Movie: This song appears in the 1965 classic Akashdeep (Light in the Sky) produced and directed by Phani Majumdar. The movie starred late Ashok Kumar, Nimmi, Dharmendra, late Nanda, late Mahmood, Shobha Khote, etc. This song is a particularly popular one from the movie.

Shankar (Ashok Kumar) learnt early in life that money is an important part of living. In his endeavor to earn a lot of money, he struggles hard and finally establishes an empire of different industries and retail stores. One day, he visits a man, whose factory’s shares he would like to buy. He also meets the man’s daughter Bani (Nimmi). When Shankar comes to know that Bani is mute, he decides to marry her and he presents his proposal to her father. Despite her father’s warning that she might hinder the progress in his life, he insists that he wanted to get married to her. When he leaves, Nimmi runs to her room, where she plays the gramophone record with this song.

Song: The music of this song was composed by late Chitragupt and the lyrics were written by Majrooh Sultanpuri.

The girl says, “Who lighted my heart’s lamp in my loneliness? The sleeping songs have woken up with the clarinet of my lips. Love knocks the door of desires. Dreams come to meet my eyes, which have woken up. So many shadows are dancing on a lonely ground. I have bettered myself in one glance. When I saw the mirror, I groomed myself. When I stretched myself for the first time, light spread on my body. I am parting my quivering lips. It is as if I am speaking the same words. These words are deep inside my heart.”

The girl is happy that someone has accepted her as she is. She has also realized that she has fallen in love with him. The desires that she had buried deep inside her heart are resurfacing. She is taking more care of her appearance, now.

Video: Cinematography is by Roque M Layton.

The video begins with Nimmi running to the gramophone record player and starts a record. She also begins to sing. She goes everywhere in the house and switches on all the lights. She picks up the stalk of a tuberose from the bunch in the flower pot. She illuminates the kandil (lantern) as well. She goes to the next room and switches on the light there. The video ends with the camera focusing on the kandil.

Artists: The playback has been sung by Lata Mangeshkar and onscreen performance is by Nimmi.

Cultural Influence: Nimmi in this movie is unable to speak. There are quite a few people around the world like her, who might try to express their feelings by some or the other means. The song, being very melodious, it can be watched several times.


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