Na bole tum na maine kuch kaha – Amit Kumar/Asha Bhonsle – Rajesh Roshan – Amol Palekar/Tina Munim | Baton Baton Mein (1979)


This is another of my favorite Amit Kumar-Asha Bhonsle renditions. I try to imitate their voices. It’s fun. 🙂

Movie: This song appears in the 1979 romady (romantic comedy) Baton Baton Mein (Even While We Talk) produced and directed by Basu Chatterjee. The movie starred Amol Palekar, Tina Munim, late David, late Pearl Padamsee, Asrani and Ranjit Choudhary.

Lovely Nancy Pereira (Tina Munim) is the daughter of the overly anxious widow Rosie (Pearl Padamsee). Also living with them is Rosie’s son Shabi (Ranjit Choudhary). Rosie wants her daughter to get married to a rich young man. Tom (David) is her brother and neighbor. While commuting from Bandra to Churchgate in the 9.10 AM Western Railway local train, Tom introduces Nancy to an eligible bachelor Tony Braganza (Amol Palekar) and asks Nancy to invite Tony to meet Rosie.

Rosie does not initially approve of his drawing a mere Rs.300 as salary in comparison with Nancy’s Rs.700. However, when she is told that post his probation, his salary would be Rs.1000, she wants her daughter to marry him soon. Tony and Nancy are allowed to meet and both fall in love. Though in the past, Nancy was ditched by a boy and she had decided not to get married, she is still attracted to Tony. One day, while dating, when they visit a discotheque, Nancy’s brother Shabi begins this song there and both Tony and Nancy join in.

Song: The music of this song was composed by Rajesh Roshan and the lyrics were composed by Yogesh. The tune of this song was lifted from the famous American Civil War marching song When Johnny comes marching home again…, a Patrick Gilmore composition.

The song begins thus, “Neither did you talk nor did I. But, I don’t know why I felt like the moon has blossomed in the sunshine. It is night during the day. Without speaking, words of love were exchanged. Life is changing, so are we. I don’t know why my legs are dancing. Even if anyone does not know, we do. Whose breath has been mixed with mine today? Who is so close to my heart today? Slowly, the intoxication of love increases. I feel that all problems have been resolved. What was in my heartbeats, have been understood by his heartbeats. Don’t say anything more, for nothing has been left to say.”

Video: Cinematography is by A K Bir.

The video begins with the scene of a discotheque, where many boys and girls are dancing. Ranjit Choudhary begins the song and he is joined by a female actor. When these 2 artists complete the first few lines of the song, Amol Palekar and Tina Munim enter the discotheque and join the other 2 in dance as well as song.

Some people including the lead couple clap their hands, taking forward the song. Ranjit Choudhury and the other girl keep exchanging their mikes with Amol Palekar and Tina Munim. The video ends with Amol Palekar ending the song.

Artists: The playback has been given by Amit Kumar and Asha Bhonsle and the onscreen performances are by Ranjit Choudhury, Amol Palekar, Tina Munim and others.

Cultural Influence: Hero and heroine visit a discotheque. This is a party type of song. It can be watched as many times as people want to for passing the time.


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