Kabhi aar kabhi paar laga teer-e-nazar – Shamshad Begum – O P Nayyar | Aar-Paar (1954)


Movie: This song appears in 1954 comic caper Aar-Paar (Kill or Cure) produced and directed by late Guru Dutt under the banner of Guru Dutt Productions. The movie starred Shyama, Guru Dutt, late Johnny Walker, Jagdeep, Kum Kum, etc.

Kalu Birju (Guru Dutt) is a taxi-driver, who was jailed for an accident. He is left from the jail for good conduct 2 months prior to the actual release date. When he goes to the owner of his taxi, he refuses to give the taxi. When Kalu leaves the owner’s place, he stumbles on someone, who is repairing a car in the middle of the road. When he pulls the person out from under the car, he realizes that it is a girl (Shyama). It is at this time that a woman (Kum Kum), who is working at a nearby construction site, sings this song.

Song: The music of this song was composed by O P Nayyar and the lyrics were penned by Majrooh Sultanpuri.

The girl says that the man’s love arrows always go through her heart. His eyes are so beautiful that she lost her heart to them.

Video: Cinematography is by V K Murthy.

The video begins with Jagdeep and 2 children dancing to the tune of the song. 3 women on the construction site are seen taking wet cement on their heads to the required place. In the next shot, Shyama and Guru Dutt are seen looking at each other. At that time, Kum Kum begins the song. Shyama gets busy trying to repair her car.

Guru Dutt offers to repair the car and he goes down under the car to repair it. Requiring a spanner to repair the car, Guru Dutt touches Shyama’s face without looking at her and she hands over the tool to him. Kum Kum picks up a few bricks to place it on the container she has and lifts it on her head. The kids come dancing and smiling toward the car. But, they leave the moment they see the serious face of Guru Dutt.

Shyama has gotten into the car and is waiting for the signal of Guru Dutt to start it. Shyama has a slight smile on her lips when Guru Dutt passes her to go behind the car. Guru Dutt, Jagdeep and the 2 kids push the car. The video ends with the car starting up and moving away from that place.

Artists: The playback of this song was sung by Shamshad Begum and the onscreen performances are by Kum Kum, Guru Dutt, Shyama, Jagdeep and the 2 kids.

Cultural Influence: This is a love-initiation song. Usually, people exchange such ideas with their peers. But, this being a movie, the makers have placed a song here, which is very good. The video can be watched for the song and the acting of the artists in the song.


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