Kahin ek masoom – Mohammad Rafi – – 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 Suhail, Kawaljeet Singh, Madhuchanda, late Gajanan Jagirdar, late Dina Pathak, late Pradeep Kumar, etc.

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, when she sees a dead body being taken from the temple for cremation, she realizes that it really happened.

Soon, Hussain is returning in a steamer after giving his B A exams. It is at that time that he sings this song for Gulsum.

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

The man says, “There is an innocent and delicate girl somewhere. She is very beautiful but a little dark complexioned. She might find me in her arms in her dreams and smile while sleeping.”

Video: Cinematography is by Shaney.

The video opens overlooking the river. The song begins. Kawaljeet Singh is singing the song in the streamer. He is standing near the parapet wall of his quarters on the streamer. Madhuchanda is seen covering her face with her dupatta. The next shot shows the beautiful blue sky. Madhuchanda is shown turning toward the window. Fireworks are seen bursting. Kawaljeet Singh lies on the bed and continues singing. The song, soon, peters off and the video ends there.

Artists: The playback of this song was sung by Mohammad Rafi and the onscreen performance is by Kawaljeet Singh and Madhuchanda.

Cultural Influence: This is a typically filmi romantic song where the man remembers his beloved. The video is watchable for the song and the artists.

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