Movie – Black Cat (1959)
The song, One two three four, was featured in the Sippy Films’ crime thriller Black Cat (1959), directed by Nisar Ahmad Ansari and produced by G P Sippy. The movie started Balraj Sahni, Minoo Mumtaz, Nisar Ahmad Ansari, Johnny Walker, etc.
Rajan (Balraj Sahni) is a police officer-in-charge of the case of the notorious criminal Black Cat. The Black Cat is audacious enough to regularly leave his calling card at the scene of the crime and is very confident that he will not be caught. Rajan is in love with Nita (Minoo Mumtaz), the sister of a close family friend Professor Gupta (Nisar Ahmad Ansari).
Rajan’s friend Popat (Johnny Walker) is a detective and assists Rajan from outside the police force. Together with his assistant Bulbul (Shammi), Popat also begins to search for the Black Cat albeit playing safe and not falling prey to the goons. What no one knows is that Professor Gupta is the Black Cat by night.
One night, Popat and Bulbul visit a club, disguised. Professor Gupta appears there also disguised as a normal club-goer with a female assistant. Popat gets suspicious of the man and he with Bulbul follow the man’s movements. Right then, the night’s performance begins and the dancer pulls Popat into the performance.
Song – One two three four
The lyrics of the song, One two three four, were penned by Jan Nisar Akhtar and the music was set by N Dutta.
The song goes, “One two three four. You are the thief of my heart.”
Video – One two three four
The cinematography is by K S Jaitly. Dance choreography is by Satyanarayan.
The video opens with some female dancers coming onto the stage, wearing a combination of Red Indian and gypsy dresses. The lead artist comes to the stage shooting from a pistol. She puts the pistol back into the holster and pulls a rope from behind a stage prop.
The girl then throws the hangman’s noose made from the rope at Johnny Walker to pull him onto the stage. The girl and Johnny Walker begin to perform the song. Shammi looks on, amused. The other dancers use Johnny Walker for target practice with axes.
The main artist of the performance keeps shooting from her pistol. Soon, the song and the performance rise to a crescendo and the video also ends as Johnny Walker returns to his place near Shammi.
Suman Kalyanpur and Mohammad Rafi have sung this song for a female dancer and Johnny Walker. Shammi and others are also seen in the video.
There is some influence of the Red Indian and gypsy culture on this song. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the same.