Yeh zindagi ki uljhanen – Asha Bhonsle – Ravi | Gharana (1961)


Movie – Gharana (1961)

Yeh zindagi ki uljhanen 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, Master Pappu, Moppet Raju, 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 (Master Pappu and Moppet Raju).

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, Ramdas’ youngest son is in love with another student Usha (Asha Parekh). Bhairavi (Shobha Khote), the old couple’s youngest child 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. 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. The older man takes his car and drives off at breakneck speed and is about to plunge into a large abyss 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.

Bhairavi 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. Ragini is a dancer. As she and Kailash are returning from a performance, Usha sees them together in Ragini’s car. When Usha tries to tell Kamal about his brother being with another girl, he slaps her because he blindly believes that his brother would never be disloyal to his wife. Soon, Kalash asks for some money from his father. But, the older man refuses. He comes home to pick up some money and an expensive necklace. The necklace has disappeared and Kailash rejects Sita as an unfaithful woman. Sita is overcome by grief and sings this song.

Song – Yeh zindagi ki uljhanen

Shakeel Badayuni had penned the lyrics of Yeh zindagi ki uljhanen and Ravi had set the music.

The girl sings about life’s confusions and the favors extended by unhappiness.

Video – Yeh zindagi ki uljhanen

The cinematography is by P Ellappa.

The video opens with Vijayalakshmi gloomily moving about her bedroom. She says farewell to the picture of Raaj Kumar and the little child. She runs out of the room and climbs down the staircase, sadly. She folds her hands and says farewell to the house.

She runs to the backyard and she stops as the baby, still in her bedroom, begins to cry. But, she continues toward her destination. The cows tied up in the sheds moo a warning. Rajendra Kumar and Asha Parekh are alerted and they run to the backyard.

Rajendra Kumar sees Vijayalakshmi running toward the well and stops her from committing suicide. The song rises to a crescendo and stops abruptly. The video also ends as he stops her from jumping into the well.


Asha Bhonsle had given playback for the song Yeh zindagi ki uljhanen with the onscreen performances by Vijayalakshmi, Rajendra Kumar and Asha Parekh.

Cultural Influence

This is a typically sad filmi song depicts a faithful girl’s depression after her husband rejects her as a whore. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the same.


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