Movie – Shikar (1968)
Main albeli pyar jatakar 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 also 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 the previous night, properly.
A few days later on a chance visit to a dance performance, he perceives the same girl. It turns out that she is Kiran, the daughter of a retired police officer. He still suspects that she has some connection with Naresh’s death. But, post an altercation with her; he falls in love with each other. They begin to date. But, her father Retired Police Commissioner (Rahman) is not interested in their meeting. He is interested in the progress of the Naresh murder case and calls up Rai to keep tabs.
In the meantime, Naresh’s assistant Veera (Helen) has a secret to hold back from the world and is flirting with both Ajay and Rai. One day, she invites Rai to her home and tries to seduce him. He ends up finding an envelope hidden inside a book, which she had brought from Naresh’s home. Rai begins to investigate the envelope and finds that the handwriting on it belongs to the retired police commissioner. Rai questions his one-time senior and is curtly told to get a warrant when coming for an inquiry next time.
In a parallel plot that joins the main story, Teju is in love with a tribal girl Mahua (Bela Bose) and is compelled to run away with her by the tribal community before they get married. Teju and Mahua reach a camp at night. Veera and Robbie (Manmohan) are present in the camp. Robbie is in the process of trying to get Naresh’s property transferred to Veera’s name so that he could enjoy it with her. Veera is against the proposition. Ajay finds this out through the lawyer dealing with the Naresh murder case. When Teju and the tribal community enter the camp, Veera performs this song. Mahua has a small purse in her hand and Veera wants to have that because there is a secret in it.
Song – Main albeli pyar jatakar
The lyrics of Main albeli pyar jatakar was penned by Hasrat Jaipuri and its music was scored by Shankar-Jaikishan.
The girl sings, “I am such a girl, who treats people with love and steals their hearts.”
Video – Main albeli pyar jatakar
The cinematography is by V K Murthy. Dance choreography is by Suresh Bhatt-P L Raj.
The video opens with Helen beginning to dance. The music is taken forward by the clapping of all those who are present there. Bela Bose smiles at the performance. Some male actors perform some acrobatics. Johnny Walker seems to be too impressed by the performance. Dharmendra comes that way.
Helen pulls Bela Bose and Johnny Walker to the middle of the gathering and insists that she also dance. Johnny Walker takes over the small purse that Bela Bose had. Helen pulls the small purse from Johnny Walker’s hand and pushes him away. She kisses it and moves away from the focus of the camera.
Dharmendra sees her doing the above and takes the small purse away from her as she tries to sneak away from the camp, without her knowing. Helen beckons to Manmohan and tells him about the purse. The music rises to a crescendo and the song and the video end, abruptly, as all the other campers dance to the tune of the music.
Asha Bhonsle sings for Helen and Johnny Walker, Bela Bose, Manmohan, Dharmendra and others look on.
This song does not have any cultural influence on it. The song is good for Asha Bhonsle’s vocals. The video is watchable for Helen’s performance.