O Sajna barkha bahar aayi – Lata Mangeshkar – Salil Chaudhury – Sadhana | Parakh (1960)


Movie: This song appears in the semi-hit 1960 movie Parakh (Test) produced and directed by late Bimal Roy under the banner of Bimal Roy Productions. The movie starred late Sadhana, late Basanta Chowdhury, late Durga Khote, late Leela Chitnis, late Nazir Hussain, late Kanhaiyalal, late Jayant, late Asit Sen, late Motilal, late Keshto Mukherjee, etc.

The movie begins with post-master Nivaran (Nazir Hussain) of the village is presented a cheque of 0.5 million rupees (5 lakhs) to be given to someone who would use the money for the benefit of the people of the village. The postman Haradhan (Motilal) pretends to be lame, is really a rich man and could have sent the cheque. The postmaster’s wife (Leela Chitnis) is ill and wants to use to money to cure her sickness. At the same time, his beautiful daughter Seema (Sadhana) is in love with the village schoolmaster Rajat Sen Sharma (Basanta Choudhury).

When the villagers get to know about the cheque, everybody becomes greedy and acts like they are the most deserving people around. The village priest, the Zamindar, the money lender, the village doctor, etc. begin to act like they need the money. To complicate matters, the sister-in-law of the Zamindar Ajanta (Nishi) arrives in the village. Rajat is present at the station at that time and must bring her to the village on his bicycle due to the absence of any other kind of transport. The postman perceives them together and informs Seema about it. She gets upset and does not talk to Rajat properly.

Ajanta comes to Seema’s home looking for Rajat to invite him for her birthday tea party. When she does not find him, she leaves a letter for him with Seema’s younger brother. The letter soon reaches Seema and she is further upset with Rajat. That evening she visits his home and confronts him about the letter. Rajat tells her that he had enjoyed the treat. Soon, Seema gets to know that he never visited the Zamindar’s place when the Zamindar’s manager comes to fetch Rajat. Seema and Rajat get reconciled and she leaves the places, with it raining outside. When she reaches her home, she sings this song.

Song: The lyrics have been penned by Shailendra and the music has been composed by Salil Chowdhury.

The gist of the song is, “O beloved, the monsoons have come, bringing sweet nectar with it. It has also brought love in the eyes.”

Video: Director of Photography is Kamal Bose.

The song begins in the background, as the rains fall heavily on the village. She has changed her dress and half dried her hair. Her hair is loose right now. Basanta Chowdhury is looking out his window, perhaps listening to the song. All through the song, she moves about the veranda of her home. Basanta Chowdhury is smiling, standing on his veranda. Soon, the song peters out and the video ends there.

Artists: The playback singer is Lata Mangeshkar. The onscreen performances are by Sadhana and Basanta Chowdhury.

Cultural Influence: This typically filmi rain song is the beautiful rendition about the season of monsoon in India. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the same.


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