Jaggeya jaggeya – Mahendra/Pamela – Rajesh Roshan | Kala Patthar (1979)

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Movie: This song appeared in 1979 disaster drama based on a real incident Kaala Patthar (Black Stone) produced and directed by Yash Chopra under the banner of Yash-Raj Films. The movie starred Amitabh Bachchan, Shashi Kapoor, Shatrughan Sinha, Rakhi, late Parveen Babi, Neetu Singh, Prem Chopra, etc.

Vijay Pal Singh (Amitabh Bachchan) is a disgraced Merchant Navy Captain, guilty of abandoning his ship and risking over 300 passengers’ lives. He begins to work as a coal miner. He meets and develops a friendship with Ravi Malhotra (Shashi Kapoor), an engineer in charge of the mine. He also makes an enemy of a co-worker Mangal (Shatrughan Sinha), who is an escaped convict, hiding in the miners’ community to avoid the police. Anita (Parveen Babi) is a journalist, who has come to cover the mine, and is a friend of Ravi. Channo (Neetu Singh) is the local small decorative items vendor. Jagga (Parikshit Sahni) is a friend of the community and a truck driver.

The owner Seth Dhanraj (Prem Chopra) does not support their life in the mines and the community. He considers their lives insignificant in front of money. He gives them poor equipment, insufficient medical supplies and no facilities. The time comes when the mine workers are to be given the bonus for their work during some festival. The owner Seth Dhanraj (Prem Chopra) decides to give only one month’s bonus instead of 3. The workers protest in front of his home. Ravi comes to the rescue of the workers and convinces Dhanraj to give them 3 months’ bonus. This is actually a ploy of the owner to get rid of Ravi, soon.

But, Ravi and the workers are blissfully ignorant of the scheme. In the meantime, Vijay and the community doctor, Sudha (Rakhi) come closer to each other. Ravi warns Vijay that the mineworkers were moving toward a watery grave. Vijay replies that the moment the danger is imminent, he should inform him. One night, Vijay visits Dr. Sudha’s quarters to fetch her for the treatment of a sick worker. While they are returning Jagga sings this song. Channo joins him in the song.

Song: The lyrics of this song were penned by Sahir Ludhyanvi and the music was composed by Rajesh Roshan.

The man sings that love cannot be hidden. It eventually has to come out.

Video: Cinematography is by Romesh Bhalla. Dance choreography is by Suresh Bhatt.

The video opens with Amitabh Bachchan and Rakhi walking on a road in the night. It is raining heavily. Parikshit Sahni begins the song. Neetu Singh is seen getting wet in the rain and standing on some staircase. Neetu Singh performs the alaap. Parikshit Sahni continues with the song. Amitabh Bachchan and Rakhi keep walking almost throughout the song.

Soon, Amitabh Bachchan and Rakhi reach her quarters. Amitabh Bachchan turns back to look at her before closing the outer gate. Rakhi also looks at him. He leaves and Rakhi turns toward the camera, smiling. Thus, ends the video.

Artists: The playback singers are Mahendra Kapoor and Pamela Chopra and the onscreen performance is by Parikshit Sahni, Neetu Singh, Amitabh Bachchan and Rakhi.

Cultural Influence: This is a typical filmi song taken off from the Punjabi culture. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the same.

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