Movie – Aan (1952)
Main Rani hoon Raja ki was featured in India’s first Technicolor film Aan (1952) produced and directed by Mehboob Khan, under the banner of Mehboob Productions. The movie starred Dilip Kumar, Nadira (debut), Premnath, Nimmi, etc.
Villager Mangala (Nimmi) is in love with Jai Tilak (Dilip Kumar), but the feelings are not reciprocated by him. Mangala keeps hoping that he might soften his approach toward her. Jai Tilak participates in a contest thrown open by the king of the region. He tames the princess Rajkumari’s (Nadira) horse. But, due to the interference of his mother (Nilambai), he gives up the fight with Prince Shamsher (Prem Nath). However, Mangala runs to the balcony where the royalty is sitting and tells the Emperor (Murad) that Jai Tilak is the winner and not the Prince. The Emperor declares the Jai Tilak as the winner, going against the insistence of Shamsher. In the meantime, Shamsher begins to lust at Mangala.
When the Emperor declares that he would be leaving the kingdom to the people rather than his brother Shamsher post his death, he escapes the Prince’s murder attempt on him due to the alertness of a servant. The Emperor disguises as a servant to stay in the palace. With the Prince lusting at Mangala and meting out atrocities on the people of the kingdom, she protests and then sings this song.
Song – Main Rani hoon Raja ki
Shakeel Badayuni has penned the lyrics of Main Rani hoon Raja ki and Naushad Sahab has composed the tune.
The girl says, “I am my King’s Queen. My King is my beloved.”
Video – Main Rani hoon Raja ki
The cinematography is by Faredoon A Irani. Dance choreography is by Krishna Kumar-Surya Kumar.
The video opens with the shots of the greenery around the place. The song begins in the background. Nimmi comes toward the camera within a field, on the mountain side. She has some harvested crops in her hand and also begins to sing and dance. Prem Nath comes in that direction in his car and she shows some attitude. Soon, the song peters out and the video ends as he fumbles with the flowers in her hair.
Shamshad Begum sings this song for Nimmi. Prem Nath and other actors look on.
There is not much cultural influence on this song. But, I do suspect some classical music influence because it was composed by Naushad Sahab. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the same.