Tose nazariya ladai – Suman Kalyanpur – Shankar-Jaikishan – Laxmi Chaya | Patanga (1971)

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Movie: This song appeared in 1971 moderately successful K R Films’ romantic drama Patanga (Moth) produced by Kedar Kapoor and R S Sharma and directed by Kedar Kapoor. The movie starred late Shashi Kapoor, late Vimmi, late Ajit, late Rajinder Nath, etc.

Kunwar Amar Singh (Ajit) has organized a mujra party at his home and Champa Bai (Laxmi Chaya) performs this song-and-dance sequence at this time.

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

The gist of the song is that the girl fell in love with the man and she lost her youth. The lyrics may not make much sense. But, is poetry something to be understood by its superficial meaning?

Video: Cinematography is by Rajendra Malone. Dance choreography is by B Sohanlal-Surya Kumar-Kamal.

The video opens with Laxmi Chaya beginning the dance. She also begins to sing. Orchestra accompanies her. She approaches Ajit and he listens to what she has to say through the song and looks down. The next time, she approaches him, he tries to catch hold of her hand, which she jerks away. Soon, the song peters out and the video ends with Shashi Kapoor entering the house.

Artists: The playback singer of this song is Suman Kalyanpur and the onscreen performances are by Laxmi Chaya, Ajit and others.

Cultural Influence: Mujra is a negative aspect of North Indian culture. The beautiful and royal dance form of Kathak is used to entice men through this dance and is not considered a good career. Often interesting messages can be disseminated through this dance. But, people performing mujra are looked down upon. The men visiting such women are spared from this disrepute. At the same time, mujra has been popularized by Bollywood over the years. It is like the item song of today. However, in this song, I did not find anything close to Kathak and they call it a mujra.

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