Mera dil lekar kidhar – Asha Bhonsle – Salil Chowdhury – Lillian | Apradhi Kaun (1957)


The second post for today is the analysis of the song, Mera dil lekar kidhar, from the Bollywood movie Apradhi Kaun (1957). The song has been analyzed on the basis of its context and visualization.

Movie – Apradhi Kaun (1957)

The song, Mera dil lekar kidhar, was featured in Bimal Roy Productions’ murder mystery Apradhi Kaun (1957), produced by Bimal Roy and directed by Asit Sen.

The movie begins with a partially paralyzed Shree Nath (Gajanan Jagirdhar) visiting his younger brother Dina Nath (also Gajanan Jagirdhar), who has usurped the older brother’s properties. Shree Nath informs his younger brother that their father had willed the properties to Shree Nath and their other brother Pitamber.

Then begins Shree Nath’s quest for his father’s last will, which leads him to a club where Lily is performing this song.

Song – Mera dil lekar kidhar

The lyrics of the song, Mera dil lekar kidhar, were penned by Majrooh Sultanpuri and set to music by Salil Chowdhury.

The song goes, thus, “Where are you going snatching my heart away with you?”

Video – Mera dil lekar kidhar

The cinematography is by Kamal Bose. Dance choreography is by Satyanarayan.

The video opens with someone plucking a guitar and moving away from the focus of the camera. Lillian is sitting on the stage and begins to sing the song. She drops the black stole from her head and gets up, begins to dance, on the music strummed on a guitar. Lillian begins to sing, as well.

She dances near some of the patrons of the club. The lights are switched off and the spotlight is focussed on her. Lillian doesn’t seem to be a good dancer. Her movements are really awkward, according to me and she is not comfortable with the choreography.

One of the patrons is Gajanan Jagirdhar, who nods to her when she passes him. Gajanan Jagirdhar is seen smoking a cigar. Lillian places a handkerchief, bearing the message – room no. 504, in front of Gajanan Jagirdhar. Soon, the song peters out and the video also ends as she bows to the audience and the audience applauds for the performance.


Asha Bhonsle has sung this song for Lilian. Other actors are also seen in the video.

Cultural Influence

There’s some influence of the Cabaret on the dance being performed in this song. The song and the artists are good. I may sound a little biased here. But Asha Bhonsle is one of my fantastic artists. There’re no 2 opinions about the same. The video is watchable for the same.


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