Today’s second post is the analysis of the song, O Laal Dupattewali tera naam toh bata, from the Bollywood movie, Ankhen (1993). The song has been analyzed on the basis of its context and visualization. I remember that during the time this movie had released, in an interview Ritu Shivpuri had said that this song had been picturized like the 2 leading male actors are chasing the girls. But they were actually traveling together to different places.
Movie – Ankhen (1993)
The song, O Laal Dupattewali tera naam toh bata, appears in the hit Chiragdeep International’s dramedy Ankhen (1993), directed by Daved Dhawan and produced by Pahlaj Nahalani. The movie has much likeness to Do Phool (1973). The movie starred Kader Khan, Chunky Pandey, Govinda, Ritu Shivpuri, Raageshwari, Shilpa Shirodkar, etc.
Munnu (Chunky Pandey) and Bunnu (Govinda) are the 2 good-for-nothing kids of Hasmukh Rai (Kader Khan). The 2 young men are failures for the last 3 years in undergraduate years but are creating the appearance of their passing the exams with the highest percentages. Hasmukh discovers it when the college principal tells him to visit the college. It turns out that for the last 3 years, the 2 young men had been bringing another man (Harish Patel) and saying that he is their father. At the same time, the same man has been meeting Hasmukh, as the college principal.
Having been found out, the 2 young men run away in their car with their beloved monkey. They land at a village where Bunnu impersonates Gullu (Rakesh Bedi), who is on his way to ‘see’ his would be wife, Ritu (Ritu Shivpuri). Gullu has been literally buried in soil till his neck! Ritu is with her friend, Priya (Raageshwari). Munnu and Bunnu fall in love with Priya and Ritu, respectively. But the young men do not know the girls’ names. So, they go on a name-asking spree through this song.
Song – O Laal Dupattewali tera naam toh bata
The lyrics of the song, O Laal Dupattewali tera naam toh bata, were penned by Indeevar and they were set to music by Bhappi Lahiri.
The song goes, “O Girl, wearing red dupatta, tell me your name. O Girl, wearing the black kurta, tell me your name.”
Video – O Laal Dupattewali tera naam toh bata
Cinematography is by Siba Mishra. Dance choreography is by B H Tarun Kumar.
The video opens with Ritu Shivpuri moving out from behind a tree to face the camera and the music also beginning. In the next shot, Govinda is shown, then, Raageshwari and then, Chunky Pandey. The 2 male leads move toward the camera, dancing together.
Govinda pulls Ritu Shivpuri’s red dupatta and begins to sing. She tries to snatch away the dupatta and pushes him by her hip. He pulls her into his arms. Chunky Pandey teases Raageshwari and then, both the leading men chase the 2 girls.
The 2 leading men tightly hug the 2 girls and continue the song. Ritu Shivpuri joins in the song. She is Mahaoffended and so is the other girl. The next shot shows the 2 girls with other girls, walking on the road in short skirts.
The camera angles are peekaboo. The 2 men, with other male dancers, join the girls in white trousers and shirts and begin to dance in front of the girls. They are back to wearing the dresses, they were wearing at the beginning of the song.
Then, they are shown participating in a Bhangra competition. The 2 men are shown lifting their lungis to their waits. Disgusting! Soon, the 2 men remove their kurtas and throw them away. The 2 lead pairs return to their original dresses.
Eventually, the song rises to a crescendo and ends abruptly. Rakesh Bedi appears there, wearing only his underwear! The video also ends as he is chased off by the leading men’s monkey.
Kumar Sanu, Sudesh Bhosale, Kavita Krishnamurti and Alka Yagnik sing this song for Govinda, Chunky Pandey, Ritu Shivpuri and Raageshwari. Rakesh Bedi and other actors are also seen in the video.
This song got very popular when the movie was released. There is no influence of any culture on this song; except some portion, which has Bhangra music and dance. The dance choreographer has used all the girls as sex symbols. I like the audio of the song but not the video. So, I wouldn’t say that the video is watchable for anything.