Mata bhi tu – Anuradha/Aziz – Lakshmikant-Pyarelal – Divya/Dharmendra | Watan ke Rakhwale (1987)


Movie: This song appeared in 1987 A G Films’ drama-thriller Watan Ke Rakhwale (Saviors of the Nation) directed by T Rama Rao and produced by Firoz A Nadiadwala. The movie starred Mithun Chakraborty, Sridevi, Dharmendra, Sunil Dutt, Moushumi Chatterjee, Prem Chopra, Kader Khan, Shakti Kapoor, Ashok Kumar, etc.
Radha (Sridevi) lives with her widowed businessman father Raja (Sudhir Dalvi), her maternal grandmother (Lalita Pawar) and paternal uncle Dr. Narendra (Prem Chopra). Dr. Narendra runs a mental hospital. Radha’s father dies in a car accident and Dr. Narendra arranges her marriage with Naresh (Dan Dhanoa), Raj’s (Kader Khan) only son. Just when the marriage rituals are about to be completed, Arun (Mithun Chakraborty) stops the ceremony saying that Radha is already married to him. Professor Peter Fernandes (Ashok Kumar) is presented as the witness and some documents are presented as proof.
Radha disclaims the fact that such a marriage ever happened and says that she had never even seen Arun before, forget getting married to him. Soon, Narendra and Raj convince Radha to sign a divorce petition to annul the marriage so that she could then marry Naresh. Radha signs it. Post some briefing by Arun behind closed doors, Radha begins to talk differently. She says that she had made a mistake and Arun was indeed her husband. Initially, Arun’s brother Jailor Suraj Prakash (Sunil Dutt) does not accept the alliance between Arun and Radha. But, when the professor intervenes, he relents.

At that time, the Jailor has to leave for the prison to handle an emergency situation. One of the jailbirds Mahavir (Dharmendra) was getting violent. On seeing Suraj Prakash, he calms down and tells him his story. Mahavir and his sister Vimla (Divya Rana) live in a coastal village. On Rakhi day, they sing this song.

Song: The music of this song was composed by Lakshmikant-Pyarelal and the lyrics were penned by Majrooh Sultanpuri.
The gist of the song is, “You are my mother. You are my father. You are your sister’s pride. I don’t have anyone in this world except you. You are even my God!”

Video: Cinematography is by V Durga Prasad.

The video opens with Divya Rana performing the aarti of Dharmendra. Both are wearing traditional clothes. The music has already begun. She also ties a Rakhi on his wrist. They exchange sweets and she starts to sing. She remembers how he had brought her up singlehandedly. As she goes out to water the Tulsi plant in their courtyard, he also starts to sing. The song peters out and the video ends as he plants a kiss on her forehead.

Artists: The playback of this song was sung by Anuradha Paudwal and Mohammad Aziz and the onscreen performances are by Divya Rana and Dharmendra.

Cultural Influence: This is a typically filmi song and has no cultural influence on it. The brother-sister bond is significantly shown in the song. The song and the artists are fantastic. The video is watchable for the same.


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