Dekhoji bahar aayi – Lata Mangeshkar – C Ramchander – Meena Kumari | Azad (1955)

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Movie: This song appeared in 1955 Pakshiraja Studios’ hit romedy Azaad (Free) produced and directed by Sriramulu Naidu S M. The movie starred Dilip Kumar, late Meena Kumari, late Achala Sachdev, late Pran, late Badri Prasad, etc.

Post the death of Shobha’s (Meena Kumari) father, she stays with her father’s friend Charandas (Badri Prasad) and his wife Shanta (Achala Sachdev). The couple had plans of marrying Shobha to their own son Kumar when they were children. But, Kumar got lost. Thus, years later, Charandas looks for a suitable groom for Shobha. Rich Sunder (Pran) wants to marry Shobha, but the old couple does not like him because of his wayward nature.

Suddenly one night, in the absence of Charandas, Shobha is abducted by bandits. On the way to the jungle, she is rescued by a rich man called Azaad. Charandas gets a letter that Shobha is safe with Azaad and the man would like to marry Shobha. Charandas visits the police inspector to inform him about it. In the meanwhile, Shobha sings this song in the gardens within the hidden territory of Azaad.

Song: The music of this song was scored by C Ramchander and the lyrics were penned by Rajinder Kishan.

The gist of the song, “Have a look. It is spring and the flowers have blossomed in the gardens.” The spring season is associated with love in Bollywood and that is what is being depicted here.

Video: Cinematography is by Sailen Bose. Dance choreography is by Hiralal.

The video opens with the moving studio shot of with several plants. The music has begun. Meena Kumari is looking around and begins the song. She sways in tune with the music. She plucks a large mango and the song peters out. She throws it in the air 3-4 times. The fifth time it does not come back. Thinking it will hit her head, she covers her head with her hand. The video ends there.

Artists: The playback of this song was sung by Lata Mangeshkar and the onscreen performances are by Meena Kumari.

Cultural Influence: This typically filmi song is a normal song sung by the heroine about the advent of spring. The song is very beautiful. The artists are also good. The video is watchable for the same.

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