Tera naam liya dil tham liya – Asha/Rafi – Naushad – Sulakshana/Jeetendra | Dharam Kanta (1982)


Movie – Dharam Kanta (1982)

The song Tera naam liya dil tham liya… appeared in Sultan Productions’ action drama Dharam Kanta (1982) loosely translated as the Balance of Piety directed and produced by Sultan Ahmed. The movie starred Raaj Kumar, Waheeda Rahman, Rajesh Khanna, Jeetendra, Reena Roy, Sulakshana Pundit, etc.

This is the typical lost-and-found type of movie where a leader of dacoits Thakur Bhavani Singh (Raaj Kumar) repents his ways after a kidnapped child dies in his attempt to return him to his parents. He had kidnapped the kid for ransom. During floods, Bhavani Singh’s family gets scattered in every direction. He surrenders himself to the police and is sentenced to life imprisonment.

Each child is adopted by someone or the other. Bhavani Singh’s first son Ram becomes Shankar (Rajesh Khanna) and assists a bandit (M Rajan), who accomplishes mass dacoities on trains. Handmade toy vendor, Bijlee (Reena Roy) is his girlfriend. Shiva (Jeetendra) is Bhavani Singh’s second son and assists another goon (Mukri). Shiva regrets his life of crime because he wanted to join the police force. This man has a girlfriend, too. The girlfriend is a nautch girl (Sulakshana Pundit) and they sing this song at this point in the movie.

Song – Tera naam liya dil tham liya

The music of the song Tera naam liya dil tham liya was composed by Naushad Sahab and the lyrics were penned by Majrooh Sultanpuri.

The gist of the song is, “I took your name and held my heart.”

Video – Tera naam liya dil tham liya

Director of photography is R D Mathur. Dance choreography is by Satyanarayan-Gopi Krishna-Kamal-P L Raj.

The video opens with Sulakshana Pundit beginning the song. Yunus Pervez and Viju Khote are highly pleased by the beginning of the performance. Jeetendra appears at that time and begins to sing and dance with Sulakshana Pundit. Soon, the song rises to a crescendo and stops. Sulakshana Pundit ends the dance in the flourish of an arm. Yunus Pervez catches that arm and the lead pair is shocked.


Asha Bhonsle and Mohammad Rafi have sung for Sulakshana Pundit and Jeetendra. Yunus Pervez and Viju Khote among others enjoy the song.

Cultural Influence

There does not seem to be much cultural influence on this typically filmi song. The dance has elements of Kathak in it and is called a Mujra, the dance of a nautch girl. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the same.


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