Movie – Kalicharan (1976)
The song Ek batta do appears in Parthiva Pictures’ Subhash Ghai-directed (debut) action drama Kalicharan (1976). Roughly translated, this name means the feet of Goddess Kali. Produced by N N Sippy, the movie starred Shatrughan Sinha, Reena Roy, Danny Dengzongpa, Madan Puri, Prem Nath, David, etc.
IG Khanna (Prem Nath) is devastated when the fearless cop Prabhakar (Shatrughan Sinha) dies after an accident. For Khanna, Prabhakar was like a son and the cop’s accident looked fishy. Before dying he leaves a cryptic message, which the doctor and Khanna interpret as No 17. A retired jailor (David) tells him that a dreaded prisoner Kalicharan (Shatrughan Sinha again) looks like the deceased inspector. Kalicharan ia a ferocious murderer. Khanna immediately jumps into action and declares to the world that Prabhakar is alive.
Next, Khanna gets the government’s permission to take Kalicharan out of the prison for an experiment. He gets the prisoner released and takes him to a hill station to convince him to turn a new leaf, so as to say. But, Kalicharan is a clever man. He runs away the moment he gets a chance. After 2 attempts, Khanna lets go of him and tells him to go anywhere he wanted. But, Khanna’s daughter Anju (Alka) manages to transform the tough nut in Kalicharan. This is because Kalicharan had landed in jail because he had murdered some men, who had raped and killed his sister.
Khanna receives a letter from Prabhakar’s 2 children (Raju and Bittu), who study in a boarding school based in Shimla. The family reaches the school during the children’s Parents’ Day function where the 2 kids are singing this song.
Song – Ek batta do
Inderjeet Singh Tulsi and Kalyanji-Anandji have been credited with the lyrics and the music for Ek batta do, respectively.
The song essentially says that a stick can be broken into 2 or 2 sticks into 4. People break away from each other for trivial reasons. But, parents are never biased toward their children.
Video – Ek batta do
Cinematography is by K K Mahajan.
The video opens with the camera focusing on the school’s banner depicting the occasion. Raju and Bittu begin to sing in a chorus with the other kids, on the stage. Bittu keeps looking for ‘her’ father. ‘She’ perceives Shatrughan Sinha in one of the front seats. But, it is just wishful thinking. When he disappears, tears roll down Bittu’s cheeks. Tears are perceived on Raju’s cheeks too.
The kids are almost disappointed when Prem Nath appears with Alka and Shatrughan Sinha tag along with him. Reena Roy is also present. The kids are overjoyed and run to Shatrughan Sinha. After getting pampered by him, they run back to the stage and continue the song, this time with a lot of enthusiasm. Shatrughan Sinha also has tears in his eyes. The song and the video end there.
Kanchan and Anuradha Paudwal sang this song for Raju and Bittu (Bittu is a boy but often played the roles of girls). Shatrughan Sinha, Prem Nath, Alka, Reena Roy and others look on.
This is a typically filmi children’s song. The kids are missing their father. This is essentially a philosophical song saying how easily the world can be demarcated into pieces. But, the song also says that parental love cannot become biased. As a child, I don’t know why but I loved this song. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the same.