Na dar Sanam – Asha Bhonsle – Madan Mohan – Minoo Mumtaz | Aakhri Daao (1958)


Movie: This song appears in 1958 drama Aakhri Daao (the Last Bet) produced by L S Agarwal under the banner of Movie Stars Production and directed by Mahesh Kaul. The movie starred Shekhar, late Nutan, Shammi, late Johny Walker, late Tun Tun, Mirajkar, late Kamal Kapoor, etc.

Raj Kumar Saxena (Shekhar) is a car mechanic and is ensnared into engagement with a South Indian Muthuswami Chettiar’s (Mirajkar) daughter (Tun Tun) by his own friend Popat Lal Shah (Johny Walker). For the engagement, Popat Lal takes him to a laundrywoman Chabili’s (Shobha Khote) shop and gets him one of her client’s expensive suits. They also take a rich man’s car for the purpose. However, on the way, Raj Kumar’s car splashes dirty rainwater on Sheila’s (Nutan) sari. To compensate for the happening, Raj Kumar takes her to a dry cleaner’s where they clean the dress as she waits wearing a towel. He also gets her high-heeled shoes repaired.

Sheila misunderstands that he is a rich man named Pyarelal D Gupta (Kamal Kapoor). When the dress is ready for her to wear, Sheila and Nargis leave. Since the time, Raj Kumar had set his eyes on Sheila; he had fallen in love with her. It appears that even she had also fallen in love with him. The real Pyarelal is a wayward man and he visits Sheila’s dance class to have a look at her. She is his next intended victim. Raj Kumar, also, goes out and leaves the place in the car.

Pyarelal sees that Raj Kumar is using his car to meet Sheila. When Raj Kumar returns the car to the garage, he is almost beaten up for using the car as well as using someone else’s suit. But, he loses his job. While leaving Pyarelal tells Raj Kumar to meet him, if he needed a job. Maina (Minoo Mumtaz) is a nautch girl and she loves Raj Kumar. After losing his job, Raj Kumar decides to drive a cab and takes the vehicle to the place where he met Sheila for the first time. When Sheila and Nargis pass that way, he is watching her hidden inside his cab. Soon, Pyarelal passes that way in his car with a girl. Nargis and Sheila (reluctantly) follow the wayward man and reach his office. Raj Kumar is following the girls in his cab. The girl with Pyarelal is Maina. One of the employees of Pyarelal, when asked, tells the girls that Maina is Pyarelal’s sister.

The girls return happily and end up sitting in Raj Kumar’s cab. Soon, Raj Kumar and Sheila meet and he realizes that her father is indebted to a money-lender. Raj Kumar begs for Rs. 5000 everywhere. But, his request is rejected by everybody and he lands in Pyarelal’s casino to gamble. He is taken by Maina’s broker Jangi (Jeevan) to the casino. The moment Raj Kumar wins the required sum, he decides to leave. Jangi wants him to play the last game to get Maina, who is in Pyarelal’s custody, released. But, Raj Kumar is adamant on leaving. Maina performs this song at this time.

Song: The lyrics of this song were penned by Majrooh Sultanpuri and the music was composed by Madan Mohan.

She says, “Don’t fear, dear. Place the last bet.”

Video: Cinematography is by Ratan L Nagar. Dance choreography is by Satyanarayan.

The video begins with Shekhar trying to move out of the casino. The music has already begun. Minoo Mumtaz begins to sing and dance trying to convince him to return to the gambling table. Shekhar begins to play the final card game with Kamal Kapoor. Jeevan is assisting Shekhar in the game.

Jeevan and Kamal Kapoor eye each other in agreement about something. Minoo Mumtaz says that if Shekhar wins, it would be like she has won the bet. She climbs up on the table and moves in rhythm. Kamal Kapoor decides to cheat and fishes out a card from the inside pocket of his coat.

Immediately, Minoo Mumtaz warns Shekhar that something is fishy. The music rises to a crescendo and the video ends as Jeevan places all the remaining money on the table saying, “Show.”

Artists: The playback singer is Asha Bhonsle and onscreen performances are by Minoo Mumtaz, Shekhar, Jeevan, Kamal Kapoor and others.

Cultural influence: Minoo Mumtaz convinces the hero to gamble and also warns him of the treachery by the villains. The song and the artists are fantastic. The video is watchable for the same.


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