Beqadar bekhabar bewafa Balma – Anuradha Paudwal – 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 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. Lakhan grows financially due to his association with the villains. Ram has already got to know about it and tries to reason with his brother. At this time, Sharda is at Amarnath for pilgrimage. The brothers argue and have a fist-fight.

Soon, Sharda returns and is furious that Lakhan had supported the villains. The villains get to know that Lakhan is in the process of snatching the properties usurped from Sharda. He is beaten up by the goons. To create a rift between Ram and Lakhan, Radha is used as a pawn by creating misunderstanding about Lakhan with her. They also make Ram do some of the activities that Lakhan was made to do, blackmailing that they would kill Lakhan, otherwise. Radha agrees to be the fifth wife of Bishamber’s boss Sir John (Raza Murad) and wants to see Lakhan once. She sings this song at this time.

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

The girl accuses the man of cheating her in love.

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

The video opens with several men hitting dhols. The music begins as Anil Kapoor looks up from the floor when he fell after being beaten up. Amrish Puri and Anand Balraj are watching the performance. Sonika Gill is dancing. Anil Kapoor is brought into the dance hall in a wheelchair. Madhuri Dixit comes in wearing a veil.

The place is dark except for lighted candles in the hands of several female dancers. Anil Kapoor tries to get up. But, he is confined to the wheelchair by goons with guns in their hands. Madhuri Dixit begins to sing and dance. Raza Murad clicks glasses with Amrish Puri. Rakhi shows Dimple Kapadia her white sari with drops of her husband’s blood, which she had placed safely in a box.

The shot with Madhuri Dixit’s dancing image in a multi-angled mirror with the orchestra performers has been taken very brilliantly. Madhuri Dixit has tears in her eyes and extinguishes large candles as she goes on dancing. Rakhi and Dimple Kapadia land at Amrish Puri’s home and ask for the whereabouts of Anil Kapoor.

The tune of this song is a combination of Indian and Western music, which represents Madhuri Dixit and Sonika Gill’s dances respectively. The actor playing Amrish Puri’s wife goes to Anupam Kher’s home to tell him about what had happened. Gulshan Grover cheats Jackie Shroff and shoots him.

In the meantime, the dance performance continues. Anil Kapoor is taken away and Madhuri Dixit is not allowed to follow him. Madhuri Dixit pulls out a knife and is about to kill herself. But, Sonika Gill stops her from doing it. Anand Balraj pulls her toward him and slaps her. Then, he pushes her toward Raza Murad, who lifts her veil. The music rises to a crescendo.

Anil Kapoor is thrown into a dark room and the video ends there.

Artists: The playback of this song was given by Anuradha Paudwal and onscreen performances are by Madhuri Dixit, Anil Kapoor, Anand Balraj, Sonika Gill, Amrish Puri, Paresh Rawal, Gulshan Grover, Raza Murad, Rakhi, Dimple Kapadia, Anupam Kher, Gulshan Grover, Jackie Shroff and others.

Cultural Influence: I find this typical filmi song wrongly placed in the movie. The incidents, particularly this one, are placed surgically all through the movie without logic. When the hero had told the heroine that he is doing something with a definite purpose, she should have faith in him all through. There is something called trust. The fact that the hero is brought into the dance hall in a wheelchair should have sparked doubt in the heroine’s mind. Are Indian heroines so dumb? Why do Indian filmmakers make the heroines so? Considered separately, the song and the artists are very good. The video is watchable for the same.

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