Hume kale hain toh kya hua dilwale hain – Rafi/Mahmood – Shankar-Jaikishan – Mahmood | Gumnaam (1965)

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Movie: This song appeared in 1965 hit suspense thriller Gumnaam (Anonymous or Unknown) produced by N N Sippy and directed by Raja Nawathe under the banner of Prithvi Pictures. The movie starred Manoj Kumar, late Nanda, late Pran, Helen, late Mahmood, late Dhumal, Manmohan, late Madan Puri, late Tarun Bose, etc. The movie was adapted from Agatha Christie’s novel And Then There Were None.

8 people including Asha (Nanda) win a trip to a foreign country in a chartered plane. The others include Barrister Rakesh (Pran), Dharamdas (Dhumal), Kishan (Manmohan), Dr. Acharya (Madan Puri), Madhusudan Sharma (Tarun Bose) and Kitty Kelly (Helen). When they reach an island, the pilot informs them that the plane has to undergo an emergency landing on an island. When all of them including the plane’s crew member Anand (Manoj Kumar) get down from the plane, it takes off stranding all the passengers on the island.

While they try to find a way out, they hear an ominous laughter and then a lady singing a song. They venture into the jungle and find a bungalow cared by the butler (Mahmood). The butler has been informed that a group of people is expected there. The group receives a letter from the butler written by the person, who had organized the plot to collect these people there. One by one people begin to die and everybody suspects everybody else.

The butler falls for Kitty Kelly. But, she rejects him. He decides to romance her in his imagination and thinks that he is singing this song for her.

Song: The music of this song was composed by Shankar-Jaikishan and the lyrics were penned by Shailendra.

The man describes the beauty of the girl he loves. But, she rejects him, so he says even though he is dark; he is not a heartless person. He also says that he loves her. The music is a little ominous going with the theme of the movie.

Video: Cinematography is by K H Kapadia. Dance choreography is by Herman Benjamin-Surya Kumar-P L Raj-Satyanarayan.

The video opens with Mahmood getting up from behind a wooden drum with 2 small red lights like eyes. The whole situation looks ominous given the theme of the movie. Smoke is emanating from his mouth. Many girls are seen leaning on pillars. Mahmood turns the face of one and opens an eye of another.

He makes faces and runs to another girl to look at her. Mahmood begins the song and Helen runs into his thoughts (where this song is happening). Mahmood catches hold of Helen’s arm and continues singing. The other girls also dance with Helen and Mahmood. The antics of Mahmood are very funny.

There is a change of dress and the music becomes more Western. A change of dress is again shown and this time the dance is Bharatanatyam. The music and dance reach a crescendo and the video ends as Mahmood returns to reality having dropped all the things in the kitchen including vessels and vegetables in the floor.

Artists: The playback of this song was sung by Mohammad Rafi and Mahmood and the onscreen performances are by Mahmood and Helen.

Cultural Influence: Mahmood plays the caretaker of a desolate bungalow. One of the people coming to live there is Helen. Mahmood falls for her. But, she does not reciprocate his feelings. Thus, he romances her in his imagination. That is the basic idea of the song. The song, the set and the artists are good. Mohammad Rafi is fantastic. He has imitated Mahmood so well while singing. The video is watchable until one gets bored.

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