Movie – Saathi (1968)
Husn-e-Jana idhar aa featured in the Venus Pictures’ C V Sridhar-directed Saathi (1968). The movie, produced by S Krishnamurthy and T Govindarajan, starred Rajendra Kumar, Vaijayantimala, Simi Garewal, Pahari Sanyal, David, Veena, Sanjeev Kumar, Ram Mohan, Shashi Kapoor, Nanda, Shabnam, D K Sapru, Pratima Devi, etc.
Ravi (Rajendra Kumar) returns from abroad, having completed his medical education and takes up a position as chief surgeon in a hospital. He meets Nurse Shanti (Vaijayantimala) and finds their outlook on life is similar. Shanti’s mother is suffering from cancer and dies while Ravi is operating on her. Realizing his responsibility post the death of her mother, he promises marriage to her.
On the other hand, his mentor (Pahari Sanyal) and his family are interested in marrying him to their daughter Rajni (Simi Garewal). But, Ravi’s mentor realizes Ravi’s responsibility toward Shanti and blesses them. Ravi and Shanti get married and the hospital permits them to go on a honeymoon. I am not really convinced about the plot. Ravi married Shanti only out of duty toward her. But, the couple is shown to be romantically involved. I am not really sure there could be romance in such a couple. Ravi’s senior doctor (David) finds that Ravi has been too involved with Shanti. So, he visits their home and convinces her to make Ravi concentrate on cancer research. Shanti convinces her husband to avoid distractions and get back to his work.
Ravi gets so involved in his work that Shanti develops complications due to a congenital heart defect and only surgery can save her. By the time Ravi gets to know about it, she is too weak and in no position to tolerate an operation. Ravi takes over the charge to treat her to health and sings this song when she does not like him cleaning her feet while sponging. Indian women, at least those of yore, thought their husband to be someone to revere.
Song – Husn-e-Jana idhar aa
Majrooh Sultanpuri Sahab penned the lyrics of Husn-e-Jana idhar aa and Naushad Sahab composed the tune.
The man says, “O Beautiful Woman, come close. I am your mirror. I know how beautiful you are.”
Video- Husn-e-Jana idhar aa
The cinematography is by Marcus Bartley.
The video begins with Rajendra Kumar trying to convince Vaijayantimala that he also has some duties toward her. He begins to sing this song and brushes her hair. The leading man applies vermilion on the parting of her hair. He also takes over the duty of feeding her as she had done while he was researching. With the song petering off, he soothes her to sleep and the video also ends there.
Mukesh had sung this song for Rajendra Kumar and Vaijayantimala looks on.
This is a typical filmi very popular sad song, depicting the hero’s devotion toward the heroine. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the same.