Khilte hain gul yahan – Kishore Kumar – S D Burman – Shashi Kapoor | Sharmilee (1971)

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The main reason why I like this song is because the lyrics were written by my favorite Neeraj Sahab. There are 2 versions of this song – the male and the female versions. I have chosen the male version.

Movie: This song was featured in the 1971 hit thriller Sharmilee (The Shy Girl) directed by Samir Ganguly and produced by Subodh Mukherjee. The movie starred Shashi Kapoor, Rakhee, Narendra Nath, late Nazir Hussain, late Iftekhar, S N Banerjee, late Anita Guha, late Asit Sen, etc. The success of the movie benefitted Rakhee, who had a double role in the movie. She began getting good and strong lead character roles. She also went on to become one of the decade’s top leading ladies of Bollywood.

Kamini (Rakhee) and Kanchan (Rakhee again) are twins with same looks but different characters and educational qualifications. While Kamini is doing her M A, Kanchan has been trained in household duties more. Every time someone visits their home to ‘see’ Kanchan for marriage, they tend to like Kamini. Thus, Kanchan is considered as a burden by her mother (Anita Guha).

Kamini, a carefree girl, not interested in these happenings visits Kashmir with her friends to see snowfall. When they reach the rest house, there is nothing to eat and no one is in a position to go to the nearby village to buy stocks. The nearest establishment being an army mess, Kamini goes there to steal food. She is caught by Captain Ajit Kapoor (Shashi Kapoor), who is enamored by her beauty. He decides to help the group of girls with food.

While Kamini had looked for the army kitchen, she had heard Captain Ajit Kapoor saying poetic verses to a group of army officers. The girls insist that he sing a song and this is the song he sings.

Song: The music of this song was composed by S D Burman and the lyrics were penned by Neeraj. This song was one of those featured on the top 100 in the Binaca Geetmala of 1971.

The man sings, “Flowers bloom here because they bloom and then fade away. Hearts meet here because they can separate after the meeting. This season of love may not come back tomorrow. The spring may not stop here tomorrow. It is better we spend in love the few minutes we get today. The lips of lakes have the song of clouds in them. The hearts of flowers contain a cold fire. You should picturize this scene in the mirror of your heart. The heart is thirsty. This night is thirsty. There is some sweet speech hidden in the lips. One can give up all happiness for these moments.

Video: Cinematography is by N V Srinivas.

The video begins with the shot of the smiling dimpled face of Shashi Kapoor. Then, the music starts and all the girls take their seats. Shashi Kapoor takes away a pink rose worn by one girl in her hair, humming. He moves toward Rakhee and gives her the flower, which she accepts. One of the girls is recording the song.

Shashi Kapoor goes to the fireplace and looks at the fire through a small round window. He serves tea to the girls. It is snowing outside and a window opens. Shashi Kapoor goes to it to enjoy the snowfall. He picks up some snow and throws it on the girls, who run away from him.

Now, only Rakhee is sitting drinking the tea. Shashi Kapoor imagines that Rakhee is alone in the room. Everybody else blurs out. He goes near her. The video ends with Shashi Kapoor and Rakhee looking at each other.

Artists: The playback has been sung by Kishore Kumar and the onscreen performances are by Shashi Kapoor, Rakhee and others.

Cultural Influence: The song comprises of the second incident of the first meeting of the hero and the girl. The pair is good and legendary. The song is very melodious and the video can be watched several times for the lead pair and the song.

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