See le zubaan – Geeta Dutt – S D Burman – Shashikala | Nau Do Gyarah (1957)

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Movie: This song appears in the 1957 mystery movie Nau Do Gyarah (Nine Two Eleven meaning to run away in Hindi) directed by late Vijay Anand (debut) and produced by late Dev Anand. The movie starred Dev Anand, Kalpana Kartik, late Madan Puri, Shashikala, Helen, late Jeevan, late Lalita Pawar, Krishan Dhawan, etc.

Madan Gopal (Dev Anand) receives a letter from his uncle, Manoharlal. The older man had written that he would be leaving 1.1 million rupees – 0.9 million in cash and rest in property to Madan. Originally, the recipient was the older man’s sister-in-law’s son Kuldeep (Krishan Dhawan). Kuldeep is a man of bad character. Therefore, Manoharlal had decided to transfer all his money to Madan.

Madan immediately leaves Delhi for Bombay (Mumbai now) in a truck, which he buys out of money borrowed from a friend. Raksha (Kalpana Kartik) disguises as a Sikh boy Sardar Nihal Singh and hides behind his truck, dumping her betrothed Surjit (Jeevan), who was demanding more cash as dowry. When Madan discovers ‘him’, both of them quarrel continuously. However, Madan is compelled to take ‘him’ with him because the Sikh boy has all that he needs on the journey – money, water and food. Soon, ‘Sardar Nihal Singh’ is exposed and Madan finds out that it is actually a girl. Though Madan does not know her past, both fall in love with each other. But, he keeps teasing her many times as a thief.

Both reach Bombay soon and Madan goes to visit his friend Radheshyam (Madan Puri), who informs him that Manoharlal was dead. Madan is shocked and fishes out the letter to realize that it is a few months old. Madan’s friend says that the entire property had gone to Kuldeep and his mother (Lalita Pawar). On Raksha’s suggestion, they decide to pay a visit to the estate, which is in Mahabaleshwar as if looking for a job of the estate manager. The ad that had been placed on the job insisted that the candidate should be married. Madan decides to present Raksha as his wife.

When Madan and Raksha reach there, Madan is immediately hired and they are given their quarters. Kuldeep is in love with a Bombay-based bar dancer, Nita (Shashikala). Surjit is the owner of the hotel where Nita works and he decides to frame Nita in a smuggling bid. When Nita gets to know about it, Surjit blackmails her into marrying Kuldeep for seizing the wealth Kuldeep now has.

As said before, Kuldeep is a wayward man. He has an eye on Raksha, which shows in his behavior. Madan gets suspicious about Manoherlal’s death and begins to investigate. He finds that most of the old servants had been thrown out and that only the gardener lives in the village in the nearby valley. In the next shot, Nita is seen conversing with Kuldeep. She tries to find out how Manoharlal died. After saying that the old man had died due to heart disease, Kuldeep leaves. Nita meets and falls for Madan and decides to marry him.

On the other hand, Kuldeep’s mother finds out that Madan and Raksha are not married. She confronts him with Kuldeep, Surjit and Nita. Madan tricks Kuldeep to make him blurt out the truth behind the death of his uncle. However, he does not count on Surjit having informed Raksha’s father about her location and the senior arriving with the police there. Madan is arrested, but Raksha indirectly tells him that she loves him.

Happy, Madan leaves the place, with the police. He tells Raksha to inform his friend Radheshyam about the situation and tells her to find the secret of the gardener. Soon, Raksha goes missing. But, Madan is released by the police due to the intervention of Radheshyam. Madan and his friend follow Surjit and Nita to find them carrying a visibly half-conscious Raksha from a house to Madan’s late uncle’s home. The police and Raksha’s father also arrive.

Inside, Surjit is in a bid to get part of the property and is blackmailing Kuldeep and his mother. Soon, the 2 men get engaged in hand-to-hand combat because Kuldeep had snatched the real will from Surjit’s hand. Nita realizes that the police had come. Kuldeep’s mother is about to take the help of the police to save her son when Nita warns her against it through this song.

Song: The music of this song was given by late S D Burman and the lyrics were penned by late Majrooh Sultanpuri.

The girl warns the woman to keep mum about the goings-on. There is a covert underlying threat in the song.

Video: Cinematography is by V Ratra. Dance choreography is by Zohra Saigal-Surya Kumar.

The video opens with Shashikala on the piano. She also begins to sing the song as Lalita Pawar moves on her wheelchair toward the door. Shashikala begins to dance. Dev Anand plans the rescue of Kalpana Kartik by giving Madan Puri some instructions. In the meantime, Jeevan and Krishan Dhawan are seen fighting and Jeevan brings out a gun.

Dev Anand enters through the back door and Shashikala drops some hints that things will work out, sooner or later. A shot rings out. Everybody is startled. Kalpana Kartik wakes up drowsily. Jagdish Raj, wearing a police uniform, gets ready to handle the situation with his gun. Krishan Dhawan falls away from Jeevan, probably shot.

Kalpana Kartik has actually not woken up. She must have gone back to sleep, after all. Jeevan fumbles with the other actor’s pockets and draws out the will. Jeevan comes out of the room, triumphant. Shashikala continues to sing and dance, seemingly happy at the turn of events. When Dev Anand climbs up the stairs to go to the scene of the crime, she stops him.

The song stops abruptly when Shashikala sees something very shocking. The video also ends there.

Artists: The playback of this song was given by Asha Bhonsle, while the onscreen performances are by Shashikala, Lalita Pawar, Dev Anand, Madan Puri, Jeevan, Krishan Dhawan, Lalita Pawar, Jagdish Raj and others.

Cultural Influence: This is a typically filmi song, sung by the vamp to silence Lalita Pawar. The picturization of the song is just fantastic. We don’t see such shots in today’s movies. The song and the artists are very good. The video is watchable for the same.

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