Akele akele kahan ja rahe ho – Rafi – Shankar-Jaikishan – Shammi Kapoor | An Evening in Paris (1967)

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Movie: This song appeared in 1967 hit romantic drama Shakti Films’ An Evening in Paris produced and directed by Shakti Samanta. The movie starred late Shammi Kapoor, Sharmila Tagore, late Rajinder Nath, late Pran, late David, etc.

Deepa (Sharmila Tagore) is a rich girl from India, who travels to Paris to find real love. Deepa pretends to be a maid and tells her sob story that Indian men prefer rich girls to everybody she meets. Shyam/Sam (Shammi Kapoor) sees her and decides to clear her misunderstanding. He follows her to where she lives and the next day comes with a bouquet to visit her.

When Sam reaches there, he understands from Deepa’s driver Makhan Singh that she is a rich girl. He also gets to know that she has gone for a picnic with 12 other girls after they had ditched their boyfriends. With her is Shekhar (Pran), the wayward son of her manager Damodar Dayal (David). Sam barges into the picnic as a Sheikh and the girls leave the place with their boyfriends. Deepa and her maid Honey are left behind with a bus having punctured tyres. Sam arranges for the girls’ transport, leaving Shekhar behind. While they are leaving in scooters, the 12 girls also join them with their boyfriends.

Deepa is fed up of Sam chasing her. She wants to leave Paris and work for the humanity. When asked, her manager suggests her joining the Red Cross as a nurse treating Indians in Switzerland. Shekhar has followed her to Switzerland. He takes her to a skiing area there. Deepa tells him to arrange for them to fly a private plane. Deepa wants to avoid him, so she leaves the place when he goes to make the arrangements. During that time, she meets Sam and to escape from both the men, she gets into a chair-winch between 2 mountains. Sam sings this song at this juncture as he follows her.

Song: The music of this song was composed by Shankar-Jaikishan and the lyrics were penned by Shailendra.

The man asks, “Where are you going alone? Take me along, wherever you are going to.”

Video: The cinematography is by V Gopi Krishna.

The video opens with Shammi Kapoor beginning the song. He is sitting in a chair-winch. Sharmila Tagore has had a head start on a similar chair-winch. The song echoes in the beautiful valley surrounded by snow-capped mountains. On the other side, Sharmila Tagore enters a restaurant. She keeps looking back.

Sharmila Tagore almost bumps into Shammi Kapoor, the person whom she did not want to see. He continues the song, shivering in the cold. She goes and sits on one of the tables. She is irritated by his song and antics. She, then, moves outside the restaurant and he follows her. She gets into another winch and he is still with her.

At the next destination, Sharmila Tagore gets off the winch and walks along the path to the outside of the area. Shammi Kapoor follows her. A man stops them to click a picture. She poses for him and even Shammi Kapoor smiles at the camera. She enters another restaurant and he follows her.

She gets into the winch on the other side of the restaurant and shuts the door on his face. She is smiling now as the winch leaves and waves to him. The song continues to echo in the valley and the video ends there.

Artists: The playback of this song was sung by Mohammad Rafi and the onscreen performances are by Shammi Kapoor, Sharmila Tagore and the others.

Cultural Influence: This is again a typically filmi song where the hero wants to convince the heroine to fall in love with him. But, the heroine is irritated at him. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable.

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