Movie – Choo Mantar (1956):
Gareeb janke humko na tum bhula dena… was featured in 1956 Sadiq Productions and Shree Sound Studios’ romedy Choo Mantar (1956) directed by M Sadiq and produced by P B Billimoria. The movie starred Johnny Walker, Anita Guha, Gajanan Jagirdar, Shyama, etc.
Baijnath or Baiju (Johnny Walker) is an unemployed, slacker and flirt. He sings beautifully and all women from his village are attracted to his singing. The men always complain to his father and often, beat up Baiju for his supposed troublemaking. One day, the village Panchayat decides that they would boycott the entire family and burn down their house if Baiju is not thrown out of the village. Baiju himself decides that it is time for him to leave the village and leaves the place bag and baggage.
As he travels through a forest, he catches 2 dacoits trying to loot the belongings of an elderly stranger (S N Banerjee) and saves the older man. Baiju travels to another village with him protecting the old man and his belongings. They part ways at the outskirts of the old man’s village and he takes off further, on his own. Within minutes, he hears a girl (Anita Guha) singing a song. The girl is the princess of the kingdom and as usual, Baiju has fallen in love with her. He keeps looking at the balcony of the princess’ room. When the King (Gajanan Jagirdar) finds out that this stranger is watching the princess’ room, he gets Baiju beaten up and thrown in the jungle. But, Baiju returns and sings this song.
Song – Gareeb janke humko na tum bhula dena:
O P Nayyar and Jan Nisar Akhtar have been credited with the music and lyrics of Gareeb janke humko na tum bhula dena….
The man sings, “Don’t forget me just because I am poor. You gave me the wound. You treat it, as well.”
Video – Gareeb janke humko na tum bhula dena:
The cinematography is by Minoo Bilimoria.
The video opens with a male voice beginning the song in the background. Anita Guha and her maid are present on the screen. Gajanan Jagirdar is seen sleeping on a luxury bed. The girls realize who is singing and Anita Guha runs to the balcony to see him. It is Johnny Walker.
Johnny Walker is sitting in front of the palace singing. Gajanan Jagirdar wakes up. Anita Guha, who has been smiling at Johnny Walker, goes back inside her room and instructs her maid. There is no audio here. So, we don’t know what the instruction was.
Now, we see a dream sequence. Johnny Walker is a prince and standing at the edge of a cliff. Anita Guha is on the opposite cliff. She begins to sing. The dream shows the fact that both are separated by an abyss and cannot meet. Johnny Walker tries to go to the other side. But, he can’t.
It appears that Anita Guha has been dreaming at night. Johnny Walker is still singing the song. He has been singing the 4:44 minutes song all through the night. 🙂 The song peters out and the video also ends there.
Mohammad Rafi and Geeta Dutt sang this song for Johnny Walker and Anita Guha. Gajanan Jagirdar and other actors are also seen in the video.
This is a typical O P Nayyarian song for a Bollywood movie. I love this Mohammad Rafi rendition. The song and the video are watchable for the same.