O Ramji bada dukh deena – Lata Mangeshkar – Lakshmikant-Pyarelal – Madhuri Dixit | Ram-Lakhan (1989)

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Movie: This song appeared in 1989 action drama Ram-Lakhan produced and directed by Subhash Ghai under the banner of Suneha Arts. The movie starred Anil Kapoor, Madhuri Dixit, Jackie Shroff, Dimple Kapadia, Rakhi, Anupam Kher, Dalip Tahil, etc.

Thakur Pratap Singh (Dalip Tahil) loses a legal case due to the treachery of his cousins Bishamber (Amrish Puri) and Banu Pratap (Paresh Rawal). The moment he returns, he receives the message that his wife Sharda (Rakhi) has given birth to their second son. Bishamber and Banu Pratap kill Pratap Singh and his father (Lahiri Singh) through treachery, again. Sharda is the only witness to her husband’s death. She brings up her children single-handedly. Ram (Jackie Shroff) becomes an honest police officer.

Lakhan (Anil Kapoor) is a tricky fellow. He is in love with Radha (Madhuri Dixit). When Lakhan’s friends talk to Sharda about their friend’s marriage with Radha, she insists that Ram should get married first and Lakhan should find a job; then only she would give the permission for them to get married. Lakhan informs her that Ram is in love with the commissioner’s daughter Geeta (Dimple Kapadia). Sharda asks for proof and Lakhan is on his way to get the proof. He, soon, gets the proof and Sharda accepts Lakhan and Radha’s marriage.

Bishamber’s son Debu (Anand Balraj) returns from abroad and immediately tries to molest Radha. Lakhan beats him up. Bishamber and company fool Radha’s father Deodhar Shastri (Anupam Kher) into believing that they have selected Radha to marry Debu. They are separated by Ram and Geeta (Dimple Kapadia). A discussion with Sharda tells Lakhan that he has to achieve something to attain Radha. Lakhan with his group of friends catch a criminal Kesariya Vilayati (Gulshan Grover) and the commissioner sends him for 6 months special training at the police academy.

After 6 months, Bishanber invites everybody for Debu’s birthday and make Radha dance with prostitutes and insult her as well as Sharda’s family. But, Radha turns this into a complaint to Ram, who is present at the occasion, about her beloved Lakhan, in the form of this song.

Song: The music of this song was composed by Lakshmikant-Pyarelal and the lyrics were penned by Anand Bakshi.

The girl says, “O Ramji, your Lakhan has given me so much sorrow. He made me forget myself. He stole my peace. He made my life miserable.”

Video: Cinematography is by Ashok Mehta. Dance choreography is by Saroj Khan.

The video opens with Jackie Shroff looking down with disgust at the insult being meted out to his family. Madhuri Dixit covers her head with her chunri. The music, as well as the chorus, begins in the background. Dancers begin to perform the dance. Amrish Puri, Paresh Rawal and Anand Balraj are watching the performance.

Madhuri Dixit begins the song. Jackie Shroff looks at her and begins to smile. He also turns to look at Dimple Kapadia. Jackie Shroff smiles at the villains with pride. The villains don’t like it. Some girls are also performing a few steps in the large hall. Amrish Puri is angry and gets up to probably hit Madhuri Dixit. Satish Kaushik, who plays Anupam Kher’s servant, stops him.

Madhuri Dixit has gained more confidence and continues the song. Jackie Shroff and Dimple Kapadia are smiling with happiness at what Madhuri Dixit is doing. Madhuri Dixit begins to dance. Some clapping by all the dancers propels the song forward. Madhuri Dixit feels as if Anil Kapoor has come and she is dancing on his dafli.

Madhuri Dixit announces that Anil Kapoor had arrived. Anupam Kher is furious and gets up. For some reason, the actor playing Amrish Puri’s wife stops Anupam Kher from acting his anger out. As the song peters out, Madhuri Dixit veils her face with her chunri and the video also ends there.

Artists: The playback of this song was given by Anuradha Paudwal and Manhar Udhas and onscreen performances are by Madhuri Dixit, Dimple Kapadia, Jackie Shroff, Amrish Puri, Paresh Rawal, Anand Balraj, Satish Kaushik, Anil Kapoor and others.

Cultural Influence: This is a typical filmi song is a complaint about the hero made to the hero’s elder brother by the heroine. This has its basis in the Ramayana where Lakshmana goes with his elder brother Lord Rama and His wife Sita to the forest to serve them. At that time, Lakshmana’s wife Urmila suffered love pangs in her husband’s absence. This song can also be a complaint of  Radha about her beloved Lord Krishna to His elder brother Balarama when Lord Krishna left for Mathura, leaving her alone. Only a person, who has truly loved someone, will be able to understand these pangs. The song and the artists are very good. The video is watchable for the above.

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