Teri galiyon mein na rakhenge kadam – Rafi – Usha Khanna – Anil Dhawan | Hawas (1974)


Rafi Sahab won the Film World Best Singer Award for this song.

Movie: This song appears in the 1974 movie Hawas (Lust) produced and directed by Saawan Kumar. The movie starred Anil Dhawan, Neetu Singh, late Pinchoo Kapoor, Bindu, late Pradeep Kumar, late Vinod Mehra, Rekha, etc.

Natwarlal (Pinchoo Kapoor) employs handsome Anil Kumar (Anil Dhawan) as his crime accomplice. Natwarlal asks Anil to get employed under Shailendra Singh (Pradeep Kumar) and then seduce his young daughter Neetu Singh (Neetu Singh) to marry her and get a stake in their property. Anil follows the instructions to a T but does not count on Shailendra’s nymphomaniac second wife Kamini (Bindu), who has an altogether different agenda and wants to keep Anil for herself.

One day, Neetu invites Anil home for a party and without anybody’s prior knowledge Shailendra announces her marriage with his friend’s son. Anil decides to leave. But Kamini stops him and he sings this song on the occasion.

Song: The music of this song was composed by Usha Khanna and the lyrics were penned by Saawan Kumar.

The man says, “I will not step into your lane, after today. I will not meet you, after today. Think of our meeting as a dream. Now, you have got someone for yourself. Don’t think that I am in this world, after today. The rain clouds will come together, again. You will be in the arms of your beloved. I will embrace sorrow, after today.”

Video: Cinematography is by Kaka Thakur.

The video begins with the shot of Anil Dhawan looking sad. All through the song, he keeps moving about the room never sitting down. However, the others are sitting. Anil Dhawan and Neetu Singh remember the times when they were together and happy. Neetu Singh is wearing silver, black and pink gown and Anil Dhawan is wearing a trendy suit.

Somehow, the wordings of this song do not fit the story. Neetu Singh’s father has decided to marry her with someone else. But, this song is addressed to Neetu Singh, which seems a little awkward, since she can’t do anything if her father announces something without her own prior knowledge. If she is a good girl, she cannot create a scene in front of guests.

The video ends with Anil Dhawan being congratulated by everybody for singing a beautiful song.

Artists: The playback for this song has been sung by Mohammad Rafi, while Anil Dhawan has lip-synced to it. Neetu Singh, Pradeep Kumar, Bindu and others look on.

Cultural Influence: This song is of disappointment in love on the side of the hero. Though there is no cultural influence, Mohammad Rafi’s award-winning rendition with feeling makes one listen to it often. The video can be watched for the same several times.


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