Apni toh har aah ek toofan hai – Rafi – S D Burman – Dev Anand | Kala Bazaar (1960)


Movie: This song appears in 1960 drama Kala Bazar (Black Market) produced by late Dev Anand and directed by late Vijay Anand. The movie starred Dev Anand, Waheeda Rehman, Vijay Anand, late Chetan Anand, late Nanda, late Rashid Khan, late Madan Puri, late Leela Chitnis, Mumtaz Begum, etc.

Raghuvir (Dev Anand) gets thrown out of his job as a bus conductor after an argument with a passenger. His mother (Leela Chitnis) is sick and he has 2 more siblings to take care of. He passes near a cinema hall and observes Kalu (Rashid Khan) selling movie tickets in black. Raghuvir steals Rs. 5000 from Advocate Desai (Chetan Anand) and buys tickets to set up his own black marketing business.

Initially, he works with Kalu only. During the premiere of Mother India, film stars arrive and their tickets sell like hot buns. He recruits more people into the job and he earns a lot of money in it. He sells his last ticket worth Rs.2 at Rs.100. Ganesh (Madan Puri) challenges him and Raghuvir beats him up and conquers him. Ganesh and his group of thugs also join them.

Things change when a group of students buys tickets in black. Alka (Waheeda Rehman), on finding out about the illegal tickets, tears them up. This has a great impact over Raghuvir, who is watching them from nearby. Alka’s boyfriend, Nandkumar Chattopadhyay (Vijay Anand) promises that he would not do it again.

Raghuvir is smitten by Alka and follows her everywhere. He even finds out where she lives and buys a flat nearby. Nand bags a scholarship and goes abroad for further studies. Alka’s parents take her to Ooty on a train to take her mind off Nand. Raghuvir grabs this opportunity to be with Alka and her family. He gets on the same compartment as the family. He sings this prayer song which is a covert request to Alka for accepting his love.

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

This song is actually a request from the man to the girl to accept his love. It is disguised as a prayer to God.

Video: Cinematography is by V Ratra.

The video begins with the camera showing Dev Anand and Waheeda Rehman in a first class compartment of an out-station train with the actors playing Waheeda Rehman’s father and mother – Mumtaz Begum. Dev Anand is standing, while Waheeda Rehman is reclining on an upper birth. Mumtaz Begum is running a rosary and her father is sitting on the lower birth.

He turns to look at Waheeda Rehman and begins the song. Waheeda Rehman is smiling in her sleep. His song wakes her up and gets the attention of both the senior actors. Dev Anand is looking out the window and turns to look up at Waheeda Rehman when he realizes that she and her parents are looking at him. Then he changes his words and folds his hands in prayer.

Soon, the other 3 people in the compartment are smiling in approval. The video ends with the visual of the night outside the train.

Artists: This song was sung in playback by Mohammad Rafi and the onscreen performances are by Dev Anand, Waheeda Rehman and others.

Cultural Influence: The heroine’s family and the hero are traveling separately in the same compartment. Hero sings a song with double meaning. The heroine and her family think that he is singing a prayer. But, this is a covert application to the heroine for accepting his love. Normally, people will speak about things like this in double meaning dialogues. This being a movie, cinematic liberty is taken to weave a song from the dialogues. The video is watchable for the legendary lead pair and the melodious song.


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