Movie: This song appeared in 1974 romantic thriller Ajnabee (Stranger) produced by Girija Samanta and directed by Shakti Samanta under the banner of Samanta Enterprises. The movie starred late Rajesh Khanna, Zeenat Aman, Prem Chopra, Asrani, late Madan Puri, Yogeeta Bali, late Asit Sen, etc.
Pretty Sonia (Yogeeta Bali) gets down from a cab and runs toward the railway station at Deenapur asking for a ticket to Bombay (Mumbai now). The train to Bombay leaves without her because she comes late to the platform. She does not have a place to stay, so she decides to wait at the railway station and wait for the next train to Bombay. The next train is expected only the next morning. She has an attaché case with lots of precious jewelry. She deposits it with the station master Rohit (Rajesh Khanna), which he locks safely in his safe. He also drops her at his quarters nearby for safety sake after she agrees to the suggestion.
It is obvious that Sonia is running away from someone and Rohit feels that she must have stolen the jewelry. But, she denies it. She also informs him that the jewelry was inherited by her from her mother and some goons have been chasing her due to it. He believes the story and goes back to the station thinking she is safe. He sits on his chair in his office and goes back in time to think about how he met his wife Rashmi (Zeenat Aman) for the first time.
Rohit is riding a motorcycle on his way to his uncle’s (Asit Sen) place for his cousin’s wedding. On the road, he has a race with a car. The car is being driven by Rashmi. Some time later, her car runs out of petrol. Rohit gives all the petrol from his motorbike, thinking he would get to ride with a beautiful female. But, the moment he fills the tank of her car with the fuel, she drives off leaving him with no petrol. He gets stuck on the road but manages to get a ride on a truck. It turns out that Rashmi also had gone to his cousin’s wedding.
They meet a few times during Rohit’s stay at his uncle’s place and fall in love with each other. Rashmi’s father Diwan Sardarilal (Hari Shivdasani) is looking for an assistant for her brother-in-law Moti Babu (Prem Chopra), who had been looking after the business till then. Rashmi introduces Rohit to her father and he agrees to appoint him. Rashmi feels that Moti Babu is not as honest as he appears to be and informs Rohit about it. Rohit begins auditing the records and discovers a lot of issues with the entries.
Moti Babu is worried that Rohit would discover the truth and he plots against Rohit. Rohit is blamed of raping a girl Bijli and is trashed by the Panchayat in front of the villagers. He is also told to leave the place immediately.
While Moti Babu celebrates his victory with Bijli, Rashmi witnesses it and gets disgusted. She runs away with Rohit to Bombay (Mumbai now) and it is at this time that both of them sing this song.
Song: The lyrics of this song were penned by Anand Bakshi and the music was composed by R D Burman.
The gist of the song is that 2 lovers are running away together from the other people. They have broken all the rituals and rules. The man also teases his beloved in the song.
Video: Cinematography is by Aloke Das Gupta.
The video opens with the shot of the diesel engine of a train. The next shot is of haystacks on a goods train. Rajesh Khanna gets up and comes out of hiding. Some distance away on the train itself Zeenat Aman also gets up. He is wearing a pair of navy blue trousers and shirt while she is wearing a blue-green sari.
A man on a bridge asks them where they are going. The lead pair waves to him. They begin the song and come close to each other. They sit together for a few seconds and then get up to continue the song. On one side of the train tracks, Zeenat Aman points at a marriage procession moving with a doli (palanquin).
Zeenat Aman becomes sad and remembers her father. Rajesh Khanna flicks his fingers in front of her and jumps to a lower level of the haystack. She follows him. They roll over the hay and the video ends there.
Artists: The playback of this song was sung by Kishore Kumar and Lata Mangeshkar and the onscreen performances are by Rajesh Khanna and Zeenat Aman.
Cultural Influence: The hero and the heroine are eloping and they sing this song sitting on the roof of a goods train-bogie. The situation can be real but the song cannot be present in the real situation. This is cinema, so the makers have placed this song here. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the above.