Movie: This song appears in the 1962 hit movie Professor directed by Lekh Tandon and produced by F C Mehra. The movie starred late Shammi Kapoor, late Kalpana, Bela Bose, late Lalita Pawar, late Tun Tun and late Iftekhar. The movie was remade in Telugu as Bhale Mastaru (1969) and Peddinti Alludu (1991), in Tamil as Nadigan (1990) and in Kannada as Gopi Krishna.
Pritam (Shammi Kapoor) is a desperate young man in search of a job to pay for his mother Mrs. Khanna’s (Pratima Devi) treatment for tuberculosis in a sanatorium in Siliguri. He is told by his own professor about a job to tutor 2 young women and 2 school-going boys in Darjeeling. The catch? Their aunt Sita Devi Verma (Lalita Pawar) is a male-hater and would hire only an older man for the job. Finding no other alternative, Pritam disguises himself as an old man and takes the job.
The girls’ parents have recently expired in a train accident and their care had been transferred to their aunt. Pritam falls in love with one of the 2 girls, Neena (Kalpana). Soon Sita Devi falls in love with his older self! She invites him to Mumbai for transferring some land in the name of Neena since there are some small complications. Pritam reveals his younger self to Sita Devi and there is some hilarious confusion during his change of disguise. Neena and Pritam as a young man also meet there. On the day they are to leave, Pritam’s younger self does not appear in front of Neena, she misses him and begins to cry since she had fallen in love with him. When they return to Darjeeling, Neena stands at a place where Pritam would meet her and calls out to him. Then she sings this song and he replies to it.
Song: The music of this song was composed by Shankar-Jaikishen and the lyrics were penned by Hasrat Jaipuri.
The girl sings, “Call me, please. Don’t torture me so much in love. Right now, my life is troubled. If I die, even my ashes will be troubled. Don’t burn me like a lamp. Don’t torture me so much in love.”
The man takes over with, “Call me, please. Don’t torture me so much in love. I am hidden in every breath. I live in the raga of every heartbeat. Just look down O Beloved. Don’t torture me so much in love.”
The girl insists, “If I am no more, you will keep crying. You will keep weeping. Don’t try to eliminate the one who has fallen for you. Don’t torture me so much in love.”
Video: The cinematographer is Dwarka Divecha and the associate cinematographer is K Ramanlal.
Kalpana calls out to Shammi Kapoor standing in a mountainous area with terraces of tea plantations. She feels disappointed and misses him. She begins to sing the song. She is wearing a heavy coat due to the cold. She walks over a path near some dried plants. She is tired from walking. She is in a historical place and sits near a damaged pillar.
Right then, Shammi Kapoor replies to her call. Kalpana gets up and looks around alertly. Then Shammi Kapoor is seen climbing the mountainous terrain while singing. He is holding his coat in his hand. Kalpana runs towards the direction of Shammi Kapoor’s voice.
Shammi Kapoor is seen climbing the path Kalpana had taken some time back and Kalpana comes down via the same path. Shammi Kapoor reaches a tall tree and stands near it holding its trunk. He moves forward on the path singing.
Kalpana keeps looking around for him. Shammi Kapoor climbs up the path further. She stands at one place now and sings. Shammi Kapoor sees her and smiles. Now Shammi Kapoor has almost reached her and appears from behind the trunk of a tall tree. The video ends with Kalpana reaching a rock and sitting on it.
Artists: The playback has been sung by Lata Mangeshkar and Mohammad Rafi, while onscreen performances are by Kalpana and Shammi Kapoor.
Cultural Influence: It is natural for a boy and a girl looking for and thinking of each other in the other’s absence if they are a couple. Both the actors are veterans. The video is watchable for the actors, the scenery and the melodious song.