Baithe hain kya uske paas – Asha Bhonsle – S D Burman – Helen | Jewel Thief (1967)

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Movie:

Baithe hain kya uske paas appears in 1967 hit spy thriller Jewel Thief produced by late Dev Anand and directed by late Vijay Anand. The movie starred Dev Anand, Vaijayantimala, late Ashok Kumar, late Nazir Hussain, Tanuja, Helen, Faryal, Anju Mahendru, etc.

Vinay (Dev Anand), an ordinary young man, lives with his father police commissioner (Nazir Hussain) and his mother in Bombay (Mumbai now). Examining precious stones and jewelry comes easily to Vinay. He gets a high-paid job with the leading jeweler Vishambarnath. Vinay also meets Vishambarnath’s pretty daughter Anjali (Tanuja).

The jubilation is short-lived and people think Vinay is the jewel thief, Amar, his look-alike. Even a girl called Shalini (Vaijayantimala) comes forward to claim him to be Amar, her fiancé. Vinay proves that he is not Amar and helps them and the police in finding the elusive Amar. Vinay and Shalini initially become friends and get involved romantically. Shalini gifts him a suit of a trifle different style than his. They go on a small picnic together and she remembers Amar, whose style created ripples in her heart.

Amar had gifted Shalini a diamond solitaire ring, which turns out to be stolen property. Soon, Amar’s henchmen snatch the ring away from Shalini. In the meantime, Vinay gets a new double-paying job with Vishambarnath. The role involves carving jewelry out of uncut diamonds. He has to work in the nights only. The next day, Vinay waits for his boss in front of the shop and the man does not turn up. Vinay goes to the boss’ home where Anjali catches hold of him and tries to convince him of her love for him.

In the meantime, Amar has swept off all the precious jewelry from Vishambarnath’s shop, right under his nose. They realize this and call the police. Vinay catches a petty thief eavesdropping just outside the basement where the theft has occurred. The thief tells them that Amar had sent him to spy on them. They also get to know that Amar is called Prince by his henchmen and Amar’s girlfriend is a dancer at Roman Night Club. The next shot shows a girl (Helen) dancing to the tune of this song.

Song – Baithe hain kya uske paas:

Late S D Burman composed the music of this song and late Majrooh Sultanpuri penned the lyrics.

This is a genuine Bollywood cabaret song.

Video:

The cinematography is by V Ratra.

The video begins with Helen beginning to dance on the large bar table in tune with the loud music. Another girl joins her in the song-and-dance sequence. Some of the patrons are sailors. Helen steps down from the bar table to the floor and continues to dance.

Dev Anand enters the club. He and Helen acknowledge each other. Soon, the song rises to a crescendo and ends. Helen takes a bow and whispers something in Dev Anand’s ear. He nods and she leaves. The video ends as he turns back to the camera.

Artists:

Asha Bhonsle has sung the song on playback. The onscreen performances are by Helen, Dev Anand and others.

Cultural influence:

The item girl of yore – Helen – performs this typically filmi cabaret dance. The song is good and rendered very well by Ashaji. It is watchable for the same.

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