Bagon mein kaise yeh phool – Lata/Mukesh – S D Burman – Sharmila/Dharmendra | 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 student Sulekha (Sharmila Tagore) falls in love with Botany 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. Once Sulekha, her sister and her daughter (Master Bittu) visit P K Srivastava’s (Asrani) home and meet his wife (Lily Chakraborty) and her sister Vasudha (Jaya Bhaduri). Sulekha’s sister leaves for some meeting with Mrs. Srivastava and Sulekha is left behind to talk to Vasudha. However, Sulekha decides to go on a picnic to Aarey Milk Colony with Pyaremohan in the presence of Raghavendra’s little daughter. Pyaremohan decides to create a scene in front of the little girl and he sings this romantic song with Sulekha.

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

The gist of the song is, “How do flowers bloom in the gardens? They blossom when they meet the bee.”

Video: Cinematography is by Jaywant Pathare.

The video opens with Dharmendra looking at Sharmila Tagore holding her chin in his fingers. Both smile at each other. She walks away from him and she begins the alaap and then the song. He follows her and replies to her question in the song. Master Bittu watches them from the car. Several beautiful flowering plants are shown. The song peters out and the video ends as Master Bittu is shown licking the car-window glass.

Artists: The playback has been sung by Lata Mangeshkar and Mukesh and the onscreen performances are by Sharmila Tagore, Dharmendra and Master Bittu.

Cultural Influence: This is a typically filmi song is an overt exposition of the romance between the heroine with the driver (who is actually the hero). The song and the artists are very good. The video is watchable for the same.

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