Ke ghungroo toot gaye – Asha Bhonsle – Naushad – Sulakshana Pundit | Dharam Kanta (1982)


Movie – Dharam Kanta (1982)

The song Ke ghungroo toot gaye… 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. Jwala Singh destroys the new harvest from Bhavani Singh’s fields.

Chanda, having run away from her tormentors, is living with Bijlee and Bijlee is beaten up by Chanda’s boss, instead of her. To save Bijlee, Chanda surrenders to her boss. Her boss plans the last and final dance for Chanda at Harnam Singh’s (Satyen Kapoo) mansion. Post that, she plans to sell Chanda to a rich man.

It so happens that Harnam Singh has adopted Bhavani Singh’s third child, a daughter, Ganga (Heena Kausar). Having been released, Bijlee reaches home and informs Shankar and Shiva about Chanda’s predicament. Jwala Singh wants Ganga for himself, against her wishes. Chanda performs this song at Ganga’s wedding. This was supposed to be her last dance that her boss had planned.

Song – Ke ghungroo toot gaye

The music of the song Ke ghungroo toot gaye… was composed by Naushad Sahab and the lyrics were penned by Majrooh Sultanpuri.

The girl sings, “I stopped considering others. I danced with so much force that my heavy anklets broke.”

Video – Ke ghungroo toot gaye

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

The video opens with a dancer rotating around herself vigorously. This is a step in Kathak and only accomplished dancers can complete the required number of rotations successfully. I am sure this is not Sulakshana Pundit because the dancer’s face is hidden inside her dupatta.

Amjad Khan takes a seat and looks at the bride Heena Kausar, who is behind a curtain. Yunus Pervez is enjoying the performance. The dancer’s performance is so powerful that her heavy anklets break. The performance receives applause from the audience.

Manorama takes a new set of anklets to her. But, the dancer refuses them. She lifts the veil on her face, as she sits on the dance floor. It is Sulakshana Pundit. Sulakshana Pundit begins to sing and dance.

Sulakshana Pundit has been given simple steps. The harder ones have been performed by a body double and that performance has been captured from a distance. Amjad Khan thinks Heena Kausar has also come to dance on the floor.

Satyen Kapoo is seen intermittently. He is not allowed to go outside by Amjad Khan’s men. Amjad Khan places some currency notes on his rifle and beckons to Sulakshana Pundit. When she approaches him and attempts to pick them up, he shoots.

The song ends abruptly. So does the video.


Asha Bhonsle has sung for Sulakshana Pundit. Amjad Khan, Heena Kausar, Satyen Kapoo and others are also seen in the video

Cultural Influence

This is a mujra song, where some amount of Classical Kathak has been included. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the same.


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