Movie – Paigham (1959)
The song, Jawani mein akelepan, 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.
The next day, Malti visits Ratan in the mill and tries to get close. But, he rejects her. Having understood that Malti is with Ratan, Manju takes his appointment letter to him. Her main motive is to listen to their conversation. Ratan gets angry with her. Actually, he wants to discourage Malti. Manju returns to her seat and Malti also scolds her for meeting Ratan while the former was talking to him.
Manju is hurt and she walks home alone, through some woods. Ratan catches up with her and tries to placate her. He tells her that he considers her his own and he cannot say anything to Malti because she is the owner’s daughter. After getting pacified, Manju takes off with his bicycle. He runs behind her. At one place, she lays it on the road and runs off into the wilderness. Ratan locates her and she begins to sing this song.
Song – Jawani mein akelepan
The song, Jawani mein akelepan, was written by Kavi Pradeep and C Ramchander set it to tune.
The song goes, “During youth, it is difficult to live alone.”
Video – Jawani mein akelepan
The cinematography is by P Elappa.
The video opens with Dilip Kumar calling out for Vaijayantimala in the wilderness. She begins to sing this song and he immediately replies in the song. The scene changes to a garden and the song continues. Soon, the song peters out and the video also ends there.
Asha Bhonsle and Mohammad Rafi have sung this song for Vaijayantimala and Dilip Kumar.
The hero and the heroine sing this song in confirmation of their love for each other. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the same.