Movie – Aaye Din Bahar Ke (1966)
Suno Sajna papihene appeared in the Filmyug’s hit romrama Aaye Din Bahar Ke (1966), directed by Raghunath Jhalani and produced by J Om Prakash. The movie starred Asha Parekh, Dharmendra, Sulochana, Balraj Sahni, Rajinder Nath, etc.
Ravi (Dharmendra) is a college’s senior student and is on the lookout for private tuitions to help his poor mother (Sulochana) in running the house. One day, he meets a junior student Kanchan (Asha Parekh) and his prank upsets her. Circumstances are such that he is given the opportunity to teach Kanchan. When Kanchan sees him as her tutor, he manages to convince her that he is not the one, who had played the prank with her, but his twin, Prakash.
The next day, Kanchan requests Ravi to excuse her from the classes so that she can visit a tea estate, alone, which her father was planning to buy. Ravi decides to play another prank with her and follows her on his bike. He catches her unawares and teases her to his heart’s content. On a visit to his home, she gets to know that there were no twins, ever. He had been playing pranks with her. Now, she decides to play a prank with him.
When he comes to her home as a tutor, she takes him to a cold lake on top of a mountain and throws her expensive finger-ring into the water. She compels him to drop his clothes and jump into the water to find the ring. When he has found it and has given it to her, she picks up his clothes and takes them away with her. Being fully undressed, he cannot come out in front of her.
When she leaves, he comes out and makes himself decent inside a wicker basket! Then somehow, he hitchhikes back home. Since he had spent some time inside cold water, he falls ill. Ravi’s friend Anmol Ratan (Rajinder Nath) conveys his message to Kanchan. Initially, she tears off the letter. Then, she feels pity on Ravi and comes to meet him. Both have fallen in love with each other. In the next shot, she sings this song. Apparently, they have begun to date each other.
Song – Suno Sajna papihene
The song Suno Sajna papihene was penned by Anand Bakshi and the tune was composed by Lakshmi-Pyare.
The girl sing, “O Beloved, listen. The cuckoo is singing that all gardeners should be on an alert because spring has arrived.”
Video – Suno Sajna papihene
Director of Photography is V Babasaheb.
The video opens with the scenic beauty of springtime. Birds are chirping around. A female voice begins to sing this song in the background. A long shot shows Asha Parekh standing gracefully at the top of a cliff. She begins to sing and looks around for someone.
Asha Parekh perceives Dharmendra at a distance. She rapidly climbs down some steps. They come close. The next shot has them sitting in a small boat, in the middle of a lake. There is a change of dress, as well.
Next, Asha Parekh is moving on a swing, decorated with flowers. Dharmendra stops the swing and sits on it with her. He begins to swing it sideways. The song peters out and the video ends as the camera pans across the beautiful locale.
The playback of Suno Sajna papihene was sung by Lata Mangeshkar for Asha Parekh. Dharmendra is also seen in the video.
There is not much cultural influence on this typically filmi song. But, spring in several cultures is associated with the cuckoo bird. I remember 2 of my favorite English poet William Wordsworth’s poems – To the Cuckoo and The Solitary Reaper. The former poem was completely dedicated to the bird. In The Solitary Reaper, there is a line – A voice so thrilling ne’er was heard, In spring-time from the Cuckoo-bird. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for Asha Parekh’s graceful stance.