Movie – Dharam Kanta (1982)
The song Duniya choote yaar na choote… 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. He is only in touch with his wife Radha (Waheeda Rahman).
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. Once Shiva makes off with Shankar’s loot and Shankar is arrested. Shiva has a girlfriend, too. The girlfriend is a nautch girl Chanda (Sulakshana Pundit). Coming out of prison, Shankar locates Shiva at Chanda’s home and they fight. Chanda’s boss (Manorama) calls the police and both are arrested.
At the prison, Shankar and Shiva meet their birth father Bhavani Singh, without knowing the truth. Bhavani Singh performs the duty that he should have done during his children’s childhood, i.e. giving them moral values. The youngsters begin to revere Bhavani Singh and go to the extent of saving his life by giving blood when an old enemy Jwala Singh (Amjad Khan) shoots the older man. Post recovery, Bhavani Singh is released because of his good conduct and given some amount of money and some land. Jwala Singh wants to kill Bhavani Singh because he thinks this older man is responsible for his father Chandan Singh’s (Amjad Khan again) death.
On the heels of the release of Bhavani Singh, Jwala Singh accomplishes a prison-break. Behind him, even Shankar and Shiva escape from the prison, together since they are chained to each other. How convenient! In the process, they save each other’s lives and become good friends without realizing that they are sons of the same parents. They sing this song at this time.
Song – Duniya choote yaar na choote
The music of the song Duniya choote yaar na choote, was composed by Naushad Sahab and the lyrics were penned by Majrooh Sultanpuri.
The men sing, “I can leave this world. But, I will not give up your friendship.”
Video – Duniya choote yaar na choote
Director of photography is R D Mathur.
The video opens with Rajesh Khanna offering a hand of friendship and Jeetendra accepting it happily. The music begins in the background. Both the leading men are on horses traversing a river. I wonder where from they got these horses.
Rajesh Khanna shoots to break their chains and Jeetendra begins to sing. Rajesh Khanna begins to whistle. They jump into the air forming a double somersault and land on each other’s horses. Both get their beards shaven. Now, they are near the railway tracks.
They travel on a rail-repair roofless vehicle. The actors remove the handcuffs and throw them away. I wonder how come without the keys! They steal a vintage motor car from a couple. Mukri and M Rajan are in ascetic clothes and are shocked looking at their wards becoming friends.
The lead artists are seen by the police and take off in the direction they had come from. Among the policemen is Asit Sen, to whom they give a slip. A newly married bride is being harassed by some dacoits. The leading men fight them and get her jewelry back for her.
The song peters out as the 2 main actors seem to turn a new leaf. Asit Sen also catches up with them. But again, they give him the slip. The video ends as Raaj Kumar and Waheeda Rahman are living a happy and satisfying life in the village.
Mohammad Rafi and Bhupinder Singh have sung for Jeetendra and Rajesh Khanna. Mukri, M Rajan, Asi Sen and others are also seen in the video.
There does not seem to be much cultural influence on this typically filmi friendship and horseriding song. The music is reminiscent of the older movies, courtesy Naushad Sahab. The stunts are a little unbelievable. I mean unbelievable and not fantastic. The shots could have been more believable. I expect things to make sense. But, the song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the same.