Utar aayi akhade mein – Asha Bhonsle – Kalyanji-Anandji – Amrita Singh | Chameli Ki Shaadi (1986)

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Movie:

The song Utar aayi akhade mein was featured in a Prakash Mehra Productions and Chetan Enterprises’ romedy Chameli Ki Shaadi (1986) directed by Basu Chatterjee and produced by Sushil Gaur and Ramesh Ningoo. The movie starred Anil Kapoor, Amrita Singh, Om Prakash, Amjad Khan, Pankaj Kapoor, Anu Kapoor, Bharati Achrekar, Satyen Kapoo, Ram Sethi, Tabassum, etc.

Charandas (Anil Kapoor) is a wrestling aspirant and lives with his brother Bhajandas (Satyen Kapoo). Bhajandas wants his brother to marry and become a proper householder, according to Hindu Religious System. But, Charandas is hell-bent on becoming a wrestler and is even ready to follow his Guru, Mastram’s (Om Prakash) rules of remaining a bachelor till 40 years of age. However, fate has other designs on Charandas. He meets Chameli (Amrita Singh), the coal merchant Kallumal’s daughter at the local coal depot and falls in love with her. Charandas begins to see Chameli everywhere and particularly, in the wrestling ring. It is at this time that he feels she is singing this song.

Song – Utar aayi akhade mein:

Farooq Qaisar and Kalyanji-Anandji have been credited with the lyrics and the music for this song.

The girl sings, “The girl of your dreams has come to the wrestling ring. If you have the strength, join me in the wrestling match of love!”

Video:

The cinematography is by Ajay Prabhakar. Dance choreography is by Kamal.

The video opens with Anil Kapoor lying on the wrestling ring, defeated. He thinks that Amrita Singh has defeated him and has begun to sing this song. She tries to beat him up and he tries to slip away from her. Soon, she is seen dancing to the tune of this song and fighting him, at the same time!

Om Prakash is visibly anxious about his disciple. Amrita Singh beats up Anil Kapoor. It is clearly torture for him. The scene changes to a coastal one and the lead pair is with some other people. They are all wearing the dress of Maharashtrian fisher folks. Amrita Singh catches Anil Kapoor drinking local whiskey. They begin dancing in tune with the music.

Amrita Singh continues to sing. Again, she begins to beat him up. In the next shot, she tries to pull him into their nuptial room post their marriage. Then, she tries to get intimate with him, despite his hesitation. Post that, they are back in the wrestling ring. He accepts his defeat. The music rises to a crescendo and the song ends. So does the video.

Artists:

Asha Bhonsle had sung the playback for this song, performed onscreen by Amrita Singh, Anil Kapoor, Om Prakash and others.

Cultural Influence:

The typically filmi song compares love with wrestling matches. We can say that the song depicts the Indian Sports Culture by presenting a type of wrestling sport, indigenous to India, between the lead pair. Honestly, I am not very happy with the choreography. In an attempt to show Amrita Singh as a Tom Boy (she acts more like a masculine woman), womanhood is being shamed. I don’t, particularly, like the dress she wears. What could have been a hilarious song-video becomes a farce. I like only Asha Bhonsle’s vocals, though. The video is not watchable at all.

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