Gori gori raat hai – Geeta Dutt – O P Nayyar – Shyama | Choo Mantar (1956)

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Movie – Choo Mantar (1956)

Gori gori raat hai… was featured in 1956 Sadiq Productions and Shree Sound Studios’ romedy Choo Mantar (1956) directed by M Sadiq and produced by P B Billimoria. The movie starred Johnny Walker, Anita Guha, Gajanan Jagirdar, Shyama, etc.

Baijnath or Baiju (Johnny Walker) is an unemployed, slacker and flirt. He sings beautifully and all women from his village are attracted to his singing. The men always complain to his father and often, beat up Baiju for his supposed troublemaking. One day, the village Panchayat decides that they would boycott the entire family and burn down their house if Baiju is not thrown out of the village. Baiju himself decides that it is time for him to leave the village and leaves the place bag and baggage.

As he travels through a forest, he catches 2 dacoits trying to loot the belongings of an elderly stranger (S N Banerjee) and saves the older man. Baiju travels to another village with him protecting the old man and his belongings. They part ways at the outskirts of the old man’s village and he takes off further, on his own. Within minutes, he hears a girl (Anita Guha) singing a song. The girl is Princess Ratnavali of the kingdom and as usual, Baiju has fallen in love with her. He keeps looking at the balcony of the princess’ room. When the King (Gajanan Jagirdar) finds out that this stranger is watching the princess’ room, he gets Baiju beaten up and thrown in the jungle. But, Baiju returns and sings a song.

Again, Baiju is beaten up and this time he is thrown in the river. The elderly stranger, he had helped turns out to be a fisherman and the old man catches the unconscious Baiju while fishing. The old man has a daughter Sawli (Shyama) and she is in love with Mahesh (Karan Dewan), the son of a rich man, who is always ill. As Baiju recovers, he begins to call Sawli as his sister. It turns out that Mahesh’s father is in the process of marrying his son to Princess Ratnavali for the big dowry she is expected to bring.

On the wedding day, Baiju and Sawli visit the venue with a plan. Baiju decides to disguise himself as a maid. But, it so happens that the maid he has chosen is some courtesan, the star performer for the wedding. Baiju is whisked off to the hall where the performance is expected. He lip syncs as Sawli sings the verses for his benefit. He also dances to the tune of the song, albeit in a hilarious manner.

Song – Gori gori raat hai                                  

O P Nayyar and Jan Nisar Akhtar have been credited with the music and lyrics of Gori gori raat hai…

The gist of the song is, “The night is bright. We can see the procession of stars.”

Video – Gori gori raat hai

Cinematography is by Minoo Bilimoria.

The video opens with Shyama watching the performance from behind a door and Johnny Walker beginning to dance in a funny way. He also kicks the sarangi player, repeatedly. Shyama begins to sing for him. Johnny Walker passes near Karan Dewan and winks at him. The dance confuses the musicians. The song peters out and the video ends as Johnny Walker takes a bow.

Artists

Geeta Dutt sang this song for Shyama and Johnny Walker lip-syncs the song. Karan Dewan and others look on.

Cultural Influence

This is a typical O P Nayyarian song for a Bollywood movie. The song and the artists are good and the video is watchable for the same.

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