O LEKE PEHLA PEHLA PYAR – RAFI/SHAMSHAD BEGUM – O P NAYYAR – DEV ANAND/SHAKILA | CID (1956)

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During their struggle period, Guru Dutt and Dev Anand were very good friends. They had promised each other that Guru Dutt would cast and direct Dev in his own movie and Dev would ask Guru Dutt to direct a movie. Dev gave Guru Dutt Baazi (1951) to direct. Guru Dutt gave Dev CID as a producer but did not direct the movie. So Guru Dutt could keep only a part of the promise.

This song comes twice in the movie – the happy version sung by Shamshad Begum and Mohammad Rafi and the sad one by Asha Bhonsle, Shamshad Begum and Mohammad Rafi.

Movie: This song appears in the 1956 crime thriller CID directed by Raj Khosla and produced by Guru Dutt. It starred late Dev Anand, Shakila, late K N Singh, late Johnny Walker, Kum Kum, late Mahmood and Waheeda Rehman (debut). Mahmood, a comedian in later life, played a serious role in this movie, which is one of his earlier ones.

Shrivastav is the editor of a newspaper and is about to expose the nefarious activities of a wealthy and influential man. He requests his friend Inspector Shekhar (Dev Anand) to meet him so that he could tell him about the threat he keeps receiving from the underworld. Shrivastava is killed before Shekhar arrives at the newspaper office. Shekhar suddenly remembers that he had seen the suspicious man in the elevator, while he was on the way to the editor’s office. When Shekhar reaches the streets, the man has already got into a car and left.

To follow the man, Shekhar borrows a woman’s (Shakila) car despite her protests. Though Shekhar explains to her the reason behind his borrowing the car, she throws a fit and even throws the car keys in the mud, while it is raining outside. As a result, they lose the chase. Overnight, Shekhar sleeps on the front seat and the woman in the back seat. When morning comes and they wake up, the woman finds the keys and gives Shekhar the slip to go home alone.

Shekhar returns to the crime scene. Pickpocket Master (Johnny Walker) is found at the crime scene and confesses to Shekhar that he had seen the murderer. Shekhar finds a clue in the cigarette butt dropped by the murderer and with the help of that he catches a man. Master identifies the killer (Mahmood) and the latter is jailed.

The next day Shekhar follows the woman, whose car he had used before to follow the killer. At this time, a pair of street dancers, sing this song for the benefit of Shekhar.

Song: The lyrics were penned by Majrooh Sultanpuri and the music was composed by O P Nayyar.

The song begins with the female street singer saying that a magician has come for the girl with a hangover in his eyes and first love from a magic world. She continues, “Where are you going, girl? Stop. Let us talk. The magician has come with lots of dreams looking for you, the one with beautiful eyes. Whatever you do, you will not be able to save yourself from the lovable magician. He will cast such a magic spell on you that you will have to admit defeat.”

After listening to these verses, the girl begins to smile and realizes that she is also in love with the man.

Video: Cinematography is by late V K Murthy and late Anwar.

The video begins with the shot of a harmonium. The song has been picturized on Marine Drive in Mumbai. With the man who plays the harmonium, there is a girl, who dances to the tune. The man, the girl, Dev Anand and Shakila are on the side of the sea, walking on the large footpath. On the other side of the road, there are bungalows with tall coconut trees.

The girl moves in small steps, typical of those times. The man and the girl wear dresses that represent street singers. Shakila is walking ahead, apparently angry with Dev Anand. The girl goes and dances in front of her. Finally, Shakila is cajoled and smiles.

Artists: The playback singers are Shamshad Begum and Mohammad Rafi and onscreen performances are by 2 extra artists. Dev Anand and Shakila look on.

Cultural Influence: When the movie had released, the songs had become very popular. Now, this song is worth watching at least once during leisure.

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