The famous dialogue of Rajesh Khanna, “Pushpa, I hate tears!” appears in this movie.
Movie: This song appears in the 1972 drama Amar Prem (Immortal Love) produced and directed by Shakti Samanta. The plot is based on Bibhutibhushan Bandopadhyay’s short story in Bengali Hinger Koshuri. The movie can also be called as a remake of the Bengali movie Nishi Padma (1970) by Arabinda Mukherjee. The Hindi movie starred late Rajesh Khanna, Sharmila Tagore, late Vinod Mehra, late Sujit Kumar, late Abhi Bhattacharya, late Satyen Kapoo, late Madan Puri, Bindu, etc.
Pushpa (Sharmila Tagore) is thrown out of her home by her husband and his new wife. She refuses to leave and he beats her up. At her mother’s place also she is not entertained as she is disowned by her mother as well. Pushpa tries suicide but is saved by another villager Nepal Babu (Madan Puri) and he sells her to a brothel in Calcutta (Kolkata now). Pushpa meets Anand Babu (Rajesh Khanna) during her audition when he is attracted by her singing. Anand Babu is not happy in his marriage and is lonely. He becomes her regular customer and actually falls in love with her.
A widowed man (Sujit Kumar) from her village shifts to a home near Pushpa’s. His son Nandu is ill-treated by his step-mother (Bindu) and often goes hungry. Pushpa begins to give Nandu her love and edible stuff. Nandu also begins to consider her like his mother. He visits her every day. Even Anand Babu becomes fond of the little boy. One day, Nandu’s step-mother comes to know that Nandu visits Pushpa and she not only mistreats him but also creates a scene in front of Pushpa’s house. Pushpa is hurt by the woman’s words and begins to cry. It is at this time that Anand Babu sings this song.
Song: The song was penned by late Anand Bakshi and the music was composed by late Rahul Dev Burman.
The man says, “People will say something. It is their job to talk. Forget it. Don’t waste the night on useless things. People will keep behaving as they like. If there is a morning, then there is an evening as well. Now, who are you? Even Sita was blamed for something she did not do. Then why do you bring tears to your eyes for these people’s words? They taunt us about our activities. But we have seen those very people enter these lanes, stealthily. This is the truth. It is not a lie. You see for yourself, isn’t it the truth?”
Video: Cinematographer was Aloke Dasgupta.
The video begins with Sharmila Tagore holding a window rod with tears in her eyes. Rajesh Khanna begins singing. The room is a very ordinary one. Rajesh Khanna calls Sharmila Tagore closer to the window to show how brokers work. Both of them are wearing Bengali type dresses and Sharmila Tagore’s hair dress is also typically Bengali.
Rajesh Khanna has a peg in his hand. He covers Sharmila Tagore’s head with her sari. In North India, women, covering their head with their sari, are seen in a respectful way. Though Sharmila Tagore works in a brothel, Rajesh Khanna symbolically gives her respect by placing her sari on her head.
Artists: The playback singer is Kishore Kumar and Rajesh Khanna lip-syncs to the song while Sharmila Tagore looks on.
Cultural influence: People have seen true love blossoming in brothels. People have also seen brothel being run in reputed areas. The song has a lot of deep meaning and is melodious. It is worth watching several times.