Dil ki manzil kuch aisi hai manzil – Asha Bhonsle – S D Burman – Helga | Tere Ghar Ke Samne (1963)

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Movie: This song appeared in 1963 Nav Ketan’s hit socio-familial comic drama Tere Ghar Ke Samne (In Front of Your House) directed by late Vijay Anand and produced by late Dev Anand. The movie starred Dev Anand, late Nutan, late Rajindernath, late Om Prakash, late Harendranath Chattopadhyay, etc.

The 2 wealthy businessmen, Lala Jagannath (Om Prakash) and Seth Karam Chand (Harindranath Chattopadhyay), bid for the front plot in a government auction. One is westernized and the other is traditional. Seth Karam Chand irritates Lala and tricks him to buy the plot at an exorbitant price. Lala Jagannath ends up with the front plot. But, before the auction ends, Seth Karam Chand quotes an insane price for the back plot, leaving everybody to think that something has gone wrong with him.

At home, Seth Karam Chand’s daughter Sulekha (Nutan) points out that their home would be hidden by that of Lala Jagannath. Not wanting that to happen, Seth Karam Chand and Sulekha hire an architect Rakesh (Dev Anand). After some misunderstandings and friction, Rakesh gets to know Sulekha’s brother Ranjit (Rajinder Nath) and Sulekha. The 3 of them meet each other at a club where Ranjit gets attracted to Rakesh’s colleague Jenny (Zarine Katrak), who is also present there. A dancer (Helga) performs this song, at this time.

Song: The music of this song was composed by S.D. Burman and the lyrics were penned by Hasrat Jaipuri.

There are some lines in Spanish throughout the song. The gist of the Hindi lyrics in the song is, “The heart’s destination is known only to people, who have fallen in love.”

Video: Cinematography is by V Ratra. Dance choreography is by Surya Kumar.

The video opens with the blowing of a trumpet and Helga beginning to sing in Spanish. She is being held by 4 male dancers on their arms. There are other dancers, too. They are all standing on a higher level. Everybody walks down to the dance floor in rhythm with the song and begin to dance there.

Helga begins to croon on to a mike in Hindi. Rajinder Nath, Nutan, Dev Anand and Zarine Katrak are enjoying the performance. Edwina Violet also jumps into the focus area of the camera and begins to sing as she dances to the tune. After her lines are over, she goes down, away from the focus area of the camera. She keeps coming back to sing a few lines in between.

I found Helga dancing with a little self-conscious stiffness. She goes back to the higher level and returns swaying to the tune of the song. The song rises to a crescendo with vigorous dancing from the performers. The music ends soon and the video ends as the female dancers sit down on the dance floor with a leg extended forward, holding a hand of the male dancers (their partners).

Artists: The playback of this song was sung by Asha Bhonsle and the onscreen performances are by Helga, Dev Anand, Nutan, Rajinder Nath, Zarine Katrak, Edwina Violet and others.

Cultural Influence: This typical Bollywood composition has a lot of influence of the Spanish Culture on it. I just love this song because of not only Ashaji is singing this song but also Spanish is one of my favorite languages. This is supposed to be a cabaret. But, there is no uncomfortable stripping shown in it. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the same.

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