This is one of my all-time favorite songs. I love the symbolism in the song.
Movie: This song appeared in 1961 romantic family drama Hum Dono (We Both). The direction of the movie is credited to Amarjeet, but late Dev Anand had claimed that the movie was directed by his brother late Vijay Anand. The movie was produced by Dev Anand for Navketan Films. The movie starred Dev Anand, late Sadhana, late Nanda, etc.
Mahesh Anand (Dev Anand) is in love with Meeta (Sadhana). One day, he goes to meet her rich father with the proposal to marry her. Meeta’s father indirectly rejects the proposal by explaining to Mahesh that he would not be able to afford her luxurious lifestyle. Unable to digest the rejection, Mahesh joins the army while returning from Meeta’s home. While in the army, he sings this song conveying that he had accepted everything that was given to him by life.
Song: The great lyrics were penned by Sahir Ludhyanvi and lilting music was composed by Jaidev.
The gist of the song is that the man has accepted whatever his life had given him. He has been letting go of all his worries with the smoke. Even though his life was almost destroyed by the sadness left by the rejection he had faced, he has been celebrating it. Whatever he has received from life, he has accepted it. What was lost, he has forgotten about.
Video: Cinematography is by V Ratra.
The song begins with Dev Anand in the process of dressing up for military duty in a forest near a river. He is smoking. The song mentions that the singer had been letting go of his worries with the cigarette smoke. This is apt because the song inspired Dev Sahab to smoke during the picturization of the song.
He even exhales the smoke in tune with the music to give the right effect. With him watching his reflection in the water, he feels that Sadhana is also looking at him through the water. But he creates ripples in the water with his foot, so that the image disappears. This is symbolic in saying that the protagonist was trying to forget his past and was accepting his life as an army officer.
The music coming from the cigarette lighter has a very symbolic meaning here. It means that he has accepted his entire past and is living with its undenied existence, currently. The cigarette lighter was given to him by Sadhana when they were dating.
Artists: The playback of this song was sung by Mohammad Rafi and the onscreen performance is by Dev Anand and Sadhana.
Cultural Influence: The hero has been rejected by the heroine’s father. In that mindset, he joins the military. But, he cannot forget her. Thus, he sings this song. This is a fully filmi song and does not have any special cultural influence. The song is fantastic and rendered well by Mohammad Rafi. The video can be watched for the song and the artists several times.