Movie – Dostana (1980):
Bahut khoobsoorat jawan ek ladki… had appeared in the 1980-released hit action movie Dostana (Friendship) directed by Raj Khosla and produced by Yash Johar under the banner of Dharma Productions. The hit movie starred Amitabh Bachchan, Shatrughan Sinha, Zeenat Aman, late Amrish Puri, Prem Chopra, Paintal, late Pran and Helen.
Vijay Varma (Amitabh Bachchan) and Ravi Kapoor (Shatrughan Sinha) are the best of friends and do not question each other about their careers. Vijay is in the police department while Ravi has taken up law. When Vijay catches criminals, Ravi bails them out in any which way. Ravi is also employed by Daaga (Prem Chopra). Once Vijay and Ravi both meet Sheetal Sahni (Zeenat Aman) at different places and times and both fall in love with her. This song is a party one where Vijay meets Sheetal for the second time, in his life and sings the song.
Song – Bahut khoobsoorat jawan ek ladki:
Anand Bakshi and Lakshimikant-Pyarelal have been credited with the lyrics and tune of Bahut khoobsoorat jawan ek ladki…
The man sings that the girl, he had met, was wearing skimpy clothes when he had seen her for the first time.
Video – Bahut khoobsoorat jawan ek ladki:
The cinematographer is Nariman A Irani. Dance choreographer is Manohar Naidu.
The video opens with Amitabh Bachchan moving away from the camera and Zeenat Aman smiling. The musicians begin to play music. Amitabh Bachchan starts to sing and Zeenat Aman begins to show some attitude because he had been indirectly singing about her.
Col. Kapoor, who plays her father in the movie, stands near her. It is a poolside party. Zeenat Aman is completed offended by the lyrics of the song. Some couples dance together. Amitabh Bachchan ends the song with a flourish of both his arms.
Kishore Kumar sings for Amitabh Bachchan and Zeenat Aman, Col. Kapoor and others look on.
This typical filmi song is sung in a party. Those were the times when even parties featured beautiful and melodious songs and not noise pollution. But, I am not really happy with the chauvinistic lyrics. It is up to the girl, whatever she wants to wear. It’s her body. Nobody has the right to talk about it. I may sound like having double standards. But, my point is that filmmakers show women in the nude for titillation. This is revolting to me. Otherwise, each girl has the right to wear whatever she wants. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the same.