Mujhe tum mil gaye humdum – Lata Mangeshkar – Shankar-Jaikishan – Asha Parekh | Love in Tokyo (1966)

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Movie: This song appeared in 1966 Pramod Films’ hit romantic flick Love in Tokyo, produced and directed by Pramod Chakravorty. The movie starred late Joy Mukherjee, Asha Parekh, late Pran, late Mahmood, late Lalita Pawar, late Asit Sen, late Madan Puri, Master Shahid, etc.

Gayatri Devi wants her younger son Ashok (Joy Mukherjee) to marry Sarita (Lata Bose). She, soon, gets to know that her elder son and her Japanese daughter-in-law had left a grandson Chickoo (Master Shahid) for her. She sends Ashok to Japan to fetch the little boy. In Japan, Ashok meets Chikoo and tries to convince him to come with him back to India, unsuccessfully. He also sees Asha (Asha Parekh) performing a semi-classical dance on a TV program in a shopping mall and falls in love with her. Asha is betrothed to Pran (Pran) by her uncle (Madan Puri). But, she does not want to marry him and runs away from home just after the program. She meets the runaway Chikoo and strikes a friendship with him.

Asha disguises as Chikoo’s Japanese aunt in front of Ashok. Ashok catches up with Chikoo. But, most of the time the little boy is with a Sikh fellow (Asha in disguise). Ashok becomes friends with the Sardar as well and begins to ask him for advice how to get Chikoo back to India. Asha has fallen in love with Ashok, so she as the Sikh man advises him to romance the Japanese aunt for his requirement. When he meets her disguised as the Japanese girl, on his second meeting he realizes that the Sikh man, the Japanese girl and the dancer are one and the same. He sends her a letter that he must go back to India urgently and requests her to pray for him at the Tokyo Shrine that he would find his beloved. She hurries to the airport and reaches a little late. The flight leaves within minutes.

Asha now hurries to the Tokyo Shrine to pray, where hidden from her view, Ashok sings a song. At the end of the song, he reveals himself and they confess their love to each other. Meantime, Gayatri Devi, Sarita and her father (Ulhas) are not happy with the turn of events. They do not know what is happening in Japan and decide to visit the place themselves. Blissfully ignorant of the fact, Ashok and Asha are dating each other all over Japan.

Gayatri Devi, Sarita and her father reach Ashok’s hotel, right when he has lifted Asha on his arms and they were leaving for another date. Gayatri Devi, not knowing anything about Asha, Gayatri Devi bribes her with money to leave Ashok. But, Asha declines everything and leaves the place in sorrow. She is about to commit suicide on the railway tracks when she thinks she hears Ashok singing O mere Shahekhuban… and stops short.

In the meantime, Ashok tries to find Asha and meets with an accident. Ashok is blinded due to the accident. This incident proves Asha’s loyalty toward Ashok because it is she and not Sarita, who is ready to contribute her eyesight for the betterment of her beloved. Gayatri Devi realizes her fault and accepts Asha. Asha sings this song during the engagement party.

Song: The music of this song was scored by Shankar-Jaikishan and the lyrics were penned by Hasrat Jaipuri.

The gist of the song is, “I found you dear, who is responsible for my very breath. This is the kind of support everyone needs. Wherever I look, I see you. This is the scenery everyone should watch.”

Video: Cinematography is by V K Murthy. Dance choreography is by Suresh Bhatt.

The video opens with the close-up shot of Asha Parekh. Lalita Pawar, Shobha Khote and Master Shahid walk her toward the piano, which Joy Mukherjee is playing. Asha Parekh and Joy Mukherjee look at each other with love and happiness. Asha Parekh begins the song. Master Shahid is seen walking and enjoying the song with a smile.

Pran comes close to Master Shahid wearing a steward’s dress. He is pushing a covered trolley. Madan Puri is inside the lower portion and he pulls the little boy into it with him. Pran takes away the trolley. Pran, still wearing the steward’s guise, brings a phone to Asha Parekh. The caller is Madan Puri and he threatens her that the little boy has been kidnapped.

Now, the sadness creeps into the song. She runs to Joy Mukherjee to tell him about the abduction. But, Pran approaches the piano at the right time. This becomes a sign to stop her from saying anything. She drops the phone and has tears in her eyes. Joy Mukherjee sees where she is looking. But, I wonder why he does not do anything about it.

Asha Parekh explains that the tears are of happiness through the song. But, Lalita Pawar does not seem to be convinced. Joy Mukherjee gets suspicious as Asha Parekh holds Pran’s hands and they begin to dance. Both, Lalita Pawar and Joy Mukherjee do not like it. The song ends abruptly as Asha Parekh puts her head on the chest of Pran.

Joy Mukherjee catches hold of her arm and pulling her away from Pran, asks what happened. The video ends there.

Artists: The playback has been sung by Lata Mangeshkar and the onscreen performances are by Joy Mukherjee, Asha Parekh and others.

Cultural Influence: Though this typically filmi romantic song, begins with a happy note, it has a tinge of sadness in it, the video is watchable for the song and the artists.

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