Jadugar qatil hai mera dil – Asha Bhonsle – Naushad Ali – Kum Kum | Kohinoor (1960)


During the initial years of their career, Asha Bhonsle and Lata Mangeshkar sounded the same, maybe since they are sisters. Asha Bhonsle revealed in a radio interview that she made efforts toward sounding different. Those efforts have made her the Asha Bhonsle she is now.

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.

But, soon they are caught by the Commander-in-chief and his men and Dhivendra is burnt in a barn. Chandramukhi faints and she is taken hostage. When the Commander-in chief and the other men leave, Dhivendra is rescued by his horse and it takes him into the city where the state courtesan Rajlaxmi (Kum Kum) gets him treated. It appears that when she had competed with Dhivendra in the song and lost, she had fallen in love with him.

Soon, Dhivendra wakes up and Rajlaxmi sings and dances to the tune played by him on the sitar.

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

The girl tells the man that he is a magician and offers him her heart. She adds, “Fill my heart with love. It would be fortunate for you.”

Video: Cinematography is by Faredoon A Irani. Dance choreography is by Hiralal B-Sitara Devi-Satyanarayan-Chiman Seth.

The video opens with Dilip Kumar strumming the guitar. Kum Kum begins the song-and-dance sequence. She plays a small harp and a clarinet in between. The dance has been choreographed quite well, particularly the chakkars, given the small space in the hall. But, certain shoulder movements are reminiscent of older movies and nonclassical dances.

She also plays a whole set of tablas. The music rises to a crescendo and so does the dance and the video ends abruptly.

Artists: The playback of this song is sung by Asha Bhonsle and the onscreen performances are by Dilip Kumar and Kum Kum.

Cultural Influence: This typically filmi song is a semi-classical rendition and declares the girl’s love for the hero. The song and the artists are fantastic. The video is watchable for the same.


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