Toote hue khwabon ne – Mohammad Rafi – Salil Chowdhury – Dilip Kumar | Madhumati (1958)


Movie: This song appeared in 1958 hit rebirth drama Madhumati (a name) directed and produced by Bimal Roy under the banner of Bimal Roy Productions. The movie starred Dilip Kumar, Vaijayantimala, late Tarun Bose, late Pran, late Jayant, late Johny Walker, etc.

Devendra (Dilip Kumar) is an engineer and drives over a road in a hilly area with his colleague (Tarun Bose) to receive his wife and child at the railway station. Their path is blocked by a landslide and they take refuge in an old mansion. Devendra finds the familiarity of the house uncanny. Then he finds an old portrait in the large front room, which he recognizes. Devendra remembers incidents from another life. His friend and the old caretaker of the mansion join him as he begins to tell his story as the storm rages outside.

Anand (Dilip Kumar again) is the new manager of the Shyamnagar Timber Estate. He is a sketch artist in his spare time and roams the hills. He meets a tribal girl Madhumati (Vaijayantimala) and falls in love with her. Her songs haunt him from a distance. They often meet in the wilderness. When the owner of the lumber estate the Raja Sahab – Ugra Narayan (Pran) gets to know about their meetings; one day, he makes Anand do work overtime after 5 PM, the official closing time. Madhumati is waiting for Anand and sings a song. By the end of the song, Ugra Narayan has seen Madhumati and he is besotted with her. He tries to molest her. But, she escapes.

Soon, Madhumati’s father approves of her marriage with Anand, convinced of his sincerity. Ugra Narayan is a ruthless and arrogant man. Anand does not bend down to him and invites his wrath. Other employees have become slaves to the Raja Sahab. Anand also has foes in his staff, except Charandas (Johnny Walker). Ugra Narayan sends Anand away on an errand. Ugra Narayan’s pawn gets Charandas drunk that night. Ugra Narayan’s men trick Charandas into escorting Madhumati to Ugra Narayan’s bungalow and she disappears from there.

When Anand returns to the village and Charandas tells him about what had happened, Anand confronts the bad man and gets beaten up by the villain’s men. Anand is left for dead. But, Charandas takes him to the hospital and soon, he recovers from his wounds. Anand goes into deep sorrow, yearning for Madhumati. One day, he meets Madhavi (Vaijayantimala again) and thinks that she is Madhumati. Madhavi and her brother misunderstand Anand and he is almost beaten up again. While returning to the place they are staying, Madhavi finds the Madhumati’s sketch that Anand had made and the misunderstanding is cleared. In the next shot, Anand is seen singing this song.

Song: The music of this song was composed by Salil Chowdhury and the lyrics were penned by Shailendra.

The gist of this song is, “Broken dreams have taught me that I have lost the person, whom my heart had found.”

Video: Cinematography is by Dilip Gupta.

The video opens with Dilip Kumar walking depressed in the wilderness at night. The music has begun in the background. He sits on an outcropping and begins the song. He has tears in his eyes. He gets up and leans a little on a tree. He remembers the times he had spent with Vaijayantimala. He moves about a bungalow in the wilderness. Soon, the song peters out and the video ends as he sits on another outcropping.

Artists: The playback of this song has been sung by Mohammad Rafi and the onscreen performances are by Dilip Kumar and Vaijayantimala.

Cultural Influence: The hero is yearning for his lost beloved, the heroine. The song is good and the artists are fantastic. The video is watchable again and again.


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