Tu na aaya aur hone lagi shaam re – Lata Mangeshkar – C Ramchander – Vaijayantimala | Aasha (1957)


Movie: This song appeared in 1957 hit dramedy Aasha (Hope) produced and directed by M V Raman under the banner of Raman Productions. The movie starred Kishore Kumar, Vaijayantimala, etc.

Kishore (Kishore Kumar) is a kind-hearted person and always helps needy people. He comes from a rich Zamindar family. He is sent to Bombay (Mumbai now) to learn how to live in the city smartly from his cousin brother Raj (Pran). Raj has cheated many girls after enjoying life with them. One day, Kishore visits a girls’ college and there Nirmala (Vaijayantimala) is performing this song on a stage.

Song: The musical score of this song was composed by C Ramchander (Chitalkar) and the lyrics were penned by Rajinder Kishan.

The gist of the song is, “It is evening and you have not arrived yet, Beloved. Should I wait or go away? Till when should I wait for you? I have become tired waiting for you.”

Video: Cinematography is by Fali Mistry. Dance choreography is by Sohanlal-B Hiralal.

The video opens with Vaijayantimala dancing on the stage. She also begins to sing. The setting of the stage is that of a village. The setting revolves to that with a temple. She comes out from a gap in the setting and continues to dance. She has changed her dress. The setting becomes a dream sequence. She has changed her dress again.

Kishore Kumar is seen watching the dance on a tree on the stage. Asha Parekh practices a male character at backstage near their female lecturer. Other students pose as couples on the revolving settings in different portions. Kishore Kumar is frightened at the pace with which the setting revolves.

The song rises to a crescendo and the video ends as Kishore Kumar jumps onto the stage.

Artists: The playback of this song was sung by Lata Mangeshkar and the onscreen performance have been done by Vaijayantimala and Kishore Kumar.

Cultural Influence: This typically filmi song has some distinct basis in Gujarati folk dance, at least in the beginning. It is just a performance in a college event. It is also an introductory sequence of Vaijayantimala. The song and the artists are fantastic. The video is watchable for the same.


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