Just before this song begins in the movie, Dharmendra tells Hema Malini, “Basanti, tum in kuttonke samne mat nachna.” When this dialogue would be heard in the theaters, some men would stand up and say, “How can she not dance? We have paid to watch it!?!”
Movie – Sholay (1975)
Haan jab tak hai jaan appears in the hit 1975 action-adventure movie Sholay (Embers), directed by Ramesh Sippy and produced by G P Sippy under the banner of Sippy Films. The movie starred Dharmendra, Amitabh Bachchan, late Sanjeev Kumar, Hema Malini and Jaya Bhaduri.
Ramgarh is a small village and the retired policeman Thakur Baldev Singh (Sanjeev Kumar) lives there. The Thakur is looking for the pair of petty thieves, Veeru (Dharmendra) and Jai (Amitabh Bachchan) – criminals with hearts of gold.
Soon, the Thakur meets the 2 thieves and hires them to help him capture Gabbar Singh (Amjad Khan), a dacoit. They are told to reach Ramgarh. At Ramgarh, Veeru falls in love with the village belle Basanti (Hema Malini). Dacoit Gabbar Singh’s terror reigns in the place. He, soon, attacks the village during Holi.
During the attack, seeing Thakur not participating in the fight; Veeru and Jai question his behavior. That is the time, Thakur reveals some flashback. Thakur had arrested Gabbar Singh. But, the dacoit escapes from prison and kills most of Thakur’s family. When Thakur goes to confront the dacoit, the heartless man severs the policeman’s arms. Coming back to the present, Thakur offers the petty thieves more money to capture Gabbar Singh. Having understood the Thakur’s predicament, Jai, the better of the 2 thieves, returns the extra money.
Thakur receives the message that a group of gypsies had put up camp nearby and Gabbar Singh was expected to be there that night for some entertainment. The gypsies were also the suppliers of arms to the dacoit. Thakur commands the pair of thieves to begin their work immediately.
Simultaneously, Veeru is wooing Basanti in his own style and she accepts his love. They begin dating. One day, Veeru is late for his date and Basanti gets trapped by Gabbar Singh’s dacoits. Veeru catches up with them, which makes Gabbar Singh realize that Veeru and Basanti are in a romantic relationship. Then, Gabbar Singh makes Basanti dance to the tune of this song, threatening to kill Veeru.
Song – Haan jab tak hai jaan
The music for Haan jab tak hai jaan was composed by R D Burman and the lyrics were written by Anand Bakshi.
The girl sings, “I will dance till the end of my life, O Darling.”
Video – Haan jab tak hai jaan
The cinematography is by Dwarka Divecha. The operative cameraman is S M Anwar. Dance choreography is by P L Raj.
The video opens with Mac Mohan, who plays Sambha in the movie, training his rifle on Dharmendra and Hema Malini looking worried. Amjad Khan watches her, amused. Hema Malini begins to dance and the actors playing the dacoits enjoy the performance.
They are in the rocky den of the dacoits in the movie. Dharmendra’s arms are tied to a pair of pillars. Hema Malini begins to sing. Some dacoits are drinking locally made alcohol and throw the glass bottles on the rocks. The glass bottles break into pieces.
Seeing the rifle still trained on Dharmendra, she purposely dances on the glass pieces. Her feet begin to bleed and the blood falls on the ground at places. At the same time, Hema Malini is affected by the sun’s heat and falls down.
She gets up and continues the song. Soon, the sun’s heat and her bleeding wounds take the toll on her and she drops down exhausted in front of Dharmendra. The song peters out. The video also ends there.
Haan jab tak hai jaan has been sung by Lata Mangeshkar for Hema Malini. Dharmendra, Amjad Khan, Mac Mohan and others are also seen in the video.
There is no cultural influence on this typically filmi item song. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the same.