Ik matwala aaj chala manzil ko – Mohammad Rafi – Madan Mohan – Dharmendra | Aap Ki Parchayiyan (1964)

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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. Rekha insults Dinanath and his wife every step of the way. One night, Dinanath asks Rekha to give milk for his wife to take some medicines for her cough, which Baldev had recommended. She insults him and he decides that his wife would have the medicine with water.

Soon, even drinking water is over at their quarters and Dinanath goes to the kitchen for it. By mistake, he drops the vessel with milk. Having seen that Rekha snaps at him that he had come for milk and says him that he was lying. Baldev supports his wife and insults his father. Dinanath decides that he and his wife should not stay there for a minute longer. They leave the house.

On the other hand, Chadramohan convinces his boss for a holiday to bring back his parents with him, within a month of joining the office. As he is traveling in the train, he sings this song.

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

The gist of the song is, “An inebriated person is moving toward his destination. Fate has made easy, every difficulty.”

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

The video opens with Dharmendra looking down from the upper berth in the third class compartment of the train. A man is playing a small drum for the benefit of his daughter. Dharmendra is fascinated by the scene. Some people are sleeping in the sitting position. Dharmendra jumps down and wakes up a man. The leading man also begins the song.

The scene shifts to Nazir Hussain and Leela Chitnis walking on the darkened streets. Leela Chitnis is coughing uncontrollably. Dharmendra plays with the little girl in the compartment. He is very happy and blissfully ignorant of what is happening to his parents. 3 men dance to the tune of the song. A Sikh man helps the leading man to go back to his upper berth.

Artists: The playback has been given by Mohammad Rafi and the onscreen performance is by Dharmendra, Nazir Hussain, Leela Chitnis and others.

Cultural Influence: This is a typically filmi song depicts the happiness of the hero that he was returning to take his parents to Calcutta. The song and the artists are very good. The video is watchable for the same.

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