Movie – Ustadon Ke Ustad (1963)
The song, Milte hi nazar tumse, was featured in the Films and Television 62’s romedy Ustadon Ke Ustad (1963) produced and directed by Brij. The movie starred Ashok Kumar, Pradeep Kumar, Shakila, Johnny Walker, etc.
Dinesh (Pradeep Kumar) is a jobless engineer and earns his living by conning people. Taxi-driver Babu (Johnny Walker) is his friend. Dinesh visits a hotel one night to con a new person and encounters Nita (Shakila) and her friends. It turns out that Nita is the daughter of the man, he had come to meet. Nita tells Dinesh that her father had invited him home the next day.
Dinesh asks Babu to get him a luxury car for the visit and it turns out that the car is owned by Nita. Her father is impressed by the project and decides to invest in it. Nita suggests that Dinesh also invest a lakh (0.1 million) in the project. When Dinesh realizes that the car was Nita’s, he is apologetic and she tells him to forget about his part of the investment.
Dinesh sets out to visit Pune to select a plot of land for the factory connected to the project. Rita (Helen) happens to be in the same bus carrying some money from a recent robbery. Their bags get exchanged and Dinesh is arrested by the police when his bag opens in his hotel revealing one lakh rupees. Dinesh is locked up in the cell since he does not say anything about the dacoits. The goons send Mangal Singh (Sheikh Mukhtar) to kill Dinesh.
Dinesh gives him the slip and meets Babu, in front of whom he commits suicide since he did not have any other alternative. Nita requests Babu to take her to the place where Dinesh had committed suicide. She is in grief. A male voice is heard singing in the background and it turns out that after all Dinesh is alive and had spread the word about his suicide to save himself from the goons. Mangal finds him and is about to kill him when Nita ties a make-shift rakhi on his wrist to save her beloved.
Mangal and Dinesh join forces to redeem the main protagonist of the plot, Dinesh. They begin looking for Rita. In the process, they land at a qawwali event and are compelled to compete with the famous Shakila Banu Bhopali (playing herself). This is the qawwali.
Song – Milte hi nazar tumse
The lyrics of Milte hi nazar tumse were penned by Asad Bhopali and the music was set by Ravi.
The man says “The moment I saw you, I fell in love with you.”
Video – Milte hi nazar tumse
The cinematography is by Rajendra Malone. Dance choreography is by Surya Kumar.
The video opens with Shakila Banu Bhopali challenging the disguised Pradeep Kumar and Sheikh Mukhtar into beginning the song. When the men try to leave, they see a couple of constables looking for them. Thus, they are compelled to participate in the contest.
Pradeep Kumar begins the song, with confidence. I wonder where the confidence came from. Just a shot before he was frightened. Sheikh Mukhtar joins him in the song. Shakila Banu Bhopali replies to them through the song.
Johnny Walker appears from nowhere. He cannot believe that Pradeep Kumar has joined the qawwali contest. But, he enjoys the fact that his friend is winning, as Shakila Banu Bhopali has to rack her brains to reply.
Pradeep Kumar discerns Helen in the audience and Johnny Walker is sitting next to her. She leaves the show and Pradeep Kumar and Sheikh Mukhtar get up to leave the auditorium. Shakila Banu Bhopali is shocked. The song rises to a crescendo and the video ends there.
Mohammad Rafi, Manna Dey and Asha Bhonsle have sung this song for Pradeep Kumar, Sheikh Mukhtar and Shakila. No. This is not the same Shakila as the heroine. But, this is the famed Qawwali singer Shakila Banu Bhopali. Johnny Walker joins the audience.
This song is influenced by the Sufi culture. The song and the artists are fantastic. The video is watchable for the same.