O dil ki tamanna thi masti mein – Rafi/Asha – N Datta – Bharat Bhushan/Mala Sinha | Gyarah Hazar Ladkiyan (1962)

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This song has 2 versions – happy and sad. I have chosen the happy version, where both Rafi Sahab and Ashaji have sung. Also, the hero of this movie is late Bharat Bhushan, who was considered to have a wooden face.

Movie: This song appeared in 1962 romantic social drama Gyarah Hazar Ladkiyan (Eleven Thousand Girls) directed by K A Abbas and produced by the poet Ali Sardar Jafri and S K Mehta under Naya Sansar banner. The movie starred late Bharat Bhushan, Mala Sinha, late Murad, late Nadira, Madhavi, Helen, etc.

A murder trial is being conducted against Asha (Mala Sinha). Puran (Bharat Bhushan), who is a lawyer and journalist, takes up the defense. The story moves into a flashback involving Asha, working in the rationing office just after the war. She hails from a poor family and is the only earning member. She has 6 sisters, studying in school. Puran belongs to a rich family. His father Seth Mulchand (Murad) is a businessman. But, Puran works as the special correspondent of a newspaper. Asha likes Puran’s articles that expose black-marketing and corruption, besides his articles on working women.

Asha wants to meet Puran and summons him to her office. While leaving Puran drops his letter on her desk and unintentionally picks up her salary packet from the table. Asha visits a hotel to meet Puran to get her salary packet back from him. When he realizes that she earns only a small amount, he decides to interview her. They keep meeting and fall in love. One day, Puran promises to visit her home at 3 in the afternoon. However, he is thrown out of the room, which he rents, by his father. His father does this because he thinks that due to this at least his son would come back to him.

However, though his intentions are not fulfilled, he compels Puran to have lunch with him. During the lunch, Mulchand invites his partner and his daughter (Nadira) to join them. Due to this, Puran gets late for his date with Asha and she is upset about it when he finally reaches her home. To pacify her, Puran sings this song.

Song: The lyrics of this song were penned by Majrooh Sultanpuri and the music was composed by N Datta.

This is another appeasement song, sung by a man. The girl gets reconciled immediately and joins him in the song.

Video: Cinematography is by Ramchandra.

The video opens with Mala Sinha sulking and sitting on the terrace in front of her rented room. Her sisters walk across the terrace. Bharat Bhushan picks up the youngest one and swings her from side to side, placing her back on the floor to let her leave the place. He moves toward Mala Sinha pulls her from her perch and continues the song. Within seconds, she also begins to sing happily. She is wearing a sari and he is wearing a suit.

The next shot shows them climbing down a few steps in a garden together. Mala Sinha sings a couple of lines lying down on the grassy lawn. Bharat Bhushan pulls her up by her hand. Now, she is wearing a salwar kameez and he is perhaps still wearing the same suit. He is holding his coat in his hand. The next scene is of the beach where she is again seen wearing a sari and he is wearing a pair of trousers and a printed shirt.

She runs toward a coconut tree and he follows. They have a change of dress and visit another garden. The video ends with both of them leaving the garden and ending the song.

Artists: The playback of this song was sung by Mohammad Rafi and Asha Bhonsle and the onscreen performances were by Bharat Bhushan and Mala Sinha.

Cultural Influence: The hero gets late to meet the heroine. She gets upset, so he sings this song. She gets reconciled and joins in the song. The situation can happen in reality, but minus the song. The song is good and the video is watchable.

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