Aaja panchi akela hai – Rafi/Asha – S D Burman – Dev Anand/Kalpana Kartik | Nau Do Gyarah (1957)


I love this song sung by Mohammad Rafi Sahab and Asha Bhonsle, so much that I try to sing in their voices. It is very difficult to change the voices since often there is no breathing space between the lines.

Movie: This song appears in the 1957 mystery movie Nau Do Gyarah (Nine Two Eleven meaning to run away in Hindi) directed by late Vijay Anand (debut) and produced by late Dev Anand. The movie starred Dev Anand, Kalpana Kartik, late Madan Puri, Shashikala, late Jeevan, late Lalita Pawar, Krishan Dhawan, etc.

Madan Gopal (Dev Anand) is thrown out of his house for non-payment of rent. He visits his friend, who has been helping him to collect his mail. Madan finds a letter from his uncle Manoharlal. The older man had written that he will be leaving 1.1 million rupees – 0.9 million in cash and rest in property, to Madan. Originally, the recipient was the older man’s sister-in-law’s son Kuldeep (Krishan Dhawan). Kuldeep is a man of bad character. Therefore, Manoharlal had decided to transfer all his money to Madan.

Madan immediately leaves Delhi for Bombay (Mumbai now) in a truck, which he buys out of loan money. On the way, his friend pulls him into a wedding. While the 2 are discussing the wedding, the bride Raksha (Kalpana Kartik) hears the conversation. Also, a friend of hers, after eavesdropping a conversation between the groom Surjit (Jeevan) and her father, tells her that the man is not the right choice for her. The groom was demanding more cash in dowry. When Madan tells his friend that if he were the girl, he would have run away, she also decides to do the same. She hides in Madan’s truck.

Raksha has already disguised herself as a Sikh boy with the false name of Sardar Nihal Singh. When Madan discovers ‘him’, both of them quarrel continuously. However, Madan is compelled to take ‘him’ with him because the Sikh boy has all that he needs in the journey – money, water and food. Soon, ‘Sardar Nihal Singh’ is exposed and Madan finds out that it is actually a girl. Though Madan does not know her past, both fall in love with each other. But, he keeps teasing her many times as thief. Raksha was unhappy in the marriage, but finds happiness, while traveling with Madan.

Both reach Bombay soon and Madan goes to visit his friend Radheshyam (Madan Puri). Radheshyam informs him that Manoharlal has died. Madan is shocked and fishes out the letter to realize that it is a few months old. Madan’s friend says that the entire property had gone to Kuldeep and his mother (Lalita Pawar). On Raksha’s suggestion, they decide to pay a visit to the estate, which is in Mahabaleshwar, as if looking for a job of the estate manager. The ad that had been placed for the job insisted that the candidate should be married. Madan decides to present Raksha as his wife.

When Madan and Raksha reach there, Madan is immediately hired and they are given their quarters. Unfortunately, there is only one room in the quarters. Thus, Raksha pushes Madan into the bathroom for the night and he begins this song.

Song: The music of this song was given by late S D Burman and the lyrics were penned by late Majrooh Sultanpuri.

This is a little naughty song. The man insists that he needs company, the company of the girl for the night. However, the girl replies that they should go to sleep separately. This is the gist of the song.

Video: Cinematography is by V Ratra.

The video begins with Kalpana Kartik closing the door of the bathroom and sticking her tongue out to Dev Anand. Dev Anand begins the song and Kalpana Kartik joins in. As Kalpana Kartik arranges her bed in the main room, he falls into the bathtub, which swings on both the sides.

She switches off the light in the room and moves toward the window. He wears the turban that Kalpana Kartik was wearing when they met for the first time. He soon removes it. Then, Kalpana Kartik goes outside the house and approaches the bathroom window to tell him that it is the right time for him to sleep.

He moves toward the bathroom window and pleads with her. She tries to appease him by saying that her heart is with him, even though she is not. Then she returns to the room. The video ends with Dev Anand lighting his smoking pipe while sitting inside the bathtub.

Artists: The playback of this song was given by Mohammad Rafi and Asha Bhonsle, while the onscreen performances are by Dev Anand and Kalpana Kartik.

Cultural Influence: Due to filmi circumstances, both the hero and the heroine fall in love with each other and reach the workplace as a married couple. When they reach their quarters, they realize that there is just one room. So, the question of the place they will rest, arises. The heroine locks the hero inside the bathroom for the night. The song involves love and teasing between them. Though the video is overtly filmi, it can be watched for the artists and the melodious song.


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