Apne aap raton mein chilmanein – Lata Mangeshkar – Khayyam | Shankar-Hussain (1977)

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Movie: This song appeared in 1977 Great Ganges Film Corporation’s Shankar-Hussain (2 names) directed by Yusuf Nakvee and produced by Tajdar Kamal and Hari Singhaney. The movie starred late Pradeep Kumar, Suhail, Kawaljeet Singh, Madhuchanda, late Gajanan Jagirdar, Dina Pathak, etc.

Dr. Uday Shankar (Shree Ram Lagoo) is a kind-hearted Hindu medical doctor and decides to practice medicine in Suhana village instead of making money in a large city. Floods devastate a nearby village and land an orphan Muslim child Hussain in his arms. The good doctor raises this child with his own son Ajay as a Muslim. Though living in a Hindu household, Hussain grows up into a practicing Muslim. Everybody in the household loves him and he is also very much attached to the family.

Years later, Hussain is studying in college and Ajay (Suhail) completes his medical studies to return home. Hussain goes to pick up Ajay from the railway station and sees a Muslim girl Gulsum (Madhuchanda) to fall in love with her. As they reach Suhana, Hussain gets friendly with Gulsum’s father (Gajanan Jagirdar) and visits their home. One night, Gulsum meets Ajay to inform him that someone at the nearby temple has been bitten by a snake. She introduces herself as Kusum. In the morning, she thinks that everything happened in her dreams. But, in the morning when she sees a dead body being taken from the temple for cremation, she realizes that it really happened. It is at this time that she feels that she is singing this song.

Song: The lyrics of this song were penned by Kaifi Azmi and the music was scored by Khayyam.

The girl says, “The curtain moves on its own at night. The doors are shocked. The steps beat in rhythm with one’s heart.”

Video: Cinematography is by Shaney.

The video opens with Madhuchanda lying on the bed and opening her eyes. She gets up. She walks to the door, mesmerized. She is out in the night alone. She begins to sing the song as she walks. It suddenly begins to rain and she finds a shelter. Suhail (who performs the role of Ajay) is seen running to save himself from the rain. He has his medical kit. Suhail reaches the shelter where Madhuchanda is already there. As she turns to look at Suhail, the song peters off and the video ends there.

Artists: The playback of this song was sung by Lata Mangeshkar and the onscreen performance is by Madhuchanda and Suhail.

Cultural Influence: This is a typically filmi romantic song where the heroine remembers someone she had met. The video is watchable for the song and the artists.

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