Main woh chanda nahin – Hemlata/Anwar – Kalyanji-Anandji – Zeenat/Dharamendra | Katilon Ke Katil (1981)


Movie – Katilon Ke Katil (1981)

Main woh chanda nahin appeared in 1981 hit Kapleshwar Films’ Katilon Ke Katil (Killer of Murderers) directed by Arjun and Anil Hingorani and produced by Arjun Hingorani. The other stars in the movie were Zeenat Aman, Rishi Kapoor, Tina Munim, late Amjad Khan, late Nirupa Roy, late Pradeep Kumar, Shakti Kapoor, late Mukri, Kalpana Iyer, etc.

A rich man (Pradeep Kumar) has a small divine chariot with Lord Krishna and Arjuna made up of gold studded with diamonds. The criminal Black Cobra (Amjad Khan) wants that for himself. He kills the rich man and in the confusion, his wife Radha (Nirupa Roy) gets separated from her sons Ajit and Munna. Ajit watches his father being killed by Black Cobra and that gives him a big shock. When he cannot remember his past, he is adopted by a Muslim woman and named Badshah.

Badshah (Dharmendra) turns into a youth. But the scene of his father being beaten up by Black Cobra returns to him repeatedly, when he sees someone being hit by a belt or a hunter. One night, he hears a Qawwali Singer Jamila Banu (Zeenat Aman) visits the community for an event. Badshah falls in love with her at first sight and challenges that he would hug her in 48 hours. He waylays Jamila Banu’s competitor (I S Johar) and himself visits the venue of the competition to sing this song with her.

Song – Main woh chanda nahin

The lyrics of Main woh chanda nahin were written by Anjaan and the music was composed by Kalyanji-Anandji.

This is an interaction between a girl, with attitude and a man, who is hell-bent on wooing her.

Video – Main woh chanda nahin

Cinematography is by Kishore Rege.

The video opens with Zeenat Aman beginning the song. Dharmendra jumps in at his place and joins her in the song. There is a change of dress, during the song, probably indicating a change of venue. The song and the video end with the applause of the audience.


The playback of Main woh chanda nahin was sung by Hemlata and Anwar Zeenat Aman and Dharmendra.

Cultural Influence

This typically filmi song has some Sufism in it, but with some romantic overtones. The song is very chauvinistic. Several lines indicate the bonded condition of women in those days. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the same.


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