Movie – Ustadon Ke Ustad (1963)
Mere dilko jiski talash thi 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 on 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 story, 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) because the police are following them. Rita and Babu are among the audience, who had come to watch the performance. Rita leaves. Dinesh and Mangal try to follow her. But, the organizers of the event do not let them leave the place. Dinesh requests Babu to follow Rita and he does a wonderful job of it. Babu gives the girl the impression that he is a rich man from Africa looking for his dream girl in India.
Rita takes him to a romantic place and convinces him that she is the girl he was looking for. They sing this song at this time.
Song – Mere dilko jiski talash thi
The lyrics of Mere dilko jiski talash thi were penned by Asad Bhopali and the music was set by Ravi.
The man says, “You are the one my heart was searching for.”
Video – Mere dilko jiski talash thi
The cinematography is by Rajendra Malone. Dance choreography is by Surya Kumar.
The video opens with Johnny Walker beginning the song. Helen begins to sway in tune with the music of the song. She also joins in the song. Soon, the peters out and the video also ends as Johnny Walker keeps walking toward her.
Mohammad Rafi and Asha Bhonsle have sung this song for Johnny Walker and Helen.
This song is not influenced by any culture. The song and the artists are fantastic. The video is watchable for the same.