Are kya karoon kya karoon – Lata Mangeshkar – Kalyanji-Anandji – Zeenat Aman | Bombay 405 Miles (1980)


Movie: This song appeared in 1980 Dynamo International’s action movie Bombay 405 Miles directed and produced by Brij. The movie starred late Vinod Khanna, Shatrughan Sinha, Zeenat Aman, etc.

2 convicts Kishan (Shatrughan Sinha) and Kanhaiya (Vinod Khanna) are ordered away from their cities Delhi and Kolkata, for several years. While traveling to Bombay (Mumbai now), they meet each other and swindle a pawnbroker, by forgery. Radha (Zeenat Aman) snatches away the money, as they bring it out of the bank. Kishan and Kanhaiya try to convince her to join them in conning people in Mumbai. After their suggestion is rejected by Radha, they hitch a ride on a goods train to Bombay. During their journey, they save a little girl Munni from some goons. Before breathing his last the old man, who was with the child; tells the conmen to take care of the child since a lot of money was involved. Greed overtaking them, they take the child to Bombay to locate her parents.

Veer Singh (Amjad Khan), who had killed Munni’s mother, finds out that Munni is with Kishan and Kanhaiya. Veer Singh was adopted by Munni’s paternal grandfather and was now trying to get hold of Munni’s father Ranveer Singh’s (Iftekhar) wealth. Veer Singh’s goons catch up with the conmen and try to snatch the child from them. The conmen fight them back and escape with the child. They are after all the heroes of the movie. They con a barber (Deven Verma) and take charge of his properties. The conmen start a lost and found agency in the poor man’s home.

In the meantime, Radha has joined hands with Master (Pran). When Master gets to know that the barber has been cheated of his properties, he first tries to swindle the conmen. When the conmen turn tables on Master, the latter sends Radha with a sob story that she has lost her memory. When the conmen do not believe her, she goes to the terrace of the building and pretends as if she is going to commit suicide from there. When they save her from the extreme step, she begins to sing this song.

Song: The lyrics of this song were penned by late Indeewar and the music was composed by Kalyanji-Anandji.

The gist of the song is, “Oh, what shall I do? I don’t understand. The heartache has increased. What can be done? I don’t have any near and dear ones, here.”

Video: Cinematography is by Anwar Siraj. Dance choreography is by Surya Kumar.

The video opens with Zeenat Aman running to the parapet wall of the terrace and looking back to see if the 2 male actors are nearby. She waits until they are near her and is about to jump. Vinod Khanna and Shatrughan Sinha catch hold of both her hands to stop her. They lift her up and bring her back to safety. But, she still tries to find a gap in between.

Her movements are graceful like a dance. She tries to climb up a water tank and they stop her to pull her back. She begins to cry. They offer their handkerchiefs to wipe her tears. She returns Shatrughan Sinha’s handkerchief to him after that activity is done. She uses Vinod Khanna’s handkerchief to try and strangle herself, which the 2 men prevent.

When they stop her from jumping from the terrace again, she begins to bang her head on the iron grills. They stop her from doing it and she begins to cry again. She tries to run away and Vinod Khanna lifts her on his shoulder to place her gently on a raised platform. She gets up and moves away from them. The song ends abruptly as Shatrughan Sinha hits her with a long metal pipe.

Artists: The playback of this song was sung by Lata Mangeshkar and the onscreen performances are by Vinod Khanna, Shatrughan Sinha, Zeenat Aman and others.

Cultural Influence: There is no cultural influence on this song as such. The song and the artists are very good. The video is watchable for the same.

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