O phirkiwali tu kal phir aana – Rafi – Lakshmikant-Pyarelal – Sanjeev Kumar | Raja Aur Runk (1968)

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Movie: This song is featured in 1968 costume drama Raja Aur Runk produced by L V Prasad under the banner of Prasad Productions and directed by Kotayya Pratyagatma. The movie starred late Sanjeev Kumar, Nazima, Kumkum, late Mukri, late Nirupa Roy, late Ajit, Bipin Gupta, Master Mahesh, Badri Prasad, etc. The movie has been adapted from the novel The Prince and the Pauper (1881) by Mark Twain. It is also a remake of the Telugu movie Raju Peda (1954).

2 children are born on the same day at the same time – one to the king (Bipin Gupta) and the other to a poor man Hariya (Ajit). The king is thrilled to bits for the birth of a male child, who would go on to become the crowned prince. On the other hand, Hariya talks cynically about the birth of his son Raja.

Years later, when the 2 children are 12, they look similar like identical twins. But, there is constant difference is their lives and upbringing. Raja’s mother (Nirupa Roy) and sister Sujata or Sujjo (Nazima) keep supporting him before and behind the back of Hariya. Sujjo is a small toy vendor. One day, Sudhir (Sanjeev Kumar) saves Sujjo from some goons and falls in love with her. Sudhir is the grandson of Raja’s teacher Guru Shivanand (Badri Prasad) and lives with his grandfather in his ashram. He insists that she come the next day to meet him. The next day, she meets him but gives some excuse to leave again. Sudhir follows her and sings this song for her.

Song: The lilting music of this song was composed by Lakshmikant-Pyarelal and the lyrics were penned by Anand Bakshi.

The man requests the girl to come for a date the next day as well like she had met him that day. He also requests her to keep her promise. But, according to him, he cannot trust her because her eyes are beautiful but not trustworthy. The last time she had promised to come, she had not come and he had found it difficult to pass the night.

He adds, “I thought you will speak to me smilingly. But, you did not. I thought you would enjoy my talk about love. But, you did not. O my dear, who comes in my dreams, stay back, don’t go away. You stole my heart. Ask anyone, the earth or the sky, your eyes are not trustworthy.”

Video: Cinematography is by Ravikant Nagaich.

The video begins with Sanjeev Kumar holding Nazima’s hand and saying a couple of dialogues. He tells her to stay. But, she pushes him away and says that she will return the next day. She runs toward a path in the garden and he begins the song. She is wearing a simple patched up ghagra choli and he is wearing a shining dress with some jewels and a sword.

Then, she smiles and he says that he would die for her beautiful smile. She begins to dance with her toys in her hand. But, when she realizes that he is not far, she stops and moves away. She drops the stick full of her toys and begins dancing. He catches hold of her hand and makes her sit on a seat, himself squatting in front of her.

She gets up, picks up her stick and runs away. He also gets up and continues to sing. She runs on a small path in a field. He comes looking for her there as well. He sees her and hides inside the field. When she passes him on her way, he gets up and continues singing, but stops following her. The video ends with Nazima leaving the fields sprinting, on the path she is on, with a spring in her step.

Artists: The playback singer of this song was Mohammad Rafi. Onscreen performances were by Sanjeev Kumar and Nazima.

Cultural Influence: This song is sung by the hero for the heroine, who is a toy vendor. The hero is a legendary artist. The video can be watched for his facial expressions and body language.

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