Mujhko apne gale lagalo – Rafi/Mubarak Begum – Shankar-Jaikishan | Hamrahi (1963)

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A fantastically melodious song, my heart goes out to it. Rafi Sahab and Mubarak Begum have spun their magic here.

Movie: This song appears in 1963 family drama Hamrahi (Fellow Traveler, Soul-Mate) directed by T Prakash Rao and produced by L V Prasad under the banner of Prasad Productions. The movie starred late Rajendra Kumar, Jamuna, late Mahmood, late Nazir Hussain, late Lalita Pawar, etc. The story has been adapted from the Telugu novel Bhariya Bharthalu.

Shekhar (Rajendra Kumar) is a womanizer and the son of the Public Prosecutor (Nazir Hussain). With his philandering ways, he has exhausted his father’s patience. He falls in love with Sharda (Jamuna) and his father sends a proposal for her, through her father. Sharda gets married to him under the compulsion of her father, but, does not participate in the nuptial union. Shekhar is shocked at his bride’s contempt for him and decides to wait till his wife accepts him on her own. It is around this time that Shekhar imagines that his wife sings this song for him.

Song: The music of this song was composed by Shankar Jaikishan and the lyrics were penned by Hasrat Jaipuri.

In this song, the girl says that she cannot live without the man, her beloved. The man also praises her looks and eulogizes the girl.

Video: Cinematographer is Dwarka Divecha.

The video begins with Rajendra Kumar’s close-up shot. He is about to go to the sofa to recline. But, Jamuna begins the song and he turns toward her to smile. The curtain automatically opens and reveals Jamuna. He joins her in the song. She goes out to the verandah swaying happily. They move into the garden of the house.

In the next shot, they are seen in an outside public garden. Jamuna dances a few simple steps. Both are wearing simple dresses. The cinematography is very good with contrasts though the medium is black and white. The video ends with both of them standing together under a permanent pandal in the public garden.

Artists: The playback singers of this song are Mubarak Begum and Mohammad Rafi and onscreen performances are by Jamuna and Rajendra Kumar.

Cultural Influence: This song depicts the feelings of people, who are deeply in love with each other. Usually, people would exchange their thoughts verbally. Here, the makers have incorporated a song to depict the same. The song is very melodious and has been rendered very well by singers. The video is watchable for the artists and the song.

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