Movie – Chaudhvin Ka Chand (1960)
The song, Badle badle se mere sarkar nazar aate hain, 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 not know what to do because he owes a lot to his friend Nawab. On suggestion from his employee, he begins to avoid Jameela, so that she gets fed up and goes back to her mother’s home. Jameela realizes that her husband had changed. She sings this song at this point.
Song – Badle badle se mere sarkar nazar aate hain
The lyrics of the song, Badle badle se mere sarkar nazar aate hain, were penned by Shakeel Badayuni and they were set to music by Ravi.
The song goes thus, “My beloved has changed. We will have a broken home, soon.”
Video – Badle badle se mere sarkar nazar aate hain
Photography is by Nariman A Irani.
The video opens with Waheeda Rahman looking at the full moon with tears in her eyes. It is night, but her husband has not returned home. She walks toward and sits on an embankment surrounding an artificial tank. Waheeda Rahman begins to sing. The fountain within the tank is not flowing.
That adds to the gloomy ambiance of the song. She gets up and walks around the backyard. In the meanwhile, Guru Dutt is seen at a nautch girl’s place watching her dance. Guru Dutt accepts a betel leaf pan offered by the nautch girl. Soon, the song peters out and the video ends as Waheeda Rahman moves back into the house.
Lata Mangeshkar sang this song on the playback for Waheeda Rahman. Guru Dutt and some other actors are also seen in the video.
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.