Chalke teri ankhonse – Mohammad Rafi – Shankar-Jaikishan – Rajendra Kumar | Arzoo (1965)


Movie: This song appeared in 1965 Sagar Art Corporation’s hit romantic drama Arzoo (Desire) produced and directed by late Ramanand Sagar. The movie starred late Rajendra Kumar, late Sadhana, late Feroz Khan, Hari Shivdasani, etc. The story of the movie involved triumph of love over fate and life.

Gopal (Rajendra Kumar) is a skiing champion and wins that year’s competition in Gulmarg. He had registered in the fake name of Sarju. He meets Usha (Sadhana) during the holidays. Initially, there is a lot of friction and wrangling between them. Then they fall in love. Usha’s uncle Major Kapoor (Hari Shivdasani) and his wife come that way and invite ‘Sarju’ for a party that evening at the place where they are staying. The Major and his wife have to return home with Usha, the next day.

While leaving, Usha gives ‘Sarju’ her residential phone number. When he reaches Srinagar, he calls her and they begin to meet in and around Srinagar regularly. One day, Usha takes ill and cannot meet him as decided. At this time, ‘Sarju’ drops in her place in the guise of an old Muslim gentleman. He gives her some medicine and she recovers soon. ‘Sarju’ in the guise of the old man is invited by Usha’s father for her birthday and ‘the old man’ sings this song for her, on this occasion.

Song: The lyrics of this song were penned by Hasrat Jaipuri and the music was composed by Shankar-Jaikishan.

The gist of the song is, “Alcohol spills from your eyes, more and more by the day.  Let the rose of your lips bloom more. I don’t know what is special about your gathering, O the one who tortures. My heart is also beating hard.”

Video: Cinematography is by G Singh.

The video opens with the beginning of music. The close-up shot of Sadhana’s eyes is shown. Rajendra Kumar, in the guise of an old Muslim man, begins the song. Nazir Hussain is enjoying the song. Soon, the song peters out and the video ends there.

Artists: The playback of this song was sung by Mohammad Rafi and the onscreen performances are by Rajendra Kumar, Sadhana, Nazir Hussain and others.

Cultural Influence: There is not much cultural influence on this typically filmi romantic song. The hero sings the praises of the heroine through this song. The song and the artists are very good. The video is watchable for the same.


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