Raat akeli hai – Asha Bhonsle – S D Burman – Tanuja | Jewel Thief (1967)



This song Raat akeli hai appears in 1967 hit spy thriller Jewel Thief produced by late Dev Anand and directed by late Vijay Anand. The movie starred Dev Anand, Vaijayantimala, late Ashok Kumar, late Nazir Hussain, Tanuja, Helen, Faryal, Anju Mahendru, etc.

Vinay (Dev Anand), an ordinary young man, lives with his father police commissioner (Nazir Hussain) and his mother in Bombay (Mumbai now). His father is upset with him for not learning any skills and spending his time only examining precious stones and jewelry. In this scenario, there is a jewel thief, who baffles them continuously. Vinay’s parents are surprised when they get to know that he has secured a job with the leading jeweler Vishambarnath at a salary of Rs.10000. Vinay also meets Vishambarnath’s pretty daughter Anjali (Tanuja).

The jubilation is short-lived and Vinay begins to be constantly mistaken for a similar looking jewel thief Amar. Even a girl called Shalini (Vaijayantimala) comes forward to claim him to be Amar, her fiancé. Vinay proves that he is not Amar and helps them and the police in finding the elusive Amar. In the midst of these things happening in his life, Vinay and Shalini initially become friends and get involved romantically. Shalini gifts him a suit of a trifle different style than his. They go on a small picnic together and she remembers Amar, whose style created ripples in her heart.

Amar had gifted a diamond solitaire ring to Shalini, which turns out to be stolen jewelry. Soon, the ring is snatched away from her by Amar’s henchmen. In the meantime, Vinay gets a new double-paying job with Vishambarnath. The role involves carving jewelry out of uncut diamonds. He has to work in the nights only. The next day, Vinay waits for his boss in front of the shop and the man does not turn up. Vinay goes to the boss’ home where Anjali catches hold of him and sings this song to convince him of her love for him.

Song – Raat akeli hai:

The music of this song was composed by late S D Burman and the lyrics were penned by late Majrooh Sultanpuri.

This is a cabaret-style romantic song, in which the girl teases the man.


The cinematography is by V Ratra.

The video begins with Dev Anand looking around for his boss. The lights are switched off one at a time by an unseen person. He tries to read a magazine. But, the darkness hinders this activity. Instead of reading lights, colorful lights are switched on. He calls out to his boss. When the older man does not appear, he calls out to Tanuja.

Tanuja walks out behind a curtain and begins the song. Dev Anand is amused. She moves out of the curtain and begins to dance to the tune of the song. Then, she runs to hug him. He decides to leave. But, she closes the glass doors to lock him in. She comes back inside to try and get intimate with him. He draws himself away from all her advances.

As Tanuja dances, she makes 2 whiskey goblets. She gives one goblet to him and continues to sing holding the other one. He tries to escape. But, she pulls him into her bedroom. He, finally, runs out of the room to open the main door and is surprised at the spectacle in front of him. The song rises to a crescendo and ends. So, does the video.


Asha Bhonsle has sung the song on playback. The onscreen performances are by Tanuja and Dev Anand.

Cultural influence:

This is a typically filmi cabaret dance performed by the other heroine of the movie to attract the hero. The song is melodious and rendered very well by Ashaji. It is watchable for the same.


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