Chori kiya re mora jiya – Sonu/Shreya – Sajid-Wajid = Salman/Sonakshi | Dabangg (2010)

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Movie: This song appeared in 2010 super hit Arbaaz Khan Productions’ action movie Dabangg (Fearless) directed by Abhinav Kashyap and produced by Arbaaz Khan. The movie starred Salman Khan, Sonakshi Sinha (debut), Om Puri, Dimple Kapadia, late Vinod Khanna, Anupam Kher, Mahesh Manjrekar, Arbaaz Khan, Mahie Gill, Sonu Sood, etc.

The main protagonist is Chulbul Pandey (Salman Khan). He lives with his half-brother Makhanchan ‘Makkhi’ (Arbaaz Khan), stepfather Prajapati Pandey (Vinod Khanna) and mother Naina Devi (Dimple Kapadia) in Laalgunj, Uttar Pradesh. Though he has a troubled relationship with his stepfather and stepbrother, he works hard to become a policeman. Chulbul calls himself ‘Robinhood’ and still stays with his family. Makkhi falls in love with Nirmala (Mahie Gill). But, her father Masterji (Tinu Anand) is against the alliance.

On the other hand, Chulbul meets a poor potter Rajjo (Sonakshi Sinha) during an encounter and falls in love with her. He finds out that her father (Mahesh Manjrekar) is a drunkard and arrests him on charges of attempted rape. Rajjo visits the police station and proves that her father would not rape anyone. Chulbul proposed to Rajjo, but she rejects his proposal since she must take care of her father. Chulbul’s mother is found dead suddenly one day and Prajapati throws him out of the house.

Now, Chulbul becomes desperate to get married and sponsors her father’s drinks to requests him to intervene. Rajjo’s father accepts his proposal and commits suicide for their union. In the meantime, Makkhi uses Chulbul’s money for Nirmala’s dowry, which Masterji gives to Prajapati. Prajapati, who had been against the match relents and Makkhi’s marriage is finalized. Chulbul is not invited and barges into the pandal to get married to Rajjo in a bid to wed before his younger brother. Masterji stops Nirmala’s marriage in anger.

On Chulbul and Rajjo’s honeymoon, they sing this song.

Song: Lyrics are by Jalees Sherwani and music is by Sajid-Wajid.

The gist of the song is that the man complains about the girl’s eyes, which had stolen his heart. The girl also complains that the man had stolen her heart. They also heap praises on each other.

Video: Cinematography is by Mahesh Limaye.

The video opens with the lead pair running toward an escalator in a subway train station. Sonakshi Sinha is fearful to step onto the escalator. Salman Khan helps her with it. Suddenly, when she nears the train, he disappears. The music has already begun. He gives her a fright by beginning the song from behind her.

There are tears in her eyes because he had left her in an unknown place. She also begins to sing the song. He wipes her tears with his shirt sleeve. The next shot is of Salman Khan wearing the typical Sheikh’s dress with an eagle in his hand. Sonakshi Sinha approaches him and takes a selfie with him.

They travel the dunes in a dune motorbike. Next, they visit a belly dance performance where he performs with the belly dancer. Sonakshi Sinha gets upset and pulls him away from the other girl. Then, she is shown crying and standing on a terrace. He offers his white handkerchief, which continues to come out of his fist in different colors.

By the end of the video, some scenes before the song and those in the beginning of it are repeated.

Artists: The playback has been sung by Sonu Nigam and Shreya Ghoshal and the onscreen performances are by Salman Khan, Sonakshi Sinha and others.

Cultural Influence: This is the typical filmi song where the hero praises the heroine’s eyes and compares them with wine. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the same.

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