Movie – Raaz (1967):
Popat hoon main pyarka 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 of how they had met each other.
In the flashback mode, Sapna explains that the lovers were separated by her father, Sarkar Nath (D K Sapru) and his henchmen. But, Kumar cannot remember anything. He also says that he had never been to this place before. Sapna shows him a locket and asks him if he did not remember the love-gift that he had given to her. He remembers this locket and that his mother’s picture is inside it.
Rocky is in love with one of Sapna’s maids, Bela (Lakshmi Chhaya). He is in the process of writing some poem and a letter wrapped around a stone is thrown on the bed near him. The letter requests Kumar to meet the writer at some ruins nearby. Rocky dresses up like Kumar and visits the place. Bela overhears some goons that they would be killing Kumar. She realizes that Kumar is in danger and tries to warn him. But, some distance into the ruins, Rocky thinks that Bela is testing him. He realizes that he is done for and begins to sing a parody of Pyar kiya toh darna kya…from Moghul-e-Azam (1960). Bela reaches there in time to see that all the goons are dead. Rocky and Bela confess their love for each other and they leave the place.
Back where they are living, Rocky confronts Kumar about his identity. Rocky also asks him where was he when he had gone hunting for a few months. Kumar brings out a diary with notes about what had happened during those few months. But, the pages have been torn. Rocky suspects that the pages were torn by Kumar himself. It appears that when Kumar came Sarkar Nath was not present in the village. Now, news of his return spreads like fire. Rocky thinks he and Kumar would have to leave due to the new development. But, Kumar is stubborn that he would stay. Rocky and Bela get married and he sings this song during the nuptials.
Song – Popat hoon main pyarka:
Noor Devasi penned the lyrics of this song Popat hoon main pyarka and Kalyanji-Anandji composed the music.
The man says, “I am a parakeet of love. I am the beloved of your highness. There are no restrictions for anything. Today is Sunday.”
Video – Popat hoon main pyarka:
The cinematography is by K Vaikunth. Dance Choreography is by Herman Benjamin.
The video starts with the camera focusing on a caged parakeet. The music begins as the camera shifts focus to I S Johar, sitting on the decorated bed. He begins to sing and gets up. I S Johar tries to be intimate with Lakshmi Chhaya. But, she moves away from him.
I S Johar chases Lakshmi Chhaya in circles around the decorated bed. She comes on to the balcony and tries to escape through a gap in the parapet. Then, she climbs down a very conveniently placed tree.
I S Johar follows her down to the ground and pours water on her through a garden hose. Soon, she gives him the slip to return the same way back to their room. She is just patting the water from her face with her dupatta when he reaches her and pushes her onto the bed.
I S Johar blocks her escape from the bed by placing the tables and chairs available in the room, around the bed. The song peters out and ends. The video also ends as the camera focuses on the caged parakeet again.
Manna Dey sang this song on playback and the onscreen performances are by I S Johar and Lakshmi Chhaya.
This is a filmi comic song, rendered by Manna Dey. The song and the artists are very good. The video is watchable for the same.