Rahi mil gaye rahon mein – Mohammad Rafi – Usha Khanna – Shammi Kapoor | Dil Deke Dekho (1959)


Movie: This song appeared in 1959 Filmalaya’s hit rom-com Dil Deke Dekho (Give your heart and see) directed by late Nasir Hussain and produced by Sashadhar Mukherjee. The movie starred late Shammi Kapoor, Asha Parekh, late Rajinder Nath (debut), Sulochana, late Raj Mehra, etc.

Neeta (Asha Parekh) is a Nainital-based heiress and the only daughter of Jagat Narayan (Raj Mehra) in. She has an altercation with the drummer in Deonar Club, Raja (Shammi Kapoor), which ends in the loss of his and his friend Tom’s (Randhir) jobs. A few days later, Raja sees Neeta and her friends coming his way for a picnic. Raja decides to avenge himself by lying his way into the picnic party. Soon, Raja’s lie is caught and he takes off.

Raja has placed an ad in a newspaper as Prof. Samri that he would solve all problems. He receives 2 letters. Both the letters request him to come to the entrance of Everest club to meet the writer of the letter. One of them is Neeta’s fiancée Kailash (Rajinder Nath) and he is miffed that Neeta is attracted to an accident victim Chandra (Tahir Hussain). The other person is Neeta and she wants to get rid of Kailash and surprisingly Chandra, who has begun to take her false concern for love. ‘Prof. Samri’ promises both that he would solve their problems.

Raja disguises as an old Muslim with a daughter. The daughter is actually Tom, wearing a Burkha. Raja creates a misunderstanding about Kailash with Jagat Narayan. With Kailash and Tom (in a burkha) sitting together, it is convincing. The ploy does not work and Raja almost gets caught. But, he and Tom take off. Kailash’s guardian (Sulochana) comes over to Jagat Narayan’s home and fixes Neeta’s marriage with her ward. Soon, ‘Prof. Samri’ calls up Neeta and tells her to meet on the terrace of Radio Club. After an altercation with her as Raja, he appears in front of her as Prof. Samri. He gets to know that she has been told by Kailash’s guardian to go with Kailash to Ranikhet. Raja has a job waiting for him at Ranikhet, so as Prof. Samri he tells Neeta that his representative would meet her there and solve her problem.

When Kailash and Neeta are on the way to Ranikhet, they meet Raja and their car tyre gets punctured. Raja helps them change the tyre on the condition that Neeta travels with him to Ranikhet. Neeta makes him change the tyre, but, gives him the slip. Soon enough, the car encounters an accident and the fuel pipe breaks. She has no other alternative than to travel with Raja to the next village, where a mechanic would be available. Raja ties the car to the back bumper for the jeep with a rope, so that the car travels with them to the next village. Kailash travels in the car. It is at this time that Raja sings this song.

Song: The music of this memorable song has been composed by Usha Khanna (debut) and the lyrics were penned by Majrooh Sultanpuri.

The man sings, “Co-travelers have met on the road. We spoke through the eyes. Our hearts understood each other. We realized that we were in love.”

Video: Cinematography is by Dilip Gupta. The operative cameraman is A Bhattacharya.

The video opens with the shot of the scenery in a mountainous locale. Shammi Kapoor begins to whistle in tune with the music, which has begun. Asha Parekh has a serious expression on her face. He begins to hum the song. She looks at him. He maneuvers the jeep through the winding mountainous road.

He begins the song. It is clear that this song sequence has been shot in a studio. This is because we can see that the images of the surrounding areas have been projected on the studio walls. Rajinder Nath is following them in the disabled car, which has been connected to the jeep via a rope. He swears at Shammi Kapoor.

Shammi Kapoor continues with the song. Asha Parekh is smiling, but, is still acting as if she is not impressed. Shammi Kapoor begins to whistle again. The video ends with the shot of the upset face of Rajinder Nath.

Artists: The playback of this song was sung by Mohammad Rafi and the onscreen performances are by Shammi Kapoor, Asha Parekh and Rajinder Nath.

Cultural Influence: The hero insists that he has fallen in love with the heroine. Now, things cannot be changed. But, the heroine is miffed at him. She does not seem to be interested in him. The typically filmi song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the same.


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