Yaad na jaye beete dinon ki – Rafi – Shankar-Jaikishan – Meena Kumari | Dil Ek Mandir (1963)

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Movie: This song appeared in 1963 hit romantic tragedy Dil Ek Mandir (Heart is a Temple) directed by C V Sridhar under the banner of Chitralaya. The movie starred late Rajendra Kumar, late Meena Kumari, late Raaj Kumar, late Mahmood, etc.

Ram (Raaj Kumar) is diagnosed with cancer and is married to Sita (Meena Kumari). He is taken by Sita to a medical expert Dr. Dharmesh (Rajendra Kumar) after hearing a lot of positive feedback about him. The problem is that Dr. Dharmesh turns out to be the former love of Sita. When she visits the doctor for the first time with her husband, he calls 2 other expert doctors to take their opinion and takes the X-ray film to another room to have a look at it with proper lighting. At that time, he remembers how he and Sita would date each other.

Coming back to the present, after consulting with the other doctors; Dharmesh comes to the conclusion that he will have to operate Ram for the cancer growth within 15 days. At night Dharmesh is lonely and sings this song.

Song:The music of this song was composed by Shankar-Jaikishan and the lyrics were penned by Shailendra.

The man gets nostalgic, with thoughts about his beloved, who is no longer his. He says that he remembers the olden days very well. He cannot forget those days. If the days were birds, he would have placed them in cages. He would have brought them up with love and given pearls as food to them. (Here pearls mean premium food.) He would have kept them close to his heart. He has the picture of his beloved, which he would place at any which place so that he would not be able to see it. But, he asks what he will do to the image in his heart. He cannot erase it, though she is no longer his.

Video: Cinematography is by A Vincent.

The video opens with darkness in a house. The camera pans to enter a room, where Rajendra Kumar is sitting alone on a study table looking at a picture of him and Meena Kumari. He begins the song. He is reminded of being with Meena Kumari during the time they dated each other. This is shown as overlapped videos.

He holds the picture inside a revolving book rack, which looks like a cage. This shot is symbolic in that if he had his way he would have placed his beloved inside a cage and had loved her as she was. He places his head on the revolving book rack to rest. He moves around the rack and his shadow is shown on the wall. Again, the videos of the past and present are overlapped.

He is now sitting on a sofa and places the picture upside down on a glass-topped tea table. The next shot taken from below the tea table shows the picture and Rajendra Kumar together. Then, he turns the picture back toward him. He returns to the study table. The video ends with Raaj Kumar ascending stairs in the hospital.

Artists: The playback of this song was sung by Mohammad Rafi, while the onscreen performances are by Rajendra Kumar, Meena Kumari and Raaj Kumar.

Cultural Influence: There are 2 heroes in this movie. Rajendra Kumar has acted as the doctor in it. He loves the heroine, Meena Kumari. However, due to unavoidable circumstances, she has to marry Raaj Kumar. Rajendra Kumar cannot forget the times he was with Meena Kumari. He sings this song in that memory. The song has very beautiful lyrics and Mohammad Rafi Sahab has sung it too well. Rajendra Kumar also has portrayed it well. The video is watchable several times for the song and the artists.

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