Gori chalo na hans ki chal – Rafi/Asha – Shankar-Jaikishan – Mahmood/Shobha | Beti-Bete (1964)

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Movie – Beti-Bete (1964)

Gori chalo na hans ki chal appears in the Prasad Productions’ Beti Bete (1964) directed and produced by L V Prasad. The movie starred Sunil Dutt, B Saroja Devi, Jamuna, Mahmood, Shobha Khote, Jayant, Agha, Rajindernath, etc.

A widower Raghu (Jayant) has 3 children – Lakshmi (Baby Farida), Ramu (Master Shahid) and Munna (Master Anwar) and is in debt. Blinded during an industrial accident, he loses his job and is admitted to the hospital. While returning home, he overhears the heartless landlord saying that instead of being blinded he should have died and thus the children could be placed in an orphanage. He leaves the place and the landlord throws out the children. During travel in a third-class compartment of a train, the 3 of them are caught without a ticket. Then Ramu gets separated from the other 2.

Ramu is found by a stage performer. He is educated and groomed for that industry. Lakshmi takes the toddler Munna to a mansion, where she is treated well by the boy Madhu in the house and ill-treated by his father. Due to Madhu, the 2 children get a shelter. Soon Munna is kidnapped because Madhu puts a gold chain around his neck. But, the kidnapper is caught by a street performer and Munna is saved.

The children grow up. Lakshmi (Jamuna) still lives in Madhu’s (Sudesh Kumar) house. Both are in love with each other. Madhu is sent abroad for higher studies not before he gives a ring to Lakshmi as a token of their engagement. His father observes this and the moment Madhu leaves the country, he snatches the ring and throws Lakshmi out of the house.

Ramu (Sunil Dutt) has grown into a handsome young man and plays the lead character of Lord Krishna in different plays for his troupe. When the owner of the troupe reveals that he brought him up to marry his daughter, Ramu runs away, in his Lord Krishna costume. He reaches the home of Parmanand (Agha), who has a daughter Saroj (B Saroja Devi). Parmanand assigns Ramu the job of a cook, though the younger man does not have any culinary skills. Ramu and Saroj fall in love with each other. Ramu is unable to cook properly. On Saroj’s recommendation, Paramanand appoints Ramu his daughter’s music teacher.

Munna (Mahmood) has been brought up by a street performer. When the street performer dies, he tells Munna how the man had found him as a baby and gives him the gold chain. Post the older man’s death, Munna leaves the place and begins working for daily wages. He sings this song at the time he is working in a quarry. He falls in love with Madhu’s sister Sarla or Saru (Shobha Khote) after he saves her from some goons. Sarla also reciprocates his feelings and they have a nice time singing this song on one of their dates.

Song – Gori chalo na hans ki chal

The lyrics of Gori chalo na hans ki chal were penned by Hasrat Jaipuri and the music was composed by Shankar-Jaikishen.

The man tells the girl not to walk so gracefully. His reason is that the world is against lovers.

Video – Gori chalo na hans ki chal

Cinematographer is Dwarka Divecha. Dance choreography is by B Hiralal-Satyanarayan.

The video opens with Shobha Khote climbing some stairs and Mahmood following her as he begins the song. She replies as she performs some dance steps. He chases her around some trees on the beach. They are seen on 2 different launches in the sea, singing to each other. The song peters out as they are seen together on one launch.

Artists

Mohammad Rafi and Asha Bhonsle have sung Gori chalo na hans ki chal for Mahmood and Shobha Khote, respectively.

Cultural Influence

This typical filmi song is a melodious rendition by 2 of the most legendary singers. The song and the artists are fantastic. The video is watchable for the same.

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