Movie: This song appeared in 1982 family drama Nadiya Ke Paar (Across the River) under the directorial baton of late Govind Moonis (Dube) and produced by Rajashri Productions. The movie starred Sadhana Singh, Sachin, Mitali, late Inder Thakur, Sheila David, late Leela Mishra, Savita Bajaj, Soni Rathod, etc.
A Brahmin farmer lives with his 2 nephews in Eastern Uttar Pradesh. When he falls ill, he is treated by a Vaidya (traditional Indian medical practitioner) from another village. The farmer recovers and asks the Vaidya about his fees. The Vaidya only asks if the farmer’s elder nephew would marry his elder daughter. The farmer happily agrees. Thus, Omkar (Inder Thakur) marries Roopa (Mitali). Roopa mingles with her husband’s family very easily.
She treats Omkar’s younger brother Chandan (Sachin) as her child. She becomes pregnant and has to work hard in the house during pregnancy. Roopa suggests that her sister Gunja (Sadhana Singh) be brought to their home to help her out. Chandan is sent to bring Gunja home. They have a very spicy relationship as they keep teasing each other. They have also fallen in love with each other. Rajjo (Sheila David) is Chandan’s childhood friend and is also in love with him. Holi arrives and they sing this song.
Song: The music of this song was composed by Ravindra Jain and the lyrics were also penned by him.
The gist of the song is, “People look for the red coral. People look for pearls. I am looking for my beloved.”
Video: Cinematography is by Sunil Sharma. Dance choreography is by Badri Prasad.
The video opens with some men playing the dholak and performing a few steps as the music begins. A man is also wearing a woman’s dress and dancing among them. Sachin begins to sing and dance. Inder Thakur and Ram Mohan are also present in the men’s group.
Sadhana Singh and Sheila David also begin to dance in a separate group of ladies where a woman is wearing a male dress. Leela Mishra and Mitali are also present in the ladies’ group. This is a comparatively big song at 8 minutes. For a few seconds, Sachin thinks that the man wearing female clothes is really Sadhana Singh and dances with her.
Soon, Sachin thinks Sadhana Singh is back with him and hugs the man with female clothes. Everybody begins to laugh. The song ends and so does the video as Sachin is embarrassed.
Artists: The playback of this song was sung by Jaspal Singh, Hemlata and Chandrani Mukherjee and the onscreen performances are by Sachin, Sadhana Singh, Sheila David, Inder Thakur, Ram Mohan, Leela Mishra and others.
Cultural Influence: There is a lot of Bhojpuri traditional influence on this typically filmi Holi song. There is a slight reference to the leelas of Lord Krishna with Radha. The artists and the song are good. The video is watchable for the same.