Today’s second post is the analysis of the song, Meri pyari beheniya banegi dulhaniya (Part 2), 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, Meri pyari beheniya banegi dulhaniya (Part 2), 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 throw 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 and promising a lifetime commitment. Bhola sings a song at this point.
Post the song, Ranjit Kumar traps Bhola into an unsigned contract, promising money in return for posing as the former. Bhola agrees to the suggestion. Ranjit Kumar has a girlfriend, Ruby (Fariyal), who supervises Bhola’s training. Leena visits Ranjit Kumar’s shop selling stolen items and strikes up a friendship with the real Ranjit. Soon, the police decide to trap Ranjit during a party. During a night encounter, Inspector Pradhan shoots Ranjit’s leg. But he escapes with his cronies. Ranjit has already made Bhola take his place, having trained him to impersonate himself. At the party, Bhola has Inspector Pradhan confused, since the latter had shot the real Ranjit Kumar in the leg.
On the other hand, Belu has landed in Mumbai, post floods in their village and her step-mother expiring. Later, Bhola is being trained by one of Ranjit Kumar’s trainers in fencing, in one of the balconies of Ranjit Kumar’s hideout. Bhola perceives a marriage procession with a differently-abled bride in the bridal car, with her handsome husband. He gives the slip to the fencing trainer and joins the baraat to sing this song for the bride, thinking that it is his sister Belu.
Song – Meri pyari beheniya banegi dulhaniya (Part 2)
The music of the song, Meri pyari beheniya banegi dulhaniya (Part 2), has been composed by Kalyanji-Anandji and lyrics were penned by Indeevar.
The man sings, “My beloved sister will turn into a beautiful bride. The bridegroom will also be dressed up. The bride’s brother will play the trumpet.”
Video – Meri pyari beheniya banegi dulhaniya (Part 2)
The cinematographer is Peter Pereira. The dance choreography is by Suresh Bhatt-Kamal-Robert.
The video begins with Rajesh Khanna playing the sousaphone ahead of the wedding procession. Within seconds, he picks up a dafli to play it, as he begins to sing. His voice attracts Naaz, who turns toward it.
The bride and the bridegroom exchange glances. Naaz limps across the road to reach her brother. The guests walking with the procession want to know who Rajesh Khanna is. Rajesh Khanna smiles and takes a clarinet to continue to play the musical instrument and sing.
Naaz leaves their dog behind in a bid to catch up with her brother. She gets involved in an accident and falls in front of a car. But she might have not been hurt much and continues toward her brother.
But as he is whisked away by Fariyal in a car, the song and the video end, to Naaz’s disappointment.
Kishore Kumar sings this song for Rajesh Khanna. Naaz, Fariyal and other actors are also present in the video.
I love this song very much because it highlights the sacred bond between a brother and a sister. The song and the artists are fantastic. The video is watchable for the same.