Movie – Yaadon Ki Baraat (1973)
Yaadon ki baraat (Version 2) appears in 1973 hit action drama Yaadon Ki Baraat (Procession of Memories) produced and directed by Nasir Hussain under the banner of Nasir Hussain Films. The movie starred Dharmendra, Ajit, Zeenat Aman, Vijay Arora, Tariq Khan, Neetu Singh, etc.
Shankar, Vijay and Ratan are brothers. The boys’ father witnesses a robbery by Shakaal (Ajit) and his goons. Shakaal kills him and his wife to protect his identity. Having lost both their parents, the 3 boys get separated from each other, but not before Shankar and Vijay have witnessed the murder.
Years later, the boys have grown up. Shankar (Dharmendra) is haunted by the memory of his parents’ murder. He with his friend Usman (Ravinder Kapoor) indulges in criminal activities. Vijay (Vijay Arora) is adopted by the estate manager of a rich man in Mahabaleshwar. The boys’ maid brings up Ratan (Tariq Khan) and he has changed his name to Monto. He has started a band and sings with it at hotels.
Vijay has just passed his final exam with flying colors. He returns to Mahabaleshwar, where he sees Sunita bullying his adopted father. Sunita (Zeenat Aman) is the daughter of the rich owner of the estate, where Vijay’s foster father works. When she leaves, he speaks to the older man and goes to visit his friend Salim (Jalal Agha). There he is told that Sunita is having a party and has invited Salim’s boss Kunwar Vijay as well. I wonder if it is a coincidence that Salim’s friend and his boss’ name is the same – Vijay.
A few altercations later, they fall in love with each other. But, when her father comes to visit her, Vijay realizes the rich-poor divide between them because Sunita still thinks that he is a rich man. Vijay goes to Bombay (Mumbai now) to take up a job in Hotel Maryland. Sunita sees him working at Hotel Maryland, but forgives him for the masquerade. Shankar is recruited by Shakaal to steal the idol of Natraj from the Cultural Museum. For that, he is called to Hotel Maryland. Ratan is already there for his shows. The brothers meet at the hotel, but do not recognize each other.
The police have declared that anyone giving Shakaal’s location would be given Rs.50000. Shakaal sends one of his men to inform the police that he was leaving for London soon and was staying at Hotel Maryland. Someone from the gang kills the man masquerading as Shakaal and the case is closed.
Jack (Satyen Kapoo) is an eye witness to Shankar’s parents’ murder and is in jail. Shankar is waiting for the day he is expected to be released. On that day, Shankar finds Jack through the older man’s daughter. Jack had saved Shankar and Vijay from the killers on the fateful day. He professes to help Shankar find his parents’ killers and also tells him that his parents’ killer wears shoes of 2 different sizes.
Jack finds out that Shakaal runs the Hotel Maryland and calls him from a public telephone booth asking for money. During the conversation, Shakaal hears the sound of a train near the public telephone booth. Shakaal, immediately, orders his goons to trace out Jack when he would be calling him the next morning. Jack is killed and the killer finds a note for Shankar in the dead man’s pocket. Shakaal offers to give Shankar the letter on the condition that he would kidnap Sunita and bring her to him. His intention is to exchange Sunita for some very expensive jewelry that her father owns.
Shankar lies to Sunita that Vijay is at a higher floor and brings her to Shakaal. Shakaal tells him to get the jewelry and then he would give him Jack’s letter. Unintentionally, Shakaal places both his feet on the table in front of him, showing the size of his shoes. Shankar realizes that the man, in front of him, is his parents’ killer. But, he is unable to do anything. Shakaal also realizes that something is amiss and tells Shankar to go to the restaurant and relax. Once Shankar moves out of the room, Shakaal also tells his goons to keep an eye on Shankar and make sure that he doesn’t go out of the hotel.
At the restaurant, Ratan sings this version of their family song, as he usually did; to see if he can find his lost brothers.
Song – Yaadon ki baraat (Version 2)
The lyrics of Yaadon ki baraat (Version 2) were penned by Majrooh Sultanpuri and the music was composed by R D Burman.
The song says, “The procession of memories has come at the door of our hearts. The music of our dreams brings back memories of the past.”
Video – Yaadon ki baraat (Version 2)
Cinematography is by Munir Khan.
The video opens with some conversation between Dharmendra and Shetty (one of the goons). When Dharmendra enters the restaurant, Tariq Khan begins this song and Vijay Arora replies to it in the song. Dharmendra is trapped into a tight spot by the goons. So, he does not reveal himself. He can only bless them from afar. Tariq Khan and Vijay Arora run to each to each other and hug. Then, Dharmendra goes to the kitchen and sends a hand-written message to his brothers through a steward. The video also ends there.
The playback of Yaadon ki baraat (Version 2) was sung by Kishore Kumar and Mohammad Rafi for Tariq Khan and Vijay Arora. Dharmendra, Shetty and others look on.
This song reunites the brothers in the movie. The song is very good and the video is watchable to pass the time.