Yeh shama toh jali – Mohammad Rafi – Lakshmi-Pyare – Dharmendra | Aaya Sawan Jhoomke (1969)


Movie – Aaya Sawan Jhoonke (1969)

Yeh shama toh jali 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 Arti 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.

One day, during a picnic with Seeta and Aarti, Jai Shankar perceives his brother-in-law Rajesh (Ravindra Kapoor) romancing a Cabaret Dancer Rita (Lakshmi Chaya). Jai Shankar tricks Rita and proves to Rajesh that Rita is a wayward woman. Rajesh turns a new leaf and tries to mend his ways. But, unfortunately, Aarti sees him romancing Rita and gets aggrieved. Having almost lost Aarti, Jai Shankar sits on the beachside, gloomily. While returning home, he sees Aarti’s younger sister Mala (Aruna Irani) trying to commit suicide because she is pregnant with her lover Deepak’s (Jalal Agha) child.

Aarti’s attempt to marry Mala with the rich brat Deepak is unsuccessful and his father Brahm Bhatt) insults her by giving some money to shut her up. Jai Shankar is successful in convincing Deepak’s father to consent to Deepak and Mala’s alliance and gets them married. Aarti is happy about it. But, she is still offended. To convince her, Jai Shankar arranges Deepak and Mala’s wedding reception at his home. Aarti feels awkward there. Jai Shankar sings this song at this time.

Song – Yeh shama toh jali

Yeh shama toh jali has lyrics by Anand Bakshi and music score by Lakshmi-Pyare.

The gist of the song is, “This lamp is lit for light. If the lamp causes fire, what can the lamp do? There are a few things in life that are necessary. But if the excess of the same creates problems, what can the things do?”

Video – Yeh shama toh jali

The cinematography is by V Babasaheb.

The video opens with Dharmendra playing piano as he stands near the musical instrument. He begins to sing the song. Asha Parekh is watching him, but is still offended. Aruna Irani, Jalal Agha, Bindu, Master Shahid, Nazir Hussain and Brahm Bhatt are looking on.

Dharmendra tries to reply to all Aarti’s silent questions through the song. Soon, the song peters out and the video also ends as Asha Parekh looks confused and is wondering if she should trust him.


Mohammad Rafi sings for Dharmendra and Asha Parekh, Aruna Irani, Nazir Hussain, Brahm Bhatt, Jalal Agha, Master Shahid, Bindu and others look on.

Cultural Influence

There is no influence of any culture on this song. The song is good and so are the artists. The video is watchable for the same.


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