Thodasa thehero – Lata Mangeshkar – Kalyanji-Anandji – Saira Banu | Victoria No. 203 (1972)

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Movie – Victoria No. 203 (1972):

Thodasa thehero was featured in Dynamo International’s action flick Victoria No. 203 (1972). 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. The performances of Pran and Ashok Kumar were lauded and the 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.

Several co-incidences later, they locate a hospital ward boy (Mohan Choti), who had bagged a diamond ring in exchange for a favor he did to a man, before his death. Raja and Rana assume that it was this key that the ward boy had placed at a designated place under the instructions of the dead man. When caught the ward boy reveals that the key belongs to a locker at the VT station (Victoria Terminus Railway Station – CST or Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus now).

Following the clues, they reach the locker and find a paper saying that the diamonds are inside a horse carriage number 203. The elderly pair finds the cart and realizes that the driver is a girl Rekha (Saira Banu), who lives alone with her younger sister (Baby Gayatri). Here Saira Banu is shown semi-nude, which I did not like. I don’t understand why this skin-show is required. Can’t a story be told without a girl undressing in front of the camera? While having food, the girls discuss their father. Rekha tells the younger girl that they have 2 uncles and these uncles went to Africa and never returned. Raja and Rana lie their way inside the house saying they are the girls’ lost uncles. Rana declines food and pulls his friend out near the Victoria for the night.

When the girls have gone to sleep, the elderly pair tries to find the diamonds by dismantling the entire horse carriage. They do not find anything. Soon, they see Rekha going out in the rain and they follow her. Rekha reaches the home of a man (Ranjit) and pretends that she is being chased by 2 men, who want to rape her. The man allows her in and almost falls for her pretense. He gently pushes her into the washroom to change into something dry. While she is inside, he gets a phone call. The caller is a female colleague of his, who warns him that the girl is onto his criminal activities.

The man immediately closes the door and readies himself with a knife to protect himself. Rekha comes out wrapped in a couple of towels and sings this song.

Song – Thodasa thehero:

Indeevar penned Thodasa thehero and Kalyanji-Anandji set the music for it.

The girl sings, “Just wait a while. I promise that I am entirely yours and you can fulfill your desire.”

Video – Thodasa thehero:

The cinematography is by Anwar Siraj. Dance choreography is by Surya Kumar.

The video opens with Saira Banu seductively asking Ranjit to wait a little while. But, he approaches her and tries to kiss her. She is not comfortable and pushes him away. Saira Banu goes to the bedroom area and continues to undulate seductively.

Ashok Kumar and Pran have followed Saira Banu to this place. Ranjit brings out a knife and tries to jab it into her. But, his hand hits an apple on the dining table. Saira Banu makes him drink some whiskey. The song peters out and the video ends as he, again, advances toward her.

Artists:

Lata Mangeshkar had sung for Saira Banu. Ranjit looks on. Ashok Kumar and Pran also come into the picture.

Cultural Influence:

There is not much cultural influence on this filmi song, which is a seductive one by the heroine to find something out from Ranjit. I would like to know – can’t a girl find out anything without seducing the bad guys? The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable.

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