This song appears twice in the movie. One is the sad version, which is the title track. The other is the partly happy version. I have selected the partly happy version.
Movie: This song appeared in the 1975 movie Mausam (Season). Kamleshwar wrote this movie together with Aandhi (1975). It was even shot together with late Sanjeev Kumar, the lead actor playing an old man in both the movies. Aandhi was released first and ran into political controversy. Some portions had to be reshot. At the same time, Mausam was completed and released.
Mausam (Season) stars besides Sanjeev Kumar, Sharmila Tagore, late Dina Pathak and late Om Shiv Puri. It was directed by Gulzar and produced by P Mallikarjuna Rao under the banner of Sunandini Pictures. The story of the movie is loosely based on the novel The Judas Tree by A J Cronin. Sharmila Tagore bagged the 23rd National Film Festival’s The Silver Lotus Award and the film was honored with the Second Best Feature Film Award. The movie was remade in Tamil as Vasandhathil Oru Naal.
The story of the movie revolves around Dr. Amarnath Gill (Sanjeev Kumar), who visits Darjeeling for his medical exams. He falls in love with Chanda (Sharmila Tagore) a local healer Harihar Thapa’s (Om Shiv Puri) daughter. Amarnath is asked to return home and promises Chanda that he would come back. But he never keeps the promise. 25 years later, he comes back to Darjeeling as a wealthy doctor and searches for Chanda and her father. He comes to know that Harihar had died and Chanda had to get married to a crippled old man. She gave birth to a daughter, lost her mind and died.
It is at this time that Amarnath sings this song and remembers the time he had spent with Chanda.
Song: The songs were composed by late Madan Mohan and the lyrics were penned by Gulzar.
The singer is sad that he has lost his beloved. He still remembers her and his eyes are filled with tears.
Video: Cinematography is by K. Vaikunth.
After looking at the trees over there in this video like Aurocaria and Pinus, the Botanist in me, who was dormant has woken up and wants to visit the place. The mountains like pyramids with snow over them are pleasing to the eye. In between the trees, an aged Sanjeev Kumar visualizes his past with Sharmila Tagore.
What an artist Sanjeev Kumar was! While he walks around among the trees, he depicts his sadness through his body language and facial expressions. The younger Sanjeev Kumar and Sharmila Tagore sitting on the mountain rocks and the older Sanjeev Kumar watching them and then leaving have been visualized very well. We need to congratulate Gulzar for that.
Then finally, the older version of Sanjeev Kumar climbs down the mountainous terrain. In the background, there is a large mountain. It looks like something hidden is being said. But we are not able to understand it.
Artists: The singers are Bhupinder Singh and Lata Mangeshkar, while the performers onscreen are Sanjeev Kumar and Sharmila Tagore.
Cultural Influence: In real life, when married people after living together for 50-60 years, get used to each other too much. When one of the partners dies, the other one misses them very much like this. This song is very close to life and worth watching for that.