Aayiye meherbaan – Asha Bhonsle – O P Nayyar – Madhubala | Howrah Bridge (1958)


Movie: This song has appeared in the movie Howrah Bridge (1958) produced and directed by late Shakti Samanta under the banner of Shree Shakti Films. This movie starred late Ashok Kumar, late Madhubala, late K N Singh, late Madan Puri, late Dhumal, Chaman Puri, etc.
Rakesh (Ashok Kumar) and Madan (Chaman Puri) are brothers, living with their father in Rangoon. Madan has fallen into bad company and steals the family heirloom, which is in the shape of a dragon, with some cash and runs away to India. Within a few days, his dead body is recovered near Calcutta’s Howrah Bridge. Rakesh travels to Calcutta to find out more about the mystery of Madan’s death. He also wants to recover the family heirloom. While traveling to Calcutta via a ship, he encounters Edna (Madhubala), a dancer. He meets her again at a shady restaurant where Madan was seen live for the last time. Edna and her Uncle Joe (Dhumal) work for Pyarelal (K N Singh) as drug-smugglers. Pyarelal is attracted to Edna. Edna pays Rakesh’s horse cart driver (Om Prakash) so that he can check into her Uncle Joe’s hotel. The horse cart driver is actually Rakesh’s friend and had told him that Edana was the right person to ask about Rakesh’s brother. Thus, Rakesh tries to get close to her. The day, he checks in, she sings this song at the restaurant.
Song: Music composer is O P Nayyar and the lyrics have been written by the famous lyricist and Urdu poet Qamar Jalalabadi.
The gist of the song is, “Come, O Benevolent, Sit in front of me. Go ahead and test my love for you.”
Video: Cinematography is by Chandu. Dance has been choreographed by Surya Kumar.
The video opens with a musician strumming a guitar. Next, another musician plays the clarinet. The sound created by the clarinet increases the mystery of the situation in the movie. 2 violinists, one with a large one, strum their instruments. Dhumal welcomes K N Singh there. Someone else welcomes Ashok Kumar as well.
Madhubala moves into the dance area and begins humming the song. She is also performing small dance steps at the same time. She comes near a mike and begins the song as well. K N Singh is enjoying the performance. Some girls are also dancing in pairs – one of each pair performs as a boy.
Ashok Kumar looks on with a smile lingering on his lips. Madhubala’s beauty has been captured by the cinematographer very beautifully. Dhumal is also enjoying the song and is smoking a pipe. Madhubala moves to Ashok Kumar’s table and continues to sing and dance. She looks at K N Singh from there. K N Singh is not pleased.
Ashok Kumar is smoking. Madhubala takes the cigarette from him and crushes it while clenching her teeth and looking at K N Singh. Madhubala offers her hand to Ashok Kumar for a dance together. He also plays along with it. The song peters out and the video ends as they stop dancing.
Artists: Singer is Asha Bhonsle and the song is picturized on Madhubala. Ashok Kumar, Dhumal and K N Singh are watching the dance.
Cultural Influence: This is a typically filmi item number performed by the heroine. But, at the same time, this is also a situational song that carries the story forward. For once, it shows that the heroine is not interested in the villain. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the same.


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