Movie – Albela (1951)
The song Kabhi kali ratiya… appeared in the Bhagwan Art Productions’ romedy Albela (1951) directed by Bhagwan Dada and produced by Bhagwan Dada and Rajnarayan Dubey. The movie starred Bhagwan Dada, Geeta Bali, etc.
Pyare (Bhagwan) is a daydreamer and wants to be popular and earn a lot of money. But, he belongs to a poor family and the family members are in the process of collecting money for the only sister Bimla’s (Bimla Kumari) marriage. When Pyare returns home, his father (Badri Prasad) requests him to arrange for Rs.300-400 for the marriage. Pyare promises the same.
The next day, Pyare gets fired for not concentrating on his job as a peon. He also gets thrown out of his home. When he tries to join a theater group, the manager (Sunder) tells him to leave his address and they would contact him. He does not have a place to stay, so he leaves it at that. Pyare joins a pair of street musicians and tries to earn his living by singing a song.
The manager watches the musicians attracting the crowd. A police constable disperses the crowd and the musicians run away. When the manager asks, the musicians take the credit from Pyare’s singing and land a job with the theater. Pyare realizes that everybody in this world is selfish. Soon, he lands at a performer Asha’s (Geeta Bali) place and accepts the job of washing the dishes. While placing the cleaned utensils at their places, they fall down and create some noise. He realizes that music can also be created by tapping spoons on vessels and sings this song.
Song – Kabhi kali ratiya
Rajinder Kishan penned the lyrics of Kabhi kali ratiya… and C Ramchander composed its music.
The man says that fate can change anything. It causes the ebb and neap tides in life.
Video – Kabhi kali ratiya
The cinematography is by Shankar A Palav. Dance choreography is by Surya Kumar.
The video begins with Bhagwan Dada clanging the vessels musically. Geeta Bali, who is about to retire for the night, hears the sounds and decides to investigate. He also begins to dance and sing. The actor playing Geeta Bali’s manager is about to say something.
She beckons to him to be silent. The actor playing the cook and Geeta Bali begin to sway to the tune of the song. The song rises to a crescendo and ends abruptly. The video also ends as the vigorously dancing Bhagwan Dada loses his balance and falls on the vessels.
C Ramchander has sung for Bhagwan Dada. Geeta Bali and others look on.
This typically filmi song is a representative of the old times. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the same.