Peena haram hai – Alka/Kishore – Kalyanji-Anandji – Huma/Anil | Chameli Ki Shaadi (1986)


Movie – Chameli Ki Shaadi (1986):

The song Peena haram hai 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. But, Mastram is adamant that Charandas had to follow the Akhada rules.

Charandas visits Advocate Harish (Amjad Khan) for help and follows all his suggestions. Harish types a letter on his own typewriter for Charandas. Charandas sends this love letter to Chameli via a little boy. Chameli takes the advice of a friend Anita (Komal Mahuakar). Post exchange of a couple of letters, they meet. Anita is also present with Chameli during the meeting at an expensive restaurant, which had been pre-decided. Following Harish’s instructions, Charandas is in a formal suit and almost ignores Chameli, giving his almost entire attention to Anita. Chameli gets jealous! She also decides to pay for the food, going against the instructions of Anita. Charandas is so courteous that even Anita is floored.

In the next meeting, Chameli acts offended due to Charandas’ behavior at the restaurant. Without realizing this, he asks her if he is poor, would she still be with him. Irked by Chameli’s behavior, he decides to leave. But, post a song they reconcile with each other. Anita meets them as they are returning home and despite Chameli’s discouragement, she takes them to the same restaurant, they had been before. Charandas does not have enough money to pay for their lunch and Anita pitches in.

But, Naththulal (Ram Sethi), the chef sees Chameli and Charandas holding hands in the restaurant and informs her parents. Chameli’s mother, Champa (Bharati Achrekar) imposes restrictions on her and with her father decides to get her married to someone from their community. Champa’s greedy brother Chhadmi (Annu Kapoor) also comes along to torture Chameli. Charandas gets to know about these developments and he follows Chhadmi around, with his friends. They land at a dance bar where Charandas sings this song with the dancer (Huma Khan).

Song Peena haram hai:

Prakash Mehra has penned the song and Kalyanji-Anandji have composed the music for this song.

The song says that it is ok to drink alcohol and convince others to drink the same.

Video – Peena haram hai:

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

The video opens with Huma Khan beginning to slither like a snake under disco lights. Anil Kapoor is sitting on a table watching Annu Kapoor. Huma Khan begins to dance moving close to the patrons. Anil Kapoor joins her in the song.

The lead actor shakes a few legs and throws an intoxicated Annu Kapoor into the main dance area. Anil Kapoor pushes Annu Kapoor around and almost beats him up. Then, Anil Kapoor chases the other actor around the bar. The song and the video end abruptly, here.


Kishore Kumar and Alka Yagnik had sung the playback for this song. Onscreen performances are by Huma Khan, Anil Kapoor, Ram Sethi and others.

Cultural Influence:

This typically filmi song is an ode to alcoholism. It is a cabaret by Huma Khan. The song and the artists are ok. The video is watchable.


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