Hai apna dil toh aawara – Hemant Kumar – S D Burman – Dev Anand | Solva Saal (1958)


The instrumental music of this song appears when the credits are shown. There are 2 versions of this song – a happy one and a sad one. I have chosen the happy one.

Movie: This song is featured in 1958 caper of adventure and romantic intrigue Solva Saal (Sixteenth Year) directed by late Raj Khosla and produced by Chandrakant C Desai. The movie starred late Dev Anand, Waheeda Rehman, etc.

Laaj’s (Waheeda Rehman) father arranges her marriage with his friend’s son. So, she takes a family heirloom pearl necklace to elope with her beau Shyam to Bombay (Mumbai now) in a local train. During the train journey, a co-commuter Prannath Kashyap (Dev Anand) overhears the conversation between the couple. Shyam gets off the local before it starts intending to make off with the necklace. However, someone pulls the chain and the train stops. Shyam comes back to Laaj and almost scolds her for pulling the chain. But, it was not her, who had pulled the chain. When the couple returns to their seats, Pran’s friend asks him, how girls fall for boys and why no girl had fallen for him yet. Thus, Pran begins this song as a reply.

Song: The music of this song was composed by Sachin Dev Burman and the lyrics were penned by Majrooh Sultanpuri. The mouth organ music portion for this song was played by Rahul Dev Burman.

The gist of this song is that the man has never fallen in love with a girl before. Many girls had come and gone. But, he never liked anyone. He had never fallen in love with anyone till then.

Video: Cinematography is by Dwarka Divecha and the operative cameraman was K Ramanlal.

Dev Anand and his friend are reclining on the seat of a local train and Dev Anand begins the song. Waheeda Rehman and her friend turn back to him, to look at him with scorn. Dev Anand’s friend plays the mouth organ. Dev Anand glances stealthily at Waheeda Rehman. When she looks behind, he looks away.

When he looks at her again, he finds her looking at him and slides down to lie down on the seat. Other people sitting in the compartment get interested in what he is singing. 4 people are playing cards at some distance away in the compartment. Even they look in their direction.

With other people getting interested in the song, Dev Anand explains to them why he hadn’t fallen in love with anyone till then. Then, the camera shoots the night scene outside the train. He continues to sing. Waheeda Rehman and her friend leave their seats and are about to get off the train.

The video ends as Dev Anand again reclines in his seat and his friend sheds mock tears.

Artists: The playback singer for this song was Hemant Kumar and the onscreen performances are by Dev Anand, Waheeda Rehman, etc.

Cultural Influence: Both hero and heroine are commuting in a local train. The hero sings looking at the heroine that the uncontrollable heart can like anyone. The song has been picturized in a filmi way. However, if girls happen to travel in the general compartment, rogues will sing any which song. The video is watchable for the legendary artists and the melody of the song.


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