Main jaan gayi tujhe Sainyan – Shamshad/Rafi – O P Nayyar | 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 Sunder, late Ashok Kumar, late Madhubala, late K N Singh, late Dhumal, late Madan Puri, Chaman Puri, etc.

Rakesh (Ashok Kumar) and Madan (Chaman Puri) are brothers, living with their father (Brahm Bharadwaj) 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 bring back 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 Shyamu (Om Prakash) so that Rakesh can check into her Uncle Joe’s hotel. The horse cart driver is actually Rakesh’s friend and had told him that Edna was the right person to ask about Rakesh’s brother. Thus, Rakesh and Edna get close to each other.  Pyarelal does not like it and creates hurdles for them. But, Edna confesses her love for Rakesh and he accepts it.

It turns out that illiterate Bhiku (Sunder) is the only witness to the murder of Madan. He is Shyamu’s nephew. Shyamu has already informed Rakesh about Bhiku. Bhiku has a girlfriend, Chamiya. He tells her the award he will get would make him a rich man and he would marry a rich girl. Chamiya gets angry and sings this song. He also joins in the song.

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, “I have understood you very well, my beloved. Go away. Don’t touch my hand. You are selfish. You hit me hard. And now you are falling at my feet?”

Video: Cinematography is by Chandu. Dance has been choreographed by Surya Kumar.

The video opens with the female actor playing Chamiya pushing Sunder away from her and doing a 360o turn and beginning the song at the same time. She also begins to dance simultaneously. He follows her smiling. She runs around the parked horse carriage. Both climb into it and he begins the song. They run out toward the beach. Soon, the song peters out and the video ends as she runs away from him with him following.

Artists: Singers are Shamshad Begum and Mohammad Rafi and Sunder and another female actor perform onscreen.

Cultural Influence: This is a typically filmi song where the girl is upset with her boyfriend. Her complaints and his explanations form the entire song. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the same.


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