Yeh kya karne lage ho – Asha Bhonsle – 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. They save her from taking such an extreme step and ask her to stay with them. In the morning, she drugs Kanhaiya and takes off with Kishan. She two-times them. When they realize it, they are blackmailed by her to pay her money.

Soon, they realize that she is not alone and has someone supporting her. They catch up with Radha and Master and decide to take Munni back home with them. Master tells him that Munni is in love with them like her our relatives. They seem to be realizing their folly. Munni runs away crying and gets involved in an accident. The 2 conmen get the information from Master and they run to the hospital. Kanhaiya helps by donating his blood for the child and Kishan gets the money for the operation. Overnight, Munni comes out of danger.

Radha has been watching both the conmen and their recent behavior toward Munni. Radha meets Kanhaiya and confesses her love for him. He rejects her thinking she is again two-timing the 2 friends. Actually, Radha and Kanhaiya fall in love and decide to be with each other for life.

The 2 conmen fall into Veer Singh’s trap and are left in a room with burning coals. With divine intervention, they are able to escape. They find a car and drive off in it. But, they do not know that the brakes in the car do not work. They run into a photographer’s studio. The police inspector (Raza Murad), who is in search of the killers of Munni’s mother and has been following the 2 conmen, finds a photograph with Munni and her entire family before disaster struck.

Kanhaiya has inadvertently been the cause of the disaster in Munni’s family and is arrested by the inspector. However, the inspector and Kanhaiya stage the drama of the police officer’s death, so that Kanhaiya can escape. But, he I caught by Veer Singh, who confines him in a van to blast it with dynamite, in a secluded area. Radha comes to rescue Kanhaiya. She is in a van and sings this song seductively so that Kanhaiya can escape from the clutches of the villains.

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

This song is a seductive rendition by the girl so that the villain’s men are distracted.

Video: Cinematography is by Anwar Siraj.

The video opens with a small pickup truck and a jeep coming to a secluded place. Some men are in the process of arranging dynamite under the van to explode it. A van comes that way and the goons are about to shoot it. There is no one on the driver’s seat. All the curtains in the back end of the van are drawn.

The goons come to investigate. Someone begins to sing. The goons glimpse Zeenat Aman inside the van, who is singing as well. She is acting as if there is a man with her, who is trying to seduce her. The goons fight with each other trying to get a glimpse of her. In the meantime, Shatrughan Sinha stealthily approaches the truck and rescues Vinod Khanna.

The goons’ comic antics are very stupid. Men can get so cheap for the glimpse of a woman’s body! It is so disgusting. Shatrughan Sinha and Vinod Khanna drive off in the pickup truck. The goons run back to the place where the truck was parked. Her job completed successfully, Zeenat Aman drives off in the van.

The song peters out and the video ends as the goons beat up each other for having let go of 2 important opportunities, for them.

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

Cultural Influence: There is not much cultural influence on this song. But, the song and the artists are very good. The video is watchable for the same.

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