Movie – Kalicharan (1976)
The song Yeh pal chanchal 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 is a ferocious murderer. Khanna immediately jumps into action and declares to the world that Prabhakar is alive. Khanna even lies to his good friend Lion (Ajit).
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. The sister-sentiment prevails.
Soon, Kalicharan is presented as Prabhakar. He is threatened by Lion and the bad guys chase him all over the place. The goons engage Jagir Singh’s (Madan Puri) deaf-mute son to kill Prabhakar. The goons try to trap him by playing a game with him. They ask him to come to Bombay Central Library and leave a letter there asking him to come to the next location. At every location, they ask him to leave something that might help the police detect him.
At the last location, a deaf-mute man tries to murder him. But then, someone shoots the man and he is killed just when Kalicharan is about to arrest him. The dead man’s overcoat has a letter to the taxi driver, which asks him to take the man to a hotel. When Kalicharan reaches the hotel, a dancer (Helen) is performing cabaret on this song.
Song – Yeh pal chanchal
Ravindra Jain and Kalyanji-Anandji have penned the lyrics and composed the music for Yeh pal chanchal, respectively.
The song essentially says, “Luck is shining on you. Don’t give up this chance.”
Video – Yeh pal chanchal
Cinematography is by K K Mahajan. Dance choreography is by P L Raj-Satyanarayan.
The video opens with Helen beginning to perform the dance on the music, which begins at the start. Shatrughan Sinha, Ajit, Krishan Dhawan, Madan Puri and others are watching the dance. The lights go out for a few seconds.
Madan Puri and other goons try to shoot Shatrughan Sinha, in the darkness. They are unsuccessful in killing him. The lights go out again as Helen tries to get Shatrughan Sinha within the range of the pistols. But, a Santa Claus lands there and begins to sing the song.
Ajit and Krishan Dhawan are shocked. I recognized Father Christmas as Prem Nath. He also has some of his deputies among the crowd. Prem Nath goes near Ajit and pulls his beard to reveal himself to him.
Ajit gestures to his goons to cancel shooting Shatrughan Sinha. But, Madan Puri adamantly tries to kill him. Ajit’s goons pull him out of sight and… And the gun goes off. However, we do not know, who have been hurt due to the bullet.
In the meantime, the music has risen to a crescendo and ended. The video ends as everybody looks in the direction of the shot.
Asha Bhonsle and Kishore Kumar sang for Helen and Prem Nath. Ajit, Krishan Dhawan, Madan Puri, Shatrughan Sinha and others look on.
This is a typically filmi cabaret song. Nevertheless, I did not like Helen dancing in such skimpy clothes. I love her Mera naam chin chin chu… more. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the same.