Aji quibla mohtarma – Mohammad Rafi – O P Nayyar – Joy Mukherjee | Phir Wahi Dil Laya Hoon (1963)

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Movie: This song appeared in 1963 hit romantic drama Phir Wahi Dil Laya Hoon (I’ve come back with the same heart) produced and directed by Nasir Hussain under the banner of Nasir Hussain Films. The movie starred late Joy Mukherjee, Asha Parekh, late Pran, late Rajinder Nath, etc.
Marital discord increases between Jamuna (Veena) and her husband Colonel Mahendranath and she leaves him. He does not give her their son, so she gets him kidnapped. Mother and son go and live in Srinagar. Mahendranath then brings up Mona, his friend’s daughter as a niece. He wants the now grown up Mona (Asha Parekh) to marry Biharilal alias Difu (Rajinder Nath), who has been to a foreign country and belongs to a wealthy family. Jamuna’s son Mohan (Joy Mukherjee) has also grown up and they have been living in a lower middle-class locality. One day Mohan meets Mona and he falls in love with her. Mohan introduces himself as a friend of Difu and convinces her that the man she is betrothed to has mental health issues. He has already told Difu that Mona has mental health issues.
He also convinces her to take him around the city of Agra. At one point, Mona’s car gets heated up. Her friends are also following them. When Mona gets to know that her friends have reached them, she tells Mohan that they should behave like strangers now. It is at this time that he sings this song.
Song: The music of this song was composed by O P Nayyar and Majrooh Sultanpuri wrote the lyrics.
The man addresses the girl with a lot of respect and says, “Sometimes you act like embers, sometimes like a song. Your style is praiseworthy. You look beautiful even when angry. Your style can destroy other people’s lives.”
Video: Cinematography is by Marshal Braganza. Dance choreography is by Gopi Krishna.
When the video opens, Asha Parekh is standing with her back to the camera and the music begins. Her friends including Tabassum begin to dance. Joy Mukherjee is playing the ik tara. He begins to sing after Tabassum takes away the ik tara from him. A large group of village girls arrives to take water in their mud pots. They sit in an organized sequence on the bank.
Joy Mukherjee performs a few dance steps while teasing Asha Parekh. Her friends pick up their bags and run toward their car. The song ends abruptly and so does the video as Asha Parekh looks at Joy Mukherjee in an offended manner.
Artists: The playback for this song was sung by Mohammad Rafi and the onscreen performance was by Asha Parekh and others.
Cultural Influence: This typically filmi romantic song establishes the fact that the hero has fallen in love with the heroine. The song is good and the video is watchable for the song and the artists, again and again.

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