Tujhe jeevan ki dor se – Rafi/Lata – Shankar-Jaikishan – Dev/Sadhana | Asli-Naqli (1962)


Movie: This song appears in the 1962 family social drama Asli-Naqli (Authentic-Fake), produced by L B Lachmana and L B Thakur and directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee. The movie starred late Dev Anand, late Sadhana, late Nazir Hussain, late Leela Chitnis, Sandhya Roy, late Mukri, late Anwar Hussain, late Keshto Mukherjee, etc.

Anand (Dev Anand) is a spoilt brat grandson of a rich businessman Rai Bahadur (Nazir Hussain). Rai Bahadur wants him to marry Rekha (Sandhya Roy), the only heir of a rich man. But Anand is not interested in her. After a verbal argument, Anand comes out of the house taking a vow that he would return only after proving his worth.

He is found by Mohan (Anwar Hussain) on the streets of Bombay (Mumbai now), who takes him home, in a poor locality. Anand lives there and looks for work. He gets acquainted with a beautiful educated girl Renu (Sadhana Shivdasani) and is impressed by her. She helps him find a job, which he loses due to his incompetence. Renu works, but her mother thinks that she is a college student. Her mother thinks that the money she brings in has been sent by her father. Renu tells Anand that her father is dead and she has not told her mother about it since she would not be able to bear the shock. Anand is more impressed by her and asks her to marry him. She happily agrees.

Soon, Anand gets a job as a school bus driver and on a Sunday, he takes Renu for an outing in the bus. It is at that time that they sing this song.

Song: Music is composed by Shankar Jaikishen and lyrics are written by Hasrat Jaipuri. The instrumental music of this song is heard when the credits are shown at the beginning of the movie.

The man says that he has unified his beloved with his life despite the way she treats him. She replies that she has given only love for his love. She is also ready to accept his happiness and sorrow as one. Thus, the conversation goes on.

Video: Cinematography is by Jaywant Pathare.

The video begins with Sadhana smiling and then looking down. Both Dev Anand and Sadhana are sitting inside a school bus. 2-3 plants with flowers are shown and then in the next shot Sadhana’s face is also shown. Dev Anand appears from the side of the bus and begins to sing the song. Sadhana also joins in the song. They are in a garden.

Dev Anand is wearing a driver’s uniform and Sadhana is wearing a simple sari. Sadhana prances away from him. He comes near her again and places his deriver’s cap on her head. She moves around the flowering shrubs with the cap on, singing. She throws the cap at him and he catches it squarely on his hand.

She does a few dance steps. Dev Anand hides behind a tree and she begins to look for him. But, he appears from behind another tree behind her to continue singing. He tries to place his arms around her neck. But, she ducks and moves toward an open space in the garden to perform a few more steps. The video ends with them walking out of the garden hand-in-hand. The cinematographer has captured nature and the lead pair very well despite the medium being black and white.

Artists: The playback has been sung by Mohammad Rafi and Lata Mangeshkar and the onscreen performances are by Dev Anand and Sadhana.

Cultural Influence: This is a typical filmi song, where the lead pair tells each other the importance of the other in their lives. Normally, this might have been in the form of a conversation. But, the makers of the movie have placed a song at this juncture. The song is very melodious and the video can be watched for the lead pair and the song.


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