Movie – Shikar (1968)
Another of my favorite Asha2 songs, Parde mein rehne do, was featured in Guru Dutt Films’ murder mystery Shikar (1968), produced and directed by Atma Ram. The movie starred Asha Parekh, Dharmendra, Sanjeev Kumar, Helen, Rahman, Ramesh Deo, Bela Bose, Johnny Walker, etc.
Ajay (Dharmendra) is the manager of Timli Estate and works under Naresh (Ramesh Deo). Late one rainy night, Ajay finds a girl (Asha Parekh) getting involved in an accident in front of his home. He fetches the unconscious girl and makes her comfortable on his bed. Ajay goes to fetch a doctor. But, on the way, he finds that his boss Naresh has been murdered.
By morning, having fetched Police Inspector Rai (Sanjeev Kumar); Ajay realizes that the evidence has disappeared or has been tampered with. Ajay takes Rai to meet the unconscious girl, he met the previous night. But, she has already disappeared due to the negligence of Ajay’s manservant Teju (Johnny Walker). Now, Rai thinks that Ajay has been hallucinating because he hadn’t slept properly the previous night.
A few days later, Ajay visits his lawyer, in the city, to know the progress of Naresh murder case. The lawyer says that such things take time and persuades him to come to a dance performance, with him. This is the song that is performed in the next shot.
Song – Parde mein rehne do
Parde mein rehne do was penned by Hasrat Jaipuri and its music was scored by Shankar-Jaikishan.
The girl requests, “Let things be hidden. Don’t bring them out of hiding. If they come out of hiding, the secret will be out and with it chaos!”
Video – Parde mein rehne do
The cinematography is by V K Murthy. Dance choreography is by Suresh Bhatt-P L Raj.
The video opens with some people in Arabic costumes entering the stage. The man in the lead shows some girls behind curtains. These girls are also wearing Arabic costumes. The music begins.
The men come to the last girl, who is veiled till her knees. It turns out to be Asha Parekh when the other girls open her veil. Asha Parekh begins to sing and tells them not to remove the veil. She also begins to dance.
Curtains keep falling and lifting from in front of her. The other girls also join her in the performance – both song and dance. Dharmendra appears there with the actor playing the lawyer. He realizes that she is the girl he had rescued from the accident site the other night.
Dharmendra gets angry and moves forward near the audience to try to confirm that it was the same girl. Soon, the song rises to a crescendo and abruptly ends. The video also ends as Asha Parekh keeps turning around with some light curtains around her.
Asha Bhonsle got the Filmfare Award for singing this song for Asha Parekh. Dharmendra and other actors look on.
This song has a lot of Arabic cultural influence on it. The song is fantastic. I really love this Asha2 song. The video is watchable for Asha Parekh’s graceful dance.