Patthar ke sanam – Anuradha/Aziz – Lakshmikant-Pyarelal – Sridevi/Mithun | Watan Ke Rakhwale (1987)

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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.

Soon, the professor is kidnapped and killed by the goons. Arun decides to avenge his death. But then, the professor’s wife reveals to Suraj Prakash that Radha and Arun are not really married. When Suraj Prakash confronts his brother, Radha intervenes and tells Arun to reveal the truth. Arun informs his brother and sister-in-law that he had spoken to Radha’s father just before he had died. Radha’s father had told him about the nefarious anti-Indian activities of his brother and his friend and had requested Arun to save Radha’s life and honor before she is compelled to marrying a terrorist. Suraj Prakash is now proud of his brother.

Radha really falls in love with Arun and sings this song in serenity on a date. Arun replies to her in a more sober manner.

Song: The music of this song was composed by Lakshmikant-Pyarelal and the lyrics were penned by Majrooh Sultanpuri.

The girl insists that they had after all fallen in love with each other. Since such an incident had happened, they should openly mingle with each other wholeheartedly. But, the man is more concerned about other incidents happening in their lives like a loved one’s death.

Video: Cinematography is by V Durga Prasad. Dance choreography is by Saroj Khan.

The video opens with the shot of Mithun Chakraborty looking at Sridevi. He is surprised. She begins to sing and touch him on his chest and cheeks. He moves away from her. Then, he joins her in the song as a reply to her questions. Now, he smiles slightly. They start to dance together.

Dan Dhanoa and his goons come in a jeep with rifles looking for the lead pair. Dan Dhanoa shoots the lead pair as they run behind a large rock in the mountainous terraced locale. Sridevi and Mithun Chakraborty disappear from view for a few seconds and appear elsewhere.

One of Dan Dhanoa’s henchmen shoots at them. Again, the lead pair disappears from view and appearing elsewhere. Another shot from a goon misses them. Soon, the song peters out and the video ends as the lead pair runs away with the trigger-happy goons left with only their rifles in their hands.

Artists: The playback of this song was sung by Anuradha Paudwal and Mohammad Aziz and the onscreen performances are by Sridevi and Mithun Chakraborty.

Cultural Influence: This is a typically filmi song and has no cultural influence on it. The song and the artists are fantastic. The video is watchable for the same.

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