Kitni akeli kitni tanha si lagi – Lata – S D Burman | Talash (1969)


Movie: This song is featured in 1969 suspense movie Talash (Search) produced and directed by O P Ralhan. It starred late Rajendra Kumar, Sharmila Tagore, Sulochana Latkar, late Balraj Sahni, late O P Ralhan, late D K Sapru, etc.

Raj Kumar (Rajendra Kumar) wants to live a prosperous life. But then, he learns that his mother (Sulochana Latkar) had struggled for several years to educate him. He takes a job with Ranjit Rai (Balraj Sahni) in Bombay (Mumbai now). The chief gets impressed with him soon and he prospers in the job. During a vacation to a mountainous place with his friend Lachchu (O P Ralhan), he falls in love with the dark-eyed village belle Gauri (Sharmila Tagore). He also promises her father (D K Sapru) that he would be returning within a month to marry her.

When he returns to Bombay, he is introduced to his boss’ blue-eyed daughter Madhu (Sharmila Tagore again) during a party at their home. He runs back to the mountainous place just to see Gauri and confirm that she and Madhu are 2 different people. He stays there for a couple of days and returns back to Bombay. On his return, one day, Madhu takes him on a drive to their bungalow located outside the city. On the way, she drives rapidly and recklessly, proving that she is a car-racing champion. When they reach her home, she plays a gramophone record. This is the song that runs in the background at that time.

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

This appears to be a completely different type of song. The girl says that she felt very lonely when she met her beloved that day. She longs for more expressive love from his side, which is not forthcoming from his side.

Video: Cinematography is by Nariman A Irani.

The video begins with Sharmila Tagore placing the record in the gramophone record player and starting it. The music begins to play. Then, she walks toward Rajendra Kumar, requesting him to sit. She also tells him she would return soon and goes inside. She is wearing an orange sari and he is wearing a black and yellow trousers and shirt.

Rajendra Kumar looks around the lavishly furnished hall. He moves to stand near a large painting of Sharmila Tagore. By the time she returns with some drinks on a trolley, the song has begun. She serves him a drink with a tissue. He stares at her openly. Right then, the record sings that the man was staring at the girl with open eyes.

Some dialogues are exchanged between them. Sharmila Tagore walks over to him and tries to remove his scarf that he is wearing around his neck. She tells him that he will not feel warm if he removes it. She sits near him and tells him that she usually liked talkative people more, particularly when she was abroad. But now, she says that she liked silence more.

He gets up and is about to leave. She moves toward a statue and stands near it for a few seconds. Then, she turns and walks up to him. The video ends with him picking up his coat and leaving.

Artists: The playback singer is Lata Mangeshkar and the onscreen performances are by Sharmila Tagore and Rajendra Kumar.

Cultural Influence: The hero visits the heroine’s home and the song is run in the background. The song is melodious and the lead pair is legendary. The video can be watched many times.


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