Ram kare ke umar qaid humein (Female) – Lata Mangeshkar – Usha Khanna – Ranjeeta | Aadat Se Majboor (1982)

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Movie: This song appeared in 1982 Emkay Films’ romantic action movie Aadat Se Majboor (Helpless Due to Habit) produced by Mohan Kumar and directed by Ambarish Sanghal. The movie starred Mithun Chakraborty, Ranjeeta, late Mohan Gokhale, Neena Gupta, Rameshwari, Madan Puri, Om Shiv Puri, Amrish Puri, etc.

A devout Hindu Brahmin firefighter Dinanath Shastri (Madan Puri) is initially disgusted when his son Shankar (Mithun Chakraborty) brings home a young girl Salma (Rameshwari) after saving her from rapists. Shankar tells him that her name is Shanti (a Hindu). At the same time, a professional court witness Neetu (Ranjeeta) falls in love with Shankar. But, he is more than irritated by her behavior toward him. One day, after an encounter with him, both land in jail and she sings this song for him.

Song: The music of this song was scored by Usha Khanna and the lyrics were penned by Indeewar.

The gist of the song is, “Let Lord Ram place both of us together in prison for our entire lives. We should be bound by our love for each other. Even if in dreams, this chain of happiness should not be broken.”

Video: Cinematography is by Apurba Khire Bir and K K Mahajan. Dance choreography is by Vijay-Oscar.

The video opens with Ranjeeta beginning the song inside a police lockup. She is wearing a burkha. In the next shot, she is seen day-dreaming that she and Mithun Chakraborty have been handcuffed together and are wearing jail uniforms. They are also seen walking together with other jail mates standing in 2 lines on either of their sides.

Ranjeeta begins the song and even performs a few dance steps. Mithun Chakraborty is also dancing with her. Both are given separate tasks. Mithun Chakraborty slips out under the nose of the jail authorities to meet Ranjeeta. Even she makes it to the small passage behind a large wall, within the prison compound to meet him.

The lead pair gets intimate as the song continues. They get married within the prison premises. She gets pregnant and gives birth to twins. The babies are also wearing jail uniforms specially made for their tiny bodies. The song peters out and all the 4 of them snuggles with each other.

The next moment, Ranjeeta is brought back to reality as she is let go from the lockup. She laments that she is being let off and not being imprisoned with Mithun Chakraborty. The video ends there.

Artists: The playback of this song was sung by Lata Mangeshkar and the onscreen performances are by Ranjeeta, Mithun Chakraborty and others.

Cultural Influence: This is a typical filmi romantic song where the heroine tries to convince the hero to fall in love with her. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the same.

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