Movie: This song appears in the 1962 socio-family drama Asli-Naqli (Authentic-Fake), produced by L B Lachmana and L B Thakur and directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee. The movie starred late Dev Anand, late Sadhana, late Nazir Hussain, late Leela Chitnis, Sandhya Roy, late Mukri, late Anwar Hussain, late Keshto Mukherjee, etc.
Anand (Dev Anand) is a spoilt brat grandson of a rich businessman Rai Bahadur (Nazir Hussain). Rai Bahadur wants him to marry Rekha (Sandhya Roy), the only heir of a rich man. But Anand is not interested in her. After a verbal argument, Anand comes out of the house taking a vow that he would return only after proving his worth.
He is found by Mohan (Anwar Hussain) on the streets of Bombay (Mumbai now), who takes him home, in a poor locality. Anand lives there and looks for work. He gets acquainted with a beautiful educated girl Renu (Sadhana Shivdasani) and is impressed by her. She helps him find a job, which he loses due to his incompetence. Renu works, but her mother thinks that she is a college student. Her mother thinks that the money she brings in has been sent by her father. Renu tells Anand that her father is dead and she has not told her mother about it since she would not be able to bear the shock. Anand is more impressed by her and asks her to marry him. She happily agrees.
When he leaves, she sings this song.
Song: Music is composed by Shankar-Jaikishen and lyrics are written by Shailendra.
The gist of the song is, “Our love is immortal. Then, why do I fear? My soul-mate, tell me, why does my heart beat so hard?”
Video: Cinematography is by Jaywant Pathare.
The video opens with Sadhana running up the staircase to the terrace. She looks at the moon and begins the song. Dev Anand is seen walking and having peanuts from a paper cone. All through the song, she is seen standing or moving about the terrace while singing. And Dev Anand reaches home and is seen lying on a cot. Sadhana finally sits down on a seat and turns to look at the moon. The song peters out and the video ends there. I got the impression that during this song, Sadhana considers the moon as the absent hero and addresses it.
Artists: The playback has been sung by Lata Mangeshkar and the onscreen performances are by Sadhana, Dev Anand and others.
Cultural Influence: This is a typical filmi song, where the leading lady asks several questions about her relationship with the hero. The song is very melodious and the video can be watched for the lead pair and the song.