Pike daras ko taras rahi akhiyan – Lata/Ramchander – C Ramchander – Meena/Dilip | Azaad (1955)

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Movie: This song appeared in 1955 Pakshiraja Studios’ hit romedy Azaad (Free) produced and directed by Sriramulu Naidu S M. The movie starred Dilip Kumar, late Meena Kumari, late Achala Sachdev, late Pran, late Badri Prasad, etc.

Post the death of Shobha’s (Meena Kumari) father, she stays with her father’s friend Charandas (Badri Prasad) and his wife Shanta (Achala Sachdev). The couple had plans of marrying Shobha to their own son Kumar when they were children. But, Kumar got lost. Thus, years later, Charandas looks for a suitable groom for Shobha. Rich Sunder (Pran) wants to marry Shobha, but the old couple does not like him because of his wayward nature.

Suddenly one night, in the absence of Charandas, Shobha is abducted by bandits. On the way to the jungle, she is rescued by a rich man called Azaad. Charandas gets a letter that Shobha is safe with Azaad and the man would like to marry Shobha. Charandas visits the police inspector to inform him about it. Shobha is returned safely to her home. Not only Sunder, who had planned the abduction of Shobha with a bandit Chander (S Nazir) but also the police are baffled. Azaad had sent an expensive horse carriage as a decoy to misdirect the villains.

The police begin their inquiries. Shobha is not of much help but says that she was dropped to her home by their neighbor rich old Abdul Rahim Khan (Dilip Kumar himself disguised). When the inspector meets Abdul Rahim Khan, the latter challenges that he will prove Azaad is innocent of all the crimes in his name. Azaad is back in his jungle home and cannot leave it because of his father’s ill health. He requests his aunt and cousin sisters Chanda (Sai) and Subhalakshmi (Gopi) to visit Shobha to inquire about her. Shobha meets Azaad’s aunt and tells her to request Azaad to find her foster father, who has been missing for 3 days.

Sunder tricks Shobha into visiting his home. He sends his wife Janki (Shammi) with a letter that supposedly was given by the police inspector to him to forward it to Shobha. I wonder why a police officer would give a letter to a civilian to contact another civilian. Wouldn’t he send one of his constables to her home to invite her to the police station or to give the letter to her? When Shobha reads the letter it is clear that it is one of Sunder’s ruses to get her to his home. Azaad rescues her, but not before Sunder kills Janki.

In the meantime, Azaad’s father dies due to ill-health. Azaad meets the inspector at the former’s home and they decide to rescue Charandas. This results in a plethora of arrests. Soon, Azaad is cleared of all the accusations – thefts and murders. Charandas invites Azaad and Abdul Rahim Khan Sahib with the police inspector for dinner. Azaad in the guise of Khan Sahib insists that Shobha sing a song. She is here again requested to sing a song but performs a dance as well. There is some disparity between the dialogues and what really happens in the movie.

Song: The music of this song was scored by C Ramchander (also called Chitalkar) and the lyrics were penned by Rajinder Kishan.

The gist of the song, “Sometimes I am silent. Sometimes I sigh. I torture my heart for someone. If he looks into my eyes and asks me, then I will hold my heart and say, ‘I love you.’” The girl goes on to say that she wants to meet her beloved since they had met quite some time ago.

Video: Cinematography is by Sailen Bose. Dance choreography is by Hiralal.

The video opens with Meena Kumari standing up from the chair near the dining table and beginning the song. Dilip Kumar disguised as an old Muslim man reacts to her beginning the song. She, then, begins to dance as well. Badri Prasad and Dilip Kumar are enjoying the song. The song peters out and the video ends there.

Artists: The playback of this song was sung by Lata Mangeshkar and C Ramchander and the onscreen performances are by Meena Kumari and others.

Cultural Influence: This typically filmi romantic song has an impatient quality to it. The heroine wants to see the hero and cannot wait any longer. The song is very beautiful. The artists are also good. The video is watchable for the same.

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