Woh chand khila woh tare hase – Lata/Mukesh – Shankar-Jaikishan – Nutan/Raj | Anari (1959)


Movie: This song appeared in 1959 social romantic drama Anari (An Innocent Person) directed by late Hrishikesh Mukherjee and produced by L B Lachman under the banner of L B Films. The movie starred late Raj Kapoor, late Nutan, late Motilal, late Lalita Pawar, Shubha Khote, etc.

Raj Kumar (Raj Kapoor) is honest handsome, intelligent and young. He is also a painter. But, he cannot make ends meet with his works. He is also not able to pay rent to his kind-hearted but stern-behaving landlady Mrs. D’sa (Lalita Pawar). Once, Raj finds a wallet containing a lot of money and returns it to the rightful owner Mr. Ramnath (Motilal). Ramnath likes Raj’s honesty and employs him in his office as a clerk. Raj meets Ramnath’s maidservant Asha (Nutan) as well and both fall in love soon. Raj is painting Asha’s portrait. One day, she takes him out for a date and tells him she likes to tuck flowers on her bun giving him a flower. He does not understand her and she begins this song. He joins her in it, realizing what she meant.

Song: The lyrics of this song were written by Hasrat Jaipuri and the music was composed by Shankar-Jaikishan.

The girl sings, “Look at that moon, which has just bloomed. The stars are laughing. The night is strangely erotic. Smart people have understood.” The man replies, “Those, who have not understood, are dumb.”

Video: Cinematography is by Jaywant Pathare. Dance Choreography is by Satyanarayan.

The video opens with Raj Kapoor trying to tuck a flower into Nutan’s hair bun and she moves away. The music begins and he tries again. Again she moves away. She begins to dance around and also begins to sing. At one point in time, he offers the flower that he has to her.

She refuses to take it, smiling. She sits on a low wall and continues to sing. He sits on the wall with her and offers the flower again. She, on the other hand, gets up and moves away. The song peters out and she moves away from him. The video ends as he follows her.

Artists: The playback of this song was sung by Lata Mangeshkar and Mukesh and the onscreen performances are by Nutan and Raj Kapoor.

Cultural Influence: There is not much cultural influence on this song. The song and artists are really good. The video is watchable for the same.


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