Movie – Paigham (1959)
The song, Main kyon na nachoon aaj, appeared in Gemini Pictures’ hit dramedy Paigham (1959), directed and produced by S S Vasan. The movie starred Dilip Kumar Vaijayantimala, Raaj Kumar, B Saroja Devi, Motilal, Johnny Walker, etc.
The movie begins with friends Manju (Vaijayantimala) and Malti (B Saroja Devi) looking at their results on the college notice board. Manju has passed with flying colors and Malti has not. In the next shot, these 2 girls get into Malti’s car with some other friends. Malti drops her best friend, Manju at the latter’s home. She has already dropped her other friends elsewhere. When Manju’s mother (Vasundhara Devi) comes out and Manju introduces her friend to her that her father is a big business tycoon at Rangpur, the older woman swoons. This happens after Malti has left. So, Manju goes out to find a doctor. She finds a cycle rickshaw guy, Ratan (Dilip Kumar), who not only takes her to the doctor but also pays his fees.
Malti has promised her bestie that she would ask her father to employ her in their company. Despite the fact that there was no vacancy, he agrees. Malti sends a telegram (not the app! But, a postal telegram hard copy) to Manju with the information. Manju hurries inside her house to give her the good news when she finds the older lady in the Pooja room. Initially, Manju’s mother tells her not to take up the job. She seems to have a secret, she is hiding from her daughter. But then, Manju convinces the older woman that since there was no vacancy in their own town, she did not have any other alternative.
Meanwhile, Ratan returns to a warm welcome from his family. His brother, Ram (Raaj Kumar) is shocked when Ratan tells him that he would drive a cycle rickshaw to make both ends meet and pay his engineering college fees. Malti shows Manju her office seat and then takes her to the factory. At the factory, suddenly the work stops due to a technical default – a gear breaks. The mechanic says that the parts have to be ordered from abroad, which would take several months. During those months, the factory would be closed. It so happens that Ratan is there (he had come with his brother, who works there) and sorts out the issue in a jiffy.
Ratan believes that India can be self-reliant. Manju and Malti are impressed. Malti’s father (Motilal) is also impressed and asks him to visit his home. When Ratan visits their home, Malti’s father offers him a job, which the young man accepts after some convincing. Manju and Malti are present at that time in the house and Malti has asked Manju to give a performance at Malti’s birthday party that evening. After Ratan leaves, Manju agrees to perform a dance during the party and this is the song she performs in the evening.
Song – Main kyon na nachoon aaj
The song, Main kyon na nachoon aaj, was written by Kavi Pradeep and C Ramchander set it to tune.
The song goes, “Why shouldn’t I dance? Tell me. My heart is swaying.”
Video – Main kyon na nachoon aaj
The cinematography is by P Elappa. Dance choreography is by Gopi Krishna.
The video opens with the beginning of the music. Vaijayantimala begins to dance with some other girls. The girls clap that take the song forward. Motilal and B Saroja Devi welcome Dilip Kumar into the party.
Dilip Kumar discerns Vaijayantimala with surprise and she begins to sing. Sometime later; she indirectly thanks that her beloved is in the audience. She makes complicated steps seem simple. Soon, the song ends abruptly, the audience applauds and the dancers take a bow.
Asha Bhonsle has sung this song for Vaijayantimala. B Saroja Devi, Dilip Kumar, Motilal and others are also seen in the video.
This song is a dance song that the heroine performs at her friend’s birthday party. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the same.