Kab tak na dogi dil – Asha Bhonsle – Kalyanji-Anandji | Kahani Kismat Ki (1973)

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Movie: This song appeared in 1973 Kapileshwar Films’ hit comic action drama Kahani Kismat Ki (The Story of Fate) directed and produced by Arjun Hingorani. The movie starred Dharmendra, Rekha, late Ajit, late Rajinder Nath, late Bharat Bhushan, Sulochana, Jayashree T, Rajni Gupta, late Abhi Bhattacharya, etc.

The story goes this way: Premchand (Ajit) receives a letter from his father-in-law that he is on death bed and would like to see his granddaughter and transfer all his wealth in her name. But, Premchand’s daughter had recently expired and he had adopted another girl. Soon after they arrive at the rich man’s home, Premchand is blackmailed by another man, who had learnt about his secret. Ajit Sharma (Dharmendra) is jobless though he has good marks in the Bachelor’s degree exam. He and his father (Abhi Bhattacharya) take to stealing. One day, during a chase by the police, his father is shot dead and he is arrested. His mother (Sulochana) wants nothing to do with him. But, after being released earlier for good conduct, he is finally accepted by his mother. This time he tries in earnest to find a job. But, his term in jail becomes a barrier in his finding a job and he is not ready to lie his way into the job market.

One day, after winning a wrestling match, he buys a few things for his family. It includes a bag for his younger school-going brother. When he reaches home and the little boy opens the bag, he finds several currency notes. Initially, the family does not like it thinking perhaps Ajit had gone back to his old ways. But, Ajit (very conveniently) finds a name and address inside the bag and he goes to the bungalow to return the money. The money belongs to Premchand (Ajit) and he gives Ajit a job with high remuneration in return for the bag with the money.

The little girl Rekha (Rekha), fostered by Premchand grows up to become a beautiful girl. One day, she goes on a picnic on the beach with her friends, when they tease her about her prospective boy friend through this song. She also replies to them in the song.

Song: The lyrics of this song were penned by Rajinder Kishan and the music was scored by Kalyanji-Anandji.

The gist of the song is, “How long will you hold your heart? Soon, someone will snatch it away from you.”

Video: Cinematography is by Kishore Rege. Dance choreography is by Kamal.

The video opens with Rekha being given a massage by 2 of her friends. Jayashree T gives light pressure from her feet on the leading lady’s back as the music begins. Some other girls begin to dance. They are all wearing swimming suits. The other girls begin to sing the song. Rekha also begins the song. Jayashree T and Rekha play a saxophone each separately.

There is a change of location to a garden. They have also changed their dresses. Now, the girls are playing different musical instruments. I found this scene a little out of context. For me, the orchestra is for studios, shows and concerts. On the other hand, how do we explain the typical filmi songs sung in open spaces like gardens? Depending on the wind’s direction the effect would not be as desired.

Dharmendra is seen walking with the bag with money toward the garden. Soon, the song peters out and the video ends as the girls run toward Rekha’s bungalow.

Artists: The playback of this song was sung by Asha Bhonsle and the onscreen performances were by Jayashree T, Rekha, Dharmendra and others.

Cultural Influence: This is a typically filmi song, through which the heroine’s friends tease her. The song and the artists are very good. The video is watchable for the same.

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