Koi matwala aaya mere dware – Lata Mangeshkar – Shankar-Jaikishan – Asha Parekh | Love in Tokyo (1966)

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The mother of this film’s hero is called Gayatri Devi. I just remembered that one of my professors of B.Sc., who taught us Botany, used to call me Gayatri Devi. I would always tell him that I am not a Goddess. But, he continued to call me that.

Movie: This song appeared in 1966 Pramod Films’ hit romantic flick Love in Tokyo, produced and directed by Pramod Chakravorty. The movie starred late Joy Mukherjee, Asha Parekh, late Pran, late Mahmood, late Lalita Pawar, late Asit Sen, late Madan Puri, etc.

Gayatri Devi gets to know that her elder son and her Japanese daughter-in-law had left a grandson Chickoo (Master Shahid) for her. She sends her younger son Ashok (Joy Mukherjee) to Japan to fetch the little boy. In Japan, Ashok meets Chikoo and tries to convince him to come with him back to India, unsuccessfully. He also sees Asha (Asha Parekh) performing a semi-classical dance on a TV program in a shopping mall and falls in love with her. This is the song that Asha performs in the program.

Song: The music of this song was scored by Shankar-Jaikishan and the lyrics were penned by Shailendra.

The gist of the song is, “Some person with intoxicating eyes, came to my door. He made strange gestures through his eyes.”

Video: Cinematography is by V K Murthy. Dance choreography is by Suresh Bhatt.

The video opens with the beginning of Asha Parekh’s performance on a TV channel. Asha Parekh runs into the dance area and begins the dance. The cut-outs of South Indian temples in the background are beautiful. Joy Mukherjee is astounded. Asha Parekh begins the song with an alaap. Joy Mukherjee watches the dance with interest.

There is a change of dress and the background. The background now shows the cut-outs of village houses. There is another change of dress and background. Master Shahid waves a toy airplane in front of Joy Mukherjee, who is mesmerized by the performance and is not distracted. Soon, the song peters out and the video also ends.

Artists: The playback of this song has been sung by Lata Mangeshkar and the onscreen performances are by Asha Parekh, Joy Mukherjee and others.

Cultural Influence: This filmi song is the introductory sequence of the heroine. She performs a semi-classical dance here. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the same.

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