Movie – Ek Phool Do Mali (1969)
The song, Yeh parda hata do, was featured in the Goel Cine Corporation’s blockbuster fam-socio-drama Ek Phool Do Mali (1969), produced and directed by Devendra Goel. The movie starred Balraj Sahni, Sadhana, Sanjay Khan, etc.
Kailashnath Kaushal (Balraj Sahni) loses his ability to become a father in an accident after his wife and newborn die during childbirth. Looking for peace, he goes to the mountains. He begins to teach mountaineering to young men.
Amar (Sanjay Khan) from Africa is one of his students. This man picks up a fight with the village girl, Somna (Sadhana) and after a game of some one-upmanship between them, he traps her in her own game. He begins to blackmail her and then, insists that she sing a song for him to get out of the trap. She sings a romantic song since she knows only one.
Soon, she traps him at her home and calls out to her neighbors and lastly her mother (Durga Khote). Her mother actually comes to her answering her call. As a result, Somna has to hide Amar in an upstairs Pooja room. It is prayer time at the nearby temple. So, Somna’s mother goes into the Pooja room despite her daughter’s insistence to not go there. But, the older woman does not find Amar.
On the way to the temple, Somna tries to give excuses to go back home. But, her mother does not allow her to go. Then, they meet Kailashnath, to whom the older woman introduces her daughter. Another excuse works and Somna goes home to find that Amar has escaped by widening the window’s grill-rods.
In the next shot, Somna is searching for someone in the orchard and finds Amar. She blushes and hides behind the dense branches of a tree. Amar pulls down the branches to look at her face and begins this song.
Song – Yeh parda hata do
The song, Yeh parda hata do, was written by Prem Dhawan and set to tune by Ravi.
The man says, “Push aside this veil. Show me your face. I am your beloved and not an alien.” The girl replies, “O Grandfather of Majnu, don’t follow me. There is no guarantee of anything good happening to you now.”
Video – Yeh parda hata do
The Director of photography is Keki Mistry. Operative Cameraman is Rustam Engineer. Dance choreography is by B Sohanlal (South).
The video opens with Sanjay Khan beginning the song and Sadhana taking mock offense. She also joins in the song and also replies to his statement performing a dance. He also tries a few dance steps. Eventually, Sadhana indirectly confesses that she is also in love with the lead actor.
The scenic beauty of the mountainous region, the area in which the lead pair is performing this song, regales even the unartistic heart. The song peters out soon and the video ends as they leave the place together.
Mohammad Rafi and Asha Bhonsle sing this song for Sanjay Khan and Sadhana.
There is no influence of any culture as such on this song. This is a romantic song, sung by the hero and heroine, a kind of teasing song. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the same.