Movie – Aaya Sawan Jhoonke (1969)
Rama duhai meri Rama duhai appeared in Film Yug’s romantic family drama Aaya Sawan Jhoomke (1969) – Monsoon comes swaying – produced by J Om Prakash and directed by Raghunath Jhalani. The movie starred Dharmendra, Asha Parekh, Nirupa Roy, Nazir Hussain, Aruna Irani, Bindu, Rajinder Nath, etc.
Jai Shankar (Dharmendra) is a foreign-educated man but bound to Indian culture. One day, he is supposed to attend an event and the organizers mistake him for a Singer-Performer Jaidev. It all begins with Sadhuram Sood (Rajinder Nath) assuming that he is Jaidev. Once the real Jaidev appears, one of the organizers, Aarti (Asha Parekh) takes Jai to task and insists that he sings in front of the large audience. Initially, he is hesitant. After a shower of slippers and shoes, he performs a song, which gets a “once more” request from the audience.
Aarti’s friends organize a picnic and there she sits thoughtfully, away from the group. The girls approach her to ask what the matter was. She replies with this song.
Song – Rama duhai meri Rama duhai
Rama duhai meri Rama duhai has lyrics by Anand Bakshi and music score by Lakshmi-Pyare.
The girl talks about her dream where someone had gripped her wrist and broken her glass bangles.
Video – Rama duhai meri Rama duhai
The cinematography is by V Babasaheb. Dance choreography is by Suresh Bhatt.
The video opens with Asha Parekh blushing as the other girls insisting that she tell them what happened. She begins the song and dance. Other girls also join her in the dance in different ways.
Dharmendra comes along there and hides behind a trellis as he perceives Asha Parekh. The female lead compels another girl wearing a masculine dress to enter the dark interior of a large fish formation in the garden. They return wearing each other’s clothes.
Asha Parekh is such a graceful Tom Boy. I don’t love her for nothing. Dharmendra is amused at her performance in the male dress. I guess that placing a Tom Boyish dance song in every Asha Parekh movie was a done thing, in those days. The song peters out and the video ends there.
Lata Mangeshkar sings for Asha Parekh and Dharmendra watches the performance. Other female actors perform with Asha Parekh.
The picturization of this song reminds me of a Bharatanatyam item that I had performed when I was studying the 12th grade. I had played the central character of Saint Andal (who is like Saint Meera of Rajasthan) and my sister was one of the friends performing with me. The performance began with me taking a nap (squatting gracefully on the stage) and then I wake up as my friends ask me about my dream.
We had performed this dance piece 3 times and the last performance was during a dance competition. I completed Biology final practical exams in the morning and in the evening I had to be ready for the performance in the competition. It was quite challenging for me.
Anyways, there is not much cultural influence on this song. The song is good and so are the artists. The video is watchable for the same.