Pyar karnewale pyar karte hain – Asha Bhonsle – Rahul Dev Burman – Parveen Babi | Shaan (1980)


The first post for today is the analysis of the song, Pyar karnewale pyar karte hain, from the Bollywood movie Shaan (1980). The song has been analyzed on the basis of its context and visualization.

Movie – Shaan (1980)

The song, Pyar karnewale pyar karte hain, was featured in the Sippy Films’ crime action movie Shaan (1980), produced by G P Sippy and directed by Ramesh Sippy. The movie starred Shashi Kapoor, Amitabh Bachchan, Bindiya Goswami, Parveen Babi, Johnny Walker, Mazhar Khan, etc.

Ravi (Shashi Kapoor) and Vijay (Amitabh Bachchan) are cheated by Renu (Bindiya Goswami) and her uncle (Johnny Walker) and land inside the lockup. Their elder brother, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Shiv (Sunil Dutt) gets them released and pulls them up for their wayward ways. But for the young men, it is a regular thing and the lectures do not affect them. To find the girl, who had cheated them, they decide to contact a poor street-smart differently-abled Abdul. In the next shot, Abdul (Mazhar Khan) is seen singing his introductory song.

Through Abdul, the brothers locate Renu and her uncle. Renu and her uncle compromise with the brothers and the foursome join hands for future ‘projects’ in cheating people. During one of these ‘collaborations’, they are in the process of stealing a queen’s necklace when they meet Sunita (Parveen Babi). Sunita is seen singing this song at this point.

Song – Pyar karnewale pyar karte hain

The lyrics of the song, Pyar karnewale pyar karte hain, were penned by Anand Bakshi and were set to tune by Rahul Dev Burman (R D Burman).

The girl says, “People, who love, do it in style.”

Video – Pyar karnewale pyar karte hain

The cinematography is by S M Anwar. Dance choreography is by P L Raj.

The video opens with Bindu turning around toward the camera showing her ‘expensive diamond’ necklace. I found out earlier on that these jewelries are not the real macaw. It happened in the following way:

I had interviewed a dress designer duo (Nipa-Surekha) in the late 1990s for a series of articles on movie-making, which was printed in a print magazine. I had asked one of the girls, if they used real jewelry for the shoots. In her own words, “It would not be fair to do that.”

The music has begun, as the orchestra has begun to play. Bindu takes a gift packet from an invitee and hands it over to a man. She moves forward toward the orchestra. 2 female dancers, with minimum clothes like cheer girls, begin to push their hips forward!

Everybody including Bindu clap their hands as Parveen Babi comes to the dance area. One of the musicians hands over the mike to her and she begins to deliver some dialogues. Then, she begins to sing and dance to the tune of the song.

It’s disgusting the way the 2 girls allow the peekaboo camera angles. Bindiya Goswami and Shashi Kapoor approach each other, smiling, in the patrons’ sitting area. Johnny Walker is also keeping a watch.

Amitabh Bachchan is holding a stylish walking stick in his hand. Shashi Kapoor is tempted, looking at the necklace. The necklace actually has a very simple pattern, nothing to write home about. But the ‘diamonds’ in it makes it something to reckon with.

Bindiya Goswami bursts a bubble gum looking at the ‘tempting’ object. Parveen Babi continues to sing and move around the entire room. She approaches Amitabh Bachchan particularly, trying to entice him.

Shashi Kapoor looks around like a policeman keeps a lookout for trouble. Parveen Babi blows off some candles and ushers Amitabh Bachchan and Shashi Kapoor into the central dance area.

Bindiya Goswami doesn’t allow Shashi Kapoor to dance with the partly nude dancers. Parveen Babi also brings a hesitant Bindu to the dance floor. The dance is very simple, not very well-choreographed and nothing short of vulgar

An awkward Johnny Walker is also among the dancers, now. The main characters surround Bindu. Within seconds, the song rises to a crescendo and ends abruptly. The video also ends as Parveen Babi takes a bow and all the lights go off.


Asha Bhonsle sang this song for Parveen Babi. Bindu, Amitabh Bachchan, Shashi Kapoor, Bindiya Goswami, Johnny Walker and other actors are also seen in the video.

Cultural Influence

I love this Asha Bhonsle croon, which the legendary singer sang for the late Actor Parveen Babi. The song and the artists are ammmazing (intentional spelling). The video is watchable for the same.


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