appears in 1956 romedy (romantic comedy) New Delhi produced and directed by Mohan Segal under the banner of De Luxe Films. The movie starred Vaijayantimala, late Kishore Kumar, late Nana Palsikar, late Nazir Hussain, Jabeen Jalil, Prabhu Dayal, late Dhumal, etc.
Anand (Kishore Kumar), is a Punjabi boy from Jhallunder and goes to Delhi. He is unable to get an accommodation since everybody wants to have a tenant from their own community. Desperately, Anand disguises himself as a Tamilian – Anand Kumaraswamy and gets accommodation with a Tamilian family.
Anand wants to develop a roll of photographic film. He is directed to a Kodak shop in Darya Ganj. It so happens that when he is trying to locate the shop, it appears as if he is following a girl Janaki (Vaijayantimala). She creates a scene on the streets and leaves the moment people come to question him. In the ensuing fight, he runs into a music and dance institute. To escape the mob, he enrolls himself into the Institute. There he finds Janaki again. After an altercation, they reconcile and he reveals through a song that he is in love with her. Janaki also falls in love with him.
Anand’s father (Nazir Hussain) comes to Delhi on transfer in his job. He is a staunch Punjabi and has several idiosyncrasies. It turns out that he is Janaki’s father’s (Nana Palsikar) boss. Anand shifts in with his father. He also gets a Tamilian servant (Dhumal) for them. Soon, Janaki’s father tells Janaki to inform Anand to bring his father home to talk about the young people’s marriage. Anand brings their Tamilian servant as his father since they all think he is a Tamilian. It turns out that his real father comes that way and Janaki’s father also invites him home. In the ensuing comic situation, the Tamilian servant gets stuck in Janaki’s home pretending illness and Anand has to disguise as a doctor to rescue him.
After the comic incident, Anand is fed up of acting and lying to people and decides to tell Janaki that he is a Punjabi. But, their joint performance at an event for Janaki’s Institute comes up as a spoke in the wheel and he is unable to tell her anything. This is the song they perform.
Song: The music of this song was composed by Shankar-Jaikishan and the lyrics were penned by Shailendra.
The gist of the song is, “Attractive lady. If you see her, she looks so innocent. These strange girls attract my heart. They do not understand me. But, she was someone different, who reached my heart through my eyes.”
Video: Cinematography is by K H Kapadia. Dance choreography is by B Hiralal-Muthuswami.
The video opens with a man playing the saxophone. Someone is standing behind him and he turns to reveal that he is Kishore Kumar in a suit with a walking stick. He begins to whistle. Some girls are standing like statues near pillars. Vaijayantimala is also standing like a statue at the back of the stage.
Kishore Kumar approaches her and he begins to sing. He also performs some small dance steps. The first man again plays the saxophone. He moves about near the place where Vaijayantimala is standing. Suddenly, all the girls begin to dance. Even Vaijayantimala begins to dance and sing. Kishore Kumar is shocked that a statue has come live.
Now, Kishore Kumar becomes a spectator of the performance. The song peters out. The girls including Vaijayantimala go back to their places to stand again without moving. The video ends there.
Artists: The playback singers of this song are Kishore Kumar and Lata Mangeshkar and onscreen performances are by Kishore Kumar, Vaijayantimala and others.
Cultural Influence: This is a joint performance by the hero and the heroine for her institute. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the same.


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