Patanga jal jal mar jaye – Rafi/Asha – Shankar-Jaikishan | Patanga (1971)


Movie: This song appeared in 1971 moderately successful K R Films’ romantic drama Patanga (Moth) produced by Kedar Kapoor and R S Sharma and directed by Kedar Kapoor. The movie starred late Shashi Kapoor, late Vimmi, late Ajit, late Rajinder Nath, etc.

Shyam (Shashi Kapoor) is Kunwar Amar Singh (Ajit)’s servant’s son. But, the Kunwar considers him his own younger brother and finances his education. Shyam meets Renu (Vimmi) on the first class coach of a train and immediately falls for her. She does not entertain his approach for friendship due to a misunderstanding created by pickpocket Kuldeep (Rajinder Nath), unintentionally. Soon, due to Shyam’s efforts, Renu also falls in love with him.

Tragedy strikes and Renu’s brother Manoharlal (Jagdish Raaj) dies in an accident. Manoharlal happens to be Kunwar Amar Singh’s friend and the latter brings his deceased friend’s family to his home. He also gets attracted to Renu because she is his former girlfriend Kamla’s look-alike. These developments are unknown to Shyam and Kuldeep. Kuldeep happens to be Renu’s long-lost cousin brother. Shyam and Kuldeep have become friends because of the common factor of Renu. One day, when they are discussing Renu, they see some street dancers performing this song.

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

The gist of the song is, “The moth burns and dies in the flame. But, the flame keeps singing and dancing in its own tune. The flame is in love with the moth. But, the moth does not realize it.”

Video: Cinematography is by Rajendra Malone. Dance choreography is by B Sohanlal-Surya Kumar-Kamal.

The video opens with Shashi Kapoor and Rajinder Nath turning toward the garden where the sound of music appears to be coming from. Jayashree T is dancing in the garden. 2 girls are moving a dupatta up and down so that waves are formed in it. A male dancer begins the song. Rajinder Nath is attracted to the song and jumps toward the garden in tune with the music.

Shashi Kapoor just smiles at his friend. Some people are making bhang, an intoxicating drink, among the street performers. The male dancer and Jayashree T dance together and she also joins in the song. Shashi Kapoor is missing Vimmi and thinks about how they were together. The song peters out and the video ends as the dancers stop dancing.

Artists: The playback singer of this song is Mohammad Rafi and Asha Bhonsle and the onscreen performances are by Shashi Kapoor, Rajinder Nath, Jayashree T and others.

Cultural Influence: There is no cultural influence on this typically filmi song. This song romanticizes the suicide of moths by burning in flames. The video is watchable for the same.


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