Bedardi balma tujhko – Lata Mangeshkar – Shankar-Jaikishan – Sadhana | Arzoo (1965)

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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 have to return home with Usha, the next day.

While leaving, Usha gives ‘Sarju’ her residential phone number. When he reaches Srinagar, 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 party and by the end of the party; Usha’s father gets to know that ‘Sarju’ is her boyfriend. He hears ‘Sarju’ tell her that he is leaving Srinagar the next day and would be visiting her for one day on the coming Sunday. Despite her father’s restrictions, she meets him and gets to know that his real name is not ‘Sarju’.

Gopal’s friend Ramesh (Feroz Khan) is sent by his father to ‘see’ Usha for a matrimonial alliance. Though Usha’s father is not sure if the man Usha met is sincere to her, he tells her that he would not finalize anything before speaking to him on Sunday.

Gopal does not get a direct flight to Delhi. He has to go via Pathankot. From Pathankot, he goes through road. During the journey, his car gets involved in an accident and he loses his foot due to excessive blood loss. As a result, Gopal cannot make it to Srinagar the coming Sunday and Usha is depressed because of that. She sings this song at this time.

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, “O, unfeeling beloved, my heart yearns for you. The tears in my eyes also remember you.”

Video: Cinematography is by G Singh.

The video opens with Sadhana beginning the alaap and then the song. The white salwar kameez that she is wearing gives a somber touch to the atmosphere. She walks about a barren landscape. She remembers the moments she used to be with Rajendra Kumar. She, now, visits the places she had been with him. The song peters out and the video ends as she looks at the setting sun.

Artists: The playback of this song was sung by Lata Mangeshkar and the onscreen performances are by Sadhana and Rajendra Kumar.

Cultural Influence: There is not much cultural influence on this typically filmi sad song. The heroine is missing the hero very badly. His arrival would only decide her fate. The song and the artists are very good. The video is watchable for the same.

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