Aap yun faslonse – Lata Mangeshkar – Khayyam – Madhuchanda | 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 Dina Pathak, Shree Ram Lagoo, late Gajanan Jagirdar, 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.

Ajay starts talks with Gulsum’s father about her marriage with Hussain, without having once seen her face. At the same time, Ajay has fallen in love with Gulsum, in the guise of Kusum, who sleep-walks at night. It is around this time that Gulsum, still in the guise of Kusum, sings this song.

Song: The lyrics of this song were penned by Jan Nisar Akhtar and the music was scored by Khayyam.

The girl says, “You have been moving through distances that the steps of the heart (heartbeats) were heard.”

Video: Cinematography is by Shaney.

The video opens with Suhail holding hands with Gajanan Jagirdar. The next shot is of the night where the moon is moving out of a cloud. The music has already begun. Someone begins the song in the background. Some girls float some lamps on the river. Madhuchanda is seen singing the song. Suhail is seen walking toward her. When he reaches her, they hug each other. Suhail squats and she places her head on his lap. 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 girl talks to her beloved. The video is watchable for the song and the artists.

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