Jane kahan mera jigar gaya ji – Rafi/Geeta – O P Nayyar | Mr. and Mrs. ’55 (1955)

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Vinita Bhatt has performed this song onscreen with Johnny Walker. Though she is not the heroine of the movie, she is in no way less than the heroine Madhubala, in beauty or in acting prowess. And Mohammad Rafi has sung this song in congruence with the acting of Johnny Walker.

Movie: This song appeared in the romantic comic caper Mr. and Mrs. ’55, produced and directed by Guru Dutt under the banner of Guru Dutt Films. The movie starred late Guru Dutt, late Madhubala, late Lalita Pawar, late Johnny Walker, Jagdeep, Vinita Bhatt, etc. Vaijayantimala was approached for this role but she refused. In 2011, she had gone to press that she regretted not doing this film.

Preetam (Guru Dutt) is a struggling cartoonist and meets Anita (Madhubala) at a tennis match, as she watches her favorite tennis star. Anita is a westernized heir to a lot of wealth but is controlled by her feminist Aunt Sita Devi (Lalita Pawar). Sita is a misandrist and tries to cultivate the same attitudes in her ward, Anita. But, Anita has to get married within one month of her 21st birthday to avail of her fortune. Sita Devi tries to set her ward up in a contract marriage, which is expected to lead to a divorce. Sita hires Preetam to marry Anita, to which he agrees when he gets to know that it is with Anita that he has to marry.

In the meanwhile, Preetam’s friend Johnny (Johnny Walker) has a love story going with a steno Julie (Vinita Bhatt) in the newspaper office where Johnny works as a photographer. One day, when all the staff has gone for lunch, Johnny begins looking for something in the entire office. Suddenly, he picks up the phone and sings. Julie has not yet gone for lunch and she also joins in the song.

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

The gist of the song is that the man laments the loss of his heart and the girl asks why he brought it there. She insists that they have to look for it soon because the evening was approaching. She also tells him that they will have to visit the police station to recover his heart.

Video: Cinematography is by V K Murthy.

The video begins with Johnny Walker singing into a landline phone. Vinita Bhatt joins him in the song. She also replaces the receiver on the cradle after taking it from him. They also dance in the given space of the office. The color of their dresses and the office interior is clearly seen despite the fact that the medium is black and white.

Johnny Walker goes down on all fours and looks for his heart below the tables in the office. He gets up and continues the song with her. Then, both are squatting near a table. They move in the gap between the legs of the table and go to the other side of it. They sit on that side oblivious of the fact that their other colleagues in the office have come and are watching them in an amused manner. The video ends with them realizing the fact that they are being watched.

Artists: The playback of this song was sung by Mohammad Rafi and Geeta Dutt, while the onscreen performances are by Johnny Walker and Vinita Bhatt.

Cultural Influence: When a man falls in love with a girl, usually, he speaks to her regarding the same. But, this being cinema, the makers have placed a song here. The song is very good and rendered well by Rafi Sahab and Geeta Dutt. The video is watchable for the song and the artists.

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