Yaari hai imaan mera – Manna Dey – Kalyanji-Anandji –Pran | Zanjeer (1973)


Today’s second post is the analysis of the song, Yaari hai imaan mera, from the Bollywood movie Zanjeer (1973). The song has been analyzed based on its context and visualization.

Movie – Zanjeer (1973)

The song, Yaari hai imaan mera, 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 (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 and Vijay fall in love with each other. For safety’s sake, Vijay drops Mala at his adopted brother Anil’s place and the street-smart girl gets a makeover, with the help of Anil’s wife Shanti (Nandita Thakur). Soon, Vijay is caught in a web of deceptions and lands in jail for 6 months on false charges of bribery.

When he is released from the prison, he is no longer with the police department. He is hellbent on avenging his defamation. Mala convinces him to forget revenge and live a life of peace with her. He promises her so. But then D’Silva (Om Prakash), Vijay’s regular informer meets him and informs him that his sons died of drinking illicit liquor.

Vijay’s conscience begins to prick him and he always remains sad. Mala meets Sher Khan (Pran), one of the criminals Vijay helped reform and who calls Mala his own younger sister, and informs him of Vijay’s unhappiness. Sher Khan invites Vijay to his birthday party that night and sings this song to cheer his friend.

Song – Yaari hai imaan mera

The lyrics of the song, Yaari hai imaan mera, were penned by Gulshan Bawra and set to tune by Kalyanji-Anandji.

The man sings, “Friendship is my faith and my friend is my life.”

Video – Yaari hai imaan mera

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

The video opens with Pran playing rubab (an Afghan string instrument) and beginning this song. Amitabh Bachchan is smiling and some other actors are also present at the place. Pran passes the musical instrument to someone sitting behind him.

He indicates the food in front of Amitabh Bachchan and sings about close friendship, forever. Then, he begins to dance. Some time later, he pulls up Amitabh Bachchan, by his hands and continues to dance with him.

Then, Pran makes his friend sit in his place. The pace of the dance increases and Pran begins to clap with it. 2 other dancers have joined him. Pran is still trying to make Amitabh Bachchan laugh. But the leading man is not exactly in a happy mood.

Pran asks him what is the cost of his laughter and suggests if he could get the moon and the stars from the sky. That hits the right cord and Amitabh Bachchan begins to laugh. Pran is elated and dances with more enthusiasm.

The dancing actor pulls his friend up again, who joins in the dance, clapping his hands, happily. Other actors also join them. The song rises to a crescendo and ends abruptly. The video ends as the dancers stop dancing.


Manna Dey sang this song for Pran. Amitabh Bachchan and other actors are also seen in the video.

Cultural Influence

There is some influence of the Sufi/Afghan culture on this song. This song is one of my favorite Manna Dey croons, on friendship. Unfortunately, this is about friendship between 2 males. Nothing about 2 friends, who are girls, is written. That’s the tragedy. But the song and the artists are fantastic. The video is watchable for the same.


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