Movie – Gharana (1961):
Na dekho hamein ghoorke jadugar Saiyan… appeared in 1961 Gemini Studios’ hit family drama Gharana (1961) produced and directed by S S Vasan. The movie starred Rajendra Kumar, Raaj Kumar, Asha Parekh, Bipin Gupta, Lalita Pawar, Devika, Shobha Khote, Agha, Vijayalakshmi, Krishna Kumari, etc.
Tyrannical Shanta (Lalita Pawar) runs the large household of her husband Ramdas (Bipin Gupta). The movie makers have intentionally given this character the name Shanta, which is paradoxical, considering the character-traits. Ramdas is a very religious but meek man, who allows his wife to bully everyone in the house. Gauri (Krishna Kumari) is the eldest widowed DIL of the house. She has 2 naughty little boys.
Ramdas’ second son is Kailash (Raaj Kumar), who is married to Sita (Vijayalakshmi), who loves her husband and is devoted to him. College student Kamal is Ramdas’ youngest son. Kamal is in love with another student Usha (Asha Parekh). Bhairavi (Shobha Khote) is the old couple’s youngest child. This woman is married and used to live with her husband. She gave up her married home to return to her mother’s place, due to a trivial matter that she did not like her FIL’s singing. Sarang (Agha), Bhairavi’s husband is also living in the household trying to convince his wife to return home, with him. Bhairavi is the typical spoilt brat.
Sita becomes pregnant, soon and begins to be treated well by her MIL, Shanta. Bhairavi cannot tolerate this. Several coincidences later, Usha’s marriage is finalized with Kamal. Bhairavi has placed seeds of distrust in the heart of Kailash about his wife and brother. He, often, listens to only some part of the conversation between Kamal and Sita and decides that all is not hunky dory with them. In this scenario, Kamal and Usha get married.
During the reception, Kailash sees Kamal make a beeline to Sita, in her room, since she has not come for the reception due to ill-health. Kailash misunderstands the conversation between his wife and brother. The older man takes his car and drives off at breakneck speed and is about to plunge into a large void created by some damage to the road. His friend’s sister, Ragini (Minoo Mumtaz) stops him from taking the extreme step and takes him to her home.
Usha decides to play a trick on Bhairavi so that she returns to her husband’s home, soon. She has painted Bhairavi’s husband Sarang’s portrait. Having seen the portrait, Bhairavi takes it away from Usha very happily and sings this song.
Song – Na dekho hamein ghoorke jadugar Saiyan:
Shakeel Badayuni had penned the lyrics of Na dekho hamein ghoorke jadugar Saiyan… and Ravi had set the music.
The girl requests the man not to stare at her since she was feeling uncomfortable.
Video – Na dekho hamein ghoorke jadugar Saiyan:
The cinematography is by P Ellappa. Dance choreography is by Gopi Krishna.
The video opens with Shobha Khote beginning to dance down the staircase, in tune with the music that begins at this point. She has the portrait of Agha in her hands. The portrait is a painting, but it looks like a photograph.
Shobha Khote places the portrait on a side table near the hall sofa and begins to dance and sing. A male voice begins to reply to Shobha Khote. She looks around and then, looks at the portrait. Agha is in hiding behind the sofa and stands up, to surprise her.
Asha Parekh and Rajendra Kumar come out into the inside balcony and begin enjoying the performance. At this point, the music takes on a tinge of Western notes and Rajendra Kumar begins to dance, as well, around Asha Parekh.
Master Pappu and Moppet Raju also come that way and begin to dance. Shobha Khote performs Bharatanatyam in tune with Western music. Lalita Pawar watches the performance with a slight smile on her face. The older actor also dances in tune with the music.
The music rises to a crescendo and the song ends. The video ends as the lead pair comes toward the parapet wall of the balcony to watch what is happening in the hall.
Asha Bhonsle and Mohammad Rafi have given playback for this song and the onscreen performances are by Shobha Khote, Agha, Asha Parekh, Rajendra Kumar, Master Pappu, Moppet Raju and Lalita Pawar.
This typically filmi song is a comic one with some Western influence. Shobha Khote has performed some Bharatanatyam steps, in it. But, the performance is not like that of a professional dancer. This song is good. The video is watchable for Agha’s antics.