Mujhe dard-e-dil ka pata na tha – Mohammad Rafi – Chitragupt – Dharmendra | Akashdeep (1965)

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Movie: This song appears in the 1965 classic 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.

Shankar (Ashok Kumar) learnt early in life that money is an important part of living. In his endeavor to earn a lot of money, he struggles hard and finally establishes an empire of different industries and retail stores. One day, he visits a man, whose factory’s shares he would like to buy. He also meets the man’s daughter Bani (Nimmi). When Shankar comes to know that Bani is mute, he decides to marry her and he presents his proposal to her father. Despite her father’s warning that she might hinder the progress in his life, he insists that he wanted to get married to her.

Shankar’s younger sister Ruma (Nanda) returns home after studying in Shimla. One day, she meets Tarun (Dharmendra) and falls in love with him. Tarun is the trade union secretary at the textile mill Ashok acquires. He lives near Shankar’s younger brother Madhu (Mahmood) and they are good friends. Shankar’s younger brother Madhu is not educated despite Shankar’s insistence. Madhu continues to serve tea and snacks at their old home, also against Shankar’s wishes. Madhu is married and has a child. Shankar wants him to progress in life, but his method is not right.

Shankar has several new plans for his textile mill. He builds good and healthier houses for the millworkers nearer to the factory and tries not to throw out senior workers despite the introduction of technology. One of the directors of the mill keeps creating misunderstandings between the workers and Shankar, regarding technology and the new houses. Tarun tells the others that it is best to wait and watch.

On Madhu’s daughter’s first birthday, Ruma and Bani visit his home. Soon, a little boy comes to tell Madhu that Tarun’s mother had hurt herself. Ruma runs to Tarun’s home with Madhu and helps them in the household work. Tarun is not present at home at that point. On his return home, his mother tells him to escort Ruma home. Shankar sees them together at the gate of his home. The next day, Ruma is not herself and Shankar realizes it. He asks Bani about it and she tells him in gestures that Ruma would be happy with Tarun. Shankar promises his wife that he would not let Ruma become sad in her life.

At the office, Shankar tells Tarun that he is to be given a double promotion. Thinking that he is being given the promotion as a bribe because he is a union leader, Tarun refuses the offer. When he meets Ruma, he realizes that Shankar’s decision was based on Ruma’s feeling toward Tarun. Tarun tells her that he would not meet her again. In the next shot, Tarun is seen singing this song.

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 that the man has fallen in love with the girl. He had now realized what love was.

Video: Cinematography is by Roque M Layton.

The video begins with Nanda turning away from the camera, smiling. The music begins. It is suddenly night-time and Dharmendra is standing near the sea water on the beach. He begins to sing and goes to sit on a rock. He sees the smiling face of Nanda in the water. He watches a couple of boats a little further in the water.

The next shot is of some paintings of a man looking up to his beloved, who is sitting in front of a window at the top of a palace. Then, Nanda is seen looking out of a palanquin in a bridal dress. Dharmendra gets up and begins to walk. The moon is seen in its entire beauty and brilliance. The song peters out and the video ends as he leaves the place.

Artists: The playback has been sung by Mohammad Rafi and the onscreen performances are by Mahmood, Shobha Khote and others.

Cultural Influence: This typically filmi rendition is a romantic song sung by the hero about finding someone to live in his heart. When Rafi Sahab sings, he lives the song. No wonder, I am so crazy about his songs. The song and the artists are very good. The video is watchable for the same.

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