Nainowali tere naina – Mohammad Rafi – Shankar-Jaikishan – Sunil Dutt | Beti-Bete (1964)


Movie – Beti-Bete (1964)

Nainowali tere naina appears in the Prasad Productions’ Beti Bete (1964) directed and produced by L V Prasad. The movie starred Sunil Dutt, B Saroja Devi, Jamuna, Mahmood, Shobha Khote, Jayant, Agha, Rajindernath, etc.

A widower Raghu (Jayant) has 3 children – Lakshmi (Baby Farida), Ramu (Master Shahid) and Munna (Master Anwar) and is in debt. Blinded during an industrial accident, he loses his job and is admitted to the hospital. While returning home, he overhears the heartless landlord saying that instead of being blinded he should have died and thus the children could be placed in an orphanage. He leaves the place and the landlord throws out the children. During travel in a third-class compartment of a train, the 3 of them are caught without a ticket. Then Ramu gets separated from the other 2.

Ramu is found by a stage performer. He is educated and groomed for that industry. Lakshmi takes the toddler Munna to a mansion, where she is treated well by the boy Madhu in the house and ill-treated by his father. Due to Madhu, the 2 children get a shelter. Soon Munna is kidnapped because Madhu puts a gold chain around his neck. But, the kidnapper is caught by a street performer and Munna is saved.

The children grow up. Lakshmi (Jamuna) still lives in Madhu’s (Sudesh Kumar) house. Both are in love with each other. Madhu is sent abroad for higher studies not before he gives a ring to Lakshmi as a token of their engagement. His father observes this and the moment Madhu leaves the country, he snatches the ring and throws Lakshmi out of the house.

Ramu (Sunil Dutt) has grown into a handsome young man and plays the lead character of Lord Krishna in different plays for his troupe. When the owner of the troupe reveals that he brought him up to marry his daughter, Ramu runs away, in his Lord Krishna costume. He reaches the home of Parmanand (Agha), who has a daughter Saroj (B Saroja Devi). Parmanand assigns Ramu the job of a cook, though the younger man does not have any culinary skills. Ramu and Saroj fall in love with each other. Ramu is unable to cook properly. On Saroj’s recommendation, Paramanand appoints Ramu his daughter’s music teacher. When the older man leaves, Ramu sings this song for Saroj.

Song – Nainowali tere naina

The lyrics of Nainowali tere naina were penned by Hasrat Jaipuri and the music was composed by Shankar-Jaikishen.

The man is attracted to the girl’s eyes and he praises them through this song.

Video – Nainowali tere naina

The cinematographer is Dwarka Divecha. Dance choreography is by B Hiralal-Satyanarayan.

The video opens with the music beginning and the lead pair looks at each other. B Saroja Devi snatches the ladle from Sunil Dutt. Then, she flutters her eyes at him and he smiles. He chases her all over the house and they begin to dance.

Sunil Dutt begins to sing this song. The settings are good and picturized well by the cinematographer. B Saroja Devi has been given good dance steps and she completes all of them very gracefully. The song ends soon and the video also ends there.


Mohammad Rafi has sung Nainowali tere naina for Sunil Dutt. B Saroja Devi dances around.

Cultural Influence

This typical filmi song has been created in line with Rock-n-Roll music. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the same.


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