Movie – Zameer (1975)
The song, Tum bhi chalo hum bhi chalen, was featured in the B R Films’ action drama Zameer (1975), directed by Ravi Chopra and produced by B R Chopra. The movie starred Amitabh Bachchan, Saira Banu, Shammi Kapoor, Indrani Mukherjee, Madan Puri, Vinod Khanna, etc.
Baadal (Amitabh Bachchan) is a happy-go-lucky man, who serves a community of poor people by stealing from the rich. He is often caught and jailed for it. On the second occasion when he is allowed to go after his prison term, he is advised by the jailor to mend his ways. Otherwise, next time he would be in prison for a longer time period. Once outside, he sees an official taking bribe for some reason and steals the money. He reaches his community and distributes that money to the needy.
One day, Baadal meets Ramu (Ramesh Deo) at a fair. He is a former servant of Thakur Maharaj Singh (Shammi Kapoor). Ramu has always been greedy. Age has not affected his attitude. Baadal’s mannerisms remind Ramu of his former employer and he strikes a deal with him. Maharaj Singh’s son Chimpu had been kidnapped as a child and Ramu prepares Baadal to replace the heir of the Thakur. To this end, Ramu also gets a trident sign tattooed on Baadal’s shoulder like the one Chimpu had. Ramu insists that once he gets the millions, they would share it in a 50:50 ratio.
In the next shot, Baadal sets off for Maharaj’s home in a distant place, which a guitar and a knapsack. On reaching the nearest railway station, he asks a passerby for directions to Maharaj’s home. Following the directions, he plays his guitar and sings a song. He meets some college students, who insist that he sing another song, after they have lunch together.
A run-away horse disrupts the young crowd enjoying the music. The horse attacks one of the students, Sunita (Saira Banu). Baadal tames the horse and takes it back to the stud farm where it belongs. The stud farm belongs to Maharaj Singh. Baadal immediately gets a job there, which he accepts.
On returning to the forest where the students are still present, Baadal finds that his guitar is with Sunita. Soon, it turns out that Baadal and Sunita have fallen in love with each other. The horse, which was tamed by Baadal, is called Rustam and the other trainers in the stud form are unable to control it. Baadal’s whistling only calms it down. On one such occasion, Baadal rides the horse to meet Sunita on a date. It is at this point that they sing this song.
Song – Tum bhi chalo hum bhi chalen
The song, Tum bhi chalo hum bhi chalen, was penned by Sahir Ludhyanvi and set to tune by Sapan Chakraborty.
The man says, “Let’s walk the path we chose. Let life go on. Neither the earth is the destination. Nor the sky. Life is life.”
Video – Tum bhi chalo hum bhi chalen
The cinematography is by Dharam Chopra. Dance choreography is by P L Raj/Saroj Khan/Vasant Nepali.
The video opens with Amitabh Bachchan gloriously riding the brown horse through scenic locales. Saira Banu turns toward the camera and gets happy when she perceives the leading man. He passes her and takes away the red stole from her hand.
Amitabh Bachchan begins the song. Saira Banu holds the other end of the stole and dances around the horse for a few seconds. Then, Amitabh Bachchan picks her up onto the back of the horse. She also joins in the song.
After riding together for some time, Saira Banu gets off the horse. Amitabh Bachchan continues to ride the horse and later gets down. She stands on the bank of a river and continues to sing. They hug and ride back on horseback. The song and the video end abruptly at this point.
Kishore Kumar and Asha Bhonsle have sung this song for Amitabh Bachchan and Saira Banu.
There is no influence of any culture on this song. This song talks about life, from a trifle philosophical perspective. I felt that the song has a hint of sadness, particularly in the line zindagi hai zindagi. This is supposed to be a happy song. There is a sad version of the song as well in the movie. I don’t know how the others feel. This is one of my favorite Kishore Kumar-Asha Bhonsle duets. The song and the artists are fantastic. The video is watchable for the same.