Movie: This song is featured in 1969 suspense movie Talash (Search) directed and produced by late O P Ralhan under the banner of Ralhan Productions. The movie starred late Rajendra Kumar, Sharmila Tagore, Sulochana Latkar, late Balraj Sahni, O P Ralhan, late D K Sapru, Madhumati, etc.
Raj Kumar (Rajendra Kumar) wants to live a prosperous life. But then, he learns that his mother (Sulochana Latkar) had struggled for several years to educate him. He takes a job with Ranjit Rai (Balraj Sahni) in Bombay (Mumbai now). The chief gets impressed with him soon and Raj Kumar prospers in the job. During a vacation to a mountainous place with his friend Lachchu (O P Ralhan), he falls in love with the dark-eyed village belle Gauri (Sharmila Tagore). He also promises her father (D K Sapru) that he would be returning within a month to marry her.
When he returns to Bombay, he is introduced to his boss’ blue-eyed daughter Madhu (Sharmila Tagore again) during a party at their home. At the party, Guru Vidhyasagar and his student Rupali perform this song.
Song: The music of this song was composed by S D Burman and the lyrics were written by Majrooh Sultanpuri. This song is based on the Classical Raag Asavari.
This song is situational. The man finds a girl looking like his beloved in a different location in a different situation. He finds it bewildering. The singer says that the man’s search will soon end.
Video: Cinematography is by Nariman A Irani. Dance choreography is by Sohanlal-Surya Kumar.
The video opens with the actor playing Guru Vidhyasagar playing a multi-stringed instrument and beginning the song. Rajendra Kumar looks at Sharmila Tagore, bemusedly. Sharmila Tagore looks at the performance smiling. She is sitting on a chair separately. Everybody else except for the musical performers is standing.
Madhumati begins the dance. The dance is a combination of Bharatanatyam and Kathak. But, there is a lot of jumping and shaking the hips, which are often not seen in the classical versions. The music and dance reach a crescendo. As Balraj Sahni comes forward clapping, the video ends.
Artists: The playback singer is Manna Dey and the onscreen performances are by Sharmila Tagore, Rajendra Kumar and others.
Cultural Influence: The hero meets the look-alike of the heroine and gets bewildered. This song is similar to a real life situation, where a classical singer is requested to give a performance. The song is melodious and the lead pair is legendary. The video can be watched many times for the above.