Sar par topi – Asha/Rafi – O P Nayyar – Ameeta/Shammi | Tumsa Nahin Dekha (1957)


Movie: This song appeared in 1957 romantic drama Tumsa Nahin Dekha (Never Seen Anyone like You) produced by Sashadhar Mukherjee and directed by Nasir Hussain (debut) under the banner of Filmistan. The movie starred late Shammi Kapoor, Ameeta, B M Vyas, late Raj Mehra, late Pran, Anjali Devi, etc.

Sardar Rajpal (B M Vyas) had killed a friend 20 years ago and escaped from his hometown Shillong. Now, he had settled in a village in Assam with his adopted daughter Meena (Ameeta). On Meena’s suggestion, he places an advertisement in a newspaper for his wife, whom he had left behind years ago; to send their son to him. He places another ad below this for a manager for his estate. His wife, Kamala (Anjali Devi) sees the ad and gives their son Shankar (Shammi Kapoor) a letter for Rajpal stating that the person carrying the letter is her son. She does not foresee a situation wherein Shankar might lose the letter.

Soon, Sohan (Pran) impersonating Shankar and with Kamala’s letter reaches Rajpal’s home. Since Kamala had written that Shankar hates his father, Rajpal does not reveal the truth to him and employs him in his estate. The real Shankar arrives the next day. Shankar has met Meena, on the way to Rajpal’s home and the journey had been very pleasing for him. On the other hand, Meena had a tough time with him teasing her continuously. The real Shankar has actually fallen in love with Meena.

The real Shankar is also given a job. Rajpal is confused as to who is the real Shankar. After a few altercations between Shankar and Meena, she is kidnapped by some tribal people. The reason behind this is that Sohan in the guise of Shankar had insulted the tribal chief’s fiancée Seema (Sheela Vaz). The tribal chief wanted Shankar to be surrendered to them. The real Shankar, charges into the forest, attempting to rescue Meena. Seema informs the tribal chief that this Shankar was a good person. Shankar also lies to the chief that Meena is his fiancée. Thus, the chief insists that Shankar and Meena leave only after his wedding that was going to be held that night.

Shankar and Meena reconcile with each other and realize that they love each other. Soon after they return, the police get an anonymous letter revealing Sardar Rajpal’s past. In the next shot, the lead pair is seen picnicking together. On Meena’s query, Shankar reveals about himself and she is happy that he is the one she is expected to marry. It is now that they sing this song.

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

The girl describes the style of the man and says that he looks awesome while the man also praises her and says that there is no one equal to her.

Video: Cinematography is by Marshall Braganza. The dance choreography is by Sudarshan Dheer-Parbati Kumar.

The video opens with some girls doing some farm work and then the camera shifts to Shammi Kapoor, who is happily smiling. Ameeta is hiding behind the girls and Shammi Kapoor is looking for her. The girls begin some dance movements. They clap in tune with the music. The claps take the song forward.

Ameeta climbs on top of a hay stack and throws a cap, which falls squarely on Shammi Kapoor’s head. She begins the song and he also joins her in it. Some men, wearing villager dresses, also join them in dance. Shammi Kapoor teases Ameeta in between the song and she blushes.

The song rises to a crescendo and ends as it reaches a fast pace. The video also ends there.

Artists: The playback has been sung by Asha Bhonsle and Mohammad Rafi and Ameeta and Shammi Kapoor have lip-synced to the song.

Cultural Influence: This is a typically filmi O P Nayyarisque song. There is a definite Punjabi influence in the form of a Bhangra tune. The lead pair is good. The song has been rendered very beautifully by Asha Bhonsle and Mohammad Rafi. The video is watchable more than several times for the lead pair and the singer.


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