This is one of those songs that need the context to be understood. Otherwise, standing alone, it becomes difficult to understand why the heroine says, “In this situation, nothing can be said.” The situation can be understood only by the song’s placement in the movie.
Movie: This song appears in the 1960 Naya Films’ thriller Bombay Ka Babu (Gentleman from Bombay, Babu is also a name here) directed by Raj Khosla and produced by Raj Khosla and Jal Mistry. The star-cast included late Dev Anand, late Suchitra Sen, late Jeevan, late Nazir Hussain, late Dhumal, late Achala Sachdev, late Jagdish Raj and late Tun Tun.
Babu (Dev Anand) is running away from Bombay (Mumbai now) police for a murder he did for self-defense. He goes to various cities like Delhi, but he is chased by the authorities at every place. Finally, he lands in Joginder Nagar and meets Bhagat (Rashid Khan). Bhagat blackmails him into impersonating Kundan, the long lost son of Dhalpur’s Zamindar Shahji (Nazir Hussain). The underlying intention for the impersonation is eventually stealing the Zamindar’s money.
Babu sends Kundan’s father a letter saying that he would be returning home. Babu is accepted by the family the moment he says that he is Kundan. Every time Bhagat wants some money, Babu has to ask the Zamindar for pocket money. The Zamindar refuses initially and immediately relents. The Zamindar’s daughter Maya (Suchitra Sen) asks several pointed questions about his past. But, Babu side-steps them and tells her that he would rather she did not ask something he wanted to forget.
The affection showered by the Zamindar’s wife Rukmani (Achala Sachdev) makes Babu regret his despicable mission. He also falls in love with Maya, who thinks that he is her brother. Soon, Maya finds out about Babu’s real intent in coming to their home. She also realizes that he is being pressurized by Bhagat and that Babu had fallen in love with her. She goes home, thinking she will tell her parents about him. But, when she hears about how much love and trust her parents had placed on Babu, their Kundan, she stops short and sings this song.
Song: The lyrics of this song were penned by late Majrooh Sultanpuri and the music was composed by Sachin Dev Burman.
This song is a situational song, which depicts the condition of the girl’s mind after finding out that the man, who she thought was her brother, was not the one.
Video: Cinematography is by Jal Mistry. Dance choreography is by Suresh Bhatt.
The video opens with some girls performing Bhangra. Suchitra Sen is in a dual mind, to say or not to say what is in her mind. One of the girls begins the song. Suchitra Sen also begins to sing. Dev Anand is sitting on his bed. He gets up and moves toward the window. The song peters out and the video ends as Suchitra Sen places her head on her bedpost to cry.
Artists: The playback singers are Asha Bhonsle and onscreen performers are Suchitra Sen, Dev Anand and others.
Cultural Influence: This filmi song is a happy Bhangra song. But, covert sorrow is also depicted in it. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the same.