Bade khoobsoorat ho – Lata Mangeshkar – Kalyanji-Anandji – Asha Parekh | Mahal (1970)


Today’s first post is the analysis of the song, Bade khoobsoorat ho, from the Bollywood movie, Mahal (1970). The song has been analyzed based on its context and visualization.

Movie – Mahal (1970)

The song, Bade khoobsoorat ho, was featured in the Roop Kala Pictures’ suspense movie Mahal (1969), produced by Mahipatray Shah and directed by Shankar Mukherji.

Rajesh (Dev Anand) gambles to help others. One day; he is assigned by his rich friend, Shyam (Abhi Bhattacharya) to meet a girl, Roopa (Asha Parekh), on his behalf and give her his letter. Roopa’s uncle (R P Kapoor) wants her to marry Shyam. But, Roopa wants to test the man before deciding anything. Rajesh enters the scene. Roopa falls for him and so does he. They go for a picnic with Roopa’s friends. At the end of the picnic, Rajesh gives Shyam’s letter to Roopa, who reads the letter that says that Shyam had sent his assistant to meet her. Roopa gets angry and Rajesh makes away, laughing.

Rajesh must gamble for his sister’s wedding and the man, he is playing with cheats, to take away all his money. A stranger gives him the required amount but, in return, he wants Rajesh to impersonate Ravi, the long-lost nephew of Darjeeling’s Raja Dinanath (Sapru). While arriving at Darjeeling, Rajesh meets Roopa’s father (David), who recognizes Roopa’s sketch that Rajesh is making out of memory.

A couple of days later he meets the younger man, elsewhere and invites him to his daughter’s birthday party that evening. Roopa is still miffed with Rajesh and teases him through this song during the party.

Song – Bade khoobsoorat ho

The lyrics of the song, Bade khoobsoorat ho, were penned by Anand Bakshi and were set to tune by Kalyanji-Anandji.

The girl sings, “You may be beautiful. But you are not comparable to me.”

Video – Bade khoobsoorat ho

The director of photography is Pratap Sinha.

The video opens with some girls playing with balloons and the music beginning in the background. Asha Parekh begins to sing the song and even dance. One of the girls wears the dress of a male and begins to dance with her. Dev Anand is sketching something.

Asha Parekh pours some wine on the paper. Dev Anand is amused. The girl, who wore a male dress before, wears a black suit again and dances with Asha Parekh. The song peters out and the video also ends as the girls gather around Dev Anand, who continues to sketch.


Lata Mangeshkar has sung this song for Asha Parekh. The video also has Dev Anand and others.

Cultural Influence

There is no influence of any culture on this song. This is a teasing song by the heroine. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the same.


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