Jab isq kahin ho jata hai – Mubarak/Asha – Shankar-Jaikishan | 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 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 cab 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. After one month he returns home and discovers that the girl Ramesh is in love with is Usha. Gopal decides to sacrifice his love for her.

In the meantime, Usha comes to Delhi for further studies with her father’s permission. Gopal’s sister Sarla (Nazima) recognizes her friend Usha from the photo with Ramesh. In the next shot, Sarla and Usha’s other friends have begun to tease Usha about Ramesh in the form of this song.

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, “When love happens, we attain such a condition that we are afraid of crowds and love loneliness.”

Video: Cinematography is by G Singh.

The video opens with Nazima and other girls approaching Sadhana’s room, stealthily. They look through a window and see her walking with sadness all over the place. The music has already begun. There is some sadness eminent in the music. The other girls surround the leading lady and begin to laugh. It is here that the music changes to a happy one.

Sadhana is not happy. The girls begin the song with a salutation and dance. Nazima begins to sing separately as well. The song is stopped abruptly by Sadhana’s dialogue and the video also ends there.

Artists: The playback of this song was sung by Mubarak Begum and Asha Bhonsle and the onscreen performances are by Nazima, Sadhana and others.

Cultural Influence: This typically filmi song is in the form of a Qawwali-style Sufi song. Part of the music is Western as well. The heroine is being teased by her friends. The song and the artists are very good. The video is watchable for the same.


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