Movie – Shikar (1968)
Jabse laagi tose najariya 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, properly, the previous night.
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 track, 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 a song. Mahua has a small purse in her hand and Veera wants to have that because there is a secret in it. During the song, Ajay appears at the camp and makes away with the purse that Veera had snatched from Teju. Ajay draws a letter out of the purse and confiscates it. Veera and Robbie force the purse out of him but do not find the letter. Mahua takes away the purse and through Teju it again reaches Ajay.
Ajay meets Kiran’s father and convinces him to tell him what had happened on the day of murder since he knew that the purse was Kiran’s. The retired police officer tells him what had happened. We don’t get to know it because the portion is not revealed in the video. Ajay gives him the letter and Ajay and Kiran visit the tribal camp and Kiran performs this song with Mahua.
Song – Jabse laagi tose najariya
The lyrics of Jabse laagi tose najariya were penned by Hasrat Jaipuri and its music was scored by Shankar-Jaikishan.
The girl sings, “Since we fell in love with each other, I have been experiencing love pangs. Come to me, my Darling. I am unable to deal with this situation.”
Video – Jabse laagi tose najariya
The cinematography is by V K Murthy. Dance choreography is by Suresh Bhatt-P L Raj.
The video opens with Bela Bose and Asha Parekh beginning to perform this song with some other dancers. Dharmendra is pleasantly surprised that Asha Parekh could perform the tribal dance as well. Asha Parekh is alarmed every time she hears some drum beats. Bela Bose then brings her into the dance again.
Asha Parekh stops dancing but continues to sing. Dharmendra begins to observe her closely. At one signal from Dharmendra, they increase the drum beats and surround the female lead. Asha Parekh cannot bear it and falls down unconscious. The music rises to a crescendo and ends abruptly. The video also ends there.
Asha Bhonsle and Lata Mangeshkar sing for Bela Bose and Asha Parekh and Johnny Walker, Dharmendra and others look on.
This song does not have any cultural influence on it. The choreographer has tried to make use of some supposedly junglee dance steps. I don’t know where this came from – the movies or from the people in real life supposedly imitating the tribal dance steps. But, the dance depicted in this song can be called junglee in the sense that it has the dancers imitating the supposed tribal communities. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for Asha Parekh’s grace. Her performance shows that she is a trained dancer.