This song is very close to my heart. It is a song depicting close unbreakable friendship. During childhood, my best friend and I would sing this song – Afininana bento oooo, Nita and Gayatri oooo… 🙂
Movie: This song appears in the 1979 movie Aap Ke Deewane (Crazy for You), directed by Surendera Mohan and produced by Vimal Kumar and Rakesh Roshan. Rakesh Roshan’s son Hrithik, at 6 was seen in the beginning briefly as the younger version of Rakesh Roshan sharing his tricycle with another child on a beach. This scene is a part of this song.
Rahim (Rakesh Roshan) and Ram (Rishi Kapoor) are childhood friends, who are inseparable. After their schooling is over, they join a college and shift to a hostel to complete their education. They make many friends and one day these friends come to meet them in the hostel. It is at this time that this song is sung.
Song: The music of this song was composed by Rajesh Roshan and the lyrics were penned by Anand Bakshi.
First an African sings, “Long live our friendships!”
The song begins thus with the first boy saying, “God willing, let our friendship last long.”
One of their female friends says, “You both go ahead and we will follow you. We do not have any worldly sorrows.”
The first boy says, “Let seasons come and go. Let people laugh and sing. Let the concert continue.”
The second boy says, “I will give my happiness to you and take away your tears.”
The first boy replies, “I will die for you and play with my life for you.”
The second boy says, “Is there anyone else other than you for me?”
The first boy says, “I have only you and your friendly affection for myself.”
Thus the song goes on about the strong bond of friendship. This song is a verbal depiction of all the friendly feelings the 2 boys have for each other.
Video: Cinematography is by P L Rai.
The video begins with an African dancing to the tune of the song. There are many young people waiting on the street with bicycles for Rishi Kapoor and Rakesh Roshan. They come down with their own cycles and begin cycling, simultaneously singing. On both the sides of the road, there is a lot of greenery. The shots are beautiful.
At that time, Rishi Kapoor remembers their childhood, when he was crying and was allowed to use the tricycle his now best friend was using. Shoma Anand also sings while cycling. Rakesh Roshan passes soft drinks to his friends. Then the African dances on top of a container while playing the flute. His dance is good.
Then the scene changes to the shot of the beach, where Shoma Anand is standing on a horse carriage and continues the song. The other students are dancing on the beach. Towards the end of the song the African smiles while singing, which he had not done till now. The group seems to have gone to several places in the whole day that they return to the hostel only at night. Thus ends the song.
Artists: The playback singers are Mohammed Rafi, Amit Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar and Benny, while Rishi Kapoor, Rakesh Roshan and Shoma Anand make their onscreen presence felt.
Cultural Influence: Today, many students live in another country to study. Once they mingle with the native students, they become one among them. This song makes us feel as if it was we who had gone for the picnic. It is worthy of watching at least once.