Rangat teri surat si – Lata/Rafi – Shankar-Jaikishan – Babita/Shammi | Tumse Achcha Kaun Hai (1969)


Movie: This song appeared in 1969 Pramod Films’ romantic drama Tumse Achcha Kaun Hai (Who is as Good as you?) produced and directed by late Pramod Chakraborty. The movie starred late Shammi Kapoor, Babita, late Pran, late Lalita Pawar, late Mahmood, Shobha Khote, Jayanthi, etc.

Ashok (Shammi Kapoor) is in need of money for the surgery of his sister Roopa (Jayanthi) to give her eyesight. He takes on an assignment from Sarojini Devi (Lalita Pawar) for the money she offers and lands in Sundarpur for the assignment. Due to the mischief of some girls, twice he almost gets killed. He meets Mahesh (Mahmood) and they realize that Ashok had come to help Sarojini Devi. Ashok’s job is to make Sarojini Devi’s 2 younger granddaughters that their boyfriends are not worthy of them. He has one more job. He has to convince the eldest granddaughter Asha into marrying the suitor Sarojini Devi had decided for her.

In the process of discouraging one of her sisters’ boyfriends Manmohan (Manmohan), Asha, accidentally, shoots Ashok. Luckily, the bullets were dummy ones. But, Ashok takes the cue and pretends dead. With help from Mahesh, Asha disposes off Ashok’s ‘body’ in the lake nearby. At night, Mahesh also creates the right eerie atmosphere for Ashok to come in front of Asha as a ghost. Ashok appears from nowhere and through a song convinces Asha for marriage.

Next is Manju (Snehlata). To save her from the clutches of a wayward man Manmohan, Ashok goes to the club where Manmohan keeps a room ready for his nefarious activities. Before Manmohan rapes Manju, Ashok saves her. He also saves Anju (Lata Sinha), from her boyfriend, who has decided to cheat her of all her family jewelry.

All the 3 sisters fall in love with Ashok. But, Manju and Anju observe Asha romancing Ashok through this song.

Song: The lyrics of this song were penned by Hasrat Jaipuri and the music was composed by Shankar-Jaikishan.

The girl and the man heap praise on each other.

Video: Cinematography is by late V K Murthy. Dance choreography is by Suresh Bhatt.

The video opens with Babita lying on the floor and beginning the song. Shammi Kapoor is near her in no time and joins her in the song. Snehlata and Lata Sinha see the lead pair together. It begins to rain and the lead pair becomes wet. The other 2 girls feel sad at the turn of events. The lead pair enters a sheltered area. A blanket is conveniently available over there and Shammi Kapoor throws it on Babita. Snehlata approaches Lata Sinha and they feel jointly sorrowful. The song peters out and the video ends as the other 2 girls leave the place.

Artists: The playback of this song was sung by Lata Mangeshkar and Mohammad Rafi and the onscreen performances are by Shammi Kapoor, Babita and others.

Cultural Influence: This typically filmi romantic song where the hero and the heroine praise each other. The song and the artists are very good. The video is watchable for the same.

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