Yeh bahaar yeh sama – Asha Bhonsle – Ravi – Nutan | Dilli Ka Thug (1958)


Movie: Movie: This song appeared in 1958 New Oriental Pictures’ comic movie Dilli Ka Thug (Trickster of Delhi) produced and directed by S D Narang. The movie starred late Kishore Kumar, late Nutan, late Madan Puri, late Iftekhar, Krishnakant, late Minoo Mumtaz, etc.

Kishore Kumar Sharma (Kishore Kumar) makes money through gambling and tricking others. His mother gets to know about it and confronts him. Thus, he decides to get a job. He is simultaneously wooing Asha (Nutan). In the process, he disguises as a prince and lands in a club to have dinner with Asha and her uncle (Krishnakant). Kishore in the guise of the prince tells Asha’s uncle that he knows someone, who is in need of a job. Asha’s uncle welcomes him to his Mumbai home.

Kishore himself goes to Asha’s uncle’s home and casually says that he is the son of the journalist Anantram, a murderer believed dead, had killed. Anantram is actually disguised and staying with Asha as her uncle. The police and Kishore are in cahoots with each other and have a suspicion that Anantram is alive. But, they do not know that he is disguised as Asha’s uncle. A friend of Kishore was murdered in Delhi by Anantram because the murdered man was leaving the villains’ side and becoming a police informer. Kishore has his friend’s wallet with him, which contains evidence against Anantram. Anantram tricks Kishore into writing a suicide letter and gives it to his henchman Bihari (Madan Puri). The Delhi police inspector Dilip Singh (Iftekhar) suspects that Anantram is connected with a club and visits it.

The dancer Lily (Smriti Biswas) is in cahoots with the villains. She meets Kishore at a pharmacy, where Anantram palms off spurious drugs in the name of medicine to unsuspecting citizens. Kishore has been employed in the pharmacy as a salesman. Lily takes Kishore to a gambling den where he wins the games. Kishore visits Asha’s home in the guise of the prince again and she discovers that the prince is none other than Kishore. Anantram as Asha’s uncle takes the disguised Kishore to watch a water ballet performance where Asha is also performing with the other girls. This is the song they sing at this time.

Song: The lyrics of this song were penned by S H Bihari and the music was composed by Ravi.

The gist of the song is, “This spring, this weather and these swaying youth, we can observe them everywhere.”

Video: Cinematography is by G Singh and F C Marconi (Color Photography). Dance choreography is by Suresh Bhatt-Satyanarayan-Sohanlal.

The video opens with some girls sitting near a large swimming pool. They have begun the song in a chorus and then, they enter the pool. On dry land, a girl begins to sing and dance with some men. The girls, who entered the water, begin to dance inside the water. Some girls swim around with lifesavers.

Kishore Kumar and Krishnakant are enjoying the performance from the audience. Nutan comes out of a large blooming flower in the water. Some girls swim inside lifesavers holding Chinese umbrellas. Nutan comes in between a couple, dancing on dry land and begins to sing the song. She also begins to dance.

Some girls are dancing on a small bridge on the pool. Nutan dances with one of the male dancers. When he tries to hold her in his arms, she disappears from the land and is seen inside the large flower inside the pool. The flower then closes with her inside and goes back inside the water. The song peters out and the video ends as the male dancer looks on.

Artists: The playback of this song was sung by Asha Bhonsle and the onscreen performances are by Nutan, Kishore Kumar, Krishnakant and others.

Cultural Influence: This is another typical filmi song, which celebrates youth and life. The song and the artists are very good. The video is watchable for the same.


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