Pao choo lene do phoolon ko inayat hogi – Rafi/Lata – Roshan | Taj Mahal (1963)


Movie: This song appears in 1963 hit historical drama Taj Mahal directed by M Sadiq and produced by A K Nadiadwala. The movie starred late Pradeep Kumar, late Bina Rai, late Veena, Helen, late Rehman, late Jeevan, etc.

Shehzada Khurram (Pradeep Kumar) laid his eyes on Arjuman Banu (Bina Rai) at the Meena Bazar. It was love at first sight. Soon they begin to meet often. One day, Shehzada Khurram invites Arjuman Banu to one of his palaces and spreads a lot of red roses on the path. Arjuman Banu avoids stepping on to the flowers so Shehzada Khurram sings this song.

Song: The music of this song was composed by Roshan and the lyrics were penned by Sahir Ludhyanvi.

The man has spread red roses on the floor to welcome his beloved. But, his beloved is worried that she might reject the flowers he has used to welcome her. If that happens, she says then it would be an insult to his love.

Video: Cinematography by G Balakrishna.

The video begins with Bina Rai jumping over red roses that have been spread over the floor to welcome her. Pradeep Kumar requests her to place her feet on the flowers as he begins the song. But, she doesn’t do it since she is worried that she might reject his love. She lifts a flower and joins Pradeep Kumar in the song.

This is a musical conversation the lead pair indulges in. The video ends with Bina Rai blushing and covering her face with her veil.

Artists: The playback singers of this song were Mohammad Rafi and Lata Mangeshkar, while the onscreen performances are by Pradeep Kumar and Bina Rai.

Cultural Influence: The Taj Mahal represents eternal love between Shah Jahan and his wife Mumtaz Mahal. In reality, the above conversation would have occurred verbally. But the makers have taken the cinematic liberty and have woven the conversation into a song. The song is a classic one. The video is watchable for the song as well as the veteran artists.


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