The lilting music of this song by S D Burman can attract anyone, who has an ear for genuine music.
Movie: This song appeared in Alankar Chitra’s Baat Ek Raat Ki (A Tale of One Night), a 1962 thriller directed by Shankar Mukherjee. The movie starred late Dev Anand, Waheeda Rehman, late Johny Walker, Chandrashekhar, late Asit Sen, etc.
Neela (Waheeda Rehman) is arrested for a murder. Thinking she did it, she confesses. Then the well-known lawyer Rajeshwar (Dev Anand) takes up her case. Though she accepts her guilt, when he tries to investigate the case, he realizes that there is a lot to it than meets the eye. Why would have Neela been present at the scene of the crime? Neela has lost her memory.
Neela would regularly listen to this song on her gramophone. Now that she was in Rajeshwar’s home, he tries to help her recover from amnesia. That is when he sings this song. Eventually, she also sings this song.
Song: The music was composed by Sachin Dev Burman and the lyrics were penned by Majrooh Sultanpuri. The instrumental music of this song appears when the credits are shown along with the other songs of the movie.
The man sings this song to remind the girl this song, which she used to listen. Majrooh Sahab has played with words very well.
Video: Cinematographer is K H Kapadia.
They have shot this song in a large and very beautiful house. The bed is decorated on the head portion like a peacock with its feathers open. Waheeda Rehman is sleeping on the bed. Dev Anand sings the song hidden behind the bed. She wakes up and goes to the balcony. The large windows have been constructed like jaffreys. The different types of statues kept at places and their shadows on the walls and the floor are fascinating.
Suddenly, she remembers something and begins to sing part of the song. She then climbs up the stairs. The construction of the home is very good. The director and cinematographer have taken advantage of the entire beautiful structure of the house. Both the lead pair’s dresses are very simple. Both are very good artists. He sings to remind her something. She thinks, who is singing the song? All these emotions are very clearly seen on both their faces. The cinematographer has portrayed the entire sequence very well, through the limited medium of black and white film.
Artists: The playback singers are Hemant Kumar and Suman Kalyanpur, while the song has been lip-synced by Dev Anand and Waheeda Rehman.
Cultural Influence: If someone forgets their past, the family members and the doctor will talk to them and try to make then remember everything. This is cinema so the words have been spun into a song. The house is very beautiful. People would want to build such a dream house, on a large scale or small scale.