Meri beena tum bin roye – Lata/Asha – Madan Mohan – Ameeta/Anita/Shobha | Dekh Kabira Roya (1957)



Meri beena tum bin roye 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 the former’s office.

Mohan meets Kalpana (Shobha Khote) in Pradeep’s office and helps her publish her poem in Pradeep’s newspaper. Kalpana is a poet and fiction writer. When she gets to know that Mohan is unable to have food regularly (due to his poverty- the reason is not known to her), 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 tells her to visit the restaurant to meet him later in the day. There, she meets her friend Rekha (Anita Guha), who has incidentally come to meet Pradeep there. Initially, they avoid each other. But soon, they realize that both of them have fallen in love and return home merrily singing a song together. Geeta (Ameeta) is in love with Ranjeet’s looks and Mohan’s voice, without knowing that these are 2 different people.

Soon, fed up of the unintended impersonations by them, Ranjeet and Pradeep decide to stick to their real professions and announce the same (without revealing that those are their real professions) to their girlfriends Rekha and Geeta. However, the girls are unable to accept it. The guys are in jeopardy since they do not want to lose the girls. They meet at the restaurant and are deep in thoughts to sort out the issue. Right then, their favorite waiter (Sunder) suggests that they learn the skills their girlfriends like. The guys go to a public place and try to learn the skills from each other. In their absence, the girls only think of the guys and sing this song yearning for them.

Song – Meri beena tum bin roye:

Rajinder Kishan penned the lyrics of Meri beena tum bin roye and Madan Mohan composed the music.

The girls yearn for their beloveds and are sad that they are not near them.


The cinematography is by Ajit Kumar.

The video opens with Ameeta moving toward the Veena (stringed musical instrument) and sitting near it. Then, she begins to sing. She moves around the house singing. Elsewhere, Anita Guha is sketching and begins to sing as well. She is sketching the picture of Jawahar Kaul. She moves around her room holding the sketch.

Now, Anita Guha is lying on the bed holding the sketch. She has tears in her eyes. Ameeta is shown singing briefly and then the scene switches to Shobha Khote’s home in the movie. Shobha Khote is in the balcony and begins to sing. She sits on a chair near a study table and tears a paper from a writing pad. Then, she allows the wind to take the paper.

Shobha Khote continues to sing and walks around the balcony thoughtfully. Then, the camera shows all the 3 heroines one at a time singing the song. When Ameeta is shown, the song peters out and the video ends as she is seen leaning on her Veena.


The playback of this song was sung by Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhonsle and the onscreen performances are by Ameeta, Anita Guha and Shobha Khote.

Cultural Influence:

This is a typically melodious filmi sad song, with the singers yearning for their beloveds. The song and the artists are very good. The video is watchable for the same.


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