Mahalon ka Raja mila – Lata Mangeshkar – Roshan – Zaheeda Hussain | Anokhi Raat (1968)


Movie: This song was featured in the 1968 movie L B Films’ Anokhi Raat (Strange Night) directed by Asit Sen and produced by L B Lachman. The movie starred late Sanjeev Kumar, Zaheeda Hussain, ArunaIrani, late Keshto Mukherjee, late Mukri, ParikshitSahni (as Ajay Sahni), etc.

The events being portrayed in this movie happen on a single night. Many characters come together in a mansion and they share their life experiences with each other. The mansion is about to be auctioned. But, Rama (Zaheeda Hussain) the owner’s grand-daughter gets ready to accept the proposal of a much older man Madan Lal (Tarun Bose). The auction is canceled due to Rama’s decision. Her grandfather is against her marrying an older man. To convince him, she sings this song.

Song: The lyrics were written by Indeewar and the music was composed by Roshan.

The gist of the song is, “I found the King of palaces. Your daughter will rule the kingdom.”

Video: Director of Photography is Kamal Bose.

The video opens with the actor playing Zaheeda Hussain’s wheelchair-bound grandfather moving on his vehicle across the passage in his home. The song begins in the background and he feels sad at the words sung. Tarun Bose and Brahm Bharadwaj hear the song. Tarun Bose feels happy. Zaheeda Hussain lies on her bed as she sings.

There are tears in her eyes. The moon moves behind some clouds in the sky. This scene is a little symbolic intending to say that the future of the young heroine is shrouded in sorrow. For these people, the wives are mere trophies. Zaheeda Hussain lies down on her bed again and begins to cry. The song ends abruptly and the video ends there.

Artists: The singer of this song is Lata Mangeshkar and Zaheeda Hussain lip-synchs to it. Cultural Influence: Through this song, the heroine insists that her grandfather allow her to get married to her middle-aged suitor so that their mansion is not auctioned. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the same.


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