Movie – Baat Ek Raat Ki (1962)
Jo ijazat ho toh ik baat kahoon 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. But, Beni Prasad and the theater owner treat her like a money-making machine. She does not have a life for herself and she is not even allowed to meet her mother. The stress takes a toll on her. She wants to leave everything behind and run away. Her co-actor Ranjan (Chandrashekhar) comes to her rescue. He tells her that they would elope together.
That night, she is listening to this song on the gramophone when Ranjan reaches her home. He insists that they will need her money to live a peaceful life together and asks her to sign some property papers. She agrees. But, overcome by remorse, Ranjan confesses that he had been sent by someone to dupe her out of her property. Neela gets upset and grabs her gun to aim at him. The lights go off and a gunshot is heard in the darkness. When the lights come back, Ranjan is dead.
The next scene brings Neela and Rajeshwar back to the present, Rajeshwar thinks that she had killed her co-star. He is about to call the police when he realizes that he has really fallen in love with Neela. He takes her on a drive and requests her to reveal her true feelings for him. At this point, this song is being performed in the rain by some Catholic couples and the main protagonists join them.
Song – Jo ijazat ho toh ik baat kahoon
The music of Jo izazat ho toh ik baat kahoon was composed by Sachin Dev Burman and the lyrics were penned by Majrooh Sultanpuri.
The girl asks the man if she can reveal her real feelings. He replies in the affirmative.
Video – Jo ijazat ho toh ik baat kahoon
Cinematographer is K H Kapadia.
The video opens with a male dancer moving into the frame and strumming the guitar. It is raining. A female dancer also enters the camera-frame and begins to dance. The camera pans toward some other dancers, who have begun to dance.
Waheeda Rahman and Dev Anand move into the safety of a sort of cave formation, from the rain. The dancers laugh. Waheeda Rahman begins the song and Dev Anand replies to her question. They move into the rain.
They keep moving around a false Ashoka tree a la typical Bollywood style. In the next shot, the rain has stopped and there is a campfire burning. Dev Anand is warming himself on it. Waheeda Rahman is standing behind her sari that is spread out to dry.
Then, Waheeda Rahman is back with Dev Anand, wearing the sari. He whisks her away from the group of dancers. They are standing near a formation similar to a gazebo, located at the top of some stairs. Soon, the song peters out and the video ends there.
Asha Bhonsle and Mohammad Rafi have sung for Waheeda Rahman and Dev Anand. Some dancers also perform onscreen here.
This typically filmi song has not much cultural influence on it. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the same.