Keh do ke tum – Amit/Anuradha – Lakshmikant-Pyarelal – Anil/Madhuri | Tezaab (1988)


Movie: This song is featured in the 1988 movie Tezaab (Acid). Produced and directed by N Chandra, this is a typical Bollywood masala action movie promoted as a violent love story released in 1988. The movie starred Anil Kapoor, Madhuri Dixit, Anupam Kher, Kiran Kumar, Annu Kapoor, Chunky Pandey, etc.

The beginning of the movie shows someone pouring acid on a plant. I winced at the scene the very first time I saw it because I love plants and that is why I did my post-graduation in Botany. They could have poured the acid on something inanimate. But, the makers chose to pour it on a plant.

The next scene shows Shyamlal (Anupam Kher) being threatened by Lotiya Pathan’s (Kiran Kumar) henchmen to return his money. Shyamlal is Mohini’s (Madhuri Dixit) father and he compels her to dance for money. Though she does not like it, she complies with his wishes. Shyamlal is made to come to Saxena’s (Tej Sapru) home for 50000 rupees, in whose shows Mohini performs and once he sends off Mohini for the rehearsals, the father is detained there.

Mohini performs at a show and at the end of it, Lotiya Pathan (Kiran Kumar) abducts her. Mohini’s college friend Jyoti (Suparna Anand) is at the show and is a witness to the abduction. Jyoti sends a telegram to her brother Munna Bhai aka Mahesh Deshmukh (Anil Kapoor) that there is a problem. Munna is in state-imposed exile and returns the moment he receives the telegram and soon is on his way with his friends to bring back his kidnapped girlfriend Mohini.

Inspector Gagan Singh (Suresh Oberoi) knows Munna as Navy Cadet Mahesh and had met him for the first time when Mahesh’s parents were killed during a bank robbery in Nasik. The inspector wants to know what happened that a patriotic boy had to be exiled by the state. Singh tracks Munna and tells him to surrender. Munna explains that he is on the way to save his girlfriend from Lotiya Pathan. The inspector goes along with Munna and his friends.

On the way, Mahesh tells him how he became Munna Bhai. Munna tells the inspector that when he shifted with his sister Jyoti to Bombay (Mumbai now) after the death of his parents. The brother-sister joins the same college. He meets Mohini and fell in love with her after playing a prank on her. Mohini gets a call that Munna had played a prank with her and she overhears his conversation with his friend about the success of his prank. Mohini confronts him and says that she had nothing to do with him now. Munna follows her everywhere trying to convince her about his love and finally, jumps from the terrace of their college to prove it. Through his recovery, this song appears and both sing it to prove their love for each other.

Song: Music is by Lakshmikant-Pyarelal and lyrics are by Javed Akhtar.

The girl and the boy tell each other not to stop believing in the love they have for each other.

Video: Director of Photography is Baba Azmi. Dance choreography is by Saroj Khan.

The video opens with Madhuri Dixit playing the piano. The music has already begun. The process of Anil Kapoor’s recovery begins. He opens his eyes indicating that he has regained consciousness. He recovers fully and writes a letter to Madhuri Dixit. Probably, he had told her to meet him somewhere since she is next seen climbing a mound in a place having a lot of greenery.

She looks around for him and he appears at a distance. She smiles and he begins the song. She also replies to him in the song. She begins to dance. He remembers the way she had confronted him about his prank. He spreads his arms and she runs into them. In the next shot, he brings 2 tickets for a movie and tells her that the movie starred Amitabh Bachchan.

But, the movie is in the Tamil language. The 2 share an intimacy at this time all through the movie. They are back in a park and continue the song. They also meet at night and he signals to light up the place for her, the moment she arrives. He gives her a gift. When she opens it, inside there is a book and a ring.

She gets emotional and continues the song. They swear on each other to be together all through their lives. They return to Madhuri’s home late at night and Anupam Kher sees them together. The song peters out and the video ends there.

Artists: Amit Kumar and Anuradha Paudwal sing the song on playback, while Anil Kapoor, Madhuri Dixit and Anupam Kher perform it onscreen.

Cultural Influence: This is a typically filmi romantic song, which has some sad overtones due to the incident preceding it. But, the beginning where the hero recovers from his fall is a little comic. The song and the artists are very good. The video is watchable for the same.


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