Today’s post is the analysis of the song, Yeh rakhi bandhan hai aisa, from the Bollywood movie, Be-imaan (1972), on the occasion of Rakshabandhan. The song has been analyzed on the basis of its context and visualization.
Movie – Be-imaan (1972)
The song, Yeh rakhi bandhan hai aisa, was featured in the Filmnagar’s social drama, Be-imaan (1972), produced and directed by Sohanlal Kanwar. The movie, whose meaning is Dishonest, starred Manoj Kumar, Rakhi, Pran, Nazima, etc.
Shyam aka Mohan (Manoj Kumar) is a fugitive. Once he saves Constable Ram Singh’s (Pran) daughter, Meena (Nazima) when she is about to be kidnapped by goons, who say that her father does not take bribes. Ram and Meena accept Shyam as her brother. He is not in a position to accept the kinship. So, the next day, when Shyam is about to leave, Meena sings this song to convince him, on the occasion of Rakshabandhan.
Song – Yeh rakhi bandhan hai aisa
The lyrics of the song, Yeh rakhi bandhan hai aisa, Verma Malik and the music set by Shankar-Jaikishan.
The song goes, “The bond between a sister and a brother is very sacred.”
Video – Yeh rakhi bandhan hai aisa
The cinematography is by Radhu Karmarkar.
The video opens with the camera focusing on Nazima and then turning toward Pran. I love the sound of the sitar at this point. Nazima begins to sing and approaches Manoj Kumar. He pulls his coat to look for some money to gift her.
There is a sudden jump to another shot where he is seen coming out of the house without the coat. Dulari is tying a rakhi to Pran. Manoj Kumar, eventually, accepts Nazima’s rakhi. Dulari and Pran look at the younger pair, happily.
Manoj Kumar places his right hand on Nazima’s head, blessing her. He is moved by her gesture of tying the rakhi and begins to sing so. The leading man backs off toward a rakhi vendor, who looks at his own wrist.
This man seems to be missing his sister. I would like to point out the irony in the shot. A rakhi vendor himself doesn’t have a rakhi in his arm. Either the sister is far away. Or she is non-existent.
The brother-sister pair begins to sing together. Manoj Kumar backs off toward Pran. As the song peters out and ends, Pran hits Manoj Kumar’s hand with his constable’s stick. The video also ends abruptly there.
Lata Mangeshkar and Mukesh sing this song for Nazima and Manoj Kumar. Dulari, Pran and others are also seen in the video.
The song highlights the sacred bond between a sister and a brother. This is one of my favorite Bollywood songs on the theme. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the same.