Movie: This song appears in 1965 Rangam’s frama (family drama) Akashdeep (Light in the Sky) produced and directed by Phani Majumdar. The movie starred late Ashok Kumar, Nimmi, Dharmendra, late Nanda, late Mahmood, Shobha Khote, etc.
Young Shankar realizes earlier on in his life that money is an important part of life. This song depicts his learning experience.
Song: The music of this song was composed by late Chitragupt and the lyrics were written by Majrooh Sultanpuri.
The gist of the song is, “It is dark. The sun has gone down. It is my turn now. The trader of lights has come to the city of darkness.”
Video: Cinematography is by Roque M Layton.
The video begins with the teenager playing the character of Shankar sitting down inside his home. The song begins in the background. The teenager looks out the window. The singer happens to be a lantern vendor. The vendor has hung several paper lanterns on the bamboo across his shoulders. The song peters out and the video ends as the teenager reclines on a chair.
Artists: The playback has been sung by Manna Dey.
Cultural Influence: This typically filmi rendition is one of such songs, in which a seller of lanterns gets philosophical and sings about life. The philosophy seems to be quite close to the life of the main character, who is a mere child at this point in time. The song is very good. The video is watchable for the same.