Movie: This song appeared in 1963 socio-familial comic drama Tere Ghar Ke Samne (In Front of Your House) directed by late Vijay Anand and produced by late Dev Anand under the banner of Nav Ketan. The movie starred Dev Anand, late Nutan, late Rajindernath, late Om Prakash, late Harendranath Chattopadhyay, etc.
The 2 wealthy businessmen, Lala Jagannath (Om Prakash) and Seth Karam Chand (Harindranath Chattopadhyay), bid for the front plot in a government auction. One is westernized and the other is traditional. Under control of stubbornness to get the front plot, Lala Jagannath raises the price higher and higher. Seth Karam Chand irritates him further by raising the price by a paltry Rs.1000 every time. Lala Jagannath ends up with the front plot. But, before the auction finishes, Seth Karam Chand quotes an insane price for the back plot, leaving everybody to think that something has gone wrong with him.
At home, Seth Karam Chand’s daughter Sulekha (Nutan) points out that their home would be hidden by that of Lala Jagannath. Not wanting that to happen, Seth Karam Chand and Sulekha hire an architect Rakesh (Dev Anand). After some misunderstandings and friction, Rakesh and Sulekha get to know each other. His sidekick Madan (Rashid Khan) decides to attract Sulekha’s friend Motiya (Parveen Choudhary).
One day, Sulekha, her family and Rakesh visit Qutub Minar. It is only Rakesh and Sulekha, who venture to climb up to the top. It is while coming down that Rakesh sings this song for Sulekha confessing his love for her.
Song: The music of this song was composed by S.D. Burman and the lyrics were penned by Hasrat Jaipuri.
The man confesses to being in love with the girl through this song. He also tells her the importance of her presence in her life.
Video: Cinematography is by V Ratra.
The video begins with Nutan smiling and climbing down the stairs the way they had gone up. One thing interesting about this song is that Qutub Minar is actually stuffy and filled with the bad odor of bat droppings. It is difficult to picturize anything in it. Thus, the makers recreated the magic of Qutub Minar in a studio in Mumbai for the shoot. This was told to me by a male friend of mine, who is more like a brother to me. Anyways, today nobody is allowed inside the tower.
Dev Anand is seen coming down the spiral staircase and beginning the song. Now, both climb down the stairs together. When he confesses that he is in love with her, she covers her face with the cap he just placed on her head. Right then, Vijay Anand with a few other people is seen climbing up the stairs. Vijay Anand gestures exactly like his brother Dev Anand. Dev Anand and Nutan stop moving till they pass.
Then, Nutan pushes Dev Anand downstairs. She tries to climb down, but Dev Anand stops her and insists that they go together. Then, Dev Anand makes Nutan sit on a seat made on the wall. She sits there for a few seconds and gets up. He holds her hand to stop her. She slaps his hand lightly and he let go of her hand. She runs down the staircase and waits at some distance. When he does not come, she goes back to see why. He is still sitting on the seat almost asleep.
Nutan shakes him to wake up and he is awake. A group of traditional Punjabis passes them and Dev Anand hides the couple inside his coat. The couple walks toward fresh air and Nutan enjoys it. Dev Anand purposely moves into the edge of her dupatta, so that it covers his face. Nutan is still holding the other end. They walk back in this way. He covers her face with the edge of the dupatta and they walk further down. She removes the dupatta from her face. The video ends as they climb further down.
Artists: The playback of this song was sung by Mohammad Rafi and the onscreen performances are by Dev Anand, Nutan, Vijay Anand, etc.
Cultural Influence: Normally, people confess love by offering flowers to their beloved. This being a movie, the makers have placed a song here. The song is very melodious and the video is watchable for the artists and the song.