Jab tak ke hai aakash pe chand aur sitare – Asha Bhonsle – Madan Mohan | Aap Ki Parchayiyan (1964)


Movie: This song appears in the 1964 Emkay Productions’ family drama Aap Ki Parchayiyan (Your Shadows) produced and directed by Mohan Kumar. The movie starred Suresh, Shashikala, late Nasir Hussain, late Leela Chitnis, Dharmendra, Supriya Choudhury, late Om Prakash, late Manorama, etc.

Dinanath Chopra (Nazir Hussain) stays in a small house with his wife (Leela Chitnis) and 2 sons – Baldev (Suresh) and Chandramohan (Dharmendra). Dinanath mortgages his house to finance Baldev’s medical education. After he becomes a doctor, Baldev marries Rekha, who is from a rich family with parental blessings. Rekha’s father helps Baldev set up a dispensary and medical store.

Chandramohan studies in college and has a sweetheart, Asha (Supriya Choudhury), who lives with her father Vilayati Ram (Om Prakash) and mother (Manorama). Vilayati Ram is a kind of quack. On the other hand, Baldev’s attitude toward his family changes after marriage and he becomes insensitive to his family. He always thinks about his wife and her family. He does not allow his wife to help in the household work.

Rekha hears Chandramohan and his mother talking about her and realizes that they do not have a good opinion about her. She does not realize that this is due to her own behavior. Soon, Baldev and his wife shift to a different home and Rekha gives birth to a boy. Thanks to Baldev’s servant, Baldev’s parents get to meet their grandson.

Dinanath is pressurized to return the loan he had taken for Baldev’s education. Due to Rekha, Baldev does not help him. In the stress due to the financial issue, Dinanath pours the wrong chemical into a container in the laboratory he works and loses his eyes in the accident that follows. They have to shift to Baldev’s home and Chandramohan takes up a job in Calcutta (Kolkata now).

On the other hand, after Chandramohan leaves for Calcutta, Baldev’s son plays with building blocks and does not make provisions for his parents in his bungalow. When his parents ask him about it, he replies that they can live in the servants’ quarters like they had kept Baldev’s parents. Then, the little boy’s birthday arrives and he sings this song at this time.

Song: The lyrics of this song were penned by late Raja Mehendi Ali Khan and the music was composed by late Madan Mohan.

The boy prays to God for the well-being of his parents in so many words.

Video: Cinematography is by K H Kapadia. Dance choreography is by Satyanarayan.

The video opens with the little girl, who is playing the role of the little boy, hugging the lady playing the role of his mother in the play. They are performing the story of Shravan Kumar on stage. The little girl walks backward and folds his hands in front of him. Some more kids come to join him in a separate circle.

All the kids are wearing the dresses of ascetics. The lead girl circumambulates around his parents and begins the song. Suresh and Shashikala look on happily. Nazir Hussain and Leela Chitnis are sitting in the servants’ quarters and listening to the song. They have not been invited to the get-together.

The song peters out and the video ends as the little girl takes a bow.

Artists: The playback has been given by Asha Bhonsle and Suresh, Shashikala and others.

Cultural Influence: This is a typically filmi song depicts the story of Shravan Kumar and his love for his blind parents. This story appears in the Epic Ramayana. The song and the artists are very good. The video is watchable for the same.

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