Ek ajnabee haseena se – Kishore Kumar – R D Burman – Rajesh Khanna | Ajnabee (1974)


Movie: This song appeared in 1974 romantic thriller Ajnabee (Stranger) directed by Shakti Samanta and produced by Girija Samanta under the banner of Samanta Enterprises. The movie starred late Rajesh Khanna, Zeenat Aman, Asrani, Prem Chopra, late Madan Puri, late Asit Sen, Yogeeta Bali, 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 filled with 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 and 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 remembers how he met his estranged wife Rashmi (Zeenat Aman) for the first time.

Rohit is riding a motorcycle to his uncle’s (Asit Sen) place for his cousin’s wedding. On the road, he has a race with a jeep. The jeep is being driven by Rashmi. Some time later, her jeep runs out of petrol. Rohit gives all the petrol from his motorbike. He thinks he would get to ride with a beautiful girl. But, the moment he fills the tank of her jeep with the fuel, she takes off leaving him stranded with no petrol. He manages to get a ride on a truck.

It turns out that Rashmi also had come to his cousin’s wedding. During the wedding celebrations, his cousin’s friends ask him a few things. While the conversation is going on, he tells them that he met a girl and he likes her. He says that the girl is present at that place. At the request of his cousin’s friends to tell them more, Rohit sings this song about Rashmi indirectly.

Song: The lyrics of this song were penned by Anand Bakshi and the music was composed by R D Burman.

The man relates an incident where he met an unknown girl. He describes the beauty of the girl and compares it to nature. Finally, he admits that he would remember the girl all through his life.

Video: Cinematography is by Aloke Das Gupta.

The video opens with Rajesh Khanna standing in front of the group of girls including Zeenat Aman. He begins the song. Rajesh Khanna sits down and Zeenat Aman looks at him shyly. She also sits down. They look at each other intently. 2 sets of girls ask him to continue, coming to sit on either of his sides. He remembers how he met her for the first time on the road.

He asks for a paper and pen from the girls and wears the spectacles of one of them to look at Zeenat Aman and continue to sing. He writes something on the writing pad and places it near her. She sees it and covers it with her hand. Then, she turns it over. When the girls insist that he indicate the girl he loves, he says that he would place a handkerchief on her shoulder.

The girls pull Zeenat Aman also in a circle like he tells them to stand. He places the handkerchief on Zeenat Aman’s head and moves away. The girls run to her and chatter away. Zeenat Aman blushes replying negatively to their questions. Thus, ends the video.

Artists: The playback of this song was sung by Kishore Kumar and the onscreen performances are by Rajesh Khanna, Zeenat Aman and others.

Cultural Influence: The hero has just met the heroine for the second time, this time during a wedding. On the behest of some girls, he sings this song. This situation can happen in reality, but minus the song. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the above.


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