Aasman se aaya farishta – Rafi/Sharmila – Shankar-Jaikishan – Shammi/Sharmila | An Evening in Paris (1967)


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

Deepa (Sharmila Tagore) is a rich girl from India, who travels to Paris in search of 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 (Rajinder Nath) that she is a rich girl. He keeps following her. 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 Geneva, Switzerland. There also Sam follows her. Shekhar has also followed her to Switzerland. One evening, Shekhar makes her drink alcohol and tries to take advantage of her in her unconscious state. Sam sees what has been happening, tricks Shekhar and rescues Deepa. The next day, Deepa leaves a letter for Sam saying that she is going away from him.

Shekhar has taken some loan from Jack (K N Singh) and, at this juncture, Jack catches up with him. When Shekhar says that he is going to marry Deepa to get hold of her wealth, Jack says that she looks like a dancer Suzie (Sharmila Tagore again). Deepa is in Beirut and Jack decides to kidnap her.

Deepa, on the other hand, is blissfully ignorant of Jack’s plans for her and enjoying her vacation. She insists that Makhan Singh arrange for a water skiing trip for her. When the club does not give her permission, he has to find an instructor. Sam turns up there and sings this song.

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

The man says, “Cupid has come from the sky, to teach the lesson of love to people. I have the picture of my beloved in my heart and have come to show it to you.” He further requests the girl to confess her love for him.

Video: The cinematography is by V Gopi Krishna. Dance choreography is by P L Raj.

The video opens with Shammi Kapoor hanging down from a helicopter, wearing a bathing rope. He has begun the song. Sharmila Tagore looks up. She is wearing a swimsuit and water-skiing on the sea water. She is smiling. Shammi Kapoor is lowered down.

Next, he is seen inside a speed boat, still singing. Some other girls are also water-skiing with her. Shammi Kapoor, soon, gets into Sharmila Tagore’s ski to be together with her. They reach the waterfront and get out of the boat.

Sharmila Tagore and Shammi Kapoor are together. He slips and falls on the waterfront. She helps him get up. He takes her to the helicopter and lifts her up in his arms. Shammi Kapoor has been requesting Sharmila Tagore to say that she loves him and she, finally, complies with it.

Rajinder Nath is with the girl playing Honey and is happy that Shammi Kapoor and Sharmila Tagore are together. The video ends with both of them inside the helicopter and the helicopter lifting off.

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

Cultural Influence: This is again a typically filmi song. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable.


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