This song is one of the most feet-tapping songs of Shammi Kapoor. Besides, one of the voices singing this song is of my favorite Mohammad Rafi. I have been a fan of movie songs since childhood. We never had a TV before I went to the 8th grade and Dad would not allow me to listen to the radio also after 9-9.30 at night. I would lie down on the bed, with our small transistor close to my ear and listen to the songs to my heart’s content till about 11. This way I picked up many songs.

Movie: The song Aaj kal tere mere pyar ke charche… was featured in the movieBrahmachari released in 1968 directed by Bhappi Sonie and produced by GP Sippy and Ramesh Sippy.

Brahmachari (Shammi Kapoor) is an orphan and takes care of many orphan kids in his home. Poverty makes it hard for him to make 2 ends meet. One day, he meets a young woman Sheetal (Rajshree) and saves her from committing suicide. Sheetal is in love with a wanton man Ravi Khanna (Pran). Brahmachari assures that he would reunite her with Ravi if she gives him money. He visits Ravi’s home on his birthday and sings this song with one of Ravi’s girlfriends, Rupa (Mumtaz).

Song: Music is composed by Shankar Jaikishen and lyrics are by Hasrat Jaipuri. The song is a copy of a Sinhalese song (some part of it at the end of the video given).

The song goes thus: the male voice says, “Nowadays, people are talking about our love affair. Everybody knows and everybody is informed.”

The female voice asks, “Then what?’ and repeats the above lines.

The male voice again takes over, “We have achieved something in love. In the path of love we have become popular.”

Then the female voice says, “We are 2 bodies, one heart and one life. Now our destinations are the same. We have become co-travelers.”

Now it’s the turn of the male voice, “Why should we fear? We are brave hearts. I have accepted you as mine for every birth of ours.’

Video: Cinematography is by Taru Dutt.

The colors of the set are pleasing to the eye and complement each other. In the beginning of the song, the musician playing the guitar hits the strings hard and that looks like an epilepsy jerk. Mumtaz shaking and jerking appears as if she has been bitten by a snake or a scorpion! As usual, Shammi Kapoor’s shakes and buffoonery is nice to watch.

2 spectacle-wearing nerds join Mumtaz in the dance, which gives a trio effect. When Mumtaz tries to dance with the villain played by Pran, Shammi Kapoor tries to take her away from him. Shammi Kapoor playing the piano is also very interesting.

Artists: Mohammad Rafi and Suman Kalyanpur sing the playback song, while Shammi Kapoor, Mumtaz and Pran dance to its tune.

Cultural Influence: The song is only for entertainment. Mumtaz’s method of wrapping the sari used to be copied by middle aged ladies around the time the movie was released.


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