Ek Raja ki sunlo kahani – Lata/Mohd. Rafi – Ravi – Nutan/Sunil | Meherban (1967)


Today’s second post is the analysis of the song, Ek Raja ki sunlo kahani, from the Bollywood movie, Meherban (1967). The song has been analyzed on the basis of its context and visualization.

Movie – Meherban (1967)

The song, Ek Raja ki sunlo kahani, was featured in the AVM Productions’ famrama Meherban (1967) produced by A V Meiyappan and directed by A Bhim Singh. The movie starred Ashok Kumar, Sulochana, Sunil Dutt, Nutan, Mahmood, etc.

Shanti Swaroop (Ashok Kumar) is an affluent businessman and his family consists of his wife – Parvati (Suochana), 3 sons, 2 daughters (Actors Shashikala and Bharati), 2 daughters-in-law and an adopted son – Kanhaiya (Sunil Dutt). The older couple meet their long-lost friends’ orphaned daughter, Lakshmi (Nutan). The older couple want their youngest son, Sunder (Bhalla) to marry Lakshmi. But the young man declines their insistence and goes off to marry his girlfriend, Rachna (Padma Khanna).

Due to the above turn of events, Kanhaiya offers to marry Lakshmi and the marriage takes place on the same day as Sunder-Rachna marriage. Rachna’s rakhi brother, Madhu (Mahmood) helps Sunder get married to her. When the second pair visits Sunder’s home to take his parents’ blessings the older couple is very angry. Their anger is extinguished by Kanhaiya and they accept Sunder and Rachna’s decision.

The youngest daughter, Geeta’s (Bharati) marriage talks begin. The groom is Ramesh (Sudesh Kumar), who is the son of Lala Karamchand (Raj Mehra). Soon, Shanti Swaroop loses money in his business and Karamchand breaks the engagement of his son with Geeta. Shanti Swaroop’s health deteriorates when he has to sell his entire property, as his sons do not support him. The wretched men even avoid giving their mother a mere 50 rupees for a trip to a temple.

Lakshmi and Kanhaiya feel sad for Shanti Swaroop and his wife. Shanti Swaroop’s elder son’s kids want their uncle, Kanhaiya, to relate a story to them. But he is not in a mood to do so. Lakshmi sings this song for them and later, Kanhaiya joins her in it.

Song – Ek Raja ki sunlo kahani

The lyrics of the song, Ek Raja ki sunlo kahani, were penned by Rajinder Kishan and they were set to tune by Ravi.

The song goes, thus, “Listen to the story of a king.”

Video – Ek Raja ki sunlo kahani

Director of Photography is A Vincent. Photography is by A Venkat. Dance choreography is by Chinni-Sampath.

The video opens with Sunil Dutt walking in the garden and the music beginning. Nutan brings the 2 kids to the garden and begins this song. Ashok Kumar is attracted to the song but is sad. Sunil Dutt is also sad.

Besides singing, Nutan also dances a little with the kids. Sulochana is sitting in front of the idol of Lord Krishna and is crying. Ashok Kumar is walking about in his room. Sunil Dutt takes up the narration.

Soon, he’s seen crying. Ashok Kumar realizes that the song is about him and wipes tears from his eyes. The kids are swinging on a garden swing. Nutan refers to Sunil Dutt’s character also in the song.

She tells the kids that the story is more recent and not an old one. Soon, Sunil Dutt joins her in swinging the kids and sings the song together with her. The song peters out and the video ends abruptly as Ashok Kumar covers his face in grief.


Lata Mangeshkar and Mohammad Rafi have sung this song for Nutan and Sunil Dutt. Ashok Kumar and Sulochana are also seen in the video, with the 2 kids.

Cultural Influence

There is no influence of any culture on this song. This song is partly showing overt happiness but is actually a sad song. Some portions of the song are a little faster than other portions. The lady shares a story to the kids about the situation and the man feels sad about the same. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the same.


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