Aaj kal mein dhal gaya (Version 2) – Rafi/Lata – Shankar-Jaikishan – Sunil/Jamuna | Beti-Bete (1964)

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Movie – Beti-Bete (1964)

Aaj kal mein dhal gaya (Version 2) 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. He messes up while cooking rice and remembers an incident that happened when he was a child. That brings to his mind this lullaby from his childhood.

Song – Aaj kal mein dhal gaya (Version 2)

The lyrics of Aaj kal mein dhal gaya were penned by Shailendra and the music was composed by Shankar-Jaikishen.

The man remembers how his elder sister would put him to sleep with this lullaby.

Video – Aaj kal mein dhal gaya (Version 2)

The cinematographer is Dwarka Divecha.

The video opens with Jamuna thinking about her childhood. That changes to the scene of the sunset. In the next shot, Sunil Dutt is seen with tears in his eyes. He begins to sing this song and goes to sit on the balcony’s parapet wall..Jamuna also sings the song. B Saroja Devi and Shobha Khote appear and look at Sunil Dutt singing sadly. The song and the video end there.

Artists

Mohammad Rafi and Lata Mangeshkar have sung Aaj kal mein dhal gaya for Sunil Dutt and Jamuna. B Saroja Devi and Shobha Khote also appear to watch him sing.

Cultural Influence

This typical filmi song is that lullaby’s song version. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the same.

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