Dulhan toh jayegi Dulhe Raja ke sath – Vinod/Anuradha – Anand-Milind – Govinda/Raveena | Dulhe Raja (1998)

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Movie: The song appears in the movie Dulhe Raja (1998) produced and directed by late Harmesh Malhotra under the banner of Eastern Films. It is a rom-com starring Govinda, Raveena Tandon, Kader Khan, Anjana Mumtaz, Mohnish Bahl, Johnny Lever, Dinesh Hingoo, Asrani, etc.

K K Singhania (Kader Khan) buys an expensive hotel ‘Maharaja International’ from P K Diwani (Dinesh Hingoo). Raja (Govinda) runs a Dhaba (a small desi restaurant) inside the hotel premises, creating a drop in the earnings of Singhania’s hotel. Any which way Singhania tries to dislocate Raja’s Dhaba ends in failure and hilarity.

Singhania’s daughter Kiran (Raveena Tandon) has an altercation with Raja’s servant (Man Mauji) and Raja decides to confront her at an auditorium. But, he loses his heart to her at the end of her performance there. He begins to follow her everywhere. But, she is in love with Rahul (Mohnish Bahl), who is a wayward philanderer. Singhania knows about it and is against their marriage. He categorically informs his daughter that he would allow her to marry anyone, even his worst enemy, but, not Rahul. If he did not agree with the match, she was free to do as she wanted. Kiran gets to know about her father’s enmity with Raja and decides to take advantage of it.

Raja brings a proposal of getting married to Kiran, to her father. The older man keeps rejecting it. Soon, it is decided that Raja and Singhania should compete with each other in a singing competition. If Raja won, he gets married to Kiran. If not, he would pack up and leave for his village. Raja wins in the musical contest and continues to try and convince Singhania.

Singhania kidnaps his own daughter and places her in a house arrest at another house of his. Raja challenges Singhania that he would find his daughter within a stipulated time. Raja tricks Singhania into revealing her location and brings her back. While he is bringing her back, the couple is seen by Singhania, his friend and his son. Singhania is in the process of getting his daughter married to his friend’s son and plans to announce their marriage on Kiran’s birthday. However, Raja comes along to destroy his plans. It is at this time that Raja and Kiran sing this song.

Song: Music by Anand Milind and lyrics by Sameer.

The gist of the song is, “Listen, father-in-law. The bride will go with the groom.”

Video: Cinematography by Shyam Rao Shiposkar. Dance choreography is by Ganesh Acharya-Chinni Prakash.

The video opens as Kader Khan is about to ascend some steps to the first floor of his mansion. Govinda is seen beginning the song by performing the alaap. Kader Khan blocks the leading man’s progress into the house. Despite that Govinda enters it with some comic acts by both the actors.

Govinda begins to dance and immediately makes Kader Khan fall on his back. Govinda begins to perform Bhangra walking on either side of the older actor. Both the actors have fantastic comic timing. Their antics are worth watching at least once. Just describing it can spoil the fun.

I have been laughing all through the song! 🙂 Even Johnny Lever adds to the fun in the dance. Raveena Tandon comes down the staircase and joins in the song-and-dance sequence. Kader Khan tries to strangle Raveena Tandon. Anjana Mumtaz, who plays Raveena Tandon’s mother, distracts Kader Khan and the lead pair comes together to continue the performance till its end.

Artists: Vinod Rathod and Anuradha Paudwal sing the playback and Govinda and Raveena Tandon dance to its tune. Kader Khan, Anjana Mumtaz, Johnny Lever and others look on.

Cultural Influence: This song has an entertainment purpose only. The dance can be enjoyed by children and older people alike.

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