Movie – Albela (1951)
The song Shola jo bhadke 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. An impromptu performance by Pyare 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 interest. Soon, Asha reveals to him about her love, which he accepts. A crucial incident reminds Pyare about his mother and he decides to go back home. Some revelations, hand-to-hand combats and jealousy-misunderstandings later, Asha helps him reconcile with his family. This song is at the end of the movie where the lead pair performs for their audience, which has his father and sister sitting in the front row enjoying every bit of the performance.
Song – Shola jo bhadke
Rajinder Kishan penned the lyrics of Shola jo bhadke and C Ramchander composed its music.
The man and the girl sing, “Youth is creating havoc in my heart.”
Video – Shola jo bhadke
The cinematography is by Shankar A Palav. Dance choreography is by Surya Kumar.
The video begins with someone playing the drum and the music beginning. A group of male dancers enters the dance area clapping a particular way. They appear to be concentrating hard to keep in tune. This interesting activity kick-starts the dance, as some girls enter the dance area.
Geeta Bali is present near a campfire and she begins to sway to the tune of the song. She also begins to dance. Bhagwan Dada also joins her in it. The flashing light gives a surreal effect to the dance. It is particularly more obvious due to the black and white medium of the video.
After some more dancing, all dancers clap in a musical way and that rises the music to a crescendo. The video ends as the audience including Bimla Kumari and Badri Prasad applaud energetically.
Lata Mangeshkar and C Ramchander have sung Shola jo bhadke for Geeta Bali and Bhagwan Dada. Badri Prasad, Bimla Kumari and others applaud.
This typically filmi song is a representative of the old times. I think this tune has some origins in Hawaiian and Goan music, in a combo way. The dresses seem to indicate that. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the same.