O ik baar aata hai din aisa – Rafi/Asha – Shankar-Jaikishan – Rajendra/Vaijayantimala | Suraj (1966)

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Movie: This song appears in the 1966 swashbuckler costume drama Suraj (Sun) directed by T Prakash Rao and produced by S Krishnamurthy and T Govindarajan. The movie starred late Rajendra Kumar, Vaijayantimala, late Ajit, Mumtaz, late Johny Walker, late Lalita Pawar, late Gajanan Jagirdar, late David, late Agha, late Mukri, Niranjan Sharma, etc.

Vikram Singh (David) is the king of Pratap Nagar and is so impressed with the loyalty of his Commander-in-Chief Sangram Singh (Niranjan Sharma) that he makes him a king and decides to marry his daughter Anuradha with his son Pratap. Many years later Vikram sends his grown-up daughter Anuradha (Vaijayantimala) to attend the anniversary of Sangram Singh’s coronation ceremony, to approve Pratap Singh (Ajit) as her husband. She decides to visit the place with only her maid-servant Kalavati (Mumtaz) for company and changes places with her maid.

In an inebriated condition, Pratap visits Chandra Mahal, where Anuradha and Kalavati are staying and gets impressed by the beauty of Anuradha, who is in the guise of Kalavati. Anuradha has actually got impressed by a bandit named Suraj Singh (Rajendra Kumar), who takes her for a small trip and leaves her behind at Chandra Mahal in the night. However, Pratap visits the palace and abducts her to make her forcefully his. Suraj saves Anuradha and takes her away with him.

Vikram Singh arrives and when he gets to know that Anuradha is missing, from Kalavati, he gets upset. Pratap Singh overhears Vikram Singh’s conversation with Kalavati and insists that he would help find Anuradha if Vikram Singh would marry her to him. On the other hand, Suraj’s father (Gajanan Jagirdar) approves of Suraj’s marriage with Anuradha because he thinks that she is a maid. The next shot is of this song-and-dance sequence.

Song: The music of the song was composed by Shankar-Jaikishan and the lyrics were penned by Hasrat Jaipuri.

The gist of the song is, “This kind of day comes only once in a while, not every day. Someone hold me, I have become intoxicated. That heart is not true, which is not impetuous.”

Video: Cinematography is by V K Murthy. Dance choreography is by Gopi Krishna-Hiralal.

The video opens with some dancers playing daflis. They also begin to perform the dance. Vaijayantimala and Rajendra Kumar also join them in the dance. Some male dancers have made-up like tigers and shake a few legs. After a prolonged dance sequence, Rajendra Kumar begins to sing this song. Vaijayantimala also joins in the song, as she dances.

Rajendra Kumar plays the clarinet with some other dancers and throws it away beyond the focus area of the camera, as he begins an aalaap. He teases Vaijayantimala and slightly pulls her plait. The song rises to a crescendo and the video ends as Rajendra Kumar’s horse runs through the wilderness, alarmed. He leaves the dance area and goes to see what is wrong.

Artists: The playback has been sung by Mohammad Rafi and Asha Bhonsle and the onscreen performances are by Rajendra Kumar and Vaijayantimala.

Cultural Influence: This is a typical filmi folk song-cum-dance where the hero and the heroine are rejoicing. The artists are very good. The song is also very melodious and the video is pleasing to the eye. The video is watchable several times.

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