Movie – Black Cat (1959)
The song, Main tumhise poochti hoon (version 2), was featured in the Sippy Films’ crime thriller Black Cat (1959), directed by Nisar Ahmad Ansari and produced by G P Sippy. The movie started Balraj Sahni, Minoo Mumtaz, Nisar Ahmad Ansari, Johnny Walker, etc.
Rajan (Balraj Sahni) is a police officer in-charge of the case of the notorious criminal Black Cat. The Black Cat is audacious enough to regularly leave his calling card at the scene of the crime and is very confident that he will not be caught. Rajan is in love with Nita (Minoo Mumtaz), sister of a close family friend Professor Gupta (Nisar Ahmad Ansari).
Rajan’s friend Popat (Johnny Walker) is a detective and assists Rajan from outside the police force. Together with his assistant Bulbul (Shammi), Popat also begins to search for the Black Cat albeit playing safe and not falling prey to the goons. What no one knows is that Professor Gupta is a heart patient by day and the Black Cat by night.
One night, Popat and Bulbul visit a club, disguised. Professor Gupta appears there also disguised as a normal club-goer with a female assistant, Lily (Nilofer). Popat gets suspicious of the man and he with Bulbul follow the man’s movements. The man and the female assistant enter Cabin no. 3 and do not come out for some time. Later, they inform Rajan about the man and his assistant’s movements.
At the same time, Nita watches her brother go out for his nightly activities and tells Rajan about it. Rajan drops Nita at her home and stays back to watch the house. The Professor sows seeds of doubt in his sister’s mind about Rajan and she leaves him to go to her room. One day, Rajan’s sister Manju (Sheila Kashmiri) finds Nita somewhere and compels her to come home and sings this song for her benefit. Manju knows this song because her brother sings it often at night as he misses Nita.
Song – Main tumhise poochti hoon (version 2)
The lyrics of the song, Main tumhise poochti hoon (version 2), were penned by Jan Nisar Akhtar and the music was set by N Dutta.
The song goes, “You are in front of me wherever I look. Even if I try to forget you, I can’t.”
Video – Main tumhise poochti hoon (version 2)
The cinematography is by K S Jaitly.
The video opens with the music beginning and Minoo Mumtaz walking toward the window. Sheila Kashmiri is playing the piano. She begins to sing as well. Minoo Mumtaz shifts to the other girl’s left.
Sheila Kashmiri places Balraj Sahni’s picture facing the other girl and continues to sing. Minoo Mumtaz is visibly sad and there are tears in her eyes. She feels that Balraj Sahni turns to look at her and nods at her.
Minoo Mumtaz cannot handle it any more and leaves. Sheila Kashmiri is completely engrossed in and is enjoying the song. She does not realize that the other girl has left. The song peters out and the video also ends as she ends the song with a flourish.
Lata Mangeshkar has sung this song for Sheila Kashmiri. Minoo Mumtaz and Balraj Sahni are also seen in the video.
There is no influence of any culture on this song. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the same.