O meri chorni o meri morni (Version 2) – Mohd. Rafi/Lata – Kalyanji-Anandji – Rishi/Tina | Katilon Ke Katil (1981)

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Movie – Katilon Ke Katil (1981)

O meri chorni o meri morni (Version 2) appeared in 1981 hit Kapleshwar Films’ Katilon Ke Katil (Killer of Murderers) directed by Arjun and Anil Hingorani and produced by Arjun Hingorani. The movie starred Dharmendra, Zeenat Aman, Rishi Kapoor, Tina Munim, late Amjad Khan, late Nirupa Roy, late Pradeep Kumar, Shakti Kapoor, late Mukri, Kalpana Iyer, etc.

This is a typical lost-and-found type of Bollywood movie.

A rich man (Pradeep Kumar) has a small divine chariot with Lord Krishna and Arjuna, made up of gold studded with diamonds. The criminal Black Cobra (Amjad Khan) wants that for himself. He kills the rich man and in the confusion, his wife Radha (Nirupa Roy) gets separated from her sons Ajit and Munna. Ajit watches his father being killed by Black Cobra and that gives him a big shock. When he cannot remember his past, he is adopted by a Muslim woman and named Badshah. Munna is adopted by a petty thief (Mukri).

Years later both the kids have grown up into young men. Badshah (Dharmendra) fights for the downtrodden. Munna (Rishi Kapoor) has become a petty thief like his adopted father. One day, Munna sets his eyes on the precious necklace worn by a lady staying at a hotel. But, he is not the only one besotted by the necklace. Another petty thief, this time a female (Tina Munim) with a monkey doing all the work, is attracted to it and steals it. He tricks her into losing the necklace. When she comes to know about his tricking her, she threatens revenge. But, Munna has already fallen in love with her.

Munna reaches his biological mother Radha due to a small misunderstanding. I am not elaborating the scene because it is worth watching first hand. I will just say that Black Cobra tries to plant someone as Munna (Ravi Kumar) in Radha’s home and the real Munna lands there, instead. A missing person’s newspaper ad brings Badshah also to his mother. The unknown female thief (Tina Munim) also lands there as Munna’s wife. Radha accepts her as her DIL. When asked by Munna why she has followed him there, the girl replies that she had come to avenge herself. Munna tries to take advantage of the situation and tries to seduce her. But, she tricks him into staying in the washroom for the night. The next day, Radha realizes what had happened between them. They tell her that they had a registered marriage and she tells them that she would officialize it according to the Hindu tradition.

Munna follows the female thief, outside, to try to convince her of his love through this song.

Song – O meri chorni o meri morni (Version 2)

The lyrics of O meri chorni o meri morni (Version 2) were written by Rajinder Kishan and the music was composed by Kalyanji-Anandji.

The man says, “O my beloved thief! O my beloved peahen! I have given myself to you.” The girl replies, “Love happens only once. It does not happen again.”

Video – O meri chorni o meri morni (Version 2)

Cinematography is by Kishore Rege.

The video opens with Rishi Kapoor beginning the song. Tina Munim accepts his love. He is happy. But, he can’t believe his ears. When he is convinced, they begin to dance around the garden. Soon, the song peters out and the video ends as they leave the garden.

Artists

The playback of O meri chorni o meri morni (Version 2) was sung by Mohammad Rafi and Lata Mangeshkar while the onscreen performances were by Rishi Kapoor and Tina Munim.

Cultural Influence

Rishi Kapoor tries to convince Tina Munim to accept his love. And she does. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the same.

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