Pyar lagawat pranay mohobbat – Anand/Shailendra/Hariharan – Raj Kamal – Rakesh/Ravi/Farooq | Chashm-e-Baddoor (1981)

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This song sounded similar to Kya karoon… from Bombay 405 Miles (1980) when I heard it. I took Classical Singer Bhavani Ram’s opinion and she is also found it based on the same raga and tune.

Movie: This song appeared in 1981 P L A productions’ hit romedy directed by Sai Paranjpe and produced by Jayshree Anand-Makhija and Gul Anand. The movie starred late Farooq Sheikh, Rakesh Bedi, late Ravi Baswani, Deepti Naval, Saeed Jaffrey, etc.

3 students Siddharth (Farooq Sheikh), Jai aka Jomo (Ravi Baswani) and Omi (Rakesh Bedi) study at the Delhi University. They do not go home during vacations. Siddharth is a studious M A in Economics and is preparing for Ph.D. His other 2 friends keep chasing girls. Smoking is the only habit that is common between them. Jai is a Bollywood freak. Omi has a poetic attitude and keeps throwing verses at unsuspecting people.

One day, Omi and Jai see Neha (Deepti Naval) and fall for her. Jai finds out more information about the girl and he and Omi begin to chase her. Omi visits her place and she mistakes him for a plumber. Feeling insulted, he leaves. But when he goes to the room where he stays, he tells his other friends that Neha has accepted his love. Next, Jai decides to woo Neha in his own style and ends up being beaten up by her brother. Since he is not entertained by Neha properly, he decides to spend some time at a cinema, watching a movie, so that he can lie to his friends that he went dating with the girl. When he returns to their room, Jai makes them think that he and Neha dated. Then, both the wayward friends give up the girl in favor of the other.

Soon, Neha visits their flat as the salesgirl of Chamko washing powder. Jomo and Omi hide, the moment they see her. But, she does not see them. Sidharth meets Neha for the first time then and she demonstrates how to clean clothes with the washing powder, though the friends’ clothes go to a laundry for cleaning. During the demo, she reveals to him that she is learning music with the money she earns be selling the washing powder. She also tells Siddharth that she is learning music from Sargam Sangeet Vidhyalay. I don’t understand one thing. A girl gets a man beaten up because he tried to convince her into joining movies, which she detests. Almost in the next shot, the same girl tells another man, another total stranger, about where she is learning music. It sounds like she is inviting trouble. Luckily, Siddharth is a decent person. This is a movie. But in reality, these revelations could result in a risk for the girl.

Siddharth finds his way to the music institute and gives Neha a lift on his motorbike. They begin to date each other at this point. Siddharth changes his appearance, becomes modern and gives up smoking, the last at the insistence of Neha. He also gets a job. Siddharth finds his friends following a girl in a plant nursery and tells them the good news. He also tells them that he has found the girl of his dreams. The buddies sing this song at this point.

Song: The lyrics of this song were penned by Indu Jain and the music was composed by Raj Kamal.

The gist of the song is, “Calling love by any name in any language is as beautiful. Every story connected to love is different.”

Video: Cinematography is by Virendra Sahni.

The video opens with Rakesh Bedi beginning the song and Ravi Baswani adding to it. Farooq Sheikh stands up between them with a few balloons and joins them in the song. He lets go of the balloons and they fly off. All the 3 sit on the bike and leave the place. Then, they are seen traveling on a tree-shaded lonely Delhi road.

The bike’s petrol gets over and they visit a petrol pump. There Rakesh Bedi decides to light a cigarette. But, Farooq Sheikh pulls it away from his friend’s mouth, seeing the imminent danger. They visit a remote village and find 2 village girls dancing to the tune of their song. As usual, Ravi Baswani and Rakesh Bedi approach the 2 girls with wrong intentions.

The result – the girls put their heads into their mud pots! They continue to sing. The 3 friends sing different parts of the song at the same time. This is an interesting experiment the music composer did. This makes the song a little difficult to sing. The singers might have concentrated on their lines so well.

The buddies are sitting on a broken window of a ruined building, as they sing. The 3 friends sing the song to some girls traveling in a large car. Then, the trio is seen wearing the North Indian groom’s veils or seheras. They are stopped by a traffic policeman at a traffic signal and booked for overloading the bike. The song peters out and the video also ends here.

Artists: The playback of this song was sung by Anand Kumar C, Shailendra Singh and Hariharan and the onscreen performances are by Farooq Sheikh, Ravi Baswani, Rakesh Bedi and others.

Cultural Influence: This typically filmi song talks about love happening to the hero. The hero and his buddies celebrate the job-acquisition by the hero and sing praises of love. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the same.

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