Movie – Albela (1951)
The song Bholi surat dil ke khote appeared in the Bhagwan Art Productions’ romedy Albela (1951) directed by Bhagwan Dada and produced by Bhagwan Dada and Rajnarayan Dubey. The movie starred Bhagwan Dada, Geeta Bali, etc.
Pyare (Bhagwan) is a daydreamer and wants to be popular and earn a lot of money. But, he belongs to a poor family and the family members are in the process of collecting money for the only sister Bimla’s (Bimla Kumari) marriage. When Pyare returns home, his father (Badri Prasad) requests him to arrange for Rs.300-400 for the marriage. Pyare promises the same.
The next day, Pyare gets fired for not concentrating on his job as a peon. He also gets thrown out of his home. When he tries to join a theater group, the manager (Sunder) tells him to leave his address and they would contact him. He does not have a place to stay, so he leaves it at that. Pyare joins a pair of street musicians and tries to earn his living by singing a song.
The manager watches the musicians attracting the crowd. A police constable disperses the crowd and the musicians run away. When the manager asks, the musicians take the credit from Pyare’s singing and land a job with the theater. Pyare realizes that everybody in this world is selfish. Soon, he lands at a performer Asha’s (Geeta Bali) place and accepts the job of washing the dishes. While placing the cleaned utensils at their places, they fall down and create some noise. He realizes that music can also be created by tapping spoons on vessels and sings a song.
The performance impresses Asha and she recommends his name to the theater manager. Asha personally trains Pyare through all his buffoonery and they perform together. His first performance gets him several accolades and he thinks he has won the bet he had placed in front of his family members. He decides to go back home with the money he has received. But, the theater owner tells Asha to convince him not to go, as yet. He seems to have an ulterior motive for it. But, Asha has fallen in love with Pyare, which he doesn’t realize.
Though Pyare does not go home, Asha makes sure that his family receives the gifts, he had purchased for them. But, unfortunately, the money and the gifts that he sends to his family do not reach them. I won’t reveal, why because that is the main crux of the story. If I reveal it at this point, those who want to watch the movie will lose the interest.
One day, they have to attend a party. Pyare realizes the rich-poor divide – poor people are not allowed inside parties and rich people become the chief guests in them. Wealth makes all the difference. At the party, Asha is requested to sing and dance. But, she declines at first saying that she is not in that mood. Since the other guests insist that she sing, she makes the excuse of having a headache. In the meantime, Pyare moves away from the group and plays the piano giving a boost to the beginning of the music. Then, he moves near the other guests and begins to sing and dance to the tune of this song.
Song – Bholi surat dil ke khote
Rajinder Kishan penned the lyrics of Bholi surat dil ke khote… and C Ramchander composed its music.
The man says, “These girls have innocent faces but are tricksters. Their names are good. But, when we see them they are nothing special.”
Video – Bholi surat dil ke khote
The cinematography is by Shankar A Palav. Dance choreography is by Surya Kumar.
The video begins with Bhagwan Dada standing up from the piano seat and moving toward the center of the hall to begin dancing and singing. He is complaining about how girls are innocent but have an ulterior motive in doing anything. The girls move together with Geeta Bali, on the opposite side.
Geeta Bali also begins to sing and takes over the girls’ side. The dance by the male actors is so feminine that it is hilarious. Soon, the lead pair decide to bury their differences because this argument is an age-old one. The music rises to a crescendo and the dance also picks up speed. The music ends and so does the video.
C Ramchander and Lata Mangeshkar have sung for Bhagwan Dada and Geeta Bali. Other actors also dance with them.
This typically filmi song is a representative of the old times. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the same.