Gunja re – Suresh/Hemlata – Ravindra Jain – Sachin/Sadhana | Nadiya Ke Paar (1982)


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 Sachin, Sadhana Singh, Sheila David, late Inder Thakur, Mitali, late Leela Mishra, Savita Bajaj, Soni Rathod, etc.

A Brahmin farmer (Ram Mohan) 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. During Holi celebrations, Rajjo realizes that Chandan is attracted toward Gunja and hints to his uncle that Gunja has been in their home for too long. Chandan’s uncle tells him to leave her back at her home. During the journey back to her home via a riverboat, 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, “We have become engrossed in each other. Look, we have become each other’s beloved. God knows when that time will come when we will get married.”

Video: Cinematography is by Sunil Sharma. Dance choreography is by Badri Prasad.

The video opens with Sadhana Singh praying to God. She and Sachin are on a riverboat. Sachin begins to sing the song and she joins him in it. They imagine that they are getting married. They are moving on dry land now. They play on a wooden swing. They visit an open temple with a banyan tree and pray there. The song peters out and the video ends as the camera takes their long shot with the boat anchored on the bank.

Artists: The playback of this song was sung by Suresh Wadkar and Hemlata and the onscreen performances are by Sachin and Sadhana Singh.

Cultural Influence: This typically filmi song is an affirmation of the hero and the heroine that they have fallen in love with each other. They are yearning for each other despite proximity. The artists and the song are very good. The video is watchable for the same.


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