Phaili hui hai sapnon ki bahein – Lata – S D Burman – Kalpana Kartik | House no. 44 (1955)


Movie: This song appears in the 1955 movie House No. 44 produced by late Dev Anand and directed by M K Burman. The movie starred Dev Anand, Kalpana Kartik, late K N Singh, Bhagwan Sinha, Rashid Khan, etc.

Ashok (Dev Anand) is a homeless waif, who stays outside Nimmo’s (Kalpana Kartik) home, particularly when it rains. He is attracted with money by Sunder (Bhagwan Singh) into a world of crime. Sunder works for Captain (K N Singh). One day, Ashok sees a dead body and complains to the police. The dead man turns out to be Nimmo’s father and he was killed by Sunder.

Innocent Nimmo is also dragged into the world of crime by Sunder. A time comes, when Ashok and Nimmo have to coordinate with each other regarding a stolen necklace and fall in love with each other. They are made to collaborate with each other often. Ashok does not like Nimmo getting into the dragnet of crime. So, he tells her to say no, then next time Sunder asks her to do anything.

It is at this time that Nimmo imagines that she is singing this song in a natural location.

Song: The music of this song was composed by S D Burman and the lyrics were penned by Sahir Ludhyanvi.

The girl says, “The arms of dreams are open. Come, let’s go somewhere far away. That is my destination. That is your path. Come, let’s go somewhere far away. Let’s hide in the shadow of the high clouds. Let’s gain something and lose something in the misty atmosphere. Let’s sing some song in tune with our breath. That place, which gives my heart, the shelter of your heart. Come, let’s go somewhere far away. Let’s swing with the swinging branches. Let alone the sky, we will touch the lips of the stars. Let’s sway intoxicated in the beauty of the atmosphere and forget all the sorrows. Let the eyes not see, what’s left behind. Come, let’s go somewhere far away.”

Stars, Science says, are molten masses of matter. But in this song, the girl wants to touch the lips of stars. That is what a poet’s imagination is and that is what some lyricists’ songs are made up of.

Video: Cinematography is by V Ratra.

The video begins with Kalpana Kartik admiring herself in front of the mirror. Then she imagines that she is in a natural scenic locale with tall trees around the place. Thus, this is a dream sequence. She is wearing a sharara. She dances around the trees. The video ends with Kalpana Kartik looking at her image in the mirror.

Artists: The playback has been sung by Lata Mangeshkar and Kalpana Kartik has lip-synced to the song.

Cultural Influence: The girl visualizes that she has gone to a forest and is dancing freely in that area. This is cinema, so the visualization is in the form of a song. Otherwise, in reality, it will be in the form of thoughts. Youth always have such thoughts. The song is very good and the video can be watched for the artist and the song.


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