Peeke hum tum jo chale aaye hain – Asha/Usha – Shankar-Jaikishan – Helen/Nanda | Gumnaam (1965)

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Movie: This song appeared in 1965 hit suspense thriller Gumnaam (Anonymous or Unknown) produced by N N Sippy and directed by Raja Nawathe under the banner of Prithvi Pictures. The movie starred Manoj Kumar, late Nanda, late Pran, Helen, late Mahmood, late Dhumal, Manmohan, late Madan Puri, late Tarun Bose, etc.

8 people including Asha (Nanda) win a trip to a foreign country in a chartered plane. The others include Barrister Rakesh (Pran), Dharamdas (Dhumal), Kishan (Manmohan), Dr. Acharya (Madan Puri), Madhusudan Sharma (Tarun Bose) and Kitty Kelly (Helen). When they reach an island, the pilot informs them that the plane has to undergo an emergency landing on the island. When all of them including the plane’s crew member Anand (Manoj Kumar) get down from the plane, it takes off stranding all the passengers on the island.

As they try and find a way out, they hear ominous laughter and then a lady singing a song. They venture into the jungle and find a bungalow cared by the butler (Mahmood). The butler has been informed that a group of people is expected there. The group receives a letter from the butler written by the person, who had organized the plot to collect these people there. One by one, Kishan, Dharamdas, Madhusudan Sharma and Dr. Acharya are killed. Everybody keeps suspecting the other. Finally, the suspicion falls on Anand with Dr. Acharya’s dying words being, “Anand!” Nanda is dejected in love and is also frightened that the next turn would be hers. Kitty convinces her into having alcohol and she does. Then, both sing this song in an intoxicated state.

Song: The music of this song was composed by Shankar-Jaikishan and the lyrics were penned by Hasrat Jaipuri.

The girl sings, “Since we both have come to this get-together drunk, our revelry will make others also happy.”

Video: Cinematography is by K H Kapadia. Dance choreography is by Herman Benjamin-Surya Kumar-P L Raj-Satyanarayan.

The video opens with Helen beginning the song in an intoxicated state. She also begins to dance in that state. Nanda joins her in the song and dance. Manoj Kumar sees Nanda drinking and is not very pleased. Nanda also sees him and nudges Helen to look in his direction.

Helen approaches him staggering and addresses him in the song. Nanda also gives him a filled glass to drink. He is not happy with the turn of events. The 2 girls come close to him. The song peters out and the video ends as he pushes Helen away.

Artists: The playback of this song was sung by Asha Bhonsle and Usha Mangeshkar and the onscreen performances are by Helen, Nanda and Manoj Kumar.

Cultural Influence: This is a typically filmi song. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the same.

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