Zara rook rook ke zara tham tham ke – Lata Mangeshkar – C Ramchander – Vaijayantimala | 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 a 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. It is a copy of her own performance and she goes to confront the Sheikh. But, it turns out that she is hired by him to perform in his own theater.

Raj cannot tolerate Nirmala being with Kamini and kidnaps Kamini. Nirmala finds a letter written by ‘Kishore’ for Kamini to come with his friend. Nirmala gives the letter to the Sheikh and tells him that she is worried about Kamini. Soon, Raj visits the Sheikh putting forward a business deal, which the latter accepts. Kishore, in his own guise, visits Nirmala and tells her that he is innocent and wants to watch her next day’s performance. She has to arrange a seat in the name of ‘Mr. Bose’. The next shot is of this song performed by her on stage.

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

The gist of the song is, “A little hesitating, a little moving back, I go toward the door of my Beloved. I have a stroke of kohl in my eyes. I have clouds in my hair. My light anklets are musical.” The girl describes her own beauty.

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 Viajayantimala running down some steps. She begins to dance and sing. Kishore Kumar comes to sit on the reserved seat in the audience, disguised as a Bengali. Vaijayantimala dances with more enthusiasm as she has seen her beloved in the audience. Pran also enters the audience to sit in the front row with one of his henchmen.

Jagdish Raj, who plays the role of a police officer, also joins Kishore Kumar on the front seat. Vaijayantimala runs to switch off all the lights and when the lights come on again she is playing the dhol. She hides behind a portion of the setting to look for Kishore Kumar in the audience. By then, he has left the place. She continues the dance happily.

She rapidly climbs the steps back to the backstage area. The song peters out and the video ends as the audience applauds.

Artists: The playback of this song has been sung by Lata Mangeshkar and the onscreen performance has been done by Vaijayantimala, Kishore Kumar, Pran and others.

Cultural Influence: This typically filmi song is stage performance by the heroine. It is a combination of a little Kathak and filmi dance. The song is feet-tapping and the artists are fantastic. The video is watchable for the same.

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