Gori tere sapnon ke sajna – Lata Mangeshkar – Shankar-Jaikishan | New Delhi (1956)


Movie: This song is featured in 1956 De Luxe Films’ romedy (romantic comedy) New Delhi produced and directed by Mohan Segal. The movie starred Vaijayantimala, late Kishore Kumar, Jabeen Jalil, Prabhu Dayal, late Nana Palsikar, late Nazir Hussain, late Dhumal, late Radhakrishan, 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. He meets Janaki (Vaijayantimala), who is the daughter of the South Indian Cultural Association Head Subramaniyam (Nana Palsikar). Both fall in love with each other, but Anand is unable to divulge his true identity to her. Anand’s father Daulatram Khanna (Nazir Hussain) is Subramanyam’s superior and gets a transfer to Delhi. Anand’s sister Nikki (Jabeen Jalil) gets romantically involved with Anand’s friend Ashok Banerjee (Prabhu Dayal), a Bengali painter teaching her art.
When Janaki’s father wants to meet Anand’s father, Anand takes their Tamilian servant Kumaraswamy (Dhumal) along with him as his father, with hilarious consequences. Soon they are found out and Daulatram opposes the marriage. Janaki’s father also turns against her and she tries to kill herself. A kindly shop owner Sadhuram (Radhakrishan) saves her and passes her off as his Punjabi niece, Mohini. Both Subramaniyam and Anand do not know about it and think that Janaki is dead. It is around this time that the owner of the music institute where Janaki used to work, convinces her to give a performance for the publicity of his institute. While she dresses up, Anand hears her conversation with the shop owner, who saved her. Anand gets suspicious. It is at this time that Janaki performs a Bhangra dance. Anand realizes that it is Janaki.
Sadhuram tricks Daulatram into agreeing to marry his son with Mohini, without knowing that she is actually Janaki. Daulatram is also in talks with another Punjabi family for his daughter Nikki’s marriage. But, he soon finds out that Nikki loves Prabhu Dayal. He creates a big scene at home. On Anand’s insistence, Nikki refuses to marry the person her parents have chosen for her. But, her mother (Mumtaz Begum) gets a heart attack as a result. Since the doctors tell them not to let her face shocking situations, Nikki decides to marry the man her parents had selected for her. Some girls sing this song when they are helping her get ready for the marriage.
Song: The music of this song was composed by Shankar-Jaikishan and the lyrics were penned by Shailendra.
The gist of the song is, “Dear girl, the man of your dreams has appeared at your doorstep. Decorate yourself and be ready for your marriage. Your beloved is standing in front of your door ready to take you home in a palanquin.”
Video: Cinematography is by K H Kapadia.
The video opens with Jabeen Jalil all decked up as a bride. She is being further dressed up. The music has already begun. She is sighing sadly. The girls decorating her sit around her. One of them begins to sing this song. The other girls sing as a chorus. A couple of musicians are seen playing the clarinet and the dhol in shadows.
Mumtaz Begum is also about to cry because she is insisting on her daughter marrying someone she does not like. She moves away from in front of the camera. There are tears in Jabeen Jalil’s eyes. The main singer covers Jabeen Jalil’s head with her chunri. Nazir Hussain is seen welcoming a couple of men into the venue of the wedding. The song and the video end there.
Artists: The playback of this song was sung by Lata Mangeshkar and the onscreen performances are by Jabeen Jalil, Mumtaz Begum, Nazir Hussain and others.
Cultural Influence: This is a typically filmi North Indian wedding song. The song is good and the video is watchable for the song and the artists.


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