Eena meena deeka (Female) – Asha Bhonsle – C Ramchander – Vaijayantimala | Aasha (1957)


Movie: This song appeared in 1957 hit dramedy Aasha (Hope) produced and directed by M V Raman under the banner of Raman Productions. The movie starred late Kishore Kumar, Vaijayantimala, late Pran, Minoo Mumtaz, etc.

Kishore (Kishore Kumar) is a kind-hearted person and always helps needy people. He comes from a rich Zamindar family. He is sent to Bombay (Mumbai now) to learn how to live in the city smartly from his cousin brother Raj (Pran). Raj has cheated many girls after enjoying life with them. One day, Kishore visits a girls’ college and falls in love with Nirmala (Vaijayantimala) as she performs on a stage. Raj is also attracted to Nirmala because she is rich.

One day, Raj and Kishore go hunting in the jungle. Raj meets and murders the father of one of the girls Kamini, whom he had jilted, to frame Kishore for it. Kishore has to flee. He lands at the house of another girl Munni (Minoo Mumtaz), who was also jilted by Raj. Munni gives Kishore protection from the outside forces. Nirmala’s uncle loses all his fortunes and disappears. Nirmala has to earn a living on her own.

In the meanwhile, Kishore sees an ad in a newspaper saying Nirmala performing in a theatre and decides to watch this performance, in a burkha. Munni also joins him. It is at this time that Nirmala performs on this song.

Song: The musical score of this song was composed by C Ramchander (Chitalkar) and the lyrics were penned by Rajinder Kishan.

The lyrics of the song consist of nonsense words, initially. Later, the lyrics go this way, “Don’t fall in love with anyone in this world. If you do, you will regret. These people are worshippers of external beauty. Initially, they look innocent. They hold their hearts and call us, ‘You are the one.’”

Video: Cinematography is by Fali Mistry. Dance choreography is by Sohanlal-B Hiralal. This is an essentially a black and white movie. But, parts of it has been colored and this song is one of it.

The video opens with the orchestra beginning to play the music of the song. Vaijayantimala comes down a slide in masculine clothes and begins the dance. Kishore Kumar (in a burkha) and Minoo Mumtaz are watching the performance and enjoying it. Vaijayantimala begins to sing and Kishore Kumar goes berserk lifting his veil. Minoo Mumtaz tells him to control himself.

There are a couple of changes of dress. Vaijayantimala and the other girls give different difficult poses during the song. The music is so catchy that Kishore Kumar gets up and begins to dance inside the box office. The dancing girls light stick crackers. One of the burning sticks falls on a stage curtain and catches fire.

The song ends abruptly and the video also ends as all the dancers rush out of the stage.

Artists: The playback of this song has been sung by Asha Bhonsle and the onscreen performance has been done by Minoo Mumtaz and Kishore Kumar.

Cultural Influence: This typically filmi song is stage performance by the heroine. The song is feet-tapping and the artists are fantastic. The video is watchable for the same.


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