Movie – Aaya Sawan Jhoomke (1969)
Aaya sawan jhoomke appeared in Film Yug’s romantic family drama Aaya Sawan Jhoomke (1969) – Monsoon comes swaying – produced by J Om Prakash and directed by Raghunath Jhalani. The movie starred Dharmendra, Asha Parekh, Nirupa Roy, Nazir Hussain, Aruna Irani, Bindu, Rajinder Nath, etc.
Jai Shankar (Dharmendra) is a foreign-educated man but bound to Indian culture. One day, he is supposed to attend an event and the organizers mistake him for a Singer-Performer Jaidev. It all begins with Sadhuram Sood (Rajinder Nath) assuming that he is Jaidev. Once the real Jaidev appears, one of the organizers, Aarti (Asha Parekh) takes Jai to task and insists that he sings in front of the large audience. Initially, he is hesitant. After a shower of slippers and shoes, he performs a song, which gets a “once more” request from the audience.
Jai Shankar and Aarti fall in love and decide to get married. But, Aarti insists that he has to get her father’s permission for the same. On the day Jai Shankar decides to meet her father, the elderly man dies in an accident from Jai Shankar’s car. The charges against Jai Shankar do not stay because evidence shows the senior man’s carelessness while crossing the road, had led to the accident. When Jai Shankar gets to know that the man who died under his car was Aarti’s father (Shivraj), guilt overcomes him. Aarti doesn’t know that it was Jai Shankar’s car that killed her father.
Jai Shankar’s father (Nazir Hussain) tries to compensate the death by giving Aarti a mere Rs.500. That additionally hurts her. When Jai Shankar comes to know about it, he goes into depression. He is unable to tell Aarti the truth. Neither is he able to keep it from her. It is his sister Seeta (Bindu), who inspires him to overcome his guilt and bring Aarti back out of her gloom. It is rain festival time in Jai Shankar’s forest estate and Aarti visits the laborers’ camp with Jai Shankar to participate in the festivities. They sing this song at this time.
Song – Aaya sawan jhoomke
Aaya sawan jhoomke has lyrics by Anand Bakshi and music score by Lakshmi-Pyare.
The gist of the song is, “Monsoons have arrived, swaying.”
Video – Aaya sawan jhoomke
The cinematography is by V Babasaheb. Dance choreography is by Suresh Bhatt.
The video opens with Dharmendra playing the dhol. Some girls pull Asha Parekh to join them in the dance. She indicates to some men to take Dharmendra also with them. Both the lead pair changes into traditional clothes and come out. Bindu is amused.
The lead pair appreciates each other’s appearance. Dharmendra and Asha Parekh begin to sing and dance in tune with the music. Soon, it begins to rain. They begin to enjoy and become wet in the rain. The song rises to a crescendo and ends abruptly. The video also ends there.
Mohammad Rafi and Lata Mangeshkar sing for Dharmendra and Asha Parekh. Bindu also appears in front of the camera. Others either perform with them or look on.
There is some influence of North Indian culture on this song, particularly the rain festival. The song is good and so are the artists. The video is watchable, particularly for Asha Parekh’s grace.