Jungal mein mor nacha – Mohammad Rafi – Salil Chowdhury – Johnny Walker | Madhumati (1958)

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Movie: This song appeared in 1958 hit rebirth drama Madhumati (a name) directed and produced by Bimal Roy under the banner of Bimal Roy Productions. The movie starred Dilip Kumar, Vaijayantimala, late Tarun Bose, late Pran, late Jayant late Johny Walker, etc.

Devendra (Dilip Kumar) is an engineer and drives over a road in a hilly area with his colleague (Tarun Bose) to receive his wife and child at the railway station. Their path is blocked by a landslide and they take refuge in an old mansion. Devendra finds the familiarity of the house uncanny. Then he finds an old portrait in the large front room, which he recognizes. Devendra remembers incidents from another life. His friend and the old caretaker of the mansion join him as he begins to tell his story as the storm rages outside.

Anand (Dilip Kumar again) is the new manager of the Shyamnagar Timber Estate. He is a sketch artist in his spare time and roams the hills. He meets a tribal girl Madhumati (Vaijayantimala) and falls in love with her. Her songs haunt him from a distance. They often meet in the wilderness. When the owner of the lumber estate the Raja Sahab – Ugra Narayan (Pran) gets to know about their meetings; one day, he makes Anand do work overtime after 5 PM, the official closing time. Madhumati is waiting for Anand and sings a song. By the end of the song, Ugra Narayan has seen Madhumati and he is besotted with her. He tries to molest her. But, she escapes.

Soon, Madhumati’s father approves of her marriage with Anand, convinced of his sincerity. Ugra Narayan is a ruthless and arrogant man. Anand does not bend down to him and invites his wrath. Other employees have become slaves to the Raja Sahab. Anand also has foes in his staff, except Charandas (Johnny Walker). Ugra Narayan sends Anand away on an errand. Ugra Narayan’s pawn gets Charandas drunk that night. It is at this time that Charandas sings this song.

Song: The music of this song was composed by Salil Chowdhury and the lyrics were penned by Shailendra.

The gist of the song is, “The peacock danced all over the jungle. No one bothered to watch it. When I swayed while intoxicated, everybody was watching.”

Video: Cinematography is by Dilip Gupta. Dance choreography is by Sachin Shanker-Sohanlal-Satyanarayan.

The video opens with Johnny Walker staggering down a ladder and he gets a hick-up. He sits heavily on a nearby seat. He begins to sing. He tunes his gestures with the lyrics of the song in his patent style. His antics are really funny. He staggers into the jungle. He tries to climb up a tree in a really funny way. He keeps gesturing wildly and falls to the ground. The song peters out and the video ends as he staggers toward his home.

Artists: The playback of this song has been sung by Mohammad Rafi and the onscreen performances are by Johnny Walker and others.

Cultural Influence: This typically filmi song was given to the comic artist Johnny Walker. Like in other songs, he had been in his element all through the song. The song is good and the artists are fantastic. The video is watchable again and again.

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