Udhar tum haseen ho idhar dil jawan hain – Rafi/Geeta – O P Nayyar – Guru/Madhubala | Mr. and Mrs. ’55 (1955)

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Movie: This song appeared in 1955 Guru Dutt Films’ romantic comic caper Mr. and Mrs. ’55, produced and directed by Guru Dutt. The movie starred late Guru Dutt, late Madhubala, late Johnny Walker, Vinita Bhatt, late Lalita Pawar, Jagdeep, etc.

Preetam (Guru Dutt) is a struggling cartoonist and meets Anita (Madhubala) at a tennis match, as she watches her favorite tennis star. Anita is a westernized heir to abundant wealth, but, is controlled by her feminist Aunt Sita Devi (Lalita Pawar). Sita is a misandrist and tries to cultivate the same attitudes in her ward, Anita. But, Anita has to get married within one month of her 21st birthday to avail of her fortune. Sita Devi tries to set her ward up in a contract marriage, which is expected to end soon in a divorce. Sita hires Preetam to marry Anita, to which he agrees when he gets to know who the bride is.

Anita would have preferred getting married to Preetam since she liked him, according to her. But, when Anita and Preetam get married, she does not like it since she believes that he had married her for the money – a paltry sum of Rs.250/month. Sita Devi gives him his first cheque and tells him to stay away from Anita. Preetam and Anita meet each other again at a club that night. She is irked at seeing him and behaves in a very detached manner with him.

He cartoons taking inspiration from his own life involving Sita Devi and Anita. It gets published and the elderly lady comes to his home to demand a divorce. He refuses. He has been saving the cheques that he has been getting from Sita Devi and not been using them. On his friend Johnny’s (Johnny Walker) insistence, he tricks Anita into coming with him to his home, where his sister-in-law (Kum Kum) stays. There Anita strikes a conversation with the sister-in-law and gets convinced about how the traditional housewife keeps working inside her home and is ready for love as well as the beatings of the husband. Modern thoughts on liberated women do not matter to her now. Then, Anita realizes that she has fallen in love with Preetam. It is at this time that both of them sing this song.

Song: The lyrics of this song were penned by Majrooh Sultanpuri and the music was composed by O P Nayyar.

The man says, “You are beautiful and my heart is young. This is a tale of colorful nights.” The girl wonders, “What kind of song is this? What tale is it? Tell me, O Love, where is my heart.”

Video: Cinematography is by V K Murthy.

The video opens with Guru Dutt humming and beginning the song standing in the courtyard of the house. Madhubala sings her part from the balcony of the first floor of the house. They begin to walk toward each other. Guru Dutt climbs the staircase and moves close to her. The song peters off and the video ends there. The cinematographer has picturized beautiful Madhubala in her entire excellence though the medium is black and white.

Artists: The playback of this song was sung by Mohammad Rafi and Geeta Dutt, while the onscreen performances are by Madhubala and Guru Dutt.

Cultural Influence: This typically filmi song is a confession of love between the hero and the heroine. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the song and the artists.

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