Yeh bansi kyon gaaye – Lata Mangeshkar – Salil Chaudhury – Nishi | Parakh (1960)


Movie: This song appears in the semi-hit 1960 movie Parakh (Test) produced and directed by late Bimal Roy under the banner of Bimal Roy Productions. The movie starred late Sadhana, late Basanta Chowdhury, late Durga Khote, late Leela Chitnis, late Nazir Hussain, late Kanhaiyalal, late Jayant, late Asit Sen, late Motilal, late Keshto Mukherjee, Nishi, etc.

The movie begins with post-master Nivaran (Nazir Hussain) of the village is presented a cheque of 0.5 million rupees (5 lakhs) to be given to someone who would use the money for the benefit of the people of the village. The postman Haradhan (Motilal) pretends to be lame, is really a rich man and could have sent the cheque. The postmaster’s wife (Leela Chitnis) is ill and wants to use to money to cure her sickness. At the same time, his beautiful daughter Seema (Sadhana) is in love with the village schoolmaster Rajat Sen Sharma (Basanta Choudhury).

When the villagers get to know about the cheque, everybody becomes greedy and acts like they are the most deserving people around. The village priest, the Zamindar, the money lender, the village doctor, etc. begin to act like they need the money. To complicate matters, the sister-in-law of the Zamindar Ajanta (Nishi) arrives in the village. Rajat is present at the station at that time and must bring her to the village on his bicycle due to the absence of any other kind of transport. The postman perceives them together and informs Seema about it. She gets upset and does not talk to Rajat properly.

Ajanta comes to Seema’s home looking for Rajat to invite him for her birthday tea party. When she does not find him, she leaves a letter for him with Seema’s younger brother. The letter soon reaches Seema and she is further upset with Rajat. That evening she visits his home and confronts him about the letter. Rajat tells her that he had enjoyed the treat. Soon, Seema gets to know that he never visited the Zamindar’s place when the Zamindar’s manager comes to fetch Rajat. Seema and Rajat get reconciled and she leaves the place as it rains outside.

Ajanta is helping her brother-in-law, the Zamindar (Jayant) to get Rajat out of the upcoming elections, to decide who deserves the money. Soon, a fair is held and in that Ajanta performs this song.

Song: The lyrics have been penned by Shailendra and the music has been composed by Salil Chowdhury.

The gist of the song is, “Why does this flute sing? Why does it harass me?”

Video: Director of Photography is Kamal Bose. Dance choreography is by Badri Prasad.

The video opens with an actor dressed like Lord Krishna and playing the flute on the stage. Nishi runs into the stage and looks around for the source of the music. She kneels in front of Lord Krishna and so do the women in the audience. The image of Lord Krishna disappears. Nishi discerns that the image of the Lord is gone and begins this song-and-dance sequence.

The audience is enjoying the dance. Right when she is getting the full attention of the audience, there is an announcement at the entrance of the pandal that the village priest (played by Kanhaiyalal) had the dream that Goddess Lakshmi would be appearing in front of him. This disrupts the dance performance and the song must abruptly end. The video also ends there.

Artists: The playback singer is Lata Mangeshkar. The onscreen performances are by Nishi and others.

Cultural Influence: This typically filmi rain song is the beautiful rendition about how Lord Krishna’s flute torments Radha. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the same.


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