Movie – Victoria No. 203 (1972):
Dynamo International’s action flick Victoria No. 203 (1972) featured Do bechare bina sahare… Roughly translated Victoria means a horse carriage. Produced and directed by Brij, the movie starred Navin Nischol, Saira Banu, Ranjeet, Anwar Hussain, Ashok Kumar, Helen, Pran, etc. Pran and Ashok Kumar’s performances were lauded and their roles were reused in the movie Raja Aur Rana (1984).
Raja (Ashok Kumar) and Rana (Pran) are released from jail and immediately stumble upon the news that some really expensive diamonds had been stolen from a highly secure museum. They decide to execute another such robbery to end their requirement for money and get settled in life. They find a dead body and a mysterious key inside the dead body’s wig, which the killer had (shockingly) missed. Thus, begins their journey to locate the lock to which the key belongs. Having almost lost the key, they begin to sing this song, asking everyone about it.
Song – Do bechare bina sahare:
Verma Malik penned Do bechare bina sahare… and Kalyanji-Anandji set the music for it.
The men sing, “2 poor hapless souls have become tired asking around for the lock to which this key belongs.”
Video – Do bechare bina sahare:
The cinematography is by Anwar Siraj. Dance choreography is by Surya Kumar.
The video opens with Ashok Kumar and Pran beginning the song, together. Pran is sitting on the compound wall of a house and the other actor is standing near him. They express the frustration that they are facing while looking for the lock to which the key they have belongs.
They follow a woman, to ask her about their query. But, the woman turns out to be a eunuch. In those times, people often made fun of eunuchs. The 2 senior actors go to the beach and see Helen having a cone ice cream.
They approach Helen and ask her about the key. But, she throws it down and moves away. She is piqued and denies having any knowledge about it. Then, she throws the remaining cone ice cream on Ashok Kumar and leaves.
Ashok Kumar tries to follow her. But, Pran pulls him away. They leave the beach and pass Anwar Hussain on the road. Anwar Hussain waits near his car while a mechanic is repairing it. Ashok Kumar and Pran shake a few legs on the road.
The elderly pair looks at the other actor suspiciously and Pran approaches him to ask about the key. Pran’s funny activities annoy Anwar Hussain. He also tells them that he does not know anything about the key.
The elderly pair then goes to a temple and requests the idol to help them. They are wearing saffron clothes and see a locked trunk below the idol and try to open it with the key. It does not open. They try to strike a deal with God!
Now, they are out on the streets and stop a group of women since they are still wearing saffron clothes. The women begin to worship the elderly actors and soon, men begin to throng the place. The elderly pair gets some gifts and their casual glance falls on some policemen.
Then, they run for their lives, dropping all their gifts! The song has already transformed into music with comic timing. The video ends as the elderly pair takes off in fast motion.
Kishore Kumar and Mahendra Kapoor had sung for Ashok Kumar and Pran. Helen, Anwar Hussain and other artists also keep coming in front of the camera for short periods of time.
There is not much cultural influence on this filmi song where the senior actors are searching for a lock. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the comedy of these actors.
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