Hum toh jate apne gam – Mukesh – Shankar-Jaikishan – Raj Kapoor | Diwana (1967)


This song is a takeoff from a Marathi devotional song Amhi jato amchya gava, amchi Ram Ram ghyava…

Movie: This song appeared in 1967 Anupam Chitra’s social drama Diwana (Crazy Person) directed by Mahesh Kaul and produced by Mukhram Sharma and N C Sippy. The movie starred late Raj Kapoor, Saira Banu, late Lalita Pawar, late Kamal Kapoor, Ravindra Kapoor, Salim Khan, etc.

Pyarelal (Raj Kapoor) is a simpleton and an extremely naïve man, orphaned at birth and brought up by a Muslim woman Fatima (Lalita Pawar). Fatima asks Pyarelal to get a wife so that she could retire from the household work. Pyarelal, thus, sets out on a journey looking for a wife. On his way, he finds a rich girl Kamini Gupta (Saira Banu) involved in an accident. Sir Maryadas (Kamal Kapoor), who brought her up, is actually Pyarelal’s long lost father.

Pyarelal saves her, her jewelry and money from a dacoit after helping to gain consciousness after the accident. Kamini insists that Pyarelal take her to the railway station, where she would undertake a train journey to reach Delhi for meeting her boyfriend. Kamini has just run away from home. He takes her along with him to his home, without her knowing. When she comes to know that they are going to his home, she has no other alternative than to go with him. When they reach Pyarelal’s home, his mother arranges his marriage with the girl. She is shocked when she gets to know about it and tries to escape. But, her people come looking for her and she has to escape stealthily. Pyarelal supports her and takes her to the railway station. Before boarding the train, she leaves some money for Pyarelal and she also gives him the address where she would be staying in Delhi.

When Pyarelal receives the money, he immediately travels to Delhi to return it to her. In the meanwhile, Sir Maryadas receives a phone call that the person calling knows where Kamini is. He also demands money in millions. Sir Maryadas arranges for fake notes to be delivered to the man. By chance, Sir Maryadas meets Pyarelal and acquires the address that Kamini had given to him. Sir Maryadas reaches the hotel and blackmails her boyfriend, Diljit Singh (Salim Khan) into signing a confession. Pyarelal also reaches the hotel. Without the address? Yes. But, I don’t know how he accomplishes the feat. The only explanation is Bollywood heroes can do anything! He is not allowed to meet Kamini. He fights his way out during Kamini’s engagement with her boyfriend and sings this song during the party.

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

This is a farewell song sung by the man.

Video: Cinematography is by Tyagraj Pendharkar. Dance choreography is by Suresh Bhatt-Satyanarayan-Harbans.

The video opens as Raj Kapoor runs into the party area and Saira Banu is pleasantly surprised. Kamal Kapoor, Salim Khan and Ravindra Kapoor are shocked. Raj Kapoor begins the song. He approaches Saira Banu and places the briefcase he has at her feet. Some girls wearing the same type of white dress sway to the tune in the background. The girls circle around him and perform a few dance steps.

Raj Kapoor bows to the girls wearing white one by one. Salim Khan gestures to his henchmen to take Raj Kapoor away. Saira Banu does not like it. Raj Kapoor wriggles out of their hands and continues the song. He begins to play his small clarinet and squats continuing to play it. Saira Banu gets up with tears in her eyes and stops him from playing it anymore. The video ends there.

Artists: The playback of this song was given by Mukesh and the onscreen performances are by Raj Kapoor, Saira Banu, Kamal Kapoor, Ravindra Kapoor, Salim Khan and others.

Cultural Influence: This is a filmi version of a village farewell song. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the same.


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