Movie – Baat Ek Raat Ki (1962)
Sheeshe ka ho ya patthar ka dil appeared in Alankar Chitra’s Baat Ek Raat Ki (A Tale of One Night), a 1962 thriller directed by Shankar Mukherjee. The movie starred Dev Anand, Waheeda Rehman, Johnny Walker, Chandrashekhar, Asit Sen, etc.
Neela (Waheeda Rehman) is arrested for murder. Thinking she did it, she confesses. Then the well-known lawyer Rajeshwar (Dev Anand) takes up her case. Though she accepts her guilt; when he tries to investigate the case, he realizes that there is a lot to it than meets the eye. Why would Neela be present at the scene of the crime, in the first place? To complicate matters, Neela has lost her memory.
After convincing the police commissioner, Rajeshwar brings Neela to his home. Now that she was in Rajeshwar’s home, he tries to help her recover from amnesia. Under the advice of her psychiatrist, Rajeshwar pretends to be in love with her. Soon, she succumbs to his wooing and reveals to him how she rose to stardom from a street performer due to the inspiration of the play director Beni Prasad. This is the song she sings with the hero of one of the performances on stage (Chandrashekhar), at the zenith of her popularity.
Song – Sheeshe ka ho ya patthar ka dil
The music of Sheeshe ka ho ya patthar ka dil was composed by Sachin Dev Burman and the lyrics were penned by Majrooh Sultanpuri.
The man has fallen in love with a statue. He wishes that the heart of the statue wouldn’t have been made up of stone. The girl replies that love can convert even a heart made up of glass or stone into the one made of flesh and blood.
Video – Sheeshe ka ho ya patthar ka dil
Cinematographer is K H Kapadia.
The video opens with an actor moving toward a white statue. He begins to sing standing near the statue. The camera goes toward the actor. At close-up shot, the man turns out to be Chandrashekhar. He has a rose in his hand, which he throws at the statue.
The close-up shot of the statue reveals that it is Waheeda Rahman. When the rose touches Waheeda Rahman, she blinks open her eyes and smiles. Then, she disappears. Chandrashekhar looks around for her.
The set is made up of several small mountains. Some girls come into the sets from behind a mountain and run into the stage. Waheeda Rahman comes into the stage and begins to dance and sing. Chandrashekhar keeps following her. There is a change of scene and dress.
Soon, Chandrashekhar becomes an evil man and chases her. Waheeda Rahman returns to her place and turns again into a statue. Chandrashekhar is seen sitting at its feet. The song rises to a crescendo and stops abruptly. The video also ends there with the audience’s applause.
Mohammad Rafi Sahab and Lata Mangeshkar have sung for Chandrashekhar and Waheeda Rahman. Several other actors look on.
The song Sheeshe ka ho ya patthar ka dil does not appear to have much cultural influence on it, though there are several folk tales, in India and elsewhere, of sculptors creating statues and the later turning into human beings. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the same.