Movie – Gharana (1961):
Yeh duniya usiki jo pyar karle 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), with a strict baton in hand. 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. 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. Given 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 misinterprets the conversation between his wife and brother. Kailash takes his car, drives off at breakneck speed and is about to plunge into a large void created by some damage to a mountain 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 but does not return to her in-laws’ home. She begins to create a rift between Usha and Shanta. When Kamal protests, Sita insists that he and Usha apologize to Shanta. Sita and Kamal are trying to maintain the unity in the joint family, in their own ways.
The scene shifts to a stage performance. Ragini is performing this song-and-dance-sequence and Kailash is watching it among other viewers.
Song – Yeh duniya usiki jo pyar karle:
Shakeel Badayuni had penned the lyrics of Yeh duniya usiki jo pyar karle and Ravi had set the music.
The girl sings, “This world belongs to people, who love each other.”
Video – Yeh duniya usiki jo pyar karle:
The cinematography is by P Ellappa. Dance choreography is by Gopi Krishna.
The video opens with the raising of curtains on a stage and several people sitting as audience. One of the people in the audience is Raaj Kumar. Several girls run into the stage and begin dancing. They are wearing North Indian traditional dresses.
2 girls come to the forefront and begin to dance. One of them is Minoo Mumtaz. She also begins to sing. Suddenly, all the girls have changed into Bharatanatyam dresses. The performance is a slightly filmi Bharatanatyam and not completely classical.
Soon, they have changed to Kathak dresses. Minoo Mumtaz has done most of the singing and hand-head-eye movements. The other dancers have performed the complete steps of Bharatanatyam, as well as, Kathak.
The song rises to a crescendo and the dancers take it forward, clapping to the tune of the music. It ends abruptly. The video ends with the audience’s clapping.
Asha Bhonsle had given playback for Yeh duniya usiki jo pyar karle and the onscreen performances are by Minoo Mumtaz, Raaj Kumar and others.
This typically filmi song is a semi-classical composition that facilitates a combined performance of folk, Kathak and Bharatanatyam by Minoo Mumtaz and other dancers. This song is good. I love the way Ashaji has sung the Bharatanatyam and Kathak words, in the song. The video is watchable for the same.