Hum bulate hi rahe – Rafi/Asha – Madan Mohan – Anoop/Shobha | Dekh Kabira Roya (1957)


My favorite singer duo – Rafi Sahab and Ashaji sings this song. 🙂

Movie: This song appeared in 1957 romedy Dekh Kabira Roya (Look, Saint Kabir is crying) produced and directed by Amiya Chakravarty. The movie starred Anita Guha, late Anoop Kumar, Jawahar Kaul, Ameeta, Daljit, Shubha Khote, Shivraj, etc.

Ranjeet (Daljit) is a poor painter and he meets a poor writer-newspaper editor Pradeep (Jawahar Kaul) in a restaurant. Ranjeet has not paid his rent for several months. A poor singer Mohan (Anoop Kumar) also meets them in the restaurant. Mohan’s neighbors are fed up with his regular riyaz. Mohan tells Ranjeet to stay in the former’s place and continue painting. Pradeep allows Mohan to sing all he wants in his office.

Mohan meets Kalpana (Shobha Khote) in Pradeep’s office and helps her publish her poem. Kalpana is a poet and fiction writer. When she gets to know that Mohan is unable to have food regularly, she takes him home and introduces him to her family as the editor Pradeep. In the confusion, Mohan is unable to tell her the truth. He stumbles upon her previous poetry and sets it to a tune. Thus, he sings this song as he plays the piano placed in the study. I wonder how a poor Indian Classical musician could know how to play the piano, which is a costly Western musical instrument!

Song: Rajinder Kishan penned the lyrics of this song and Madan Mohan composed the music.

The man says, “I continued to call you. You refrained from reacting. O Darling, what kind of love is this?” The girl replies, “Don’t trouble me this way. Don’t hurt me this way. I have said that I love you.”

Video: Cinematography is by Ajit Kumar.

The video opens with Anoop Kumar beginning to play the piano. Shobha Khote begins to dance and also joins him in the song. Soon, the song peters out and the video ends as she stops dancing to complete it in a certain pose.

Artists: The playback of this song was sung by Mohammad Rafi and Asha Bhonsle and the onscreen performances are by Anoop Kumar and Shobha Khote.

Cultural Influence: This is a typically filmi song expressing the fact that the hero and the heroine have fallen in love with each other. It is not clear whether the hero has really fallen in love with the heroine. But, the heroine appears to have. The song and the artists are very good. The video is watchable for the same.

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