Movie – Choo Mantar (1956)
Humne jab dil tha diya… 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 a song.
Again, Baiju is beaten up and this time he is thrown in the river. The elderly stranger, he had helped turns out to be a fisherman and the old man catches the unconscious Baiju while fishing. The old man has a daughter Sawli (Shyama) and she is in love with Mahesh (Karan Dewan), the son of a rich man, who is always ill. Looking at the condition of Baiju, Sawli runs to get the local physician. At the physician’s home, she is told that the physician had gone to see Mahesh’s father. Just before this song, Sawli asks Mahesh if his father is dead. Mahesh’s attitude is also the same. I did not like that. Elderly people need our care because they often cannot take care of themselves. The couple is waiting for the death of the rich man. The very attitude is downright revolting.
Song – Humne jab dil tha diya
O P Nayyar and Jan Nisar Akhtar were credited with the music and lyrics of Humne jab dil tha diya…
The man sings, “When I had lost my heart to you, you had promised something to me.”
Video – Humne jab dil tha diya
Cinematography is by Minoo Bilimoria.
The video opens with Shyama dancing to the tune of the music that has already begun. Karan Dewan begins the song and she joins him in it. He perches himself on a raised platform and sits on it. Soon, the song peters out and the video ends as she comes to stand with him and stops dancing.
Shamshad Begum and Mohammad Rafi sang this song for Shyama and Karan Dewan.
This is a typical O P Nayyarian song for a Bollywood movie. The song and the artists are good and the video is watchable for the same.