Musafir hoon yaron – Kishore – R D Burman – Jeetendra | Parichay (1972)


This song has 2 versions – one happy and the other sad. I have chosen the happy version since there is more scope for description. The video has both the versions.

Movie: This song appeared in 1972 movie Parichay (Introduction) directed by Gulzar and produced by V K Sobti under the banner of Tirupati Pictures. The movie is based on the Bengali novel Rangeen Uttarain by Raj Kumar Maitra. The movie starred late Pran, Jaya Bhaduri, Jeetendra, Asrani, late Sanjeev Kumar, Geeta Siddharth, late A K Hangal and late Leela Mishra with a special appearance by Vinod Khanna. The performances of Sanjeev Kumar, Pran, Jeetendra and Jaya Bhaduri in this movie have been much appreciated.

The movie is about the misapprehensions between a grandfather and his 5 grandchildren. The plot also involves how Ravi (Jeetendra), who tutors the grandchildren and succeeds in removing the misgivings. Ravi is an unemployed young man. Therefore, he immediately agrees to the tutor job arranged by his uncle. While going to his hometown before leaving for the town, where the tutor job is located, he sings this song.

Song: The lyrics of this song have been penned by Gulzar and the music has been composed by R D Burman.

The man says that he is a traveler and he has to keep walking ahead. When one path ended, another one began. If he turned, even the path turned. The day would hold his hand to make him sit at one place. The night gestured him to go to another place. He had a friendship with morning and evening.

Video: Cinematography is by K Vaikunth.

The video opens with the shots of nature in a mountainous region. Jeetendra begins the song at the first shot. He is sitting in a tonga (horse carriage). After some distance, Jeetendra is on his own and has to walk with his luggage. Then, he climbs down some steps from a mountain. The video ends with Jeetendra finishing the song and walking toward his destination.

Artists: The main playback singer is Kishore Kumar and the onscreen performance is by Jeetendra.

Cultural Influence: The unemployed hero takes up a tutor’s job. His intention is to teach for a few months only until he gets a better job. While going to the place of work, he sings this song. This kind of situation can happen in real life also, but minus the song. The song, the hero and the tonga are good. The video is watchable for the above.


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