Aana hai toh aa rah mein kuch pher nahin hai – Mohammad Rafi – O P Nayyar | Naya Daur (1957)

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Movie: This song appeared in 1957 social drama Naya Daur (New Era) produced and directed by B R Chopra under the banner of B R Films. The movie starred Dilip Kumar, Vaijayantimala, late Ajit, Chand Usmani, late Jeevan, Pratima Devi, Daisy Irani, etc.

Shankar (Dilip Kumar) a tongawala (driver of horse carriage) and a wood-cutter Krishna (Ajit) are very good friends. One day, their neighbors; Durga Mousi (Pratima Devi) and her 2 children – Rajni (Vaijayantimala) and her little brother (Daisy Irani); return to their town. Shankar recognizes Durga Mousi and asks the family to stay with his family until their home is repaired. Shankar and Rajni fall in love with each other. When Krishna sees Rajni, he also gets attracted to her.

Their kind employer Seth Maganlal (Nazir Hussain) leaves on a pilgrimage and his son Kundan (Jeevan) arrives from the city. Kundan becomes greedy after seeing a lot of untapped wealth in the forest. He wants to gain the wealth fast. He starts the industrialization of the village from the forest. The first machine that he brings is for cutting wood. Immediately, Kundan throws out some of the laborers. Shankar goes to talk to him to reverse his decision. But, Kundan does not listen.

In the meantime, Shankar’s personal life is experiencing several twists and turns. His mother sees Shankar and Rajni talking and realizes that they are in love. She immediately decides to get them married. His sister Manju (Chand Usmani) is engaged to someone in a different village. The groom’s father decides to marry his son elsewhere because they were giving them a big dowry. Shankar gets to know about it. He takes the groom’s father to the Panchayat and insults him. After the man is compelled to continue the alliance, Shankar breaks the engagement. He thinks that his friend Krishna would marry his sister.

But, Krishna reveals that he wants to marry Rajni. They do not fight but come to a mature understanding. The next day, there is a festival coming up. At that time it is decided, if Rajni offers white flowers, she would marry Shankar and if she offers yellow flowers she would marry Krishna. But, yellow flowers are sacred for Lord Shiva the deity for the festival. Manju hears this conversation. She is in love with Krishna. Her face shows determination. This song appears during the festival.

Song: The music of this song was scored by O P Nayyar and the lyrics were penned by Sahir Ludhyanvi.

The gist of the song is that God is omniscient. He knows what we want. We do not have to ask. He gives it to us without our asking.

Video: Cinematography is by M Malhotra.

The video opens with the conversation between Ajit and Dilip Kumar. Chand Usmani has heard this conversation. Cut to the next day near the temple. Several people are seen walking to the temple on the mountain. An ascetic is seen beginning the song. Dilip Kumar and Ajit are seen climbing the steps to the shrine holding yellow flowers.

Both of them offer the flowers they have brought on the feet of Lord Shiva. They apply tilak to each other’s forehead. Vaijayantimala is seen walking into the temple with a covered plate. Both the men see her coming into the sanctum. She places her plate in front of the deity and folds her hands. Chand Usmani climbs up the steps rapidly. She has a covered plate with her.

Chand Usmani looks into the sanctum to judge the situation. She is sad. She exchanges the plates. Ajit sees it happen. Dilip Kumar and Vaijayantimala are blissfully ignorant of what has happened. Chand Usmani is happy now. Without seeing what is on her plate, Vaijayantimala offers all the flowers in it on the feet of Lord Shiva.

Ajit is angry, looks at Dilip Kumar and leaves the temple. Someone rings a bell and Dilip Kumar opens his eyes. The song and the video end there.

Artists: The playback of this song was sung by Mohammad Rafi and the onscreen performances are by Dilip Kumar, Vaijayantimala, Chand Usmani, Ajit and others.

Cultural Influence: This is a typical O P Nayyarian devotional song. The typically filmi song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the same.

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