Karte hain sab mujhe salaam – Amit/Mohammad/Alisha – Lakshmikant-Pyarelal – Anand/Anil/Sonika | 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 a song at this event. By the end of the song, Lakhan arrives as a police officer and all the villains are shocked.

Lakhan begins to help the villains in their nefarious activities, without getting caught by Ram. Only Radha knows that Lakhan is just playing into the hands of the villains to achieve his main target to get hold of all the money and property that Bishambar and company had usurped from Sharda. Bishambar’s boss Sir John (Raza Murad) invites Lakhan into their gang as a visitor. Sir John’s mistress Vivienne (Sonika Gill) invites Lakhan and his friends to compete with Debu in a dance competition. This is the song they sing for the competition.

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

The villain’s son says that he is the hero and he is great. On the other hand, the real hero calls himself zero and enumerates the qualities of zero.

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

The video opens with Sonika Gill announcing the competition between Anand Balraj and Anil Kapoor. Anand Balraj begins the song. Amrish Puri and Paresh Rawal are enjoying the performance. Anil Kapoor is biding his time. Anand Balraj begins to dance. Different stage props have been used very intelligently and beautifully.

When Anil Kapoor’s turn arrives, he also begins singing as he rubs and mixes tobacco and limestone, to drop the mixture into his mouth for chewing. Gulshan Grover is also enjoying the performance. Raza Murad is also among them. Sonika Gill also shakes a few legs. Soon, the song and the video end, abruptly. Saroj Khan’s choreography is brilliant.

Artists: The playback of this song was given by Amit Kumar, Mohammad Aziz and Alisha Chinoy and onscreen performances are by Anil Kapoor, Anand Balraj, Sonika Gill, Amrish Puri, Paresh Rawal, Gulshan Grover, Raza Murad and others.

Cultural Influence: This typical filmi song is a comparison between the hero and the villain’s son in qualities. The hero wins in the competition. The song and the artists are very good. The video is watchable for the same.

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