Movie: This song appeared in 1958 Bombay Films’ historical drama Yahudi (Jew) directed by Bimal Roy and produced by Savak B. Vacha. The movie starred Dilip Kumar, late Meena Kumari, late Sohrab Modi, late Nazir Hussain, Nigar Sultana, etc.
Circa more than 2000 years ago. The era of the Roman Empire. The plot: persecution of the Jews at the hands of the Romans.
Ezra (Sohrab Modi) is a gemstone trader, having a son Elijah. His slave Emmanuel functions as the caretaker of Elijah. Ezra goes out to visit a trader. Elijah is upset to stand on the balcony. Brutus (Nazir Hussain) the Governor of Rome is passing that way, with a preceding an announcement of his coming. Elijah is watching him from the balcony. A stone slips from his hand and hits Brutus on his head. As Elijah is a Jew, he is sentenced to death.
When Ezra returns, he is shocked to hear about the incident. He visits Brutus and begs him to free his son. But, Brutus orders the boy to be fed to hungry lions. Ezra returns to his home, mourning the death of his son. Emmanuel kidnaps Brutus’s motherless daughter Lydia (Baby Naaz) and takes her to Ezra to avenge the death of his master’s son. Ezra forbids him to kill Lydia and adopts her. Brutus is angry and orders his soldiers to find his daughter and punish all Jews.
Years later, Lydia is Hannah (Meena Kumari) and has been brought up very lovingly by her foster father Ezra. Brutus’ niece Olivia (Nigar Sultana) is betrothed to the Prince of Rome Marcus (Dilip Kumar). Marcus one day has a horse-riding accident. He is saved by Hannah and also falls in love with her. He realizes that she is a Jew and dresses up as one to find her.
He sees Hannah’s servant Ruth (Minoo Mumtaz) and recognizes her since she was with Hannah after the horse-riding accident. He follows Ruth and reaches the market area where Hannah is buying flowers. A Roman soldier misbehaves with Hannah and Marcus saves her from him. It is surprising that Marcus recognizes Hannah but she does not. Hannah takes him home to meet Ezra, who welcomes him as his own son. Marcus introduces himself as a successful Jewish trader of precious stones from Alexandria Monshija.
Now, Marcus visits Hannah’s home regularly even if Ezra is not at home. Now, it is the turn of Hannah to fall in love with him. Everything goes fine until a Jewish festival arrives. They have a ritual where they have to eat the auspicious bread during dinner. Marcus has also been invited by Ezra, but he discreetly drops the bread below the table. But, Hannah is witness to this act and confronts him about it. He tells her to come to the nearby ruins at night so that they can talk alone. At the ruins, Hannah finds out that Monshija is a Roman. She is sorrowful. Even Ezra, who had followed Hannah, gets to know about it. After an altercation between them, Hannah chooses Ezra and Marcus returns to the palace. At the palace, he is pressurized to get married to Olivia and accept the crown of Rome.
At the wedding of Marcus and Octavia, a dancer (Kamala Lakshman) performs this dance.
Song: The music of this song was scored by Shankar-Jaikishan and the lyrics were penned by Shailendra.
The gist of the song is, “The storm of love is present in the heart. No innocent will understand that. The tyrant glares from afar.”
Video: Cinematography is by Dilip Gupta.
The video opens with some girls encircling the main dancer Kamla Lakshman, moving in circles. The main dancer’s face is exposed and she begins to dance. Nigar Sultana is seen enjoying the performance. Kamla Lakshman begins to sing as well.
Nigar Sultana looks as Dilip Kumar, who looks disinterested. Nazir Hussain is also watching the performance. The music rises to a crescendo and Kamla Lakshman dances vigorously to lie down on the dance floor abruptly. With that, ends the song and the video.
Artists: The playback of this song was sung by Lata Mangeshkar and the onscreen performances are by Kamla Lakshman, Dilip Kumar, Nigar Sultana, Nazir Hussain and others.
Cultural Influence: This typically filmi song is a typical item song of yore, but with decent overtones. The song depicts the exact feelings of the character played by Nigar Sultana. The song and the artists are fantastic. The video is watchable for the same.