Movie – Saathi (1968)
Mera pyar bhi tu hai (sad) 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 so involved in his work that he does not realize when Shanti develops complications related to a congenital heart condition 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 gets involved in 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. Her body had been carried away by the river under the bridge where the accident had taken place. Ravi cannot forget her. But, he decides to move on in his life. He is unable to concentrate on his work and resigns his job.
In the meanwhile, Shanti is taken by a man, who considers her his own daughter, to Switzerland for her surgery, which is successful. She insists that he should not inform her husband about her recovery and is almost ready to return to India, post some rest. It is at this time that Ravi gets a message that his mentor had a heart attack and rushes back to his mentor’s side. After being convinced by Rajni, to save his mentor’s life, he decides to marry her. But, he is unable to love her as well as he did Shanti. They act like they are happy together in front of her parents and others. During Rajni’s birthday party at her friend’s home, he is reminded of Shanti and he leaves the place before the party is over.
Rajni confronts him about his behavior, in his laboratory and during the confrontation a chemical accident results in the loss of his eyesight. Due to a coincidence, Shanti, back in India, lands in Rajni’s house and takes up the assignment of being Ravi’s private nurse. One day, Ravi insists that Shanti take him outside since he was feeling suffocated inside the house. There he insists that she sing this song with him.
Song – Mera pyar bhi tu hai (sad)
Majrooh Sultanpuri Sahab penned the lyrics of Mera pyar bhi tu hai (sad) and Naushad Sahab composed the tune.
The gist of the song is, “You are my love. You are my spring. You are in my vision, O Darling. You are in beautiful scenery, too.”
Video – Mera pyar bhi tu hai (sad)
The cinematography is by Marcus Bartley.
The video begins with Rajendra Kumar beginning the song. He is sitting on some garden steps. Vaijayantimala is standing in front of him. She is sobbing. He asks her to sing and she complies with his wishes. He gets up and Vaijayantimala helps him to walk.
The scenery and the daylight shots are very good. Most of the lines are the same as the happy version. But then, Rajendra Kumar gets nostalgic and expresses the desire to be with Vaijayantimala. He does not realize that she is his nurse.
These lines are different from the happy version. She keeps sobbing all through. It’s strange that he does not hear the sobbing. Also, your voice is not stable when you are crying. Still, Rajendra Kumar, a doctor, does not realize it! The song and the video end, as they climb down some garden steps.
Mukesh and Suman Kalyanpur had sung this song for Rajendra Kumar and Vaijayantimala.
This is a typical filmi very popular song where the blind hero asks his nurse, who is the heroine and he doesn’t know it, to sing this song that brings back his memories. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the same.