Peelo aaj peelo – Mohammad Rafi – Shankar-Jaikishan – Shashi Kapoor | 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.

The Kunwar asks for Chandan Singh’s (Ashok Kapoor) sister’s Rajkumari (Parveen Paul) hand for Shyam. Chandan Singh feels insulted due to it and breaks his friendship with the Kunwar. Their rivalry increases. Kuldeep meets Rajkumari and they fall in love with each other. Ramu Kaka thinks Renu as the right match for the Kunwar and hopes that he would finally marry her. Renu sees Shyam’s photo in the Kunwar’s home and feels comfortable there. When Shyam returns home, he finds that Amar Singh is falling for Renu. Thus, Shyam decides to back out of his relationship with Renu. Renu is compelled to marry the Kunwar, by her family.

Shyam stays away from Renu and does not encourage any romantic feelings between them. Soon, Amar Singh gets suspicious that Shyam is in love with some girl. But, Shyam categorically denies it. Renu is still in love with Shyam and waits for an official proposal from him. Shyam acts wayward to convince Renu to leave him alone and give up the love that she has for him. He tells Kuldeep to Bring Renu to the club at this time. He sings this song now.

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

The gist of the song is, “Let me drink alcohol and live. Let me recover from a broken heart.”

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

The video opens with the beginning of music and Shashi Kapoor drinking whiskey. He sees Vimmi coming into the club at this time with Rajinder Nath. Shashi Kapoor staggers into the dance floor, as he takes a swig from his glass. He throws his glass away and begins the song. He staggers around and he tries to dance, at the same time.

He dances with one of the girls sitting in the audience. Rajinder Nath and Vimmi are embarrassed. He dances with another girl. Vimmi is hurt and stands up near a decorative grill formation. Vimmi decides that she has had enough and leaves. Rajinder Nath leaves with her. Shashi Kapoor is sad.

The song peters out and the video ends as Shashi Kapoor goes back to the bar.

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

Cultural Influence: Through this typically filmi song the hero tries to convince the heroine that he is wayward and not worthy of her. The song and the artists are very good. The video is watchable for the same.


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