Movie – Kisise Na Kehna (1983)
The song, Dhoondhe Yasodha chahu or, was featured in a Hrishikesh Mukherjee-directed Sahyog Chitra’s comic caper Kisise na kehna (1983), which was produced by Jaywant Pathare and Ashok Raut. The movie starred, Deepti Naval, Farooq Sheikh, Utpal Dutt, Deven Verma, Saeed Jaffrey, S N Banerjee, etc.
Ramesh (Farooq Sheikh), the son of a devout widower Kailashpati (Utpal Dutt), and Dr. Ramola (Deepti Naval) are in love with each other. Having ‘seen’ several modern educated girls for his son, Kailashpati decides that he wants only a village girl, who knows about the Indian Culture but not a single word of English.
Ramesh requests the help of his father’s friend, Lalaji (Saeed Jaffrey), who presents Ramola as a village belle Rama. Lalaji also shares a list of questions for her to learn by rote just in case Kailashpati would ask them. Ramola aka ‘Rama’ manages to get into Kailashpati’s good books and Lalaji requests her to sing this bhajan for the benefit of his friend.
Song – Dhoondhe Yasodha chahu or
The lyrics of the song, Dhoondhe Yasodha chahu or, were penned by Yogesh and they were set to tune by Bappi Lahiri.
The song goes thus, “Yashoda is looking for her Son. Nandkishore (Lord Krishna) is hiding from her.”
Video – Dhoondhe Yasodha chahu or
The cinematography is by Jaywant Pathare.
The video opens with Deepti Naval getting up from her seat and walking toward the prayer area. She sits down with folded hands in front of the altar. She lights a lamp and begins the song. Utpal Dutt is visibly impressed.
S N Banerjee (who plays Deepti Naval’s maternal uncle) is also present. Deepti Naval returns to her seat and continues the song. Utpal Dutt imagines that a little kid dressed as Lord Krishna hits the waterpots carried by some traditionally dressed women.
The water leaks out of the pots. The women complain to Deepti Naval dressed up as Yashoda. He also imagines that Deepti Naval looks for the little kid and punishes him for playing the prank. But then, the kid insists that the entire Braj village is against him.
Besides, now even she is blaming him. Back to reality, Saeed Jaffrey watches Utpal Dutt becoming completely engrossed in the song. Farooq Sheikh is also enjoying the song from outside of the house. The song peters out and the video also ends at this point.
This song was sung by Asha Bhonsle for Deepti Naval. Utpal Dutt, Saeed Jaffrey, S N Banerjee, Farooq Sheikh and some other actors are also present in the video.
This song has been deeply influenced by the Hindu culture of singing bhajans to please God. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the same.