Ab chahe Maa roothe ya Baba – Lata/Kishore – Lakshmi-Pyare – Sharmila/Rajesh | Daag (1973)


Today’s first post is the analysis of the song, Ab chahe Maa roothe ya Baba, from the Bollywood movie Daag (1973). The song has been analyzed on the basis of its context and visualization.

Movie – Daag (1973)

The song, Ab chahe Maa roothe ya Baba, was featured in the Yash-Raj Films’ romrama Daag (1973), produced and directed by Yash Chopra. The movie starred Rajesh Khanna, Sharmila Tagore, Prem Chopra, etc.

Sunil (Rajesh Khanna) and Sonia (Sharmila Tagore) are collegemates and are dating each other. Though her maternal uncle (Madan Puri) accepts their love. But, his wife (Achala Sachdev) does not and the older woman finds a groom for her niece in her relation.

In the next shot, Sunil and Sonia perform this song at a youth festival.

Song – Ab chahe Maa roothe ya Baba

The lyrics of the song, Ab chahe Maa roothe ya Baba, were penned by Sahir Ludhianvi and the tune was set by Lakshmi-Pyare.

The song goes, “Let Mom or Dad get offended, now. I don’t mind. I have agreed to love you.”

Video – Ab chahe Maa roothe ya Baba

Cinematography is by Kay Gee. Dance choreography is by Suresh Bhatt.

The video opens with the music beginning at the start of the video and the camera focusing on a campfire. Then, the camera pans to Sharmila Tagore, who has begun to dance and then, sing the song, as well.

Rajesh Khanna also joins in the performance. Some girls also dance around the campfire. Rajesh Khanna and Sharmila Tagore have been performing on a stage and soon climb down some steps from both sides of the stage toward the campfire.

Some other participants go and sit on the stage, looking at the performance. The song rises to a crescendo and it ends with the video as Rajesh Khanna picks up Sharmila Tagore, to continue dancing.


Lata Mangeshkar and Kishore Kumar sing this song for Sharmila Tagore and Rajesh Khanna. Other actors are also seen in the video.

Cultural Influence

The song is a romantic one between the hero and the heroine. It is also a theatrical performance during a youth festival and a very beautiful one at that. There are a lot of Punjabi Bhangra overtones on the music. I am really crazy about this Kishore-Lata croon for Rajesh Khanna-Sharmila Tagore duo. The song and the artists are fantastic. The video is watchable for the same.


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