Today’s second post is the analysis of the song, Har chhori Rani hihaan, from the Bollywood movie, Mahaan (1983). The song has been analyzed on the basis of its context and visualization.
Movie – Mahaan (1983)
The song, Har chhori Rani hihaan, was featured in Satya Chitra International’s partly comic action-drama Mahaan (1983), produced by Satyanarayana and A Suryanarayana and directed by S Ramanathan. The movie starred Amitabh Bachchan, Waheeda Rahman, Zeenat Aman, Parveen Babi, Amjad Khan, etc.
Amit (Amitabh Bachchan) is a lawyer and helps put his smuggler friend, Vikram (Amjad Khan), behind bars. The lawyer is happily married to a painter, Janki (Waheeda Rahman), who is fascinated by an expensive necklace, worn by one of her subjects – a queen. Amit buys a less expensive lookalike necklace for her, which she accepts because it is a token of his love for her.
Soon, Vikram ensnares his friend Amit, in a revenge bid, into a murder case and he and Janki have to flee. Both get separated when a train she is travelling in encounters an accident. Amit thinks she’s dead. But she still performs Karva Chauth fast for his health. She has brought up their son, Shankar (Amitabh Bachchan once more), very well and he has become a police inspector.
On the other hand, there is an Amit look-alike, Guru (Amitabh Bachchan again), who’s an aspiring actor. He always terrorizes his lawyer father (Mukri) and gets away with everything with the help of his mother (Urmila Bhatt). On one such occasion, Guru blackmails his father into giving him Rs. 2000 to set up a dance drama. In the next shot, Guru performs this song with his co-artists.
Song – Har chhori Rani hihaan
The lyrics of this song, Har chhori Rani hihaan, were penned by Anjaan and set to tune by R D Burman (Rahul Dev Burman or Panchamda).
The song goes, thus, “Though every girl is a queen and every boy is a king, no wedding bells have ever been heard here.”
Video – Har chhori Rani hihaan
Cinematography is by A Vincent. Dance choreography is by Kamal.
The video opens with Amitabh Bachchan stumbling onto the stage. The scene is the famous red light area of Mumbai where prostitutes dwell. He begins to dance with some eunuchs. Aruna Irani enters the stage and begins to dance with him.
Mukri is not very pleased with what his son (in the movie) is doing on stage. I suddenly remember that Amitabh Bachchan was paired opposite Aruna Irani in Bombay to Goa (1972), during his early career days.
A few men come to molest Aruna Irani and Amitabh Bachchan saves her. Probably, they are trying to say that love can blossom even in the muck of prostitution. But this sequence is shown in a very hilarious manner.
Some other dancers join the 2, in pairs. Amitabh Bachchan and Aruna Irani expose the fact that many rich men are sophisticated gentlemen during the day and visit the red light area, during the night on the sly.
The song rises to a crescendo and ends with the video, as he climbs up a stair toward the camera.
Kishore Kumar sang this song for Amitabh Bachchan. Mukri, Urmila Bhatt, Aruna Irani and others are also seen in the video.
There is no influence of any culture on this song, though I would call this a little hilarious and modern version of the mujra. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the same.