There are at least 2 versions of this song – one is the childhood version and the youthful version. I have chosen the later because it is more complete.
We saw this movie in the theaters for the first time many years after it was initially released. My sister and I were very small then. We had gone during vacations to my maternal granddad’s place in Chennai then. My cousin brother, we 2 girls, Mom and my maternal aunt went to watch the movie together. After that all through the remaining vacation, my brother and we both girls would sing this song sitting in the cozy hall of my aunt’s home. My brother would hold a piece of wood, discarded by the carpenters, as a guitar; while singing this song. O dear, I feel like going back to my childhood! 🙁
Movie: This song appeared in 1977 romantic action Nasir Hussain Films’ Hum Kisise Kum Nahin (We are not less than anyone) directed and produced by Nasir Hussain. The movie starred Rishi Kapoor, Tariq Khan, Kaajal Kiran (debut), Zeenat Aman, late Om Shiv Puri, late Amjad Khan, late Jalal Agha, Tom Alter, etc.
Rajesh (Rishi Kapoor) has lost his father recently and his sister Mala (Aarti) is soon to get married. Their father was a wealthy man from Africa. But, they do not know what had happened to the wealth when he returned to India. With no wealth, Rajesh has to dance in hotels to earn his living. Saudagar Singh (Amjad Khan) approaches Rajesh to tell him that his father had given a belt full of diamonds to a man when he had returned to India because he had suffered a fatal heart attack. But, this man had not forwarded the belt to Rajesh. Thus, Saudagar Singh convinces Rajesh that he would help him get the diamonds.
In the meanwhile, Sanjay Kumar (Tariq Khan) is in love with Kaajal (Kaajal Kiran) from childhood. But, now, years later, Kaajal’s father Kishorilal (Kamal Kapoor) is against the alliance since Sanjay comes from a poor family. Soon, Sanjay gains employment with Rajesh, who is masquerading as Manjeet. Kaajal is told to visit Manjeet by her father. When Sanjay opens the door for her, she mistakes him for the person she was supposed to meet. After a song sequence, Sanjay’s secret is revealed and Kaajal begins to hate him.
Kaajal begins to trust Rajesh in the guise of Manjeet so much that when he asks her to come alone without her bodyguards she complies. In a bid to kidnap Kaajal, Rajesh makes her drink alcohol. When Kaajal tells him that her father had decided to make him a shareholder in his property, he changes his mind about kidnapping her. Kaajal and her father go to Manjeet’s home to finalize the marriage of Kaajal and Manjeet.
Sanjay is already there. When Kaajal comes to their car for some reason, he stops her and wants to tell her about himself. But, she does not listen. He is beaten up by her bodyguards. Sanjay’s father comes to save him. That evening, Rajesh, in the guise of Manjeet, and Kaajal visit a club. Sanjay and his friend also come there. It is at that time that Sanjay sings this song reminding that he was her betrothed from their childhood.
Song: The music of this song was composed by R D Burman and the lyrics were composed by Majrooh Sultanpuri.
The man accuses his beloved of forgetting their childhood love and asks the girl, “What happened to her promise?”
Video: Cinematography is by Munir Khan.
The video opens with Tariq Khan strumming the guitar. He also begins the song. Kaajal Kiran looks up shocked, remembering their childhood song. Kaajal Kiran looks away. Rishi Kapoor is about to tell her something. He turns toward her and realizes that something is amiss. Kaajal Kiran imagines the smaller version of Tariq Khan, playing the ek tara.
Then, Kaajal Kiran sees the younger versions of both her and Tariq Khan. She begins to cry. Her tear drops fall on the cigarette packet, Rishi Kapoor had placed in front of her. Kaajal Kiran remembers all the moments she had spent with Tariq Khan more recently. Kaajal Kiran begins to sob openly. Tariq Khan also has tears in his eyes. The video ends there.
Artists: The playback of this song was sung by Mohammad Rafi and Sushma Shresht and onscreen performance is by Tariq Khan, Rishi Kapoor and Kaajal Kiran among others.
Cultural Influence: This is a typical filmi song where the hero reminds the heroine of their childhood days. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the same.