Jo chala gaya use bhool ja – Mukesh – Naushad – Rajendra Kumar | Saathi (1968)


Movie – Saathi (1968)

Jo chala gaya use bhool ja was featured in the Venus Pictures’ C V Sridhar-directed Saathi (1968). The movie was produced by S Krishnamurthy and T Govindarajan and 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. The honeymoon gets over when 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 engrossed in his work. 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 Shanti realizes that she has become an impediment in performing his duty as a surgeon. She leaves him and boards a train, which has an accident.

Ravi gets frantic when he discovers that Shanti has left him and searches for her everywhere. Soon enough, his senior doctor gives him the information that Shanti expired in the accident. The river below the bridge where the accident took place had, probably, carried away her body. Ravi cannot forget her. But, he decides to move on in his life with this song.

Song – Jo chala gaya use bhool ja

Majrooh Sultanpuri Sahab penned the lyrics of Jo chala gaya use bhool ja and Naushad Sahab composed the tune.

The man says, “It is only right to forget the person, who has passed.”

Video- Jo chala gaya use bhool ja

The cinematography is by Marcus Bartley.

The video begins with the shots of natural locales and a trumpet blown in the background. Rajendra Kumar walks toward the camera beginning the song. He passes a Christian cemetery and sees some worker digging a grave. The lead actor turns away from the gates of a church and says that no amount of prayer could save his wife for him.

He passes below a spider’s web. I don’t understand this symbolism except that he had been released from the material bond with his wife and he was now free to do his duty as a surgeon. The song rises to a crescendo and ends at its peak. The video also ends as the camera pans the locales in a flourish.


Mukesh had sung this song for Rajendra Kumar.

Cultural Influence

This is a typical filmi very popular sad song where the hero is trying to forget the dead heroine. The music reflects the determination on the part of the hero. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the same.


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