Movie: This song appeared in 1958 hit rebirth drama Madhumati (a name) directed and produced by Bimal Roy under the banner of Bimal Roy Productions. The movie starred Dilip Kumar, Vaijayantimala, late Tarun Bose, late Pran, late Jayant late Johny Walker, etc.
Devendra (Dilip Kumar) is an engineer and drives over a road in a hilly area 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 familiarity of the house uncanny. Then he finds an old portrait in the large front room, which he recognizes. Devendra remembers incidents from another life. His friend and the old caretaker of the mansion join him as he begins to tell his story as the storm rages outside.
Anand (Dilip Kumar again) is the new manager of the Shyamnagar Timber Estate. He is a sketch artist in his spare time and roams the hills. He meets a tribal girl Madhumati (Vaijayantimala) and falls in love with her. Her songs haunt him from a distance. They meet often in the wilderness. When the owner of the lumber estate the Raja Sahab – Ugra Narayan (Pran) gets to know about their meetings; one day, he makes Anand do work overtime after 5 PM, the official closing time. Madhumati is waiting for Anand and sings a song. By the end of the song, Ugra Narayan has seen Madhumati and he is besotted with her. He tries to molest her. But, she escapes.
The next day, Anand sings this song to grab the attention of Madhumati. She also replies to his beckoning via the same song.
Song: The music of this song was composed by Salil Chowdhury and the lyrics were penned by Shailendra.
The man wants to meet the girl desperately. He sings this song yearning for her. The girl hears the song and replies via the song itself.
Video: Cinematography is by Dilip Gupta.
The video opens with the shot of the lead pair’s meeting place. Dilip Kumar comes to that place and begins the song. Vaijayantimala hears the song and approaches their meeting place. She hides and watches him from a distance. But he has seen her. She replies in an alaap and then takes over the song.
When Vaijayantimala reaches close to him, he puts forward his hand to hold hers. She moves away from him continuing the song. The video ends as the song finishes and the lead pair turn to look at each other.
Artists: The playback of this song has been sung by Mukesh and Lata Mangeshkar and the onscreen performances are by Dilip Kumar and Vaijayantimala.
Cultural Influence: The heroine is a village girl and the hero is from elsewhere. Due to some reason, he is not able to meet her. So, the next day he sings this song for a meeting with her. The song is good and the artists are fantastic. The video is watchable again and again.