Zindagi ki yahi reet hai (Happy) – Kishore Kumar – Lakshmikant-Pyarelal – Anil Kapoor | Mr. India (1987)


The story of the movie till this song is similar to Brahmachari and Dream Girl, with the main protagonists running ashrams or homes for destitute, orphan children, without families.

Movie: Produced by Boney Kapoor and directed by Shekhar Kapur, this movie is a superhero science fiction movie. The star-cast includes Anil Kapoor, Sridevi, late Amrish Puri, late Ashok Kumar, Satish Kaushik, Sharat Saxena, Ajit Vachchani, late Bob Cristo, etc.

Arun Verma (Anil Kapoor) is an orphan and plays violin in the streets to earn a living. He rents a large but old house, where about a dozen orphaned children reside. He and his cook Calendar (Satish Kaushik) take care of them. Arun lives below the poverty line and owes money to the grocer Roopchand (Harish Patel) and he hasn’t paid his dues to the landlord Maniklal (Yunus Pervez). Despite these issues in his life, Arun tries to keep a positive attitude. It is at this time that he takes the children for a trip all over Mumbai and sings this song.

Song: The song has Javed Akhtar’s lyrics and catchy music by Lakshmikant Pyarelal.

The gist of the song is, “This is the rule of life. Success comes after failure. There are a few tears and a few laughs. Today, we have some sorrow and tomorrow we will have some happiness.”

Video: Cinematography is by Baba Azmi. Dance choreography is by Saroj Khan.

The video opens with the children going about daily morning routine like dressing up for school, etc. They also begin the chorus song. A child jumps onto Satish Kaushik to wake him up. A little girl runs out of the shower and Anil Kapoor picks her up to take her back to the shower to bathe her, with her panty on. He also begins the song.

He takes all the children to school in his jeep. Satish Kaushik is also present with them. All the other children go inside the school except the little girl, who runs back to Anil Kapoor. They all go for a cycling trip together. They even go to the Gateway of India and perform a few dance steps there. Anil Kapoor plays the flute.

Next, they go on a boat ride. The location again changes to a forest. Anil Kapoor plays the fiddle and attracts the children, who are nearby. They run to him and enjoy the music. They all shake a few legs. It is almost sundown on the beach and the children have prepared a campfire. Anil Kapoor continues the song.

The next day, they are back on bicycles. The song peters out and the video ends as all of them move away from the focus of the camera.

Artists: The playback singer is Kishore Kumar. The onscreen performances are by Anil Kapoor and others.

Cultural Influence: This typically filmi song motivates us to live life without stress because sorrow and happiness are parts of the game. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the same.


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