Abhi na jao chhor kar – Rafi/Asha – Jaidev – Dev Anand/Sadhana | Hum Dono (1961)

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There are 2 songs in this video – one is the first version when the hero and the heroine meet each other during free time. The other is when the hero returns home, after taking leave from his military duties. I have chosen the first song. This song is in black and white. But, the colored version of this movie was launched in 2011, 50 years after its initial release.

Movie: This song was placed in 1961 movie Hum Dono (Both of Us) produced by late Dev Anand and Navketan Films. The credit for the movie’s director is given to Amarjeet. But, Dev Sahab claimed that it was directed by his brother Vijay Anand. The movie stars Dev Anand in a double role, with late Sadhana, late Nanda and late Leela Chitnis.

The story begins with Mahesh Anand (Dev Anand) waiting for Meeta (Sadhana) since they had decided to meet at this desolate place to talk about themselves. But, Meeta is late and Mahesh is upset with her. When she gives him the gift of a new cigarette lighter, he relents.

Then, they sing this song.

Song: The lyrics of this song were written by Sahir Ludhianvi and the music was composed by Jaidev.

The boy pleads, “Don’t leave me now since my heart is not satisfied as yet. You have come just now. You have spread in my life like spring. Let the air smell of your fragrance. Let me get intoxicated from your eyes. Let this evening pass. Let this heart recover from the intoxication. Let me live for some time. Let me drink the wine in your eyes. We haven’t spoken anything yet. We haven’t heard anything yet.”

The girl replies, “The stars are shining. The lamps are aflame. Don’t stop me now. And don’t come forward to block my path. If I wait now, I will not be able to leave at all. You will keep saying that your heart is not satisfied.”

The boy is finding it difficult to live alone. She is the only one, who can understand him. Thus he wants her to stay back. But she is worried that she might be late. She has to go home. These feelings have been depicted very well in this song.

Video: Cinematography is by V Ratra.

The video starts with Dev Anand sitting under a tree. The area is mountainous. There are a group of trees, from near which Sadhana comes forward with a gift for him – a musical cigarette lighter. After they talk for a lot of time, Dev Anand seems to have fallen asleep. Sadhana thinks that he has really gone to sleep, so she decides to leave. Then it appears that he has tied the ribbon, with which he was playing, to her plait. When she tries to slip away from him, he pulls the ribbon with the other end, which is in his hand. Then he sings the song and she replies.

Artists: The playback is sung by Mohammad Rafi and Asha Bhonsle. Dev Anand and Sadhana have lip-synched to the song.

Cultural Influence: When a boy and a girl have an attachment to each other, the boy will definitely do such mischief. And girls, in those days, would resist it. The song is good and so are the artists. The video is worth watching at least once.

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