Aaja re pardesi – Lata – Salil Chowdhury – Vaijayantimala | Madhumati (1958)

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Movie: This song appeared in 1958 hit rebirth drama Madhumati (a name) produced and directed by Bimal Roy under the banner of Bimal Roy Productions. The movie starred Dilip Kumar, Vaijayantimala, late Pran, late Jayant, late Tarun Bose, late Johny Walker, etc.

Devendra (Dilip Kumar) is an engineer and drives down a hill road with his colleague (Tarun Bose) to receive his wife and child at the railway station. Their path is blocked by a landslide and they take refuge in an old mansion. Devendra finds the house uncannily familiar. He recognizes an old portrait in the large front room. Devendra suddenly begins to remember incidents from another life. He sits with the friend and the old caretaker of the mansion to tell his story as the storm is raging outside.

Anand (Dilip Kumar again) comes to Shyamnagar Timber Estate as its new manager. Anand is an artist in his spare time and roams the hills. He even goes to forbidden places. A girl’s songs haunt him from a distance. Later he gets to know that she is a tribal girl Madhumati (Vaijayantimala) and falls in love with her. The first song he hears from her is this one.

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

The girl is waiting for her beloved to come into her life. Her beloved does not belong to her village. He is an outsider. She says that she is tired waiting for him. She compares herself with such a lamp that neither lights up nor gets blown off. She requests him to come into her life soon. She asks why he has forgotten that they are soul mates for several births. She is suffering in her separation every day. Again she requests him to come into her life soon.

Video: Cinematography is by Dilip Gupta.

The video opens with Dilip Kumar arranging a place for himself to capture nature in his drawing book. When he places his bag on the ground, he hears the voice of a girl beginning this song. He goes looking for the girl. He can see from the top of the hill that he is standing on that a girl is standing on the bank of a wild river.

A closer look shows that the girl is none other than Vaijayantimala. She moves along the bank towards some trees and leans against one. She continues to sing. At this juncture, the music is the same as that of another song coming later in the movie – Ghadi ghadi mera dil dhadke… Dilip Kumar goes to a place from where he can see the girl better. Vaijayantimala continues to sing and moves further down the bank.

The next shot shows the river flowing wildly. Fog makes her look like a shadow in the wilderness. He is still trying to get closer to her. Again the music of the other song appears. The close-up shot of the heroine shows her beauty. He runs down a staircase made on the side of the hill. He reaches the bank of the river to find the girl gone. Thus ends the video.

Artists: The playback singer of this song was Lata Mangeshkar and the onscreen performances are by Vaijayantimala and Dilip Kumar.

Cultural Influence: The heroine is a village girl. She beckons her soul mate to come and stay with her. By chance, the hero is around. He watches her and tries to get a closer look. The song is good. The video is watchable for the lead pair and the song.

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