Agar teri jalwa numai na hoti – Mohd. Rafi/Suman – Shankar-Jaikishan – Sunil/Saroja | Beti-Bete (1964)


Movie – Beti-Bete (1964)

Agar teri jalwa numai na hoti 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. Due to various situations, the 3 kids separate from each other.

Ramu (Sunil Dutt), who has been brought up by a theater troupe owner, has grown into a handsome young man and plays the lead character of Lord Krishna in different plays for his mentor’s troupe. When his mentor 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. Soon, Ramu and Saroj’s relationship comes out in the open in front of her father. This happens when a letter that Ramu writes for Saroj falls in the older man’s hands. When Paramanand gets angry and Ramu sings a Bhajan, Paramanand accepts the youngsters’ relationship and decides to get them married, soon.

With the green signal from Paramanand, the lead pair goes on a date and sings this song at that time.

Song – Agar teri jalwa numai na hoti

The lyrics of Agar teri jalwa numai na hoti were penned by Hasrat Jaipuri and the music was composed by Shankar-Jaikishen.

The man praises the girl, “If your style was not displayed, the entire cosmos would have been non-existent.”

Video – Agar teri jalwa numai na hoti

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

The video opens with Sunil Dutt sprinting toward the camera and smiling. The music begins as B Saroja Devi also runs over the parapet wall near a slope. She twists and turns gracefully in style and he begins to sing. She also replies and performs a few dance steps. Soon, the song peters out and the video ends as the lead pair embraces in the distance.


Mohammad Rafi and Suman Kalyanpur have sung Agar teri jalwa numai na hoti for Sunil Dutt and B Saroja Devi.

Cultural Influence

This typical filmi song is a melodious rendition by a couple of most legendary singers. The song and the artists are fantastic. The video is watchable for the same.


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