Eena meena deeka (Male) – Kishore Kumar – C Ramchander – Kishore Kumar | Aasha (1957)

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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 the female version of this song. By the end of the song, the stage catches fire and Nirmala falls down unconscious. Kishore and an inspector (Jagdish Raj) carry her to safety.

Kishore disguises himself as a Sheikh and visits Munni’s home. Munni’s guardian, who had put her into the wrong profession, welcomes him as a new customer for her ward. When Munni comes out of her room and is touched by him, she is filled with revulsion. Kishore, immediately, reveals himself and decides to organize a program on stage with the help of Munni. Nirmala, who has lost her job, also goes to see the program. This is the song-and-dance sequence Kishore and Munni perform.

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, “I am selling my heart. Is there someone to buy it? I won’t sell it to just anyone. She should be beautiful. She should be young. When someone sees her, they should feel, it is her.”

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

The video opens with the orchestra being played. The next shot shows Vaijayantimala sitting in the box office. Minoo Mumtaz and some other dancers come to the stage to begin dancing. Minoo Mumtaz is also playing the saxophone. Kishore Kumar appears from behind a cutout of himself in an Arabian costume. He begins the song and dances in a funny way.

Minoo Mumtaz and Kishore Kumar dance together. The dress changes and scene changes to a children’s park, on the stage. The song is propelled forward with claps. Vaijayantimala, who seemed offended till now, begins to clap. But, she realizes that she is sitting in the audience. There is another change in dress and scene.

Kishore Kumar and Minoo Mumtaz appear in the 4 costumes they had worn during the song in the last shot together, with a pillar separating each version. Of course, this is a camera trick. The song rises to a crescendo and the video ends as the 4 sets of the main dancers continue dancing.

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

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

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