I remember, during my school days, I used to listen to this and the other songs on the radio long after curfew time at home, without Dad knowing. 🙂 This is one of my favorite songs, which upholds righteousness. I like this song more because my favorite singers – Mohammad Rafi and Kishore Kumar have sung it.
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 Shashi Kapoor, Shabana Azmi, late Vinod Khanna, late Parveen Babi, Mac Mohan, Aruna Irani, Narendra Nath, 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) on a criminal-catching spree. Shankar is a reformist. He does not arrest criminals. But, he reforms them. When he gets to know about Raja’s family, he decides to reform Raja for the sake of his mother and sister.
In the meantime, Raja is invited by Sheikh Jamal (Ranjeet) to partner him in smuggling gold. Jamal asks for 0.2 million rupees for the same. Raja takes the help of Priya (Shabana Azmi) to fleece her father (Krishan Dhawan) for the money. They take 50 thousand rupees more and build a hospital for the poor. Before Shankar can think of doing anything, Raja is arrested for the murder of a police informer Bichoo (Mac Mohan). Shankar decides to do away with the evidence that connects Raja to the murder and not only loses his job but is also arrested for the crime. When he comes back, he cannot find Raja. Raja has become a smuggler in the interim and his men bring Shankar to his new den. Raja suggests if they work together, they can live very comfortable lives. But, Shankar does not agree with him. For some reason, nobody listens to Shankar and he is given the dress of a Sheikh by Jamal to wear right then. Raja sings this song and Shankar replies to him in the song itself.
Song: The music of this song was composed by Lakshmikant-Pyarelal and the lyrics were penned by Anand Bakshi.
One of the men is all for friendship with the other saying, their friendship would help them live life luxuriantly. But, the other insists that there can never be a friendship between a criminal and a police officer.
Video: Cinematography is by Peter Pareira.
The video opens with Shashi Kapoor wearing Sheikh’s clothes. The music also begins. Ranjeet looks happy and throws a flying kiss at the camera. Some girls begin to dance. Asrani is seen taking a whole bottle of whiskey. Shashi Kapoor does not seem to be pleased. Vinod Khanna joins the girls in the dance.
Vinod Khanna begins to sing. Vinod Khanna gives the other lead actor a goblet of whiskey and himself holds one. Shashi Kapoor joins him in the song and throws away the whiskey. He throws the goblet at Vinod Khanna, who catches it. Vinod Khanna compels Shashi Kapoor to drink the whiskey. Ranjeet and Asrani also join Vinod Khanna in compelling him. He still refuses.
Some actors are performing acrobatics. Vinod Khanna reveals a hidden cupboard with precious jewelry and currency notes. Vinod Khanna, Ranjeet and others are rejoicing. Shashi Kapoor is very sad. Both the lead actors embrace as Vinod Khanna continues the song. Shashi Kapoor is, then, seen playing the piano.
Vinod Khanna approaches Shashi Kapoor and still insists that he drink some whiskey. But, the other actor pushes his hand away. Shashi Kapoor removes the Sheikh dress and gives it to one of Ranjeet’s goons in an attempt to leave the place. Ranjeet gestures to some of his goons and they try to catch Shashi Kapoor, who resists them and fishes out 2 knives.
Vinod Khanna kicks the goons away. The song has already ended and the video also ends there.
Artists: The playback of this song was sung by Mohammad Rafi and Kishore Kumar and the onscreen performance is by Shashi Kapoor, Vinod Khanna, Ranjeet, Asrani and others.
Cultural Influence: This typically filmi song does not have much cultural influence. What struck me here is that Shashi Kapoor is no longer a police officer and Vinod Khanna admits it. But still, for an unknown reason, Vinod Khanna keeps saying that the other actor is a police officer. Even Shashi Kapoor says that he is a uniformed officer in the dialogues as well as the song. But, the song and the artists are very good. The video is watchable for the same.