Movie: This song appeared in 1973 Kapileshwar Films’ hit comic action drama Kahani Kismat Ki (The Story of Fate) directed and produced by Arjun Hingorani. The movie starred Dharmendra, Rekha, late Ajit, late Rajinder Nath, late Bharat Bhushan, Sulochana, Jayashree T, Rajni Gupta, late Abhi Bhattacharya, etc.
Ajit Sharma (Dharmendra) is jobless though he has good marks in the Bachelor’s degree exam. He and his father (Abhi Bhattacharya) take to stealing. One day, during a chase by the police, his father is shot dead and he is arrested. His mother (Sulochana) wants nothing to do with him. But, after being released earlier for good conduct, he is finally accepted by his mother. This time he tries in earnest to find a job. But, his term in jail becomes a barrier in his finding a job and he is not ready to lie his way into the job market.
One day, after winning a wrestling match, he buys a few things for his family. It includes a bag for his younger school-going brother. When he reaches home and the little boy opens the bag, he finds several currency notes. Initially, the family does not like it thinking perhaps Ajit had gone back to his old ways. But, Ajit (very conveniently) finds a name and address inside the bag and he goes to the bungalow to return the money. The money belongs to Premchand (Ajit) and he gives Ajit a job with high remuneration in return for the bag with the money.
Just before entering the house, Ajit had bumped into Rekha (Rekha), who was on the lookout for a suitable person to fall in love with. She very conveniently falls in love with Ajit just after bumping into him! Soon, Ajit also admits that he is in love with her. When Premchand gets to know about it, initially he is against their meeting each other. But, eventually, he relents and decides to announce Ajit and Rekha’s engagement on her birthday. However, while leaving Premchand’s cabin in the office, Ajit faints. This happens for the second time. Premchand revives him by sprinkling water on his face and tells him to visit a doctor. The doctor (Bharat Bhushan) diagnoses Leukaemia and Ajit asks the doctor to promise that he would not tell anyone else about it. While coming out of the doctor’s clinic, this song is being sung by a mendicant.
Song: The lyrics of this song were penned by Rajinder Kishan and the music was scored by Kalyanji-Anandji.
The gist of the song is, “You will live as many days you are destined to live. The total number will be the same, whatever happens. Once you know this secret, you will not have any sorrow.”
Video: Cinematography is by Kishore Rege.
The video opens with Dharmendra feeling sorrowful. He wipes his tears from his eyes. He remembers the times he had spent with Rekha. Then he walks determinedly toward his home. The song peters out and the video ends as he enters his home.
Artists: The playback of this song was sung by Mukesh and the onscreen performances were by Dharmendra, Rekha and others.
Cultural Influence: This is a typically filmi song where the hero feels sad that his days are numbered. The song and the artists are very good. The video is watchable for the same.