Movie – Himalay Ki God Mein (1965)
The song, Tu raat khadi thi chat pe, featured in Shree Prakash Pictures’ socio-drama Himalay Ki God Mein (1965) produced by Shakanbhai Bhatt and directed by Vijay Bhatt. The movie starred Manoj Kumar, Mala Sinha, Shashikala, Jayant, etc.
Dr. Sunil Mehra’s (Manoj Kumar) flight lands in some wilderness because of a medical emergency. He goes about looking for a hospital and is caught by dacoits to be tortured and left for dead. A villager Phulwa (Mala Sinha) finds him unconscious, the next morning. She and her friends take him to her home. Sunil wakes up soon and realizes that proper medical facilities are not available in this village and other villages nearby. A quack (Kanhaiyalal) was throwing the wool over the eyes of the people by promoting superstition in the area.
Sunil returns home to the city and when an epidemic strikes the village, Phulwa brings her father the Chowdhury (David) to the city hospital where Sunil is working (Sunil had given her the address of his hospital.) This incident prompts Sunil to return to the village and set up a charitable clinic there. Slowly, he gains the confidence of the villagers, so much so that they take care of his everyday needs. On Baisakhi, Sunil and Phulwa dance to the tune of this song with some other villagers.
Song – Tu raat khadi thi chat pe
The song, Tu raat khadi thi chat pe, was penned by Anand Bakshi and the music was composed by Kalyanji-Anandji.
The man says, “You were standing on the terrace at night. I thought the moon has risen.” The girl replies, “Curse you. When I saw you, I slipped and fell.”
Video – Tu raat khadi thi chat pe
The cinematography is by Praveen Bhatt. Dance choreography is by Satyanarayan.
The video opens with Manoj Kumar playing dhol and Mala Sinha and other actors beginning to dance in tune with the music, which has already begun. He plays the flute and the song is propelled forward with the clapping by Mala Sinha and the other actors.
Soon, the music rises to a crescendo as everybody even the people watching the performance begin to dance. Then, the song ends abruptly as Manoj Kumar is lifted by some youths and thrown up in the air, in jubilation.
Mohd. Rafi and Usha Timothy have sung this song for Manoj Kumar and Mala Sinha. Some other actors are also seen in the video.
The song has been distinctly influenced by the Punjabi culture. The place seems to be Himachal Pradesh. According to my knowledge, the music is usually Pahadi, here. Mom told me that when Himachal Pradesh natives perform Bhangra, it has more influence of Tappa on it. But, this is out-and-out Bhangra, though there are a lot of claps in between. Maybe, the moviemakers have taken cinematic liberty for this song. The song and the artists are fantastic. The video is watchable for the same.