Like I am a big fan of Asha Bhonsleji, I am a big fan of late Geeta Dutt as well. This is one of her fantastic renditions, with a lot of depth in the words of the song.
Movie: This song appears in the 1957 romantic movie Pyaasa (The Thirsty Man) produced and directed by late Guru Dutt. The movie starred Guru Dutt, Waheeda Rehman, Mala Sinha, late Rehman, late Mahmood, etc. Mahmood is here again in a serious role. This is Waheeda Rehman’s first role in the lead.
The original ending was showing Vijay being left alone. But on the distributors’ insistence, the ending was changed. Also, initially the name of the movie was Pyaas (Thirst). But, Guru Dutt changed the name to Pyaasa to describe the movie better. It is thought that the story is based on the life of the movie’s late lyricist Sahir Ludhyanvi’s failed affair with late poet and writer Amrita Pritam.
Time magazine rated Pyaasa as one of 100 best films, calling it “the soulfully romantic of the lot”. On Valentine’s Day of 2011, the same magazine declared the movie as one of the top 10 romantic movies.
Vijay (Guru Dutt) is an unsuccessful poet and his work is not taken seriously by publishers and his brothers. His brothers sell his file of poems as waste paper. He is unable to bear their taunting that he is a good-for-nothing. He has to stay away from home and has to be out on streets often. The file of poems that are sold as waste paper are bought by an unknown woman. Vijay is in the park when a woman begins to sing one of his poems. He begins to ask her about it when the woman (Waheeda Rehman) turns around and sings this song.
Song: The music of this song was composed by S D Burman and the lyrics were penned by Sahir Ludhyanvi. This movie marked the end of the long-lasting collaboration between Burman Dada and Sahir Sahab.
The girl says, “Who knows what you said? Who knows what I heard? But, something meaningful has come out of it. There was excitement. There was shivering. Many dreams have awakened. Something meaningful has come out of it. The eyes were lowered and then raised. Feet walked slowly. I have got a new style of walking. Something meaningful has come out of it. My tresses blew away from my shoulder and the fragrance spread. Many secrets were revealed. Something meaningful has come out of it.”
Video: Cinematography is by V K Murthy.
The video begins with the shot of a veiled woman’s back. The woman is singing a few lines. When Guru Dutt talks to her, she turns back and begins this song. The woman is Waheeda Rehman. She moves to the other side of a bridge first and then a little away. Guru Dutt follows her.
She entices him to the outside of the park and through an alleyway to her home. The video ends with Waheeda Rehman purposefully walking toward the staircase going to her home on the upper floor.
Artists: The playback of this song was sung by Geeta Dutt and the onscreen performances are by Waheeda Rehman and Guru Dutt.
Cultural Influence: This is the first meeting of the hero and the heroine. The heroine is singing the hero’s compositions. That is why his attention is attracted by her. This is a song of interesting filmi situation. The video can be watched for the legendary artists and the melodious song.