Akele hain chale aao (Female) – Lata Mangeshkar – Kalyanji-Anandji – Babita | Raaz (1967)

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Movie:

Akele hain chale aao appeared in 1967 Sippy Films’ thriller Raaz (secret) directed by Ravindra Dave and produced by G P Sippy. The movie starred late Rajesh Khanna (debut), Babita (debut), I S Johar, Asit Sen and others.

Living in Africa, Kumar (Rajesh Khanna) is actually of Indian origin. He sees dreams of an Indian railway station called Viran Nagar, repeatedly. He is curious and travels to India with his friend, Rocky (I S Johar). They reach Viran Nagar railway station, which looks the same as Kumar had seen in his dreams. The locals are frightened on seeing Kumar like they have seen a ghost. Thus, the friends do not get a ride to their destination. They trick a horse cart driver and finally reach their destination. They find a place to stay on temporary-basis and leave their luggage there to unravel the mystery of Kumar’s dreams. That night, Kumar finds a girl (Babita) singing this eerie song.

Song – Akele hain chale aao (Female):

Shamim Jaipuri has penned the lyrics of this song Akele hain chale aao and Kalyanji-Anandji composed the music.

The girl is sad and is looking for her beloved, who is lost.

Video:

The cinematography is by K Vaikunth.

The video starts with the shot of a large mansion and the camera going back. There is mist around and the song begins in the background. Rajesh Khanna is seen turning to look around the place for the source of the song. A ghostly female figure in white is seen inside a tower. Rajesh Khanna is attracted to the source of the song.

He walks among the forest trees toward the source. A lady in white is seen in the mist. He perceives the lady on top of a bare mountain. When he reaches the top, she is gone! The lady is singing the song within the misty environment. The close-up reveals that she is Babita. When Rajesh Khanna tries to reach her, again she is gone by the time he arrives there.

When he reaches a particular place where plants with white flowers have grown, Rajesh Khanna feels an acute pain. The song peters out and the video ends as Rajesh Khanna reaches a position from where he can see the hill-top mansion.

I wonder why Rajesh Khanna is seen alone in this song. Why is I S Johar not with him? They appear to have been close friends and were together trying to unravel the mystery.

Artists:

Lata Mangeshkar sings this song on playback and the onscreen performances are by Babita and Rajesh Khanna.

Cultural Influence:

One of the haunting melodies sung by the nightingale of Bollywood, Lata Mangeshkar, this is another filmi song of the eerie type. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the same.

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