Movie: This song appears in the 1972 semi-hit comic adventure caper Bombay to Goaproduced by N C Sippy and directed by S Ramanathan. The movie starred Amitabh Bachchan, Aruna Irani, Shatrughan Sinha, late Mahmood, late Nazir Hussain, late Dulari, Manmohan, etc. It was a remake of the 1966 Tamil hit Madras to Pondicherry. Mahmood essayed the role of the bus conductor, which was originally played by late Nagesh in the Tamil version. The Hindi version was also remade in 2007 with a group of comic artists.
Mala’s (Aruna Irani) pictures appear in a magazine and her parents Atmaram (Nazir Hussain) and his wife’s (Dulari) lives are turned upside down. They arrange Mala’s marriage with Atmaram’s friend Ramlal’s (Agha) son Ravi Kumar (Amitabh Bachchan). Mala opposes the idea of marrying anyone, whom she has not met. But she is thrilled that Sharma (Shatrughan Sinha) and Verma (Manmohan) had really submitted her photographs to a magazine and were now going to sign her up for a movie.
Mala is unable to understand her parents’ concern about her way to fame and runs away from home with a lot of cash. She hands this cash to Sharma and Verma. Both of them are overcome by greed and this leads to the murder of Verma at the hands of Sharma. Mala witnesses this murder and is now on the run to save her life. She boards a bus that is on the way from Bombay (Mumbai now) to Goa. Sharma soon makes it to the bus and sends one of his armed men to the bus to kill her. Enter Mala’s admirer Ravi Kumar, who protects Mala. It is when Ravi Kumar observes the gunman aiming his gun at Mala that he sings this song to disrupt the man’s plans.
Song: The music of this song was composed by R D Burman and the lyrics were penned by Rajinder Kishen.
The man sings, “I did not see. Nor did I think. I just placed my life on the target. I want to give my life at your feet. This is my desire. I will be destroyed. I will die. But I will achieve something before that. If I cannot find solace even after death, where will I go? I can’t say who the killer is. I can’t keep mum, either. Who is the bird? Who is the bird-catcher? Say something, my dear. I left home after taking the vow that I will follow (the girl). I, a madman, have tied the shroud on my head and come here.”
Video: Cinematography is by Jal Mistry.
The video begins with the shot of Amitabh Bachchan, who is traveling in the bus to Goa. He has seen through Aruna Irani’s own double-surfaced mirror that someone is trying to shoot her. He immediately gets up and starts dancing and singing like a madman to divert the attention of the would-be killer.
Amitabh Bachchan does a lot of circus antics while dancing. He even comes partly out of the bus through the door and dances standing on the stairs. He even goes out on the roof of the bus from the hole on it to dance on it. The shooter tries to take aim. Right then, Amitabh Bachchan plays the been (a snake charmer’s clarinet).
Due to so much shaking of the bus, the crowd and Amitabh Bachchan’s antics, the gun drops from the shooter’s hand. Amitabh Bachchan makes Mahmood, who is the conductor, lay on the shooter’s lap and performs different antics that way.
The person sitting opposite the shooter unknowingly places his foot on the gun. Soon the shooter pulls the gun towards him and picks it up. The video ends with Mahmood caressing a young woman’s face.
Artists: The playback singer is Kishore Kumar and Amitabh Bachchan lip-syncs to the song. Aruna Irani, Mahmood, Lalita Pawar, etc. also dance to the tune of the song.
Cultural Influence: Chatterboxes, during journeys in buses or trains, pass the time by singing or chatting. This is one such song. This video is worth watching for the fun and comedy.