Movie: This song appeared in 1989 hit award-winning romantic drama produced by Yash Chopra and T Subbarami Reddy and directed by Yash Chopra under the banner of Yash-Raj Films. The movie starred Rishi Kapoor, Sridevi, late Vinod Khanna, etc.
Rohit (Rishi Kapoor) meets Chandni (Sridevi) at a wedding and falls in love with her. He pursues her persistently until she agrees to date him and they get engaged. Due to an accident, Rohit loses the function of his lower limbs. But, Chandni keeps visiting him, showering her affection on him despite the hatred she is subjected to by Rohit’s family. Eventually, Rohit goes into depression and rejects her affection. Chandni decides to leave the city.
When she moves to Mumbai, she joins Lalit’s (Vinod Khanna) travel agency. Lalit is a handsome and charming widower. Soon, he falls in love with Chandni and proposes to her. She also agrees and he and his mother (Waheeda Rehman) are happy. I don’t understand one thing. If a girl is really in love with someone, who is alive and is faithful to her as well, why will that girl agree to marry someone else? If I were that girl and was in such a situation, I would reject the proposal of anyone else other than the one I love. I may not be waiting for him. But, I would never marry someone else. That is real love. And that makes a lot of difference.
Lalit meets Rohit on a business trip to Switzerland. Rohit has come to the country for the treatment of his paralysis and can walk normally. The men tell each other about themselves and their beloved, without knowing that they are talking about the same girl. This is the song they sing at this time.
Song: The music of this song was composed by Shiv-Hari and the lyrics were penned by Anand Bakshi.
The 2 men exchange their stories through this song.
Video: Cinematography is by Manmohan Singh. Dance choreography is by Saroj Khan.
The video opens with Rishi Kapoor beginning the song. A shot of Sridevi, performing Mere haathon mein… is shown. Vinod Khanna also begins to sing. The 2 male actors run to an outdoor restaurant and sit on a table. Both talk about Sridevi’s 2 different facets. We can see shots of Sridevi in between while each male actor is singing the song.
The 2 male actors exchange notes over beer and keep walking around the place on the pavement. Rishi Kapoor is about to tell his new-found friend the name of his beloved. Sridevi immediately says no and Rishi Kapoor names her as abstract qualities. The song peters out and the video ends as the 2 male actors disappear in the crowded streets.
Artists: The playback of this song was sung by Nitin Mukesh and Suresh Wadkar and onscreen performances are by Rishi Kapoor and Vinod Khanna.
Cultural Influence: This is a typical filmi song sung by both the heroes talking about the heroine, without knowing about it. The song is good and the artists are fantastic. The video can be watched for the song and the artists.