Movie – Beti-Bete (1964)
Prabhuji rakho laaj hamari 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. Due to various situations, the 3 kids separate from each other.
Ramu (Sunil Dutt), who has been brought up by a theater troupe owner, has grown into a handsome young man and plays the lead character of Lord Krishna in different plays for his mentor’s troupe. When his mentor 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. Soon, Ramu and Saroj’s relationship comes out in the open in front of her father. This happens when a letter that Ramu writes for Saroj falls in the older man’s hands. When Paramanand gets angry and calls Ramu, Ramu immediately begins to sing this song.
Song – Prabhuji rakho laaj hamari
The lyrics of Prabhuji rakho laaj hamari were penned by Hasrat Jaipuri and the music was composed by Shankar-Jaikishen.
This is another very short song that is a Bhajan, requesting God to help the man. But, the song is actually addressed to the girl, to rescue him from a tight spot.
Video – Prabhuji rakho laaj hamari
The cinematographer is Dwarka Divecha.
The video opens with Agha getting mesmerized as this song begins in the background. Agha is in the hall and the lead pair is present upstairs. Sunil Dutt addresses B Saroja Devi in this Bhajan. But, B Saroja Devi herself is worried about the turn of events. The song peters out and the video also ends as Agha reclines calmly on a chair.
Mohammad Rafi has sung Prabhuji rakho laaj hamari for Sunil Dutt. B Saroja Devi and Agha look on.
This typical filmi song is a melodious rendition by one of the most legendary singers. The song and the artists are fantastic. The video is watchable for the same.