Itna na mujhse tu pyar badha (sad) – Talat Mahmood – Salil Chaudhury – Sunil Dutt | Chhaya (1961)


Movie: This song appears in the 1961 movie Chhaya (Shadow), produced by A V Meiyappan and directed by the legendary Hrishikesh Mukherjee. The star-cast included late Sunil Dutt, Asha Parekh, late Nirupa Roy, late Nazir Hussain, late Lalita Pawar and Mohan Choti.
Manorama (Nirupa Roy) goes to Lucknow with her infant daughter after her husband’s death, searching for her maternal uncle. Then she finds that her uncle had sold the house and expired. At that time, she does not know what to do and has nowhere to go.
Her daughter becomes sick because of the lack of nutritious food and shelter. Desperately, since she does not have any other alternative, she leaves her at the entrance of a wealthy man Seth Jagatnarayan’s (Nazir Hussain) house. Having no children Jagatnarayan adopts her and calls her Sarita. Manorama comes to the man’s home after a few days and gets the job of her own daughter’s nanny.
Jagatnarayan decides to go to Bombay (Mumbai now) to start a new life and hide the fact that Sarita was an adopted child. Manorama accompanies them to the new city. There they are joined by his cousin sister (Lalita Pawar) and naïve son Lali (Mohan Choti).
Sarita grows up and becomes a carefree, beautiful and intelligent young girl under the care of her father and nanny. A poor young man, Arun (Sunil Dutt) is appointed as a tutor for Sarita. Sarita is a fan of the poet Rahee, which is actually the pen name of Arun. Sarita wants to meet her idol and Arun says that he is his best friend but would never help her meet him. Sarita finds another way to meet him, i.e. through her friend, Jia. Jia’s uncle (Asit Sen) happens to be the publisher of a magazine in which Arun writes as Rahee. One day, Sarita is told to meet Rahee on the beach. She gives Arun the excuse of a friend’s birthday for going out. And when he arrives he hides himself behind a tree.
Sarita goes to a movie one day and sees Arun with his sister and misunderstands him. One day, she visits Arun’s home and his sister says that Arun and Rahee are one and the same people. When Arun visits Sarita’s home to teach, she confronts him with the information. They realize that they are in love with each other and they go on a date at this time. When Arun’s elder sister (Achala Sachdev) gets to know about it, she visits Seth Jagatram with the alliance of Arun for Sarita. But, the man rejects the alliance, accusing her and Arun of misguided Sarita. Arun gets to know about it and he does not go to take tuitions for Sarita. Sarita finds him at their usual meeting place singing this song.
Song: The lyrics of this song were penned by Rajinder Kishan and music was composed by Salil Chaudhury. This song has a slower rhythm signifying sadness.
The man tells the absent girl to forget about him and live her own life without him.
Video: Cinematography is by Jaywant Pathare and T.B. Seetaram.
The video opens with the shot of some birds flying close to the river-water surface. Sunil Dutt begins the song. Unknown to him, Asha Parekh runs to the place. He stands up and walks on the bank for some distance. The bank is near a railway track. Asha Parekh, who has been looking for him, discerns him now. Asha Parekh has tears in her eyes. The video ends as the song peters out.
Artists: The playback singers are Talat Mahmood. Onscreen performances are by Sunil Dutt and Asha Parekh.
Cultural Influence: This typically filmi sad song is a reiteration of the break between the lead pair. The song and the artists are very good. The video is watchable for the same.


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