Movie – Patthar Ke Sanam (1967)
The song, Bata doon kya lana, appeared in the A G Films’ romrama Patthar Ke Sanam (1967), directed by Raja Nawathe and produced by A A Nadiadwala. The movie starred Waheeda Rahman, Manoj Kumar, Mumtaz, etc.
The movie begins with Rajesh (Manoj Kumar) getting into a ladies’ first-class compartment, in a hurry to catch the train before it leaves the platform. Modern and educated Meena (Mumtaz) is in the compartment and Rajesh has a great time teasing her, though she is a stranger to him. When they reach her village, she goes straight to her bungalow and orders the cook to prepare the food liked by her friend. Then, she leaves to meet her friend, village girl Taruna (Waheeda Rahman).
Meena takes Taruna to the former’s home to have lunch. After lunch, they discern Rajesh coming to Meena’s home. Soon, they get to know that he is the new manager of Meena’s father Thakur’s (Ramayan Tiwari) estate. Meena plays a prank with the help of her friend Taruna on Rajesh. When Meena’s father returns and questions them, Meena says that they were just testing Rajesh.
Rajesh joins the job and immediately gets suspicious about Meena’s father’s employee Mehta’s relationship with the contractor Bhagatram (Pran). Meena decides to play another prank on Rajesh. She convinces Taruna that both of them pretend to fall in love with Rajesh. One day, he overhears them discussing the practical joke and he decides to play another prank of his own on both of them. As a result, both the girls really fall in love with him. However, when Meena gets to know about Taruna’s love for Rajesh, she insists that her friend remove any rudiments of love she might have begun to entertain for him. According to Meena, in any case, Taruna had been betrothed to Bhagatram since childhood.
In the process of playing the prank, like both Taruna and Meena fell in love with Rajesh, he falls in love with Taruna and confesses it to the village girl. Rajesh saves Meena from the inappropriate advances by Bhagatram and she accepts Rajesh’s love for her. Rajesh is in the process of proving that Bhagatram is pinching a lot of profit from the sale of Thakur’s orchard produce. In the effort, Rajesh is about to visit the city market to sell the year’s produce on behalf of the Thakur. Thakur’s naïve servant Haria (Mahmood) is in love with Bhagatram’s sister Gauri (Aruna Irani) and leaks the information about Rajesh’s intentions to Bhagatram. Just before leaving for the city, Rajesh meets Taruna and asks her what she would like to have from the city. She replies to his question through this song.
Song – Bata doon kya lana
The song, Bata doon kya lana, was penned by Majrooh Sultanpuri and set to tune by Lakshmi-Pyare.
The song goes, “Do you want me to tell you what you should bring? You come back to me. Will you remember this small gift or forget it?”
Video – Bata doon kya lana
The cinematography is by Sudhin Majumdar. Dance choreography is by Kiran Kumar.
The video opens with Waheeda Rahman beginning the song. Manoj Kumar keeps looking at his wristwatch. Waheeda Rahman also begins to dance. Manoj Kumar is partly amused and partly in a hurry. He gets to a jeep and drives off.
Waheeda Rahman dances in front of the jeep and Manoj Kumar is compelled to stop it. She gets into the jeep and continues her gestures in tune with the song. Then, he starts the jeep again. Sometime later, he shows her his watch and tells her that he is getting late.
Waheeda Rahman gets down from the jeep and says goodbye. She goes to the back of the jeep and picks up his suitcase. Manoj Kumar goes further and perhaps finds the vehicle a little lighter. When he looks back his suitcase is gone. She is dancing on the road with the suitcase.
Manoj Kumar gets down from the jeep and tries to get it back telling her again that time is running out. The song ends abruptly and the video also ends as she turns back to drop the suitcase as she is shocked at what she sees. But, we don’t know what it is.
Lata Mangeshkar has sung this song for Waheeda Rahman and Manoj Kumar is also seen in the video.
There appears to be no influence of any culture on this song. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the same.