Rehne do rehne do – Rafi/Asha – Kalyanji-Anandji – Dharmendra/Leena | Rakhwala (1971)

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Movie: This song appears in the 1971 musical Rakhwala (Protector) produced by S Krishnamurthy and directed by Adurthi Subba Rao. It starred Dharmendra, Leena Chandavarkar, Vinod Khanna, late Madan Puri, Jagdeep, late Rakesh Pandey, etc.

Deepak Kumar (Dharmendra) wins a boxing match and is awarded a cup and Rs.5000 for the win. He even gains a job as a car driver for Jwala Prasad (Madan Puri) in the process. The day he joins the job he finds out that Jwala Prasad’s daughter is Chandni (Leena Chandavarkar), who was studying in his college with him. They had also fallen in love and Deepak had saved her life once.

However, Shyam (Vinod Khanna) has an eye on Chandni despite his nightly nefarious activities with innocent women. One day, Deepak’s mother, on her deathbed tells Deepak that his younger brother Suresh (Rakesh Pandey) is no one but her brother’s son. Her brother had been killed by Jwala Prasad for his wealth. Now, it was the duty of Deepak to get the wealth back for his cousin brother. Shyam also hears this story and blackmails Jwala Prasad into marrying Chandni to him.

However, when Jwala Prasad broaches this subject with his daughter, she says that she is in love with Deepak. Initially, Jwala Prasad does not agree with the match. Eventually, he relents, saying that he would make Deepak a rich man and then marry her to him. Deepak does not agree to the deal and Chandni informs her father about it. Jwala Prasad restricts her outings from home and decides to marry her to Shyam. But, Chandni runs away to meet Deepak on the way. Deepak takes her to the nearest police station where Jwala Prasad visits to complain about Deepak. Things go against Jwala Prasad and Chandni and Deepak decide to get married against his wishes since both are legally major.

Post marriage, one day, Deepak returns home late and misses a movie outing with his wife. Chandni is offended and he sings this song to placate her. She also joins in the song.

Song: The music of this song was composed by Kalyanji-Anandji and the lyrics were penned by Rajinder Kishan.

The gist of the song is, “Let our differences rest. Don’t fight with me. Let us romance in the available time.”

Video: Cinematography by P L Roy. Dance choreography is by B Hiralal-A K Chopra-Reddy-Sundaram.

The video opens with Dharmendra trying to romance Leena Chandavarkar. Leena Chandavarkar seems to be already mollified and begins to make dance movements. They are in a large garden with a small pond in between. Leena Chandavarkar also joins in the song.

Leena Chandavarkar is offended. Well, that’s an understatement. When Dharmendra joins her in the dance, the choreography is hilarious! This dance does not suit Dharmendra. The song peters out as the lead pair enters the pond. The video also ends there.

Artists: The playback of this song was sung by Mohammad Rafi and Asha Bhonsle and the onscreen performances are by Dharmendra and Leena Chandavarkar.

Cultural Influence: This typically filmi song does not have any cultural influence on it. The song and the artists are very good. The video is watchable for the same.

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