Gudiya Rani Bitiya Rani – Lata Mangeshkar – Shiv-Hari – Waheeda Rahman | Lamhe (1991)

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Movie: This song appeared in 1991 Yash-Raj Films’ romrama directed by Yash Chopra and produced by Yash Chopra and T Subbarami Reddy. The movie starred Sridevi, Anil Kapoor, Waheeda Rahman, Anupam Kher, Manohar Singh, Deepak Malhotra, etc.

Virendra Pratap Singh aka Viren (Anil Kapoor) arrives at Rajasthan with his governess Daijaan (Waheeda Rahman). Soon after, Viren meets Pallavi (Sridevi) and falls in love with her. However, he is not able to express his love. Even though he finds out that she is older than him, Viren continues to love her. Pallavi finds out that he is visiting Rajasthan for the first time and takes him on a tour of the surrounding areas.

Viren falls deeper in love with Pallavi. Soon, Pallavi’s father (Manohar Singh) expires because he loses a court case and with it all his property. He gives Pallavi’s responsibility to Viren, before dying. Pallavi cannot overcome the grief of losing her father and swoons in the arms of her boyfriend Siddharth (Deepak Malhotra). When Viren realizes that Pallavi is in love with someone else, he is shattered. He decides to get them married. The people, who won the case, are eager to get their hands on Pallavi’s property. But, Viren tries to keep her away from all the mess, by paying those people to keep mum.

The night, Pallavi gets married, Viren is seen sitting gloomily in the desert. He leaves the place before the farewell of the bride. Though Viren tries to keep Pallavi away from the people, in whose custody her property is now, they are back to drive her away from the place. Pallavi leaves disappointed that Viren had not told her anything about the result of the court case and what happened later. Viren returns to London, permanently. In the meantime, Pallavi and Siddharth romance away and she gets pregnant.

However, everything does not remain hunky-dory and Siddharth is killed in an accident. Pallavi also expires postpartum due to the same accident. Viren performs her last rites and returns to London. They show only one funeral pyre. I wonder what they did with Siddharth’s dead body. Anyways, Viren visits Rajasthan every year only to perform the yearly post-death rituals for Pallavi. What about the annual rituals for Siddharth? I wonder why filmmakers give up logic in an effort to extol big actors. Yes, this movie was made for Sridevi alone. I am still crazy about her and also feel that she did a great job. But then, she infuses life into any character. She would have done that even if the character of Siddharth was given some more authenticity and prominence.

Coming back to the movie, that Pallavi’s daughter Pooja’s (Richa Pallod) birthday also happens to be on the day Pallavi expired is ignored by Viren. He does not even meet the girl. Next, they show the little girl’s process of growing up, under the loving care of Daijaan.

Song: Anand Bakshi wrote this song’s lyrics and Shiv-Hari composed the music.

This is more than a children’s song depicting the growing up of the little girl being loved by her nanny.

Video: Cinematography is by Manmohan Singh. Dance choreography is by Saroj Khan.

The video opens with Waheeda Rahman beginning the song looking at the little child in the cradle. The baby is sleeping peacefully in the cradle. The next shot shows the older actor playing blind man’s buff with Richa Pallod (the child, who has grown up a little).

Suddenly, Richa Pallod embraces the older actor and the latter removes the blindfold. Richa Pallod goes away from Waheeda Rahman and begins to dance as Waheeda Rahman continues to sing.

The song peters out and the video ends as Richa Pallod is seen returning from school alone and is happy to see Anil Kapoor’s car.

Artists: The playback has been sung by Lata Mangeshkar and the onscreen performances are by Waheeda Rahman and Richa Pallod.

Cultural Influence: There is no cultural influence on this filmi song. The music reminds me of childhood lullabies. The song and the artists are very good. The video is watchable for the same.

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