Pyar hua hai jab se –Kishore/Lata – R D Burman – Sanjay Khan/Nanda | Abhilasha (1968)


Movie: This song appears in the 1968 emotional family drama Abhilasha (Ambition, Will) produced by Ramniklal B Dave and directed by Amit Bose. The movie starred Sanjay Khan, late Nanda, late Meena Kumari, late Rehman, late Agha, Sulochana, late Murad, late Dr. Kashinath Ghanekar, etc.

Meena (Meena Kumari) is married to Major General Ranjit Singh (Rehman) and they are childless after losing their child in an accident. They adopt a Catholic infant belonging to the recently widowed Albert D’Souza (Harindranath Chattopadhyay), who is their butler. Soon, Meena gets pregnant and a male child is born to her. The children are named Ajay and Arun and their birthdays are celebrated on the same day. Arun is the adopted son. Many years later, Ajay (Dr. Kashinath Ghanekar) is studying to be a doctor, while Arun (Sanjay Khan) is about to complete his Bachelors in Arts and plans to join the army.

The Singhs hope that Ajay would marry their friend Rai Bahadur Daulatram’s (Murad) only daughter Ritu (Nanda). However, they are all surprised when Ritu prefers Arun and he also reciprocates the feelings. Around this time, Arun graduates and has to go for his military training. Ritu is not able to live without seeing him. Soon, he sends his picture in the military uniform. That night, she places the picture below her pillow and goes to sleep. In her dreams, she and Arun sing this song.

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

The girl is not happy since her beloved is not visible to her. The man says that he lives in her heart and it is she who has not seen him. The girl tells him to keep her heart in his hands. The man insists that the heart is crazy, so she should not listen to it. But, she says, there is no control over the heart. It is crazy about him and she can’t do anything about it.

The man says, “When you loosen your tresses, you loot me.”

The girl asks, “What do you get by troubling me?”

He replies, “When I trouble you, your face becomes so beautiful and I love it. What shall I do?”

Video: Cinematography is by Aloke Dasgupta. Dance of this song has been choreographed by Herman Benjamin.

The video begins with Nanda at the center of a stage and many men surrounding her. They are saluting her and moving in a circle around her. Soon, they leave and Nanda begins to dance. Suddenly, the men are seen behind her exercising. The saluting and the exercising allude to Sanjay Khan going for training in the military just before this song. Sanjay Khan begins to sing.

Nanda is wearing a blue shining gown and a white coat on it. Sanjay Khan and the other men are wearing white shirt and trousers. Sanjay Khan has an eye-mask on and is standing on a rope ladder. Nanda also joins him in the song. While she is enjoying the dream, the actor playing her father Murad looks at the picture of Sanjay Khan that she had placed below her pillow and pockets it smiling. He tucks her in the bed and leaves.

Back to the dream sequence, Sanjay Khan gets down from the ladder and begins to dance. They dance together as a couple. Sanjay Khan leaves her with someone else when she is looking elsewhere. She rejects the other man.

Soon, she catches up with Sanjay Khan’s intentions of teasing her. She removes the eye-masks of all the men one by one. Sanjay Khan hides behind one of the men. She realizes that and moves away. He removes his eye-mask. She demands why he keeps teasing her. He replies that he loves the way she looks at that time. They embrace.

The video ends as the song ends and they stop dancing. The other men also come and stand behind them in multiple rows.

Artists: The playback singers of this song are Lata Mangeshkar and Kishore Kumar. Onscreen performances are by Nanda, Sanjay Khan and some extra men.

Cultural Influence: This is a dream sequence after the hero sends his picture in the military dress. Normally, dreams come with spoken conversations or in silence. This is a movie and thus, the makers have taken the cinematic liberty to present it as a song. Nanda is a legendary actor and this video can be watched a number of times for her.


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