Pardesiyon se na akhiyan milana (Sad Version) – Mohammad Rafi – Kalyanji-Anandji – Shashi Kapoor | Jab Jab Phool Khile (1965)

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This is the sad version of the song.

Movie: This song appears in the 1965 blockbuster Jab Jab Phool Khile (Whenever the Flowers Bloom) produced by P.M Sethia and H.M Sethia and directed by Suraj Prakash under the Lime Light Movies banner. The movie starred Shashi Kapoor, late Nanda, Kamal Kapoor, Shammi, Mridula, Baby Farida, etc.

Rita (Nanda), the heiress of Raj Bahadur Chunnilal (Kamal Kapoor), visits Kashmir during a holiday with her maidservant Stella (Shammi). She rents a houseboat there and becomes friends with its owner Raja (Shashi Kapoor). Raja is a naïve romantic village man, living with his younger sister Munni (Baby Farida). One evening, Rita sings the song Yeh sama sama hai yeh pyar ka… moving and prancing about the terrace of the houseboat. Raja gets impressed by it and gives her a tip, an act that was originally performed by Rita. Rita gets angry and shouts at him, telling him to be more civilized.

The next day, Rita gives him a letter to post. They exchange some information about their families. Raja decides to become literate and insists that only Rita should teach him. Raja gets some modern clothes. But, he wears them like Charlie Chaplin. When Rita sees him, she says that he is good in his original form. Rita is called away home due to her father’s accident. Raja, now literate, writes letters to her. They exchange letters and Rita promises that she would return during the next season. The next season, her fiancé Kishore (Jatin Khanna) comes ahead of her. When Raju gets to know that Rita is engaged, he is drowned in sorrow. He goes to a hilltop. Rita reaches the houseboat and waits for him. When he does not appear, she goes to his home (another boat) and asks Munni about him. Munni takes her to the hill, where he is singing this song at that time.

Song: The lyrics of this song were penned by Anand Bakshi and Kalyanji-Anandji had composed the music.

The gist of the song is, “Don’t fall in love with strangers. They will leave you one day. They don’t react to our love in the way we want. They are stones and don’t cry.”

Video: Taru Dutt’s cinematography is fantastic because he has a lot of scope with many colors to work with.

The video opens with the long shot of a hilltop. Nanda is in a boat, going toward the hill. The music has already begun. Shashi Kapoor is standing below a tree and has begun to sing. Nanda feels sad about what Shashi Kapoor is singing. Different beautiful shots of the place are shown.  Shashi Kapoor walks toward a rock and sits on it to continue to sing. Nanda climbs up the hill. The song peters out and the video ends as Nanda reaches the hilltop.

Artists: The playback of the song was sung by Mohammad Rafi and the onscreen performances are by Shashi Kapoor, Nanda and others.

Cultural Influence: This sad song is typically filmi. The hero thinks that the heroine had lied to him about her marital status. The song and the artists are very good. Well, that’s an understatement! The video is watchable for the same.

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