Apna hai phir bhi apna appears in the social frama Bhai-Bhai (1956) directed by M V Raman and produced by A V Meiyappan for A V M Productions.
Ashok (Ashok Kumar) is the owner of Superior Motors, which has branches in Bombay (Mumbai now), as well. He is the ideal caring and loving husband to the perfect wife Lakshmi (Nirupa Roy). They have a naughty little son Munna (Daisy Irani). Lakshmi is always at the service of her husband.
One day, Ashok starts on a trip to Mumbai and Lakshmi requests him to look out for his brother, whom they had lost 15 years back. In Mumbai, Raja (Kishore Kumar) is a pickpocket and meets the street performer Rani (Nimmi), one day. Raja helps Rani when her father is struck by a fast car. The car is being driven by Sangeeta (Shyama), who is driving Ashok to his destination. Sangeeta is Ashok’s Mumbai manager Bulbul’s (Om Prakash) sister. Ashok saves Sangeeta from prosecution in the accident.
Soon, Ashok is ensnared by Bulbul and Sangeeta, who happen to be husband-wife and not siblings. In the meantime, Raja picks the pocket of Ashok and realizes that they are long-lost brothers. Raja visits Ashok’s home and realizes that his brother is being trapped by Sangeeta. When Ashok sees Raja, this song is heard in the background.
Song – Apna hai phir bhi apna:
Rajinder Kishan penned the lyrics of this song and Madan Mohan composed its music.
The man does not realize that the other man is his brother, though he feels some kind of attachment toward the other man.
The cinematography is by T Muthuswamy.
The video opens with the close-up of Ashok Kumar. He appears to be feeling something nice for Kishore Kumar, who happens to be his brother in the movie as well as in reality. Kishore Kumar is leaving because he is disgusted about the way Ashok Kumar is being entrapped by the pair of criminals.
Kishore Kumar realizes that it is of no use talking to him at this moment. Thus, he walks briskly toward the main door but stops there to turn back. He looks back at his brother, who has not realized their relationship. Ashok Kumar moves toward Kishore Kumar thinking of perhaps talking to him. Kishore Kumar looks at his elder brother with hope.
But then, Ashok Kumar is stopped by some inhibitions. So, Kishore Kumar leaves. Ashok Kumar turns to see that the other man is gone and approaches the door to look out for him. The song and the video end there.
Mohammad Rafi has sung this song on the playback Kishore Kumar and Ashok Kumar have their onscreen presence in it.
This typically filmi song is a slow, sad one. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the same.