Palkon ke peeche se kya tumne keh dala – Rafi/Lata – S D Burman – Rajendra Kumar/Sharmila Tagore – Talash (1969)


Movie: This song appears in 1969 romantic movie Talash (Search) produced and directed by late O P Ralhan. The movie starred late Rajendra Kumar, Sharmila Tagore, O P Ralhan, late Balraj Sahni, Sulochana Latkar, etc. This was the first movie in Bollywood to be produced with the budget of Rs. 10 million.

Raj Kumar (Rajendra Kumar) has dreams of a prosperous life. Soon after completing his graduation, he finds that his mother (Sulochana Latkar) had struggled for many years to educate him. He gets a job at Ranjit Rai’s (Balraj Sahni) company so that his mother does not have to struggle anymore. Raj Kumar works hard and rises to a higher level soon. During a vacation with his friend Lachchu (O P Ralhan), he meets and falls in love with a village belle Gauri (Sharmila Tagore). It is on one of their dates that both of them sing this song.

Song: The music of this hit romantic song was composed by S D Burman and the lyrics were penned by Majrooh Sultanpuri.

The man wants to know what the girl is saying through her beautiful and expressive eyes. She replies that a party of dreams has been organized by her eyes and he is invited to it. In short, the man is told by the girl to come in her dreams. He then describes her beauty and she blushes. Later, she is also worried that someone might see them together.

Video: Cinematography is by Nariman A Irani.

The video begins with Rajendra Kumar lifting Sharmila Tagore’s head by the chin. He has already begun the song asking her a question. She replies in song and action. They are in a garden. She is wearing a typical villager’s dress and he is wearing a pair of trousers and shirt with a coat.

She runs and he follows her. He catches hold of her elbow and she pushes him away to move toward another section of the garden. He continues the song following her. When she observes him lighting a cigarette, she pulls it from his mouth and throws it away. The shots of the snow-capped mountains look very pleasing to the eyes.

Sharmila Tagore is seen running over a snow-capped road and he follows. She throws some snow at him, which he catches and throws away. When he throws a handful of snow on her, she lifts her hand as if to hit him in mock anger. He asks her to promise she would meet again. But she replies with a thumbs up sign, which means ‘no way’.

Rajendra Kumar backs up toward the edge of the mountain. When she sees what he is doing, she runs to pull him back. Thus ends the video.

Artists: The playback singers of this song are Mohammad Rafi and Lata Mangeshkar. Onscreen performances are by Rajendra Kumar and Sharmila Tagore.

Cultural Influence: This song expresses sweet nothings usually spoken by people in love. It is a movie; therefore, the speech is woven into a song. The artists are legendary and the location is pleasing to the eye. Thus, the video can be watched several times.


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