Deewane hain deewanonko – Mohd. Rafi/Lata – Kalyanji-Anandji – Gulshan/Sheela | Zanjeer (1973)


Today’s fifth post is the analysis of the song Deewane hain deewanonko from the Bollywood movie Zanjeer (1973). The song has been analyzed based on its context and visualization.

Movie – Zanjeer (1973)

The song, Deewane hain deewanonko, appeared in the Prakash Mehra Productions’ action thriller Zanjeer (1973), directed and produced by Prakash Mehra. The movie starred Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bhaduri, Pran, Ajit, etc.

Vijay (Amitabh Bachchan) is a police officer, who has seen his parents being murdered as a child. The dream of a masked man on horseback haunts him, every night.

Vijay is a reformist police officer. Despite the warnings of his senior (Iftekhar), he continues to reform the criminals, he meets. One evening, he is invited by Seth Dharam Dayal (Ajit) for a party where Vijay tries to follow the host. On the instructions of the Seth, the man’s girlfriend, Mona (Bindu) performs keeps Vijay away from the Seth, all through the party.

Mala (Jaya Bhaduri) is a street vendor, helping people with sharpening their knives. She is an orphan and is an unwilling eye-witness to a truck driver (Goga Kapoor), carrying illegal stuff and crushing children under his vehicle to escape from the police. Vijay appears to suspect Seth Dharam Dayal, as the mastermind behind the smuggling racket. He meets the older man and informs him that the truckdriver would soon be thrown behind bars because the only eyewitness has been found.

Mala is bribed by the truck driver’s boss. But she is moved by the dead children’s crushed bodies and turns in the money to Vijay. Mala is not safe at night because she lives alone. She escapes a murder attempt and reaches Vijay’s home to take shelter for the night.

Mala prepares tea for Vijay in the morning, with too much sugar, which he drinks while teasing her with a bit of sarcasm. At this point, a couple of street performers sing this song.

Song – Deewane hain deewanonko

The lyrics of the song, Deewane hain deewanonko, were penned by Gulshan Bawra and set to tune by Kalyanji-Anandji.

The song goes, “We are crazy people. Crazy people do not need homes, they do not need a doorstep. They only need a loving look.”

Video – Deewane hain deewanonko

The cinematography is by N Satyen. Dance choreography is by Satyanarayan.

The video opens with Amitabh Bachchan smiling at the camera and the sound of a harmonium playing being heard. He turns to his right at the sound. Even Jaya Bhaduri turns in that direction.

Gulshan Bawra begins to sing this song and Sheela Vaz joins him. He is playing the harmonium, which is hanging from his shoulders. A sizeable crowd is surrounding the street performers. There is a little boy, playing a dholak with the performers.

Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya Bhaduri are watching, amusedly, from a window separated by a curtain.  The lead pair looks at each other, meaningfully. It appears that they have fallen in love with each other.

Jaya Bhaduri seems to be blushing when Amitabh Bachchan looks at her. The song peters out and ends abruptly. The video ends as Amitabh Bachchan is seen entering a house, wearing his police officer uniform.


Mohammad Rafi and Lata Mangeshkar sang this song for Lyricist Gulshan Bawra and Sheela Vaz. Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bhaduri and other actors are also seen in the video.

Cultural Influence

There is no influence of any culture on this song. This song is one of my favorite Mohd. Rafi-Lata croons. The song and the artists are fantastic. The video is watchable for the same.

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