Movie: This song appears in 1967 hit spy thriller Jewel Thief produced by late Dev Anand and directed by late Vijay Anand. The movie starred Dev Anand, Vaijayantimala, late Ashok Kumar, late Nazir Hussain, Tanuja, Helen, Faryal, Anju Mahendru, etc.
Vinay (Dev Anand), an ordinary young man, lives with his father police commissioner (Nazir Hussain) and his mother in Bombay (Mumbai now). His father is upset with him for not learning any skills and spending his time only examining precious stones and jewelry. In this scenario, there is a jewel thief, who baffles them continuously. Vinay’s parents are surprised when they get to know that he has secured a job with the leading jeweler Vishambarnath at a salary of Rs.10000. Vinay also meets Vishambarnath’s pretty daughter Anjali (Tanuja).
The jubilation is short-lived and Vinay begins to be constantly mistaken for a similar looking jewel thief Amar. Even a girl called Shalini (Vaijayantimala) comes forward to claim him to be Amar, her fiancé. Vinay proves that he is not Amar and helps them and the police find the elusive Amar. Soon, Vinay and Shalini come close and get involved romantically. Vinay and Shalini’s brother Arjun Singh (Ashok Kumar) follow Amar to Pune and then to Gangtok, the capital of the then independent Kingdom of Sikkim.
Shalini comes to Gangtok with the commissioner, who has taken the king’s permission to find Amar. Vinay is following a girl to locate Amar when he sees Shalini and calls her. She tries to avoid him. Oddly, she only talks to him properly when he promises that he would not tell her brother about their meeting. They take a tour of Gangtok and during that time they sing this song.
Song: The music of this song was composed by late S D Burman and the lyrics were penned by late Majrooh Sultanpuri.
This song is basically one where the man and his beloved tell each other not to leave them so soon. Also, they require each other in their lives. They need to see each other regularly as well. That gives them strength to go on with their lives. The girl is also not happy that the man will be leaving her at the end of the day. But, the man is ready to change the very Time so that they remain together forever.
Video: Cinematography is by V Ratra and he has captured the beauty of Sikkim very well.
The video begins with Vyjayanthimala and Dev Anand at the top of a tower looking at the scenery around them. Next, they look at a large Buddha idol with interest. Then, they are seen in the lap of greenery, where there are a couple of reindeers grazing peacefully. The music has already started.
They stand smiling at each other. They intertwine their hands and walk ahead. They are seen in a garden and Dev Anand begins the song. While they are walking in the garden, Dev Anand walks in his patent style, singing. Vyjayanthimala also walks in the same direction he takes. Vyjayanthimala is wearing a red sari with large white patches of cotton. She also has a yellow overcoat with her. Dev Anand wears a black and white suit.
Dev Anand places the edge of Vyjayanthimala’s sari over her head and watches her from afar. But she does not feel happy about it. She seems to be worried about something. They embrace each other. The camera pans to record the beauty of nature from the height of the mountains of Sikkim. The video ends with both returning to the place where they are staying at that time.
Artists: The playback has been sung by late Mohammad Rafi and Lata Mangeshkar. The onscreen performances are by Dev Anand and Vyjayanthimala.
Cultural influence: This is a romantic song between the hero and the heroine of the movie. The lead pair is legendary and the location is pleasing to the eye. Above all the song is all the more melodious. It can be watched to one’s heart content.