Main jab bhi akeli hoti hoon – Asha Bhonsle – N Dutta | Dharmaputra (1961)


Movie – Dharmaputra (1961)

The song, Main jab bhi akeli hoti hoon, was featured in the B R Films’ sociodrama Dharmaputra (1961) directed by Yash Chopra and produced by B R Chopra. The movie starred Mala Sinha, Rehman, Shashi Kapoor, Ashok Kumar, etc.

The beginning of the movie is set in 1925 India, during the British rule when India was at the peak of the independence struggle. The movie revolves around 2 families living in Delhi – those of Nawab Badruddin (Ashok Kumar) and Gulshan Rai (Nana Palsikar), who are very close to each other. Husn Bano (Mala Sinha), the Nawab’s daughter, gets pregnant as a result of an affair with a Javed (Rehman). When Nawab gets to know about it, he tries to find Javed to ask him to marry his daughter. But, Javed has already absconded. Gulshan Rai’s son Amrit Rai (Manmohan Krishna) and his wife Savitri (Nirupa Roy) help Husn during the crisis. Husn plays this song on a Gramophone record player at this time.

Song – Main jab bhi akeli hoti hoon

The song, Main jab bhi akeli hoti hoon, was penned by Sahir Ludhyanvi and the music is by N Dutta.

The song goes this way, “Whenever I am alone, you come into my thoughts silently and remind me of the olden days when we were together.”

Video – Main jab bhi akeli hoti hoon

The cinematography is by Dharam Chopra.

The video opens with Mala Sinha going to a chair and reclining on it. The song begins in the background. In a flashback, Rehman is seen holding Mala Sinha’s hand and she blushes. He teaches her tuitions.

They meet often at her home. When others are in a position to watch them, she hides from them. Ashok Kumar is also seen climbing the stairs. Mala Sinha is crying in the present, which is shown intermittently.

Mala Sinha is waiting for Rehman. But, he has done what he wanted to and is not to be seen. Coming back to the present, tears are streaming down the cheeks of Mala Sinha. She is in grief. The song peters out and the video also ends there.


The song has been sung by Asha Bhonsle. Mala Sinha, Rehman, Ashok Kumar and others appear in the video.

Cultural Influence

The song shows the vulnerability of women and the advantage that some men take of these women, given the social doctrines about unwed pregnancies. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the same.


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