Movie – Aan (1952)
Aaj mere dil mein Sakhi was featured in India’s first Technicolor film Aan (1952) produced and directed by Mehboob Khan, under the banner of Mehboob Productions. Shot in 16mm Gevacolor and blown up in Technicolor, this movie was released in the US and the UK as The Savage Princess. Starring Dilip Kumar, Nadira (debut), Premnath, Nimmi, etc., it was not only the most expensive movie ever made in those days but also the highest-grossing Indian movie ever within and outside the country, at that time. It was subtitled and released in 17 languages in 28 countries and its Tamil dubbed version was Aan (Murattu Adiyaal).
Villager Mangala (Nimmi) is in love with Jai Tilak (Dilip Kumar), but the feelings are not reciprocated by him. Mangala keeps hoping that he might soften his approach toward her. Jai Tilak is on his way to participate in a contest thrown open by the king of the region. Mangala sings this song at this time.
Song – Aaj mere dil mein Sakhi
Shakeel Badayuni has penned the lyrics of Aaj mere dil mein Sakhi and Naushad Sahab has composed the tune.
The girl reveals that she is in love with someone and thinks that he is also in love with her.
Video – Aaj mere dil mein Sakhi
The cinematography is by Faredoon A Irani. Dance choreography is by Krishna Kumar-Surya Kumar.
The video opens with Dilip Kumar and Nimmi beginning the aalap. He is standing over a rock that is jutting out of the ground. She is sitting on a horse with a sword and a bag. The music begins as he swims in the river.
The scenery is beautiful. Though the technique is primitive, the color effects are actually good. Nimmi climbs down from the horse and throws the sword and the bag to Dilip Kumar. She dances around the fields.
Soon, he rides on the horse toward her and picks her up onto the animal. The song peters out and the video ends there.
Lata Mangeshkar sings this song for Nimmi. Dilip Kumar rides on the horse. Other actors look on.
There is not much cultural influence on this song. But, I do suspect some classical music influence because it was composed by Naushad Sahab. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the same.