Khilona jan kar tum toh – Rafi – Lakshmikant-Pyarelal – Sanjeev Kumar | Khilona (1970)

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Mohammad Rafi with Sanjeev Kumar is an elegant combo and how much I like it!

Movie: This song appears in 1970 super hit social drama Khilona (Toy), directed by Chander Vohra and produced by L V Prasad under the banner of Prasad Productions. The movie starred late Sanjeev Kumar, Mumtaz and Jeetendra in the lead, with Shatrughan Sinha, late Durga Khote, Ramesh Deo and Jagdeep supporting the leads. This movie was not remade in Tamil but both Hindi and Tamil versions were made at the same time. The Tamil version was called Engirundhu Vandhal with Shivaji Ganesan and Jayalalitha.

Having received 6 nominations at the 1971 Filmfare Awards, it bagged the Best Movie Award and Best Actress Award for Mumtaz.

Vijaykamal (Sanjeev Kumar) is the son of rich Thakur Suraj Singh (Bipin Gupta). When he watches his beloved Sapna (Alka) marry his neighbor Bihari (Shatrughan Sinha) and then commit suicide during the Diwali party hosted by Bihari, the incident shakes Vijay’s emotional balance and he loses his mind. The Thakur thinks that Vijay’s marriage would restore his mental health and requests a courtesan Chand (Mumtaz) that she pretend to be his wife to help him get better. When she comes to their bungalow and stays there, she finds that Vijay’s mother (Durga Khote) and his elder brother Kishore (Ramesh Deo) cold shoulder her. When things go beyond her hands, she decides to leave.

It is around this time that Chand is leaving the bungalow and Vijay sings this song for her to return.

Song: Lyrics were penned by Anand Bakshi and music was composed by Lakshmikant-Pyarelal.

The man says that since he is confined to the room, he cannot go to her to convince her to stay back in so many words.

Video: Cinematography is by Dwarka Divecha.

The video opens with Sanjeev Kumar is looking at Mumtaz through a decorative window. His family members have confined him in a small room on the terrace of their bungalow because he has gone mad. He wears torn clothes like how they show in the cinema. But the man is such a talented artist that he brings out the expressions and gestures of an insane person very well. We can watch this video as many times we want.

The filmmakers have given him a song to perform. It feels that there is nobody singing on the playback. In fact, we feel that he is only singing the song. Mumtaz is sitting on a table with her box of clothes. She is about to leave him. When she hears him singing, she feels pity for him and she has sorrow in her heart. She has depicted both the things very well.

Mumtaz takes the plate of uneaten fruit to him and places it on the window sill. He throws it away. Realizing his mental condition, she goes inside the room to console him. The video ends there.

Artists: The playback singer is Mohammad Rafi and the song is lip-synced by Sanjeev Kumar, while Mumtaz listens to the song.

Cultural Influence: In many families, people with mental disturbance are placed in solitary confinement. This is a movie, so he sings and brings out the feelings from the depth of his heart. But in reality, people will not even allow them to speak. The people will make their condition worse unless they will find someone like Mother Teresa. This song can be watched several times for Sanjeev Kumar.

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