Akele hain chale aao (Male) – Mohammad Rafi – Kalyanji-Anandji – Rajesh/Babita | Raaz (1967)

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Movie:

Akele hain chale aao (Male) 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. Soon, he is face-to-face with the girl. Her name is Sapna and tells him that they were in love with each other. Unfortunately, Kumar does not remember anything. For him, Sapna is just a shadow in his dreams. Sapna tries to help him remember by singing a song. After the song, Kumar requests her to tell him how did they know each other since he did not know anything about it. Sapna reminds him how they had met each other. Flashback begins. The first meeting that leads Sapna to fall in love with Kumar is not as dramatic as it needs to be. If it is real love, it cannot happen without some drama and mainly if it’s in a Bollywood movie.

Kumar is also in love with Sapna. Her father, Sarkar Nath (D K Sapru) summons him to his home and threatens of dire consequences for an act he had done in a previous scene – the act of saving an old female worker from the ill-treatment of a Sarkar Nath henchman. Soon, Sarkar Nath gets to know about Sapna’s affair with Kumar and restricts her from meeting him. When Sapna does not arrive at the place of their rendezvous; Kumar sings this song, pining for her.

Song – Akele hain chale aao (Male):

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

The man is pining for his beloved and beckoning her through this song.

Video:

The cinematography is by K Vaikunth.

The video starts with Rajesh Khanna leaning on the trunk of a large tree in the forest. As the music begins, he moves away from that position. Soon, he begins to sing this song. He moves about the wilderness, continuing to sing the song. This song is similar to the female version in that the shots show the wilderness through several different angles. But, in contrast to the female version, this one is shot in the daytime.

Artists:

Mohammad Rafi sings this song on playback and the onscreen performances are by Rajesh Khanna.

Cultural Influence:

This is another sad, beautiful but filmi song, rendered by Mohammad Rafi. The song and the artists are very good. The video is watchable for the same.

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