Today’s second post is the analysis of the song, Dilko dekho chehra na dekho, from the Bollywood movie Sachaa-Jhootha (1970). The song has been analyzed on the basis of its context and picturization.
Movie – Sachaa-Jhootha (1970)
The song, Dilko dekho chehra na dekho, appears in V R Films’ super hit drama movie Sachaa-Jhootha (1970), meaning Honest-Liar, directed by Manmohan Desai and produced by Vinod Doshi. The star-cast of the movie includes Rajesh Khanna, Mumtaz, Vinod Khanna, Naaz, etc. The Tamil remake of this movie was titled Ninaithadhai Mudippanavan (Finishes Everything He Thinks) with M G Ramachandran and M N Nambiar in the lead roles, which released in 1975. A few scenes in this movie were different from the original. The Kannada remake was titled Mutthanna starring Shiva Rajkumar.
Bhola (Rajesh Khanna) as his name suggests is an innocent band musician, living with his differently-abled sister Belu (Naaz). Since he requires more money for his sister’s marriage, he leaves for Bombay (Mumbai now) to earn. He has to leave his sister in the care of their tyrannical step-mother.
In the big bad city, Bhola loses his turban to a thief. Even the tea vendor cheats him of his food and Bhola thinks that since he gave him free tea, the man is a good person! Bhola is so innocent and naïve.
The police are trying to catch a diamond thief, Ranjit Kumar (Rajesh Khanna again) and throws a party to ensnare him. It is the idea of Inspector Pradhan (Vinod Khanna). CID Inspector Leena (Mumtaz) has been given the job of performing the role of Rita, who is the owner of diamond mines. But they mistake Bhola for Ranjit Kumar and the thief, who is present in the masquerade party, takes advantage of the fact. A girl in the party also mistakes Bhola to be Ranjit Kumar and accuses him of flirting with her, promising lifetime commitment. Bhola sings this song at this point.
Song – Dilko dekho chehra na dekho
The music of the song, Dilko dekho chehra na dekho, has been composed by Kalyanji-Anandji and lyrics were penned by Indeewar.
The man sings, “Look at someone’s heart and not the face. The face can be deceptive. The heart is true and not the face.”
Video – Dilko dekho chehra na dekho
The cinematographer is Peter Pereira. The dance choreography is by Suresh Bhatt-Kamal-Robert.
The video begins with Rajesh Khanna playing the clarinet and Mumtaz holding his trumpet and drum, which she hands over to Jagdish Raaj, who plays a policeman in the movie. Rajesh Khanna approaches the girl, who insulted him in the previous scene.
The lead actor has already begun to dance. He also starts singing. Vinod Khanna is in the guise of a dacoit. Kamal Kapoor, who plays the police commissioner in the movie, is wearing the guise of an Arab.
The police are watching him. The other Rajesh Khanna is also watching him and the activities of the police. Some girls join him in the dance. Some musicians of an orchestra accompany him in the song.
The other Rajesh Khanna is seen speaking on the house phone. The performing Rajesh Khanna continues to sing and dance. Soon, the song and the video end abruptly as he comes closer to Mumtaz and stops.
Kishore Kumar sings this song for Rajesh Khanna. Mumtaz, Jagdish Raaj, Vinod Khanna, Kamal Kapoor and other actors are also present in the video.
This song signifies the fact that looks are deceptive and people need to be understood, in terms of their inner beauty rather than the external beauty. I love the way Rajesh Khanna has performed the dance in this song. The song and the artists are fantastic. The video is watchable for the same.