Choodi bole payal bole – Alka/Sanu – Nadeem-Shravan – Ayesha/Arman | Anaam (1992)

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Movie: This song appeared in 1992 Heera Combine’s mystery thriller Anaam (the Nameless) directed by Ramesh Modi and produced by Vinod S Choudhary. The movie starred Arman Kohli, Ayesha Jhulka, late Sadashiv Amrapurkar, etc.

Inspector Angre (Sadashiv Amrapurkar) from the Bombay (Mumbai now) Police are investigating a car theft from Blue Heaven Hotel. He finds that the car belonged to a rich man Ghanshyamdas Gupta and the hospitalized culprit (Arman Kohli) is claiming amnesia. He attempts to strangulate the nurse in his ward. His doctor Dr. Harry Thomas (Arun Bakshi) decides to leave a male nurse with him and he is shifted to a private ward. After Angre attempts to interrogate him, the man is left alone and is seen brooding.

Then, a rich businessman Haidar Ali (Kiran Kumar) comes to the police station, claiming that the amnesiac is his son Sikandar and takes him home. In those times, DNA-testing was not popular. Haidar Ali reminds his supposed son of how affectionate he was with his sister Gulnar (Reeta Upadhyaya) and how the father and son had arranged her marriage. When Gulnar goes to her room to prepare for the bride’s farewell ritual, she is raped and killed. Another sister is used for rape and murder! Disgusting!

Coming back to the present, Roopesh (Anant Mahadevan) is called to be a companion for Sikandar. Sikandar reveals to Roopesh about the struggle he is doing to find out his own real identity. At Roopesh’s suggestion, Sikandar compares the tailor tags on the clothes he was wearing during the accident and those of the real Sikandar’s clothes. They do not match. The tailor tags on the first set of clothes take him to Pune. He lands in the tailor Liyaqat Ali Khan’s (Yunus Pervez) shop. Liyaqat recognizes him as Jony (sic) and takes him to his wife Janice (Reshma Singh). Janice tries to help ‘Jony’ remember his past and ‘Jony’ kills her. I get the feeling he is being hypnotized by someone and he does such acts due to that.

After killing Janice, ‘Jony’ returns to Mumbai. On the way, a police inspector (Ajit Vachchani) stops the train for some investigation. He catches hold of a man carrying kerosene can, which is illegal on trains. In the process, the inspector takes the signature of a couple of other passengers. The first point is, how can a stranger be trusted? If that supposed witness was in cahoots with the criminal in the given case or perhaps a killer, who is trying to escape the murder site, which is what the hero is doing. Secondly, would the inspector vouch for the authenticity of the witness and his address? The address could be fake.

Anyways, ‘Jony’ becomes Sikandar again and gets down at Dadar, Mumbai. At the sight of every police officer, he runs away and meets a little boy, who calls him, “Jiju” or brother-in-law. The little boy convinces him to come back to his home for his sister Meghna (Ayesha Jhulka), who the little boy says is his fiancée. Meghna initially refuses to accept him. Eventually, she takes him to her room and tells him more about her fiancé. In the flashback, appears this song.

Song: The lyrics of this song were penned by Sameer and the music was composed by Nadeem-Shravan.

The girl requests the man to get romantic only after marriage. The man insists that she is so beautiful, he cannot stop himself from getting romantic with her.

Video: Cinematography is by K V Ramanna. Dance choreography is by Ganesh Acharya-Bhupendra.

The video opens with Arman Kohli and Ayesha Jhulka beginning to dance in a mountainous area. The scenic beauty of the surrounding is marvelous. She begins to sing and they continue to dance.

With the sun setting in the background, they are seen as shadowy figures. He is playing the flute and she continues to dance. The song peters out as the pair walk toward the setting sun. The video also ends there.

Artists: The playback of this song was sung by Kumar Sanu and Alka Yagnik and the onscreen performances are by Arman Kohli and Ayesha Jhulka.

Cultural Influence: There is not much cultural influence on this typically filmi song. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the same.

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