Tu yaar hai mera – 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, Arjun Hingorani, 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 creates a scene so that Rekha hates him. The next day, Ajit meets Premchand and tells him about his disease. Soon, Premchand tells him to help him so that he would nurture Ajit’s family after his death. Ajit has to steal some money and some evidence against Premchand, placed inside a safe. After some hesitation, Ajit decides that he has to do this job and goes to the man Karamchand Singh’s (Arjun Hingorani) home. Ajit is about to render him unconscious when the man’s girlfriend arrives. The girlfriend sings this song at this time.

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, “You are my lover. You have my heart. We are each other’s love interest.”

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

The video opens with Dharmendra hiding below some furniture and the music beginning. The girl holds a glass of whiskey with her feet and pours it into her mouth while she is reclined on the floor. She then throws the glass toward Arjun Hingorani, which he catches. She gets up and begins to dance. Arjun Hingorani keeps stripping her and she continues to dance.

Dharmendra moves away from his hiding place since they come toward him and he can be caught. Arjun Hingorani also shakes a few legs awkwardly. The song peters out and the video ends as Arjun Hingorani switches off the light and he and the girl go to bed together. Dharmendra looks away.

Artists: The playback of this song was sung by Asha Bhonsle and the onscreen performances were by Dharmendra and Arjun Hingorani.

Cultural Influence: This is a typically filmi song is a strip tease and cabaret combined. The song and the artists are very good. The video is watchable for the same.

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