I was planning a list of songs on the occasion of Holi for today. But, due to Sridevi’s death, even Bollywood has decided to mourn her death and not to celebrate the colorful festival. I don’t celebrate Holi as such. But, posting about the festival would also be a form of celebration. I have also decided not to celebrate the festival, in any which way.
In the meantime, I want to remember Sridevi as a lively and lovely sister and actor. Thus, I have shared this song review. Needless to say, this is also one of my favorite songs picturized on her. By the way, I did not know that this song was picturized on her when I heard it for the first time. When I was little, my Dad had bought a cassette of Lataji’s songs, in which this song was included. I would play it often and a bond began to form, maybe because this was picturized on Sri Didi. But, I had not seen this movie before. I am watching this movie for the first time now. I, recently, came across this song while researching the list of songs on Ravi Tandon’s birthday.
Movie: This song appeared in 1987 Film Vision’s suspense courtroom drama Nazrana (Gift) directed by Ravi Tandon and produced by CVK Shastry and Judah Solomon. The movie starred late Rajesh Khanna, late Smita Patil, late Sridevi 🙁 , late Jayashree Gadkar, Dalip Tahil, etc. The movie was dedicated to Smita Patil, who had expired a month before the movie was released. The movie was not only a hit but also wooed the critics.
The story begins with the music composer Rajat Verma (Rajesh Khanna), being accused of Sheetal Puri’s (Priti Sapru) murder. Rajat’s wife Mukta (Smita Patil) is compelled to testify against her own husband and make him open up about the murder. Rajat is accused of spoiling the lives of 3 girls – Mukta, Sheetal and Tulsi. It is at this point that Mukta reveals the story behind the accusations.
Tulsi (Sridevi) is the daughter of Vermas’ maid Parvati (Jayashree Gadkar). Tulsi has been raised and educated by Mukta. When Tulsi returns to the poor community where Parvati stays, she is instructed by Mukta to be safe from a group of wayward goons, who rape every girl in the community. Accordingly, she moves around in beige makeup, for her safety. One day; a girl, who had newly attained puberty, is pulled out by the goons to perform their despicable act. Tulsi comes to her rescue in another disguise and beats up all the goons, singlehandedly.
The leader of the goons, Banke (Dalip Tahil) visits the community to disrupt the Vasant Panchami celebrations. He wants to meet the girl, who had beaten up his henchmen. He begins to beat up the revelers. Tulsi watches them performing this act and leaves the place to return as the daring lady. At this point, she sings and dances to the tune of this song simultaneously throwing a few punches here and there.
Song: The lyrics of this song were penned by Anand Bakshi and the music was composed by Lakshmikant-Pyarelal.
The gist of the song is, “If you ask my name, you will forget your own. Just leave. Otherwise, you will lose your life.”
Video: Cinematography is by Aloke Dasgupta. Dance choreography is by P L Raj-Suresh Bhatt-Saroj Khan.
The video opens with Sridevi slapping Dalip Tahil. The music has already begun. She moves forward, compelling him to move back. She jumps up to kick him. He falls down. She holds a knife and begins to dance with it. She, then, throws it on one side. She begins to sing the song and continues to dance. Some male and female dancers join her.
Dalip Tahil’s henchmen are held back by the crowd. Sridevi slaps Dalip Tahil again. Her grace and expressions are noteworthy. I don’t love her for nothing. She kicks him on his belly. I would have preferred if she had worn jeans and long shirt rather than ghagra-choli for this dance since it involves some fights.
Dalip Tahil tries to run away from Sridevi. He bumps into some men with lathis. The dancing girls also run toward him to tie him up onto a bamboo-pole, with Sridevi providing the rope. She approaches him and blackens his face with dirt. Jayashree Gadkar arrives there and on seeing Sridevi beating up the goons, she is shocked.
Sridevi pushes the henchmen away and cuts the rope off Dalip Tahil. She also tells them to leave. The song rises to a crescendo. The video ends as Jayashree Gadkar swoons and Sridevi utters the word, “Amma” or Mom. This shot establishes the fact that the girl, who has evoked fear in the goons is none other than the character of Tulsi, which is played by Sridevi, here.
Artists: The playback of this song was sung by Lata Mangeshkar and the onscreen performances are by Sridevi, Dalip Tahil and others.
Cultural Influence: This typically filmi song does not have much cultural influence. But, it promotes street-smartism. The song and the artists are too good. The video is watchable for the same.