Sunle tu dil ki sada – Mohammad Rafi – S D Burman – Dev Anand | Tere Ghar Ke Samne (1963)


This song appears twice in the movie. The video that I got from the net had both the songs in it. But, I have chosen to review the first version only, which the hero sings for the heroine.

Movie: This song appears in the movie Tere Ghar Ke Samne (In Front of Your House), a romedy that was a major hit in India when it was initially released in 1963. The movie was produced by 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 from 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.

He meets Sulekha in Shimla with a lot of difficulties coming his way. When they all return to Delhi, Sulekha gets to know from Rakesh that he is building the Lala’s house as well and he is the Lala’s son. She gets offended and angry with him. Sulekha’s brother army officer Ranjit aka Ronnie (Ranjinder Nath) returns on a vacation and compels Rakesh to come for his birthday party. Sulekha is still angry with Rakesh, so under Ronnie’s insistence; Rakesh sings this song to placate her.

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

The gist of the song is, “Listen to the call of my heart. Decorate my love with yours. Alas, even a glimpse of your anger can loot my happiness and peace. Mingle with everybody because this kind of get-together may not happen again.”

Video: Cinematography is by V Ratra.

The video opens with Dev Anand beginning the song. The music begins when the profile of Nutan is seen. Rajinder Nath asks Zarine Katrak to come and sit with him. Nutan sits hidden from Dev Anand’s view, behind a pillar. He goes and sits in a chair. Nutan is in sorrow.

Nutan peeps at Dev Anand from the gap between the pillar and the wall. He also looks at her through the gap. But, Nutan withdraws from there and moves out of the room. Dev Anand pulls out a white handkerchief, probably as a symbol of peace. Then he pushes it inside the breast pocket of his coat.

He takes a plate and serves a piece of the birthday cake in it to her. She takes the plate smilingly and goes out into the garden with it. Dev Anand continues to sing looking at her through the glass window. The song ends there and there is an abrupt change in scene to another get-together.

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

Cultural Influence: There is no special cultural influence on this song. The song is good and so are the artists. The video is watchable for the song and the artists.


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