Tu kahan – Mohammad Rafi – S D Burman – Dev Anand | Tere Ghar Ke Samne (1963)

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Movie: This song appears in 1963 hit romedy Tere Ghar Ke Samne (In Front of Your House) produced by late Dev Anand and directed by his brother late Vijay Anand under the banner of Nav Ketan Films. The movie starred Dev Anand, late Nutan, late Rajindernath, late Harindranath Chattopadhyay, late Om Prakash, etc.

Circa 1962. Location Delhi. Lala Jagannath (Om Prakash) and Seth Karam Chand (Harindranath Chattopadhyay) are 2 rich business rivals. One is modern and the other insists on tradition. They bid for a front plot in a government auction. Lala Jagannath stubbornly wants the front plot and keeps increasing the price higher in the auction. Seth Karam Chand annoys him by raising the price by a mere Rs.1000 at a time. Lala Jagannath gets the plot. At the last moment, Seth Karam Chand quotes a ridiculous price for the back plot, leaving the people over there to think that he has lost his senses.

When he returns home, his daughter Sulekha (Nutan) points out that their bungalow would be hidden by Lala Jagannath’s. To ensure that such a thing does not happen, Seth Karam Chand and his daughter hire an architect Rakesh (Dev Anand). A few misunderstandings and a little friction later, Rakesh gets to know Sulekha. Rakesh’s sidekick Madan (Rashid Khan) gets friendly with Sulekha’s friend (Parveen Chaudhary). A few meetings later, Rakesh and Sulekha fall in love. But only Rakesh and Madan know that Rakesh is Lala Jagannath’s son. In some very hilarious scenes, Rakesh tries to keep his parents away from Sulekha’s.

In the meantime, Rakesh makes the blueprints for the house. To make things worse, his father wants him to design their house when Seth Karam Chand has already hired him. He designs 2 different houses for them and tries to keep the design of his father’s house away from Seth Karam Chand and vice versa. The confusion begins, when his father sees the design approved by Seth Karam Chand and tells Rakesh to make the house in that design.

Sulekha and Rakesh are delayed while returning from a date and reach her home very late at night. Her parents get violent and send her off to Shimla to a relative’s place. She writes a letter to Rakesh and describes the type of room she wants in the new house. He decides to make the same type of room that she described in his home where she is expected to shift after their marriage.

Unable to live without looking at his beloved, Rakesh travels all the way from Delhi to Shimla, on his scooter. He begins to search her location on Mall Road, with half the address details. He is unable to find the place. Taking cue from a beggar, who is trying to find God, he sings this song to find his beloved.

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

The gist of the song is, “Tell me where you are, during this intoxicating night. My heart is unhappy without seeing you.”

Video: Cinematography is by V Ratra.

The video opens with Dev Anand beginning the song, on the streets, during the night time. Lights are switched on inside one house. Dev Anand goes to the window expectantly. But, the woman, who opens the window, is a senior citizen. Dev Anand is embarrassed and moves on.

He walks uphill on a sloping road. There is a lot of haze around him. Dev Anand begins to shiver in the cold. A man drops a coin into Dev Anand’s cap, which he throws back at him. Nutan is sitting on a chair studying and recognizes her beloved’s voice.

She opens her balcony door and sees him. She is very happy, but prudently closes the door of her room and comes to give him her vision. He moves away from her balcony and comes back. The song, at this moment, peters out and the video ends there.

Artists: The playback of this song was sung by Mohammad Rafi. The onscreen performers are Dev Anand, Nutan and others.

Cultural Influence: There is no cultural influence on this typically filmi song. The song and the artists are fantastic. The video is watchable for them.

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