Kahin pe nigahen kahin pe nishana – Shamshad Begum – O P Nayyar – Waheeda Rehman | CID (1956)

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Movie: This song appears in the 1956 crime thriller CID directed by Raj Khosla and produced by Guru Dutt under the banner of Guru Dutt Films. It starred late Dev Anand, Shakila, late K N Singh, late Johnny Walker, Kum Kum, late Mahmood and Waheeda Rehman (debut).

Shrivastav is the editor of a newspaper and is about to expose the nefarious activities of a wealthy and influential man. He requests his friend Inspector Shekhar (Dev Anand) to meet him so that he could tell him about the threat he keeps receiving from the underworld. Shrivastava is killed before Shekhar arrives at the newspaper office. Shekhar suddenly remembers that he had seen a suspicious man in the elevator, while he was on the way to the editor’s office. When Shekhar reaches the streets, the man has already got into a car and left.

To follow the man, Shekhar borrows a woman’s (Shakila) car despite her protests. Though Shekhar explains to her the reason behind his borrowing the car, she throws a fit and even throws the car keys in the mud, while it is raining outside. As a result, they lose the chase. Overnight, Shekhar sleeps on the front seat and the woman in the back seat. When morning comes and they wake up, the woman finds the keys and gives Shekhar the slip to go home alone.

Shekhar returns to the crime scene. Pickpocket Master (Johnny Walker) is found at the crime scene and confesses to Shekhar that he had seen the murderer. Shekhar finds a clue in the cigarette butt dropped by the murderer and with the help of that he catches a man. Master identifies the killer (Mahmood) and the latter is jailed.

The next day Shekhar follows the woman, whose car he had used before to follow the killer. He is not following the woman, but on the way to visit his boss The Chief of Police (K N Singh). The lady is the Police Chief’s daughter Rekha. Soon, Shekhar is invited to the house of a woman Kamini (Waheeda Rehman), who bribes him to release the prisoner. But, this attempt fails. She spikes the drink given to Shekhar and in an intoxicated condition, he is left in the streets. Rekha finds him and brings him home.

During Rekha’s birthday party, Kamini also visits her home. Shekhar recognizes Kamini as the one, who had tried to bribe him. He follows Kamini to the chagrin of Rekha. Knowing that Rekha is upset with him, Shekhar visits a lakeside in thoughts and Rekha has also come there. They reconcile. But, soon, the killer of the editor is killed by his own friends in the lockup and Shekhar is framed in the crime. Shekhar tells Rekha that they should move on without each other and then, jumps bail. The Police Chief orders his capture alive or dead. Rekha is in tears.

In the meantime, Shekhar is on the run to escape the police. The police are just a few steps behind him and one of the officers shoot him. Injured, he reaches Kamini’s home and faints the moment she comes there. She takes care of him. But, her boss and the person behind all the illegal activities Dharamdas (Bir Sakuja) visits her and Shekhar must hide. To help him hide and distract her boss, Kamini sings this song.

Song: The lyrics were penned by Majrooh Sultanpuri and the music was composed by O P Nayyar.

The girl sings, “Your eyes look elsewhere and you are perceiving something else. Let me live. Don’t make me crazy about you.”

Video: Cinematography is by late V K Murthy and late Anwar. Dance choreography is by Zohra Sehgal.

The video opens with Waheeda Rehman strumming a Gambusi ndogo. Bir Sakuja is trying to find out if there is a secret Waheeda Rehman is keeping. She rapidly goes in front of the actor and blocks his path. She wears heavy anklets on both her feet. The dance choreography is typically that of olden days. Nothing much to write home about.

But, Waheeda Rehman does it very gracefully. Her training in Bharatanatyam shows very clearly. Dev Anand is trying to escape, though wounded. She warns Dev Anand through the song that Bir Sakuja is on his tracks. As Dev Anand enters a secret passage on the floor, Bir Sakuja catches up with him and the song and the video end there.

Artists: The playback singers are Shamshad Begum and onscreen performances are by Waheeda Rehman, Dev Anand and Bir Sakuja.

Cultural Influence: When the movie had released, the songs had become very popular. Now, this typically filmi song is worth watching at least once during leisure.

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