Movie – Shikar (1968)
Mere sarkar meri aahonka asar was featured in Guru Dutt Films’ murder mystery Shikar (1968), produced and directed by Atma Ram. The movie starred Asha Parekh, Dharmendra, Sanjeev Kumar, Helen, Rahman, Ramesh Deo, Bela Bose, Johnny Walker, etc.
Ajay (Dharmendra) is the manager of Timli Estate and works under Naresh (Ramesh Deo). Late one rainy night, Ajay finds a girl (Asha Parekh) getting involved in an accident in front of his home. He fetches the unconscious girl and makes her comfortable on his bed. Ajay goes to fetch a doctor. But, on the way, he finds that his boss Naresh has been murdered.
By morning, having fetched Police Inspector Rai (Sanjeev Kumar); Ajay realizes that the evidence has disappeared or has been tampered with. Ajay takes Rai to meet the unconscious girl, he met the previous night. But, she has also already disappeared due to the negligence of Ajay’s manservant Teju (Johnny Walker). Now, Rai thinks that Ajay has been hallucinating because he hadn’t slept properly the previous night.
A few days later on a chance visit to a dance performance, he perceives the same girl. It turns out that she is Kiran, the daughter of a retired police officer. He still suspects that she has some connection with Naresh’s death. But, post an altercation with her; he falls in love with each other. They begin to date. But, her father Retired Police Commissioner (Rahman) is not interested in their meeting. He is interested in the progress of the Naresh murder case and calls up Rai to keep tabs.
In the meantime, Naresh’s assistant Veera (Helen) has a secret to hold back from the world and is flirting with both Ajay and Rai. One day, she invites Rai to her home and tries to seduce him. He ends up finding an envelope from a book, which she had brought from Naresh’s home. Rai begins to investigate the envelope and has been nearing his destination when the retired police commissioner goes to Delhi to get the fingerprint reports of the Naresh murder case.
While going, he warns Kiran not to go out of the house in his absence. Kiran disregards her father’s warning and meets Ajay. While passing Naresh’s home, Ajay perceives Veera searching one of the rooms. He immediately goes inside and tries to find out more about it. Veera begins to flirt with him and is hugging him when Kiran sees them together. While going out, Veera tries to create a misunderstanding between the couple. Kiran stomps out of the house, followed by Ajay. As Kiran begins to drive the jeep in which they had come, Ajay enters the back end of the vehicle. Kiran is unable to go ahead because the jeep’s petrol tank becomes empty.
It is that this moment that Ajay sings this song.
Song – Mere sarkar meri aahonka asar
Mere sarkar meri aahonka asar was penned by Hasrat Jaipuri and its music was scored by Shankar-Jaikishan.
The man sings, “Did you see the effect of my sobs?” The girl replies, “Yes, I have seen.”
Video – Mere sarkar meri aahonka asar
The cinematography is by V K Murthy.
The video opens with Asha Parekh’s jeep stopping in the middle of the road and her lamenting that the petrol tank is empty. Dharmendra appears from the back passenger seat and begins to sing. She replies in an offended manner.
They get down from the jeep. Asha Parekh goes and kicks one of the tyres of the vehicle to jump at one place lifting the hurt foot. She begins to walk away from the road, limping. He tries to stop her by warning about the wild animals in the forest.
Asha Parekh does not heed the warning and continues to walk, normally. Having seen a tiger, she runs back to him and hugs him. Soon, the song peters out and the video ends as both lean on a tree.
Mahendra Kapoor and Krishna Kalle sing for Dharmendra and Asha Parekh.
This beautiful song does not have any cultural influence on it. The song is fantastic. The video is watchable for Asha Parekh’s graceful movements.