Jan-e-jigar hai hai – Asha Bhonsle – S D Burman – Shashikala | Nau Do Gyarah (1957)

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Movie: This song appears in the 1957 mystery movie Nau Do Gyarah (Nine Two Eleven meaning to run away in Hindi) directed by late Vijay Anand (debut) and produced by late Dev Anand. The movie starred Dev Anand, Kalpana Kartik, late Madan Puri, Shashikala, Helen, late Jeevan, late Lalita Pawar, Krishan Dhawan, etc.

Madan Gopal (Dev Anand) receives a letter from his uncle, Manoharlal. The older man had written that he would be leaving 1.1 million rupees – 0.9 million in cash and rest in property to Madan. Originally, the recipient was the older man’s sister-in-law’s son Kuldeep (Krishan Dhawan). Kuldeep is a man of bad character. Therefore, Manoharlal had decided to transfer all his money to Madan.

Madan immediately leaves Delhi for Bombay (Mumbai now) in a truck, which he buys out of money borrowed from a friend. Raksha (Kalpana Kartik) disguises as a Sikh boy Sardar Nihal Singh and hides behind his truck. Her father had decided to marry her to Surjit (Jeevan), who was demanding more cash in dowry. When Madan discovers ‘him’, both of them quarrel continuously. However, Madan is compelled to take ‘him’ with him because the Sikh boy has all that he needs on the journey – money, water and food. Soon, ‘Sardar Nihal Singh’ is exposed and Madan finds out that it is actually a girl. Though Madan does not know her past, both fall in love with each other. But, he keeps teasing her many times as a thief.

Both reach Bombay soon and Madan goes to visit his friend Radheshyam (Madan Puri), who informs him that Manoharlal was dead. Madan is shocked and fishes out the letter to realize that it is a few months old. Madan’s friend says that the entire property had gone to Kuldeep and his mother (Lalita Pawar). On Raksha’s suggestion, they decide to pay a visit to the estate, which is in Mahabaleshwar as if looking for a job of the estate manager. The ad that had been placed for the job insisted that the candidate should be married. Madan decides to present Raksha as his wife.

When Madan and Raksha reach there, Madan is immediately hired and they are given their quarters. Kuldeep is in love with a Bombay-based bar dancer, Nita (Shashikala). Surjit is the owner of the hotel and he decides to frame Nita in a smuggling bid. For the purpose, he orders his goons to leave her car filled with objectionable goods in front of the hotel after informing the police. When Nita gets to know about it, Surjit blackmails her into marrying Kuldeep for seizing the wealth Kuldeep now has.

As said before, Kuldeep is a wayward man. He has an eye on Raksha, which shows in his behavior. Madan gets suspicious about Manoherlal’s death and begins to investigate. He finds out that most of the old servants had been thrown out and learns about one manservant, who lives in the village in the valley. Madan leaves for the village and Raksha comes along with him for some distance. In the next shot, Nita is seen conversing with Kuldeep. She tries to find out how Manoharlal died. After saying that the old man had died due to heart disease, Kuldeep leaves. As Madan reaches the valley near the other mountain, he encounters Nita, who is pretending to have been hurt by a thorn. When Madan goes to help her, she begins this song. But, he does not seem to be interested.

Song: The music of this song was given by late S D Burman and the lyrics were penned by late Majrooh Sultanpuri.

The girl is trying to talk the man into becoming her boyfriend and he is not interested.

Video: Cinematography is by V Ratra. Dance choreography is by Zohra Saigal-Surya Kumar.

The video opens with Shashikala beginning the song and Dev Anand turning around in his tracks. He is not impressed and moves away from her. She follows him performing some kind of dance. Kalpana Kartik hears the song and discerns Shashikala dancing and trying to ensnare Dev Anand. Kalpana Kartik picks up a small stone and throws it at them.

The stone hits Dev Anand’s head. Kalpana Kartik runs away, having disrupted whatever was happening between Dev Anand and Shashikala. In the next shot, Kalpana Kartik and Dev Anand are seen sitting together in their room. He is rubbing the back of his head. The song has already finished abruptly. The video ends at this point.

Artists: The playback of this song was given by Asha Bhonsle, while the onscreen performances are by Shashikala and Dev Anand.

Cultural Influence: This is a typically filmi song, sung by the vamp to ensnare the hero. By the end of the song, the heroine comes to his rescue. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the same.

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