IK HASEEN SHAAM KO DIL MERA KHO GAYA – RAFI – MADAN MOHAN – DHARMENDRA | DULHAN EK RAAT KI (1967)

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Movie: This song appears in the 1967 movie Dulhan Ek Raat Ki directed by Dharam Dev Kashyap and produced by M Bhawani Singh. The movie starred Dharmendra, late Nutan, late Rehman, late Johny Walker, etc. This is one of the evergreen numbers of the time. The movie is based on the Thomas Hardy novel Tess of the D’Urbervilles.

Ashok (Dharmendra) and Nirmala (Nutan) meet in a railway station in Dehradun. Then they meet each other again in town. Nirmala has found out that her mother (Leela Chitnis) mortgaged their house to finance her education so she gets a job as a nurse to a rich blind woman (Mumtaz Begum). The blind woman’s son Ranjit (Rehman) is attracted to Nirmala in a negative way. When Ashok and Nirmala meet for the third time, they fall in love with each other thinking their meetings are not coincidences but acts of fate. They decide to go have tea. Before that, they go to a forest and walk about a little.

It is at this time that Ashok sings this song for Nirmala.

Song: The music of this song was composed by Madan Mohan and the lyrics were written by Raja Mehendi Ali Khan.

The man sings, “One fine evening, I lost my heart. Previously, it used to be mine. Now it is someone else’s. I wanted to have someone in my life for a long time. I wished there was a lamp lighted in my lonely life. When she came, my entire world became bright. My heart’s caravan is being headed by someone now. Her eyes are like dew drops, a little asleep and a little awake. When I saw her, the season became beautiful.”

The man expresses the fact that he has fallen in love with the girl through this song.

Video: Cinematography is by Rajendra Malone.

The video begins with Dharmendra and Nutan coming out of a large building together. Then the next shots are of the sky and the natural beauty. Dharmendra begins to sing. Nutan smiles and moves ahead in the forest lane. Dharmendra is wearing trousers and a sweater, while Nutan is wearing a white sari and a shawl.

The next shot is of the river flowing near the forest. 2 flowers are seen moving on the river together. Then tall bamboo trees are shown. Dharmendra looks so small in between the tall trees. When his close-up shot is shown, Nutan is also present nearby.

They walk towards each other. Again the camera zooms on the 2 flowers on the river. Both the actors walk toward some other trees. The camera pans closer. Nutan smiles with a twinkle in her eyes. Dharmendra moves away from the focus of the camera and it focuses on Nutan. She smiles and closes her eyes.

Dharmendra swings side to side holding onto one of the trees with both his hands. Then they walk together and hold hands. The next shot is that of the outside of a restaurant, where they had planned to have tea together. Rehman watches them go into the restaurant together. The video ends with another shot of the outside of the restaurant.

Artists: The playback singer is Mohammad Rafi and the onscreen performances are by Dharmendra and Nutan.

Cultural Influence: When a couple is meeting in a place where nature is smiling and there is a pleasant breeze, the man will speak a few things. Those dialogues have been made into a song here. This video can be watched the whole day only for Dharmendra and Nutan, the versatile actors and Mohammad Rafi, the legendary singer.

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