Khayi hai re humne kasam – Lata – S D Burman – Sharmila Tagore | Talash (1969)


Movie: This song is featured in 1969 suspense movie Talash (Search) directed and produced by O P Ralhan under the banner of Ralhan Productions. The movie starred late Rajendra Kumar, Sharmila Tagore, Sulochana, late Balraj Sahni, late O P Ralhan, late D K Sapru, etc.

Raj Kumar (Rajendra Kumar) wants to live a prosperous life. But then, he learns that his mother (Sulochana) had struggled for several years to educate him. He bags a job with Ranjit Rai (Balraj Sahni) in Bombay (Mumbai now). The chief gets impressed with him soon and he prospers in the job. During a vacation to a mountainous place with his friend Lachchu (O P Ralhan), he falls in love with the dark-eyed village belle Gauri (Sharmila Tagore). He also promises her father (D K Sapru) that he would be returning within a month to marry her.

When he returns to Bombay, he is introduced to his boss’ blue-eyed daughter Madhu (Sharmila Tagore again) during a party at their home. He runs back to the mountainous place just to see Gauri and confirm that she and Madhu are 2 different people. It is at this time that Gauri sings this song for him.

Song: The music of this song was composed by S D Burman and the lyrics were written by Majrooh Sultanpuri.

The girl insists that she and her beloved had promised each other that they would live together. Her beloved foreigner would come to her flying. This is not their first meeting, according to her. They had always been meeting like the earth and the sky. (The visual illusion of the earth and the sky meeting at the horizon is considered real here.) Her complexion had tanned because she had hugged her beloved often.

Video: Cinematography is by Nariman A Irani. Dance choreography is by Sohanlal-Surya Kumar.

The video commences with Sharmila Tagore beginning the song. She is lying close to Rajendra Kumar, who is also lying on the ground. It is night time. She stands up and begins to dance. Even Rajendra Kumar gets up. Sharmila Tagore continues dancing. The video ends with the sunrise.

Artists: The playback singer is Lata Mangeshkar and the onscreen performances are by Sharmila Tagore and Rajendra Kumar.

Cultural Influence: The hero and the heroine meet at a mountainous place and the heroine sings this song. The artists are good. The song is also good. The video is watchable.


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