Ek do teen (Male) – Amit Kumar – Lakshmikant-Pyarelal – Anil Kapoor | Tezaab (1988)

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This song was added to the movie after the female version reached heights of popularity. This song is actually a reply to the female number. The female version is in the present and the male version is in the flashback, which does not quite add up.

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 they fall in love with each other. Soon, Mohini’s father gets to know about their relationship and Munna is sent to jail for a crime he did not commit. Shyamlal also confines her in a house and beats her up.

One day, Jyoti sees Mohini being taken in an open car by Shyamlal to some place and she tells her friend that Munna still thinks of her in the jail. Mohini is not allowed to talk with her friend and they move on. It is at this time that Mohini remembers Munna singing this song.

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

This song has some amount of teasing in it where the boy teases the girl about her waiting for him.

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

The video opens with Madhuri Dixit inside a moving car and the music beginning. Anil Kapoor jumps into the courtyard of her house with his friends and begins dancing and singing. Chunky Pandey’s absence is obvious. Madhuri Dixit seems a little upset with him and makes faces at him. All her expressions are like Sridevi used to do in those times.

On the other hand, Sarojji’s choreography for Anil Kapoor is fantastic and the actor has also performed well. Sometime later, the friends catch her just outside a mall and she runs into it. The whole group of friends is seen dancing inside the mall, with Anil Kapoor playing the clarinet.

Anil Kapoor has performed the funny antics also very well. Madhuri Dixit also performs a few dance steps. Then, she goes to a library with the books she had. Anil Kapoor tries to mollify her then and there. But, she tells him not to shout in the library. They come out of the library and he continues the song.

The group of friends is seen dancing in the streets with the traffic. The next shot is inside a cinema hall. Madhuri Dixit is sitting on one of the seats with some other people watching a black and white movie. She is crying. One of Anil Kapoor’s friends, Johnny Lever tries to tamper with the main electric switches. But, he is unsuccessful.

Anil Kapoor jumps in front of the projector screen singing and dancing. Madhuri Dixit drops her popcorn packet in panic and the audience protests. The lights come on. Initially, Madhuri Dixit smiles at what Anil Kapoor is doing. She can’t bear it any longer as he tears up his shirt at various places. Madhuri Dixit shouts his name.

The audience whistles and he looks up and about the audience. Madhuri Dixit stands up. Now he sings and dances happily. His friends push him on to the audience and he moves along to reach Madhuri Dixit. He hugs her. The music rises to a crescendo and the video ends there.

Artists: Amit Kumar sings the song on playback, while Anil Kapoor, Madhuri Dixit, Johnny Lever and others perform it onscreen.

Cultural Influence: This is a typically filmi romantic song where the hero teases the heroine that she was waiting for him and he had come to meet her. The song and the artists are very good. The video is watchable for the same.

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