Raat ke humsafar thakke ghar ko chale – Asha/Rafi – Shankar-Jaikishan – Sharmila/Shammi | 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 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 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 soon gets to know that she is a rich girl.

Sam 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. He also sends his goons for the purpose.

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. After seeing Suzie, Shekhar plans to replace Deepa with her when Jack kidnaps the heiress. Suzie decides to support him and follows Deepa with Shekhar to learn her mannerisms. Soon, Deepa and Sam are seen singing this song that night.

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

The gist of the song is that co-travelers of the night are tired and are returning home. The swaying morn of love is arriving.

Video: The cinematography is by V Gopi Krishna.

The video opens with Shammi Kapoor giving a sidelong look to Sharmila Tagore, who is away from this camera angle. The music has already begun. Sharmila Tagore begins the song in the next shot. They are moving around some beautiful fountains. Shammi Kapoor takes over the song. The next shot shows the night in Paris.

They pass near some historical monuments. The next shot is of Moulin Rouge and the shops nearby. A lot of fireworks are shown. They walk to the Seine River and hitch a ride on a small boat. A Frenchman is strumming the guitar sitting in the boat. The video ends with them lying on the slowly moving boat.

Artists: The playback of this song was sung by Asha Bhonsle and 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. Here soul-mates and co-travelers have been likened with each other. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable.

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