This song appears in this movie twice. One is the tonga version sung by Mohammad Rafi Sahab and the other was sung by Asha Bhonsle. The second version is a little faster. But I have chosen the first one because it was picturized on a tonga. This is another horse carriage song. It is with regret that I have to say that nowadays, there are no ghoda gadi songs being made. 🙁

Movie: This song appears in the 1957 hit movie Tumsa Nahin Dekha directed by Nasir Hussain and produced by Sashadhar Mukherjee. The movie was Hussain’s debut in the direction department. He had written some movies like Muninmjee andPaying Guest before. The movie starred late Shammi Kapoor, Ameeta, late Pran, late Raj Mehra, late Anjali Devi, etc. The movie was intended as the star vehicle for the heroine Ameeta, the protégée of the Filmistan Studios owner Tolaram Jalan. The makers focused a lot on her make-up, wardrobe and lighting and built the publicity of the movie around the actor. However, the success of the movie helped the then struggling Shammi Kapoor, who became a sensation overnight. With this movie, the Shammi Kapoor mania began, as he individualized his style. The movie was initially offered to Dev Anand. But he declined the offer.

20 years ago, Gopal (B M Vyas) flees his hometown in Shillong after killing his friend, who had taken advantage of his gambling fixation and had looted him. Gopal relocates to a village in Assam with his adopted daughter Meena (Ameeta). On Meena’s suggestion, he gives an ad in the newspaper for his long lost wife Kamla (Anjali Devi) to send his son Shankar (Shammi Kapoor) over to his estate. He camouflages the ad by calling his wife by the pet name Kammo, he used, but gave his new name Sardar Rajpal. However, his enemies understand the covert message and make arrangements accordingly. Meena visits the city for a friend’s birthday and while she returns via the first class train compartment meets Shankar, who introduces himself as Prem Kumar. Both have to get into the same horse carriage after their train journey to reach their destination.

Song: The music of this song was composed by O P Nayyar and the lyrics were penned by Sahir Ludhyanvi.

The man sings, “I have seen several beautiful girls. But I have never seen someone like you. Uff, these eyes! Uff, this style! Who will not fall for you? Your hair is like clouds. Your eyes are like lightning. God knows, who will get into trouble! Both you and the season are beautiful. Today, I can’t control my heart. The roads are silent. The heartbeats are inebriated. I haven’t drunk alcohol today. But I have become intoxicated. If you don’t speak to me, I am not going to die. Are you a fairy or a nymph? Why are you so arrogant? Listen to someone at least sometimes.”

Video: Cinematography is by Marshall Braganza.

The video opens with Shammi Kapoor playing the ek tara (a single-stringed musical instrument) like a guitar sitting on the back side of a tonga (a horse carriage). He is wearing a dark coat with a muffler around his neck. Ameeta is sitting beside him. She is wearing a light color shirt and is feeling cold. She is also wearing a scarf around her neck.

When he describes her beauty and says that people will get into trouble because of it, she knocks on his forehead – a small hit that would have given him some pain. He tries to recover from the knock while singing.

While they travel further in their path, there are 6 village girls standing on the side of the road and looking at them. Then he lifts his legs and sits on them above the seat. He turns upside down on his seat and shows her many pictures of girls. She again knocks on his forehead.

He goes and sits near the driver and turns back to pull her hair. Then he addresses the driver, who blushes. Then he returns to his place on the back seat. Again, she knocks his forehead. Next, he picks up a mouth organ and plays it and thus the video ends.

Artists: The playback singer is Mohammad Rafi and onscreen performances are by Shammi Kapoor and Ameeta.

Cultural Influence: The hero is revealing his one-sided love for the heroine. The horse carriage shown in this song is a tonga. There is a driver on the front seat driving the carriage. Shammi Kapoor keeps praising Ameeta to gain her love and she keeps resisting him. The video is watchable for Shammi Kapoor’s monkey-tricks, Ameeta’s attitude and the song’s melody.


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