Raaton ke saaye – Lata – Salil Chowdhury – Jaya Bhaduri | Annadata (1972)


Movie: This song appeared in 1972 romantic family drama Annadata (One Who Donates Food) directed by Asit Sen and produced by L B Lachman under the banner of L B Films. The movie starred late Om Prakash, Anil Dhawan, Jaya Bhaduri, Krishnakant, etc.

Amba Prasad (Om Prakash) is a rich man and thinks that his relatives love him for himself. But when the news of his death in an air crash spreads, they all gather to check how much money they can get out of his estate. Even the poor girl, whom he considered as a daughter blames him of being the father of her unborn child under the pressure of her greedy parents. But, Amba Prasad turns out to be alive. His lawyer Pestonji Vasiyatwala (Krishnakant) makes him take a look at the harsh reality. Amba Prasad is disheartened and leaves his home with his faithful dog.

He reaches a village and meets an artist Arun (Anil Dhawan). Arun paints a portrait of the older man sleeping under a tree and guarded by his dog. Arun assumes that Amba Prasad is a poor man and pays him Rs. 5 for being a model for his painting. After some time, Amba Prasad faints due to exhaustion. The dog brings Aarti (Jaya Bhaduri) to help his master. Soon Amba Prasad mingles with Aarti’s family of 2 – Aarti and her disabled little brother.

Aarti distributes free medicines that she makes from the knowledge gathered from her father when he was alive. Her only earning comes from typing and stitching clothes for people. Arun and Aarti love each other. But Arun does not consider himself worthy of her since he is a poor artist and cannot financially support her and her brother. She has debts as well that needs to be returned. On the other hand, Arun’s earning barely helps him take care of himself and his mother.

Amba Prasad stays back with Aarti even after he recovers and Arun confronts him about it. Amba Prasad realizes that Arun has a soft corner for Aarti. One day, a woman (Shammi) comes to Aarti and scolds her about the medicine that she had given for her child. The reaction to the medicine had not been as expected and the child now needed expert intervention. Aarti asks her if she had given the medicine intended for her goat to her child and vice versa. It appeared that the medicines had been exchanged because the woman was illiterate and could not read the instructions. Aarti calmly gives her another medicine for her child.

When the woman has left, Amba Prasad asks Aarti if the free distribution of medicines was right, when all she gets in return is the people’s curses and ill-will. She supports the woman. Amba Prasad broaches the subject of his leaving her house. But, she won’t hear anything of it. Aarti is shown working hard – stitching, making medicines, typing, etc. She sings this song at night, being lonely and frustrated.

Song: The lyrics of this song were composed by Yogesh and the music of this song was composed by Salil Chowdhury.

The girl is sad while singing this song, particularly because her dreams, which are her driving force, may not be fulfilled. But, she tries to see hope in her sorrow.

Video: Cinematography is by Kamal Bose.

The video opens with Om Prakash lying on his bed and turning at the sound of someone beginning a song. He gets up and seems worried. The next shot shows that Jaya Bhaduri is singing the song. She goes out of her house and stands near a tree. Om Prakash is looking at her and feels happy that she is trying to find something hopeful in her life.

He is also enjoying the song. She climbs some steps and stands near some patches of grass. Jaya Bhaduri is picturized behind a large thorny shrub. Now, Om Prakash is worried about her because her words are not motivating. Suddenly, the edge of her sari flies off revealing a torn blouse on her back. Om Prakash is moved to the core. He looks away ashamedly.

She covers her back with the edge of her sari. Now, Om Prakash is sitting on his bed and his dog comes to him to be fondled. Om Prakash comes into the room of Jaya Bhaduri’s younger brother and looks at the small boy. The video ends with Jaya Bhaduri placing her hand and face on the parapet wall of her house’s verandah and finishing the song.

Artists: The playback of this song has been sung by Lata Mangeshkar and the onscreen performances are by Jaya Bhaduri and Om Prakash.

Cultural Influence: The heroine sings a sad song moving around her home in natural surroundings. Om Prakash is a guest at her home and hears this song. The song is good and the artists are good. The video can be watched many times.


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