Teri umarki phulwari mein – Lata Mangeshkar – Kalyanji-Anandji – Leena Chandavarkar | Rakhwala (1971)


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 from home 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, Chandni’s baby sister Pinky’s (Baby Gayatri) birthday arrives and Chandni goes to her father’s home without an invitation. Deepak does not attend the party but does not object to his wife going to it. Chandni sings this song during the party.

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, “A new flower has bloomed in your age-garden. Happy Birthday to you!”

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

The video opens with Leena Chandavarkar gently convincing Baby Gayatri to get ready for the party. When the little girl runs down the staircase, Leena Chandavarkar picks her up in her arms and begins to sing this song. She also begins to dance with the other female dancers in the party. The leading lady lights some candles on the large cake, which the little girl blows off.

Baby Gayatri cuts the large cake with a large knife. Leena Chandavarkar moves all over the place with the little girl, as she sings the song. The lead actor also welcomes more guests into the house. The song ends abruptly and so does the video at this point.

Artists: The playback of this song was sung by Lata Mangeshkar and the onscreen performances are by Leena Chandavarkar, Baby Gayatri and others.

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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