Movie – Detective (1958)
Aaja karle muqabala yeh baazi pyar ki appeared in the Amiya Chitra’s Shakti Samanta-directed ‘shocking’ thriller Detective (1958). This movie was produced by Ranjit Kumar and starred Pradeep Kumar, Mala Sinha, Moni Chatterjee, Johnny Walker, K N Singh, etc.
A police officer Loonpe (Moni Chatterjee), from Singapore, travels to Calcutta (Kolkata, now) with his daughter Mashin (Mala Sinha) looking for some smugglers. On the ship, Mashin meets a man Raja Ghosh (Pradeep Kumar) and a little boy Master (Daisy Irani in her quintessential boy-role).
When they reach Calcutta, they all check-in at Gonzalves’ (K N Singh) hotel. Loonpe is in pursuit of a criminal Sukhdev (Krishnakant), who on the suggestion of Gonzalves is masquerading as the rich Mr. Lal, a look-alike.
Mashin and Raja Ghosh fall in love with each other. Everything is going right when during one of Raja Ghosh’s magic acts; Loonpe is killed by a Gonzalves’ henchman. The police are called in. Mashin is mourning her father’s death in the next shot. Gonzalves has been eavesdropping on whatever is happening in Mashin’s room since her father was alive. So, Gonzalves knew that Loonpe has completed his report and was ready to submit it. He also knew that the Singaporean police officer had found Sukhdev.
By chance, Raja Ghosh finds out about the microphone in Mashin’s room and that Gonzalves is listening to the conversations happening there. Right then, Mashin was being threatened for her father’s report by Gonzalves’ goons. Raja Ghosh runs to her rescue, but perceives the microphone and behaves as if he is faithful to Gonzalves. Then, he whisks off Mashin to some inconspicuous place in Calcutta. Unfortunately, Gonzalves’ goons catch up with them and keeping a safe distance, observe them.
That night, Mashin and Raja Ghosh confess their love for each other and get married, with the full moon and the stars witnessing the marriage. Raja Ghosh is required to go out during the night and he warns Mashin to be careful. Master requests her to pat him to sleep. The house owner calls her and she leaves the room. Outside, the goons are ready with some gypsies, who are bribed to perform a dance there at that time.
The goons waylay Master and even kidnap Mashin, leaving a message for Raja Ghosh. Raja Ghosh has been warned not to go to the police. But, Plainclothesman Constable Chaudhary (Dhumal) suspects something is amiss and takes Raja Ghosh to his senior officer. Then, they plan their next move. In the next shot, Chaudhary’s sidekick John Butler (Johnny Walker) performs this song with his beloved, the hotel’s dancer Liza (Bimla Kumari).
Song – Aaja karle muqabala yeh baazi pyar ki
Aaja karle muqabala yeh baazi pyar ki was written by Shailendra for Mukul Roy’s music.
The song goes thus, “Let’s have the contest. This is the game of love.”
Video – Aaja karle muqabala yeh baazi pyar ki
Cinematography is by P Isaac. The dance choreography is by Surya Kumar-Badri Prasad.
The video opens with Johnny Walker running down some steps to reach the stage, dancing. He is wearing a dress like a Spanish Matador. Bimla Kumari enters the stage from elsewhere wearing the costume of a bull.
They begin to dance and sing. Pradeep Kumar is picked up by a passing car. Soon, the song ends abruptly and Johnny Walker covers Bimla Kumari with the red cloth that he is holding. The video also ends as the audience applauds.
Geeta Dutt and Mohammad Rafi sang for Johnny Walker and Bimla Kumari. Other actors look on. Pradeep Kumar also appears in the video.
There might be some influence of the culture of the Western countries on this song. The song is good and the video is watchable.