Piya bawari – Ashok/Asha – R D Burman – Ashok/Rekha | Khoobsoorat (1980)


Movie – Khoobsoorat (1980)

The song, Piya bawari, was featured in the award-winning family drama Khoobsoorat (1980), directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee and produced by Hrishikesh Mukherjee and N C Sippy. The movie starred Ashok Kumar, Rekha, Rakesh Roshan, Dina Pathak, Ranjit Chowdhury, etc.

Anju (Aaradhana) and Manju (Rekha) are 2 naughty sisters. Anju gets a matrimonial proposal and gets married into a family, which follows rules and is disciplined. Manju starts missing her sister and visits her. Anju’s mother-in-law (Dina Pathak) is not very pleased with Manju’s carefree attitude toward life and keeps insisting on discipline. Anju’s younger brother-in-law Inder (Rakesh Roshan) and Manju keep playing pranks against each other. Eventually, they come to the conclusion that they should call it a truce and become friends. Soon, they express their love for each other.

Anju’s youngest brother-in-law Jagan (Ranjit Chowdhury) is a budding musician. But, his mother does not encourage this hobby. Manju convinces him to enjoy life. Slowly, she finds out that Anju’s elder sister-in-law (Shashikala) and father-in-law (Ashok Kumar) are also interested in music. Manju convinces them to join her in a small musical event on the terrace the coming Sunday saying that they are not hiding anything from Anju’s mother-in-law but doing this for pure happiness. It is convenient because Anju’s mother-in-law goes to her usual kitty party, on that day. This is the song they perform on at this point in the movie.

Song – Piya bawari

The song, Piya bawari, was penned by Gulzar and its tune was composed by R D Burman.

The girl is looking for her beloved.

Video – Piya bawari

The cinematography is by Jaywant Pathare. Dance choreography is by Gopi Krishna.

The video opens with Ashok Kumar singing the ‘bols’ of the dance while playing the percussion instrument – the tabla. Shashikala is performing some steps to go with the ‘bols’. Rekha is moving her head in tune with the ‘bols’.

Rekha joins Shashikala in the dance. Shashikala stops the dance and goes to the steps to sit on one of them. Rekha continues the dance. Aaradhana and another female actor join the dance the next time they organize the event.

Rekha also meets Rakesh Roshan in a garden while singing the song. During the game of carom with him and his friends, she finds him gazing at her, not concentrating on the game. Soon, the song peters out and the video ends as Rekha moves away from Rakesh Roshan in the garden.


The song, Piya bawari, has been sung by Asha Bhonsle and Ashok Kumar for Rekha and himself. Shashikala is also seen in the video.

Cultural Influence

The dance in this song is an Indian classical rendition, which has been inspired by the Kathak tradition. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the same.


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