Solah button mere choli mein – Lata/Kavita – Shiv-Hari | Darr (1993)


Today’s second post is the analysis of the song, Solah button mere choli mein, from the Bollywood movie Darr (1993). The song has been analyzed based on its context and visualization.

Movie – Darr (1993)

The song, Solah button mere choli mein, appears in the romantic psychological thriller Darr: A Violent Love Story (Fear), released in 1993. The movie was produced and directed by Yash Chopra under the banner of Yash-Raj Films. The movie stars Sunny Deol, Juhi Chawla and Shah Rukh Khan in the lead.

Kiran (Juhi Chawla) is a college student in Shimla and is on her way home to celebrate Holi. She hears a boy crooning to her across the college campus. She thinks that it is her commando boyfriend Sunil (Sunny Deol), who has come to meet her and accompany her home. However, it is not Sunil but Rahul (Shah Rukh Khan), who a classmate with a crush on her.

Kiran is offended because she thinks Sunil had not met her though he had been to her college. Back home, Sunil drops on her from her wardrobe, frightening her. After her petty fights are over, he reveals that he never came to Shimla. While they are planning marriage, Rahul is trying to get close to Kiran.

Initially, Sunil and Kiran’s elder brother, Vijay (Anupam Kher) decide to handle the issue on their own. But when Rahul begins to stalk her, they take the assistance of the police. Rahul then challenges them that he would be meeting her the next day, which is Holi day, and they would not be able to stop it. He makes that call right from within their house and gets away scot-free. Kiran and Vijay’s wife, Poonam (Tanvi Azmi) are worried. The men decide to face the situation with the help of plainclothesmen.

Rahul visits Kiran’s home with a lot of color on his face and does not do anything until the police leave. The men also relax and go about their work. Rahul gets away with dousing Kiran with color. When Kiran screams, Sunil begins to chase Rahul and reaches the beach where Rahul gives him the slip.

Actually, Rahul is Sunil’s superior’s (Dalip Tahil) son and acts like a good friend to Sunil. That’s how Rahul could give him the slip, so easily. Rahul shoots Sunil when Sunil, Kiran and Poonam are coming out of a jewelry store, after shopping for the upcoming wedding. Sunil chases him and ends up injured in an accident.

Rahul and his father visit Sunil at the hospital and a police inspector comes at that point for enquiring about the incident. When the policeman asks Sunil details of the assailant, Sunil replies that the assailant was the height of Rahul. Rahul speaks up that the height is 5’ 10”. He hurries on to say that his own height was that.

Kiran fears that Sunil would die if they marry and she decides to leave the city. Sunil realizes that and catches up with her at the railway station and after convincing her gets married to her at a nearby temple. They celebrate the wedding back home. During the celebrations, a few dancers perform this song.

Song – Solah button mere choli mein

The lyrics of the song, Solah button mere choli mein, were penned by Anand Bakshi and set to tune by Shiv-Hari.

The song goes, “There are 16 buttons in my blouse.”

Video – Solah button mere choli mein

The cinematography is by Manmohan Singh. Dance choreography is by Saroj Khan.

The video opens with Juhi Chawla sitting among some ladies. One of the ladies is Tanvi Azmi, who is playing the dholak. The music has already begun. Some girls are dancing in front of them.

The main dancer begins to sing the song and dance. Tanvi Azmi begins to sing and Juhi Chawla also begins to dance and then even sing. Soon, Tanvi Azmi also joins Juhi Chawla in the dance.

Both the lead dancer and Juhi Chawla imitate Sridevi very well. Tanvi Azmi and the lead dancer play dholaks. Juhi Chawla continues to dance and claps her hands among some other dancers. The song ends abruptly and the video also ends at that point.


Lata Mangeshkar and Kavita Krishnamurthi have sung this song for a couple of dancers, Juhi Chawla and Tanvi Azmi. Other actors are also seen in the video.

Cultural Influence

This song has been influenced by the Hindu function of sangeet, connected to a wedding. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the same.


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