Movie: This song appeared in 1977 Murugan Enterprises’ action drama Chor-Sipahee (Thief-Police) directed by Prayag Raaj and produced by Shyam Sundar Shivdasani. The movie starred late Vinod Khanna, Shashi Kapoor, Shabana Azmi, late Parveen Babi, late Durga Khote, etc.
Raja Dada (Vinod Khanna) is a petty thief and is captured by the police during a heist. His unmarried sister Bharti (Parveen Babi) and mother (Durga Khote) wash their hands off him. The next shot is of Police Inspector Shankar (Shashi Kapoor) catching criminals gambling illegally. When someone asks his name, he replies in this song.
Song: The music of this song was composed by Lakshmikant-Pyarelal and the lyrics were penned by Anand Bakshi.
The gist of the song is, “Don’t ask me my name. I don’t know who I am. I have come to teach you forgotten lessons.”
Video: Cinematography is by Peter Pareira.
The video opens with Shashi Kapoor hitting some goons and beginning this song. He helps some poor people. The next shot is of some young people traveling in bicycles being stopped by him so that some blind children can cross the road. He attacks some people making and selling illicit liquor. He chases them to a fisherwomen’s truck and beats them up. Then, he just lets them go!
Next, he catches some criminals black-marketing movie tickets and beats them up. He also finds an all women team of pickpockets on a local train and returns the wallets that they had stolen to the rightful owners. Again, he does not arrest them. The song peters out and the video ends as he bids goodbye to the train passengers.
Artists: The playback of this song was sung by Kishore Kumar and the onscreen performance is by Shashi Kapoor and others.
Cultural Influence: There is not much cultural influence for this typically filmi song. But, the song and the artists are very good. The video is watchable for the same.