Ek ladki hai jisne jeena mushkil – Mohammad Rafi – Shankar-Jaikishan | Gumnaam (1965)

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Movie: This song appeared in 1965 Prithvi Pictures’ hit suspense thriller Gumnaam (Anonymous or Unknown) produced by N N Sippy and directed by Raja Nawathe. The movie starred Manoj Kumar, late Nanda, late Pran, Helen, late Mahmood, late Dhumal, Manmohan, late Madan Puri, late Tarun Bose, etc.

8 people including Asha (Nanda) win a trip to a foreign country in a chartered plane. The others include Barrister Rakesh (Pran), Dharamdas (Dhumal), Kishan (Manmohan), Dr. Acharya (Madan Puri), Madhusudan Sharma (Tarun Bose) and Kitty Kelly (Helen). When they reach an island, the pilot informs them that the plane has to undergo an emergency landing on the island. When all of them including the plane’s crew member Anand (Manoj Kumar) get down from the plane, it takes off stranding all the passengers on the island.

While they try to find a way out, they hear ominous laughter and then a female voice singing a song. They regroup and walk toward the rocky beach. They see a mansion near the beach and enter it. There they find that this trip was being planned for the last several months and they would be killed one by one. Anand is an unexpected guest and arrangements have to be made for him as well. They do not take the ominous message seriously and settle down in the mansion. Dr. Acharya’s bottle of poison and Dharamdas’ revolver raises the suspicion-meter on them. The butler’s (Mahmood) activities are also suspicious. The group senses one more person in the house, who is not visible to them.

Asha finds that her photo with her uncle has been stolen by someone in the group and suspects Anand. She goes out to the rocky beach and accuses him of it. Anand is in a flirtatious mood and begins to sing this song at this time.

Song: The music of this song was composed by Shankar-Jaikishan and the lyrics were penned by Hasrat Jaipuri.

The gist of the song is that the man had fallen for the style and attitude of the girl. But, the girl does not seem interested.

Video: Cinematography is by K H Kapadia.

The video opens with Nanda walking on the rocks ahead of the camera. When she turns, we know that she is offended. Manoj Kumar is following her and beginning the song. She moves to the sandy beach and he follows her there too. He starts to make rhythmic dancing movements. He imitates her walking style. He whistles.

Manmohan is seen watching them from behind a coconut tree. Soon, Nanda disappears and Manoj Kumar looks for her. Suddenly, she appears behind him and pushes him on the sand. Then, she whistles. Soon, the song peters out and the video ends as Manmohan moves toward the lead pair.

Artists: The playback of this song was sung by Mohammad Rafi and the onscreen performances are by Manoj Kumar, Nanda and Manmohan.

Cultural Influence: This is a typically filmi flirtatious song sung in the patent style of Mohammad Rafi. The song and the artists are very good. The video is watchable for the same.

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