Movie – Chaudhvin Ka Chand (1960)
The song, Mili khaak mein mohobbat, was featured in the Gurudutt Films’ hit musical Muslim sociodrama directed by Mohammad Sadiq and produced by Guru Dutt. The movie starred Guru Dutt, Waheeda Rahman, Rahman, Johnny Walker, etc.
The setting of the movie is Lucknow city, where Islamic culture flourished. Nawab (Rehman) falls in love with an unknown girl Jameela (Waheeda Rehman), whom he sees in the market. After another chance encounter with the girl, Nawab tells his friends Aslam (Guru Dutt) and Mirza (Johnny Walker) about it. They decide to find her during Urz (death anniversary of a Sufi Saint). They are counting on her coming to the market and the dargah during that time. It is at this time that Mirza disguises himself as a fakir to help his friend find the girl and photograph her. Nawab and Aslam find Jameela during the fair and they follow her. But, since the women are in burkha, they had been following the wrong girl – Aslam’s cousin sister. Aslam speaks to his aunt about the marriage of his cousin with his friend Nawab.
Nawab’s mother insists that he marry a girl she selected for him. But, Nawab convinces Aslam to get married to the girl. On the night of the nuptials, when Aslam makes his wife lift her veil, the audience comes to know that his wife is none other than Jameela. Soon, Aslam gets to know that Nawab is actually in love with his wife Jameela and Aslam does now know what to do because he owes a lot to his friend Nawab. He sings this song at this point in time.
Song – Mili khaak mein mohobbat
The lyrics of the song, Mili khaak mein mohobbat, were penned by Shakeel Badayuni and they were set to music by Ravi.
The song goes thus, “My love has been reduced to ashes. The dwelling of my heart has been burnt down. What was a fact till now, has become fiction.”
Video – Mili khaak mein mohobbat
Photography is by Nariman A Irani.
The video opens with Guru Dutt walking in deep sorrow on a deserted path. Someone begins the song standing on a bridge behind him. Guru Dutt is standing near a leafless tree, which is perhaps symbolic of the situation. The lead actor continues to sing the song and sits on a rock. Soon, the song peters out and the video also ends as he moves away from the place.
Mohd. Rafi sang this song on the playback for Guru Dutt.
There does not appear to be the influence of any culture on the song per se. The song and the artists are good. The video can be watched for the same.