Koi pyar ki dekhe jadugari – Lata/Rafi – Naushad Ali – Dilip/Meena | Kohinoor (1960)

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Movie: This song appeared in 1960 Republic Films Corporation’s hit costume drama Kohinoor directed S U Sunny and produced by Dr. V N Sinha. The movie starred Dilip Kumar, late Meena Kumari, late Leela Chitnis, Kum Kum, late Jeevan, etc.

Post the death of Maharaj Dheeraj Rana Chadrabhan of Kailash Nagar, Rajkumar Dhivendra Pratap Bahadur (Dilip Kumar) is expected to ascend the throne. The Commander-in-chief Veer Singh’s wife (Leela Chitnis) has brought up Dhivendra like her own son Surinder. She wants Dhivendra to marry Rajgarh’s princess Rajkumari Chadramukhi (Meena Kumari). The king of Rajgarh is happy to hear the proposal and asks the princess to attend the coronation ceremony.

After an attempt on the life of Dhivendra by his commander-in-chief himself, Dhivendra leaves the palace and reaches the camp of Chandramukhi. There he disguises as an ascetic to visit the princess to tell her that she would meet her betrothed at moonrise. Accordingly, Dhivendra meets the princess over a song. Chandramukhi happily returns to her tent. But, some masked men come into the tent to kidnap her. She screams in the typically filmi way and Dhivendra comes to her rescue. He beats up one of the masked men and follows the rest to the hideout of Rajgarh’s Commander-in-chief (Jeevan). Dhivendra and Chandramukhi get out of the Commander-in-chief’s clutches in a hilarious way. When they come out of the hideout and ride 2 horses, they sing this song.

Song: The lyrics of this song were penned by Shakeel Badayuni and the music was scored by Naushad Ali.

The man and the girl are rejoicing that they have met and fallen in love. They are also celebrating their escape from the villains.

Video: Cinematography is by Faredoon A Irani.

The video opens with the lead pair riding 2 horses on a deserted road flanked by trees and barren land. When the camera shoots a closer shot, we can be sure that some trick has been used here. This is because while 2 people ride 2 separate horses, they will travel at some distance away from each other and not so close by as shown in the video.

Meena Kumari’s hair is loose now. On a mound, some girls run in front of the camera and watch the lead pair riding the horses. The lead pair passes beautiful landscapes. The song peters out and the video ends as the lead pair continues their journey.

Artists: The playback of this song is sung by Mohammad Rafi and Lata Mangeshkar and the onscreen performances are by Dilip Kumar, Meena Kumari and others.

Cultural Influence: This typically filmi song celebrates the hero and the heroine’s happiness as they have escaped from the villains. The song and the artists are fantastic. The video is watchable for the same.

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