Ja raha hoon zindagi se door – Manna/Balbir/Asha – Chitragupt | Akashdeep (1965)

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Movie: This song appears in the 1965 classic Akashdeep (Light in the Sky) produced and directed by Phani Majumdar. The movie starred late Ashok Kumar, Nimmi, Dharmendra, late Nanda, late Mahmood, Shobha Khote, etc.

Shankar (Ashok Kumar) learnt early in life that money is an important part of living. In his endeavor to earn a lot of money, he struggles hard and finally establishes an empire of different industries and retail stores. One day, he visits a man, whose factory’s shares he would like to buy. He also meets the man’s daughter Bani (Nimmi). When Shankar comes to know that Bani is mute, he decides to marry her and he presents his proposal to her father. Despite her father’s warning that she might hinder the progress in his life, he insists that he wanted to get married to her.

Shankar’s younger sister Ruma (Nanda) returns home after studying in Shimla. She loves to dress like a Pathan and have fun at the way people close to her are bewildered because of her acting. One day, she meets Tarun (Dharmendra) in the guise of the Pathan and takes his help in starting the scooter. Tarun is the trade union secretary at the textile mill Ashok acquires and comes to meet Ashok because Ashok has ordered a month’s shutdown at the mill. Ruma opens the door and Tarun finds the resemblance with the Pathan striking. Ashok wants Tarun to meet him at the office. Within minutes he meets the ‘Pathan’ and reveals that he likes the girl he a few moments ago.

Shankar’s younger brother Madhu (Mahmood) is not educated despite Shankar’s insistence. Madhu continues to serve tea and snacks at their old home, also against Shankar’s wishes. Madhu is married and has a child. Shankar wants him to progress in life, but his method is not right. Madhu and Tarun are good friends since they live near each other. Tarun wants his friend to perform at a stage show. But, Madhu’s wife (Shobha Khote) is against it because he will have to dance with other girls. The 2 friends plan to convince her. Madhu acts as if he is sleep dancing and Tarun disguised as an ascetic comes along to tell Madhu’s wife that unless she permits her husband to perform on stage, he would not be cured of the ailment. Madhu’s wife permits him to dance when the ascetic tells her that she would be present at the performance. This is the song that Madhu performs on stage.

Song: The music of this song was composed by late Chitragupt and the lyrics were written by Majrooh Sultanpuri.

The gist of the song is that the man is about to commit suicide and a divine person appears in front of him to give him a magical flute. The flute when played makes people dance to its tune. To make a long story short, how the man uses the flute and its music is the whole story.

Video: Cinematography is by Roque M Layton. Dance choreography is by Satyanarayan-Suresh-Khopikar.

The video begins with Mahmood walking pompously into the stage wearing a king’s costume. He climbs up a well and begins the song. He keeps indicating Shobha Khote, who is sitting in the audience. He removes the costume and dances around in a simple dress. Another actor rises up from within the well and stops him from rolling into it.

The new actor sings a parodied version of older popular songs. He gives Mahmood a flute and the latter plays it. The other actor begins to dance, hilariously. According to the other actor, the flute has such power as to make others dance. The other actor goes back into the well and white smoke comes out of the well.

There is a change of scene where some fairies are dancing. Mahmood steals the wings of the fairies as they are busy elsewhere and they try to convince him to return them. They all dance in tune with the parodied version of popular songs. Shobha Khote is offended and looks elsewhere. Mahmood tells the fairies to marry him.

Finding a moment when he is a little careless, one of the fairies take away the flute and begin to make him dance to their tune. Everybody including Dharmendra is seen enjoying the way Mahmood dances wearing a fairy’s dress. Shobha Khote feels disgusted and leaves the place. The song and the video end abruptly.

Artists: The playback has been sung by Manna Dey, S Balbir and Asha Bhonsle and the onscreen performances are by Mahmood, Shobha Khote and others.

Cultural Influence: This typically filmi rendition is a lament by the comic actor and it also shows how he is tricked by some fairies. The song and the artists are very good. The video is watchable for the same.

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