Kaun yeh aaya mehfil mein – Rafi/Asha – Usha Khanna – Shammi/Asha | Dil Deke Dekho (1959)

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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 (debut), Sulochana, late Rajinder Nath (debut), late Raj Mehra, etc.

Neeta (Asha Parekh) is a Nainital-based heiress and the only daughter of Jagat Narayan (Raj Mehra). Post Neeta’s altercation with the drummer in Deonar Club, Raja (Shammi Kapoor) and his friend Tom (Randhir) lose their 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.

In a few meetings, Raja tells Neeta that he is in love with her. She keeps saying that she does not love him and gets irritated with him. On the trip to Ranikhet, Neeta and Kailash encounter problems with their car and Neeta has to travel with Raja, who is just waiting for such an opportunity. All through the journey, Raja tries to get close to Neeta to spite Kailash, telling her that Kailash is not the right life-partner for her.

Kailash gets angry. After the repair of the car in the next village, Kailash and Neeta go to his home. There, even before entering the house, Kailash pours his anger on Neeta because Raja had tried to get close to her. Neeta has a fight with Kailash, saying that he does not trust her and goes to stay at a hotel at night. It is the same hotel, which is owned by Kailash’s guardian (Sulochana) Raja is already there as a drums player. Neeta wakes up at night realizing that she has fallen in love with Raja. In the morning, she comes out in the porch area in a thoughtful mood. Raja sees her and sings one song. Neeta is crying by the end of it. She tells him to leave her.

Raja’s father Raghubir is blind and has been sent with some money to Delhi for the required operation. But, en route his pocket is picked and he sends a message to his son through a stranger. The stranger is the son of the very man, who had shattered the lives of Raghubir and his wife, years ago. His wife is actually Kailash’s guardian, now and Kailash is the stranger’s step-brother. The message is conveniently dropped at Kailash’s place, to be read by his aunt and Neeta’s father (Raj Mehra). They think that the stranger is her son and they go to meet him. After a lot of excuses, the man gets ready to marry Neeta, provided he gets to see her and she does not.

Neeta convinces Kailash’s aunt that she would not be able to marry Kailash. The aunt also says that she need not. Thinking that her route is clear, she goes to meet Raja. When Neeta goes to the hotel to find Raja, she is told that he has left the job and the place. On the way to Nainital, Neeta finds Raja and tells him in several words that she can marry him. When they return to the hotel, Raja is going for rehearsal, Kailash’s aunt stops, feeling some familiarity in him. As she realizes that he is Raja, she threatens him with the loss of job if he continues to chase Neeta. That night Raja sings this song. It is at this time that the stranger in Roop’s guise visits the hotel to ‘see’ Neeta.

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, “Who has come to the get-together? Lightning has hit the heart. She has beautiful looks. When we will look into each other’s eyes, what will happen? O, my Neeta.”

Video: Cinematography is by Dilip Gupta. The operative cameraman is A Bhattacharya. Dance choreography is by Herman Benjamin- More-Sachin Shankar-Prabati Kumar.

The video opens with Sulochana, Raj Mehra and Rajinder Nath sitting together in the restaurant area of the hotel. Sulochana is looking for someone. The tall figure of the actor playing the stranger appears in the doorway. He enters the restaurant area and gets seated at a table. He looks at Sulochana and nods. Sulochana also nods at him.

Soon Asha Parekh appears looking charming in a ghagra choli. Sulochana indicates to the stranger pointing toward her and he looks there. Even Shammi Kapoor appears near the area of the musicians. He begins the song. He moves toward her and salutes her. She becomes uncomfortable with the open display of familiarity from him.

Sulochana and Raj Mehra are angry. So is the stranger. Sulochana is petrified. Shammi Kapoor continues addressing Asha Parekh. He beckons her to hold his hands and she complies. The stranger leaves. The video ends with both of them looking into each other’s eyes.

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

Cultural Influence: This typically filmi song is a declaration to the world that the hero and the heroine are in love with each other. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the same.

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