Movie: This song appears in the 1963 movie Aaj Aur Kal (Today and Tomorrow) directed and produced by Vasant Joglekar. This movie starred late Sunil Dutt, late Nanda, Tanuja, late Ashok Kumar, late Deven Verma, etc. The movie is based on late P L Deshpande’s play Sundar Me Honar (I will be beautiful). This movie was given a U certificate and was certified again with the same rating by the censor board in 1981. It got 9 cuts this time.
King Balbir Singh (Ashok Kumar) from a princely state, Himmatpur is very finicky about everything. His stern behavior breaks down communications between him and all his 4 children. The eldest daughter Hemlata (Nanda) has partial paralysis of the lower limbs and due to medicines having no effect on her, is in depression. There is simmering discontent among the other kids as well, especially with Ashalata (Tanuja) and Rajendra (Deven Verma).
When several attempts at treating Hemlata failed, the king hires a new doctor Sanjay (Sunil Dutt), who is young, handsome and goes against silly protocols to bring laughter, fun and frolic in the palace. Dr. Sanjay helps bring joy and greater mobility to the youngsters giving them fresh lease of life with the much-needed voice of rebellion. Sanjay brings Hemlata out of depression. Hemlata falls in love with him.
Sanjay, one day, takes her to a mountainous region for the fresh air on her wheelchair. It is here that he sings this song and acts as if he is about to fall off the cliff when Hemlata gets up from the wheelchair.
Song: The music of this song was composed by Ravi and the lyrics were penned by Sahir Ludhyanvi.
The man says, “This valley and the atmosphere are beckoning to you. The voices of silence are beckoning to you. The young flowers are yearning to touch your lips. The playful air around us is beckoning to you. The voices of silence are beckoning to you. The clouds bending over us want to beg for the fragrance of your hair. They are also beckoning to you. The voices of silence are beckoning to you. Since the time I have seen your beautiful flowery feet, the river’s intoxicating style is beckoning to you. The voices of silence are beckoning to you. Don’t listen to me. At least listen to what these things tell you. The prayer of every heart is beckoning to you. The voices of silence are beckoning to you.”
Video: Cinematography is by Bal M Jogalekar.
The video begins with the close-up shot of Sunil Dutt, who is looking at Nanda. Nanda is sitting on an ornate wheelchair wearing modern clothes. Sunil Dutt is also wearing simple modern clothes with a sweater.
Sunil Dutt begins the song and moves about all over the place, particularly near the edge of the cliff. Then he takes her to a nearby garden. They go to watch a waterfall and then to a river bank. Nanda has placed her feet inside the water. She is still sitting in the wheelchair.
They are again back at the cliff top. Sunil Dutt slowly backs off toward the edge of the cliff. Nanda gets alerted that there is danger behind him. He backs off too much and is about to fall back. Nanda stands up and shouts his name, “Sanjay!!!” With that, the video ends.
Artists: The playback has been sung by Mohammad Rafi and onscreen performances are by Sunil Dutt and Nanda.
Cultural Influence: The hero is a doctor and the heroine is the patient. This is a completely filmi song. He says that the nature needs the heroine and that is why she needs to get well soon. The theme is good and the song is melodious and meaningful. This video can be watched several times for the veteran actors and Rafi’s rendition of the song.