Mera dil hai tera – Mohammad 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 directed and produced by Shakti Samanta. The movie starred late Shammi Kapoor, Sharmila Tagore, late Rajinder Nath, late David, late Pran, etc.

Deepa (Sharmila Tagore) is a rich girl from India, who travels to Paris in search of real love. Deepa tells her sob story that Indian men prefer rich girls to everybody she meets and pretends to be a maid. Shyam/Sam (Shammi Kapoor) sees her and decides to clear her misunderstanding. He follows her to her quarters 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 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 insists that she 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 leaving 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 the kidnapping bid and enjoying her vacation. She insists that Makhan Singh arrange for a water skiing trip for her. The club does not give her permission, so he has to find an instructor. Sam turns up there, joins her as an instructor and sings a song to impress Deepa. By the end of the song, Deepa also confesses that she is in love with him. Soon, they are seen singing this song on the streets of Paris.

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

The man says, “My heart is yours. Your heart is mine. Since the time we exchanged our hearts, the entire world has changed.”

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

The video opens with Shammi Kapoor reclining near a lamp-post and beginning the song. Sharmila Tagore gestures him to be silent. They walk on the divider of a road.  He continues the song. They move about the city near historical monuments. They go on the joy rides in an amusement park. The video ends with the end of the song.

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 filled with sweet nothings exchanged between loving couples. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable.

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