Chupke chupke chal ri purvaiya – Lata Mangeshkar – S D Burman – Jaya Bhaduri | Chupke Chupke (1975)

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Movie: This song appears in the 1975 comic caper Chupke Chupke (Hush Hush or Stealthily) produced by N C Sippy and directed by late Hrishikesh Mukherjee. The movie starred Dharmendra, Sharmila Tagore, Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bhaduri, late Om Prakash, late Usha Kiron, late David, Asrani, Lily Chakraborty, late Keshto Mukherjee, etc.

During a Botany excursion, a Botany student Sulekha (Sharmila Tagore) falls in love with Professor Parimal Tripathi (Dharmendra). They get married with the blessings of Sulekha’s brother Haripad Bhaiya (David). Parimal is fond of playing tricks and does not follow the general image of professors. Sulekha is in awe of her brother-in-law Raghavendra (Om Prakash). In short, she reveres him. With her constantly praising her brother-in-law, Parimal develops an inferiority complex and decides to prove that he is in no way inferior to the older man.

In the meanwhile, Raghavendra has written to Haripad Bhaiya requesting him to send a driver speaking chaste Hindi. His present driver James D’Costa (Keshto Mukherjee) used improper grammar. Parimal grabs this opportunity to meet and interact with Raghavendra. Thus, Parimal becomes the driver, Pyaremohan Ilahabadi, who pretends to hate English language and speaks only Hindi. The triggers a laughathon as Sulekha and Parimal play pranks on the unsuspecting Raghavendra.

Initially, they pretend that Sulekha is unhappy with her marriage. Next, they present an impression that Sulekha is having an affair with Pyaremohan. If that was not enough, they convince Parimal’s close friend Professor of English Literature Sukumar Sinha (Amitabh Bachchan) to pretend to be Parimal for some time. He is also supposed to pretend to be a boring and serious professor, which is the complete opposite of Parimal’s character. Another friend of Parimal, P K Srivastava (Asrani) also knows about the prank and supports them. Srivastava’s sister-in-law Vasudha (Jaya Bhaduri) is a Botany student and Sukumar in the guise of Parimal tries to impress her. Vasudha is a good singer and Sukumar insists that she sing a song once. This is the song that Vasudha sings.

Song: The lyrics of this song were penned by Anand Bakshi and the music was composed by S D Burman.

The gist of the song is, “O wind, please move slowly. Lord Krishna plays the flute, plays with the Gopis and plays mischief with me. Oh my God!”

Video: Cinematography is by Jaywant Pathare.

The video opens with the music beginning and the camera focusing on a red rose. Jaya Bhaduri is on the terrace. She sees some dried petals on a beautiful red flower and she plucks them out. She opens a thick book and the dried flower in it is taken away by the strong wind. She begins the song and picks up the dried flower to place it back in her book.

She begins to sway in tune with the song. Amitabh Bachchan is studying Botany to help Jaya Bhaduri with her studies, despite the fact that he does not know anything about the subject. While studying, he has fallen asleep and wakes up as Jaya Bhaduri’s song reaches him. He realizes what is happening and hides the book and wears his glasses.

In the meantime, Jaya Bhaduri moves toward the large swing and sits on it while she is singing the song. Amitabh Bachchan follows her to the terrace. But, by then, she has gone to the garden below. When he realizes that it is Jaya Bhaduri, who is singing the song, he feels happy and again climbs down to the ground floor.

The song peters out and the video ends as he approaches her happily.

Artists: The playback has been sung by Lata Mangeshkar and the onscreen performances are by Jaya Bhaduri and Amitabh Bachchan.

Cultural Influence: This is a typically filmi song talking about the mischievous behavior of Lord Krishna with Radha and Gopis. The song and the artists are very good. The video is watchable for the same.

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