Parikshit Sahni took on the screen name of Ajay Sahni for this movie on the suggestion of Sanjeev Kumar. Later he reverted to his real name Parikshit.
Movie: This song appeared in the 1968 movie Anokhi Raat (Strange Night) directed by Asit Sen and produced by L B Lachman. The movie starred Parikshit Sahni (as Ajay Sahni), late Sanjeev Kumar, Zaheeda Hussain, Aruna Irani, late Keshto Mukherjee, late Mukri, etc.
The story of this movie involves events happening on a single night. Many characters come together in a mansion and they share their life experiences with each other. The mansion is about to be auctioned when Rama (Zaheeda Hussain) the owner’s grand-daughter gets ready to be married to a much older man Madan Lal (Tarun Bose). The auction is canceled due to Rama’s decision. By evening, some more people including a painter Awara (Parikshit Sahni). Madan is a very rude person, particularly with poor people. When he is being impolite with the painter, Rama comes to the painter’s rescue and insists that he be spared from the older man’s taunts. It is at this time that the painter sings this song.
Song: The lyrics were written by Kaifi Azmi and the music was composed by Roshan.
The gist of the song is, “When I did not get flowers, I made friends with thorns. I passed my life this way.”
Video: Director of Photography is Kamal Bose.
The video of this song begins with Zaheeda Hussain climbing the staircase and the song beginning on the background. She turns and walks toward Parikshit Sahni, who is singing the song in the movie. As the strong winds enter the mansion, Parikshit Sahni closes the open windows, rapidly. He watches the rainwater trailing on the outside of another window.
Zaheeda Hussain and Aruna Irani move about the rooms and are listening to the songs intently. Tarun Bose is irritated by the song. There are tears in Aruna Irani’s eyes. The song peters off and the video ends as Parikshit Sahni looks out of another window.
Artists: The singer of this song is Mohammad Rafi and Parikshit Sahni lip-syncs to it. Zaheeda Hussain and others look on.
Cultural Influence: Through this song, the hero talks about the condition of the women in the house at that time and women in the society at that time in general. The song and the artists are really good. The video is watchable for the same.