Duniya mujhse kehti hai – Kishore Kumar – Kalyanji-Anandji – Dharmendra | 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.

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.

Just before entering the house, Ajit had bumped into Rekha (Rekha), who was on the lookout for a suitable person to fall in love with. She very conveniently falls in love with Ajit just after bumping into him! Soon, Ajit also admits that he is in love with her. When Premchand gets to know about it, initially he is against their meeting each other. But, eventually, he relents and decides to announce Ajit and Rekha’s engagement on her birthday.

However, while leaving Premchand’s cabin in the office, Ajit faints. This happens for the second time. Premchand revives him by sprinkling water on his face and tells him to visit a doctor. The doctor (Bharat Bhushan) diagnoses Leukaemia and Ajit asks the doctor to promise that he would not tell anyone else about it. The reason was at that time there was no good treatment for blood cancer.

That evening during Rekha’s birthday party, Ajit arrives drunk and sings this 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, “People tell me to give up alcohol. Why don’t they tell me not to live in this world?”

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

The video opens with Dharmendra holding the baton for the orchestra and Jayashree T beginning to dance to the music as she climbs down the staircase. Dharmendra runs to her to hug her. She pushes him toward Rekha, who holds him since he is staggering. He begins the song. He tries to flirt with Jayashree T and another girl.

Then, he looks sad. It is surprising that nobody realizes that something is amiss. He remembers the times he had spent with Rekha and also what the doctor (Bharat Bhushan) had told him. Dharmendra takes away a glass of whiskey from a guest and goes to sit near the orchestra to drink from it. Rekha runs to stop him and takes the glass away.

The song ends soon and so does the video.

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

Cultural Influence: This is a typically filmi song where the hero talks about his alcoholism. This is just an excuse for hiding the fact that he has a dreaded disease. The song and the artists are very good. The video is watchable for the same.

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