Movie – Phool Aur Patthar (1966)
The song, Mere dilke andar, was featured in the Ralhan Productions’ action romrama Phool Aur Patthar (1966), produced and directed by O P Ralhan. The star cast included Meena Kumari, Dharmendra, Shashikala, Lalita Pawar, Madan Puri, Iftekhar, O P Ralhan, etc.
Shaaka (Dharmendra) is leading a life of crime and works for John (Madan Puri). Shaaka has a girlfriend Rita (Shashikala), who is a club dancer. Shaaka has been exiled for a recent crime, during which he had been caught red-handed. But, he returns to his place to help some of his henchmen, unnoticed by the police.
Shaaka is reprimanded for returning to the city by John. But, the latter gives Shaaka another assignment. This is a big heist at a house where there are only 4 people and no security. A fair also opens nearby, which gives Shaaka a crowd to get inconspicuous. At this fair, he meets his longtime friend, Sadakram (O P Ralhan) a street performer performing with his team. Sadakram and his team are actually a group of pickpockets, who attract crowds and steal wallets of people.
The village appears to be experiencing a plague epidemic and the police with the government officials warn the people to vacate the place. In anticipation of a great heist, Shaaka goes to the house, John directed him to. But, Shaaka does not find anything other than an ill woman, Shanti (Meena Kumari). Shaaka calls the kindhearted vaid (Sunder) and nurses her to health again. Shanti is a widow and has been abandoned by her family to die, as they think that she is a jinx.
Soon, the plague scare is over and Shanti’s family returns to see that Shanti is still alive. When they discover that a man (Shaaka is a smoker) has been in the house, she is beaten up. Her brother-in-law, Kalicharan (Ram Mohan) attempts to rape her at night. The rape attempt is foiled by Shaaka, who returns at the right time. In the ensuing fight, Kalicharan is injured badly. Shaaka lifts Shanti to safety and tells her that she can live with him in his house. He promises that he would never touch her, inappropriately.
At night, Shanti watches Shaaka jumping onto a passing goods train and leave. Shaaka is, actually, still in exile. He reaches John’s club and asks his boss for some money. But, John is not very happy with him because Shaaka could not complete his latest assignment. John complies at Rita’s insistence. Rita tries to entice Shaaka into having an intimate relationship with her. But, when he glances at a small statue of a woman, he stops himself.
In the meanwhile, Sadakram continues his ‘profession’ of picking people’s pockets. One day, picking the pocket of a very hefty man almost gets him into trouble. To escape from the man, Sadakram goes into an auditorium and joins the troupe that is performing this Qawwali.
Song – Mere dilke andar
The song, Mere dilke andar, was penned by Shakeel Badayuni and set to tune by Ravi.
The song goes thus, “My beloved’s eyes are so beautiful that they pierce my heart like a sharp knife. Save me from those eyes.”
Video – Mere dilke andar
The cinematography is by Nariman Irani. Dance choreography is by Shyam Kumar/Sohanlal.
The video begins with O P Ralhan bumping into a hefty man and picking the other man’s pocket. The other man immediately realizes it and begins to chase the comic actor, shouting. O P Ralhan reaches the auditorium, as the music begins and he joins in the song.
The hefty man also enters the auditorium. O P Ralhan’s team is here as well. As he distracts the audience; his team members, who are wearing female costumes, steal from the people in the audience.
O P Ralhan signals his team members to take the hefty man away from the auditorium and they perform dance steps all the way to the hefty man, pushing him out of the auditorium. The actor playing the comic artist’s girlfriend is present in the audience and he insists that she hug him.
O P Ralhan also dances along with his team members. When the girlfriend sees him dancing with his ‘female’ colleagues, she is offended and leaves the auditorium. The song ends there. He follows her to placate her. She reveals the reason for her offense.
The ‘female’ colleagues come out to remove their disguises and she is pacified. O P Ralhan gives her a bangle; he had stolen before. O P Ralhan perceives the hefty man bringing a police constable and escapes. The video ends there.
Mohammad Rafi sings this song for O P Ralhan. Some other actors are also seen in the video.
The song is influenced by the Sufi culture. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the same.