Movie – Himalay Ki God Mein (1965)
The song, Chandsi mehbooba ho meri kab aisa maine socha tha, featured in Shree Prakash Pictures’ socio-drama Himalay Ki God Mein (1965) produced by Shakanbhai Bhatt and directed by Vijay Bhatt. The movie starred Manoj Kumar, Mala Sinha, Shashikala, Jayant, etc.
Dr. Sunil Mehra’s (Manoj Kumar) flight lands in some wilderness because of a medical emergency. He goes about looking for a hospital and is caught by dacoits to be tortured and left for dead. A villager Phulwa (Mala Sinha) finds him unconscious, the next morning. She and her friends take him to her home. Sunil wakes up soon and realizes that proper medical facilities are not available in this village and other villages nearby. A quack Ghughar Baba (Kanhaiyalal) was throwing the wool over the eyes of the people by promoting superstition in the area.
Sunil returns home to the city and when an epidemic strikes the village, Phulwa brings her father the Chowdhury (David) to the city hospital where Sunil is working (Sunil had given her the address of his hospital.) This incident prompts Sunil to return to the village and set up a charitable clinic there. Slowly, he gains the confidence of the villagers, so much so that they take care of his everyday needs.
The dacoit Lakhan Singh (Jayant) discourages Sunil from staying on in the village, thinking the doctor is a whistleblower for the police. Lakhan Singh is about to shoot Sunil when a snake bites his horse and his aim wavers. The bullet hits his henchman and Sunil does his duty of treating the wounded man. Lakhan Singh seems to regret his attitude toward the doctor. The dacoit is shown to be standing on the ground. His horse must have been killed, due to the snake bite. But, that is not shown.
Sunil informs his rich parents that he had decided to dedicate his entire life to the hospital, he had constructed in the village. His policeman father thinks that he would have to bring his son back to the city, himself. When Sunil’s father comes to the village to take his son away, he has to return empty-handed. Then, Sunil’s mother sends Sunil’s fiancé Dr. Neeta (Shashikala) to bring him back. Previously, Neeta had refused to support Sunil in his decision of opening a hospital in the remote areas of the Himalayas. When Neeta visits the village, Sunil refuses to return.
Neeta also resents the closeness between Sunil and Phulwa. On the night Neeta comes to the village, Sunil is performing surgery on a patient with the help of Phulwa. Ghughar Baba is watching the operation and hits the lantern with a pebble to switch off the only source of light for the activity. Phulwa is about to go to check, who did it. But, Sunil stops her and tells her to save the light. Phulwa goes to the extent of burning her hands to save the flame from getting extinguished. After the operation, Sunil bandages her burnt hands and kisses them, confessing his love for her. Neeta is also eavesdropping on the conversation and is not too happy about the turn of events. In the next shot, Sunil sings this song.
Song – Chandsi mehbooba ho meri kab aisa maine socha tha
The song, Chandsi mehbooba ho meri kab aisa maine socha tha, was penned by Anand Bakshi and the music was composed by Kalyanji-Anandji.
The man says, “I never thought that my beloved would be a beauty queen. But, you are exactly how I thought my beloved would be.”
Video – Chandsi mehbooba ho meri kab aisa maine socha tha
The cinematography is by Praveen Bhatt.
The video opens with Manoj Kumar beginning the song. He is sitting near a large rock on the banks of a river and has written the name Phulwa on the rock. Mala Sinha is watching him from behind a larger rock and blushing.
The leading lady, Mala Sinha, shies away from Manoj Kumar and he follows her. He is playing with a small stick and throws it away. It hits Shashikala, who is more offended than she was before.
Mala Sinha is sitting on a rock near the river and Manoj Kumar also joins her there. But, she gets up to leave. However, he catches hold of her arm to stop her. She shifts uneasily on her seat. When he gestures to her bandaged hand, she covers her face shyly.
The song peters out and the video also ends there.
Mukesh has sung this song for Manoj Kumar. Mala Sinha and Shashikala are also seen in the video.
This is a melodious song that expresses the deep love in the heart of the hero. The song and the artists are fantastic. The video is watchable for the same.