Ik baat kahoon sach manon tum – Lata Mangeshkar – R D Burman – Bindiya Goswami | Gol Maal (1979)

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Movie: Rupam Chitra’s Gol Maal (Chaos), the 1979 movie was directed by late Hrishikesh Mukherjee and produced by NC Sippy. The cast is lead by Amol Palekar, Bindiya Goswami, Manju Singh, late Utpal Dutt, late David, late Deven Verma, late Dina Pathak, Shobha Khote, etc.

Ramprasad Dashrathprasad Sharma (Amol Palekar) wants a job. His sister Ratna (Manju Singh) and he do not have any relatives or close friends other than Dr. Kedar (David). Dr. Kedar informs him about Bhavani Shankar’s (Utpal Dutt) company called Urmila Traders.

Bhavani Shankar follows conventional ideals. He does not like young people wearing modern dresses. He likes sports but considers young people talking about sports as disgraceful. The weirdest characteristic of his is the hatred of men without mustaches. He considers them characterless.

Ram has a mustache. He wears a kurta and feigns ignorance about sports. That works and Bhavani puts him on the job immediately. Ram works hard, so both the employer and the employee do not have any problems. But one day, Ram takes leave from work saying that his mother (who expired several years ago) has become ill and goes to watch a hockey match. Bhavani Shankar is also there in the stadium and he sees his employee there.

Next day, Bhavani Shankar sends for Ram to his cabin in the office and talks about the hockey match. Ram suddenly remembers the story of a movie; his friend (Deven Verma playing himself) is working in and convinces Bhavani Shankar that he had seen his identical twin brother Lucky or Lakshmanprasad Dashrathprasad Sharma, who has no mustache, at the stadium.

Bhavani Shankar believes him and regrets having accused him. He tries to make amends by hiring Lucky to teach his daughter Urmila (Bindya Goswami) vocal music. Ram halfheartedly shaves off his mustache and becomes Lucky to teach Urmila. He is helped by his friend Deven Verma.

One day, Bhavani Shankar gives Ram a shock that he was coming to meet his mother. Again, Ram takes the help of his friend Deven Verma to find a fake mother. His friend finds Mrs. Shrivastav (Dina Pathak), whose daughter had married and settled abroad. Mrs. Shrivastav settles in her role as Ram and Ratna’s mother for Bhavani Shankar effortlessly. After he leaves, Ram disguises as Lakshman and leaves for Bhavani Shankar’s home to teach the next music lesson Urmila. Mrs. Shrivastav asks Ratna to call her Ma. The scene shifts to the home of Bhavani Shankar where Urmila sings this song.

Song: Lyrics by Gulzar and music by R D Burman are fantastic.

The gist of the song is that the girl requests the man not to come into her dreams. This was because she was a sleep-walker!

Video: Cinematography by Jaywant Pathare.

The video opens with Bindiya Goswami on the piano. She begins the song, as Amol Palekar watches her, smiling. She gets up to hug a pillar while singing. Amol Palekar approaches her to touch her arm. She moves away from him in shyness. She goes to the balcony to continue singing. Both are seen together watching a match.

After the match is over they are still sitting in the pavilion. There are at least 2 changes in dresses and location. The song peters out and as Shobha Khote, who plays her aunt in the movie, sees her talking in her sleep, the video ends.

Artists: Lata Mangeshkar sings the playback. Bindiya Goswami lip-synchs and Amol Palekar looks on.

Cultural influence: This is a typical filmi song where the heroine has fallen in love with the modern form of the hero and confesses it. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the same.

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