Shyam ke rang mein (part 1) – Lata Mangeshkar – Shankar-Jaikishan – Vimmi | Patanga (1971)

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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. Kuldeep turns out to be Renu’s cousin and clears her misunderstanding about Shyam. She also begins to love Shyam and sings this song when they meet for a date.

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

The girl sings the praises of the man and considers themselves as Lord Krishna and Radha.

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

The video opens with Vimmi beginning the song standing in front of Shashi Kapoor. They move about the garden together. She shakes a few legs in tune with the song. She places the edge of her sari on her head, as a sign of respect to him. The song peters out and the video ends abruptly.

Artists: The playback singer of this song is Lata Mangeshkar and the onscreen performances are by Vimmi and Shashi Kapoor.

Cultural Influence: This typically filmi song is a covert devotional song. It is actually a romantic song. The song and the artists are very good. The video is watchable for the same.

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