Medley – Pamela/Sudesh – Shiv-Hari | Lamhe (1991)

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Movie:

This Medley 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.

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). Viren realizes that Pallavi is in love with someone else and he is shattered. He decides to get them married. The night, Pallavi gets married, Viren leaves the place for good before the farewell of the bride. 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. 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 but leaves a gift every time he visits Rajasthan. Next, they show the little girl’s process of growing up, under the loving care of Daijaan.

Soon, Viren’s business partner Anita (Dippy Sagoo) convinces him to get married to her. However, the next time he visits India, he is stunned that Pooja (Sridevi again) is a look-alike of Pallavi. After spending some time with her, he leaves without biding her goodbye since she reminded him of her mother.

Daijaan placates Pooja, saying that they would be soon visiting London. In London, Pooja hits it off with Viren’s best friend Prem (Anupam Kher). When Pooja realizes that Viren is a grave man, she conspires with Prem to convince Viren to enjoy life. The first thing they do is sing this parody since Viren is a great fan of retro Bollywood music.

Medley Song:

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

This is a parody of retro songs from Bollywood.

Video:

The cinematography is by Manmohan Singh. Dance choreography is by Saroj Khan.

The video opens with Anil Kapoor watching retro songs on video. In one of the videos, the original artists are replaced by Anupam Kher and Sridevi. Immediately, he realizes that Anupam Kher and Sridevi are actually standing near him. Their acting is hilarious.

But, Anil Kapoor does not react to their comedy. Soon, Anil Kapoor smiles slightly at what the comic pair are doing. But, he goes into a room and closes the door behind him. I can’t express in words the way Sridevi acts. It has to be watched to be believed.

Sridevi is too good with the dancing style of the black and white era. When Anupam Kher massages Anil Kapoor’s head a la Johnny Walker in Sar jo tera chakraye… Pyasaa (1957), Anil Kapoor slaps him hard. There is silence around for some time.

In the next shot, Anupam Kher continues to sing a retro song. His head is bandaged in a funny way. Anil Kapoor complains to Waheeda Rahman, who approaches Anupam Kher to hit him. However, she begins to dance to the tune of Aaj phir jeene ki tamanna hai… from Guide (1965).

That leaves Anil Kapoor smiling widely. It is not a grin, but a broad smile. Anupam Kher and Sridevi join Waheeda Rahman in the dance. That prompts Anil Kapoor to sing another song. Dippy Sagoo appears from nowhere and Anupam Kher blindly bumps into her.

The song rises to a crescendo to end and the video also ends there. This is the first comic sequence Sridevi performed after her father’s death in real life! I am crazy about her for nothing. What dedication!

Artists:

Pamela Chopra and Sudesh Bhosle have sung the playback for this song and the onscreen performances are by Sridevi, Anupam Kher, Anil Kapoor and Waheeda Rahman.

Cultural Influence:

There is no cultural influence on this filmi parody song. But, it has one influence, that of Bollywood retro music. The song and the artists are very good. The video is watchable for the same.

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