O tu kya jane – Kishore Kumar – Kalyanji-Anandji – Dev Anand | Mahal (1970)


Today’s third post is the analysis of the song, O tu kya jane, from the Bollywood movie, Mahal (1970). The song has been analyzed based on its context and visualization.

Movie – Mahal (1970)

The song, O tu kya jane, was featured in the Roop Kala Pictures’ suspense movie Mahal (1969), produced by Mahipatray Shah and directed by Shankar Mukherji.

Rajesh (Dev Anand) gambles to help others. One day; he is assigned by his rich friend, Shyam (Abhi Bhattacharya) to meet a girl, Roopa (Asha Parekh), on his behalf and give her his letter. Roopa’s uncle (R P Kapoor) wants her to marry Shyam. But, Roopa wants to test the man before deciding anything. Rajesh enters the scene. Roopa falls for him and so does he. They go for a picnic with Roopa’s friends. At the end of the picnic, Rajesh gives Shyam’s letter to Roopa, who reads the letter that says that Shyam had sent his assistant to meet her. Roopa gets angry and Rajesh makes away, laughing.

Rajesh must gamble for his sister’s wedding and the man, he is playing with cheats, to take away all his money. A stranger gives him the required amount but, in return, he wants Rajesh to impersonate Ravi, the long-lost nephew of Darjeeling’s Raja Dinanath (Sapru). On his arrival in Darjeeling, Rajesh passes all the tests of the secretive Raja Dinanath. But he finds the mystery deepening when the old man’s sensuous nurse (Farida Jalal) visits him in his hotel room and informs him that she knew his real name.

Rajesh follows the nurse and reaches her home where she tries to convince him to help her kill Raja Dinanath. But the next day when she tries to poison the older man, Rajesh jerks away the container, which drops down spilling the poison on the floor. Raja Dinanath moves away, saying his life has been made easier, as his medicine has been eliminated for the day. The thought behind the man’s statement is that when people have to have medicine regularly, they get fed up of it.

Rajesh is sightseeing when he encounters Roopa, who is waiting for ‘Ravi’, to whom she might get married. Realizing that she is waiting for him, Rajesh also sees his tourist guide Jaikishan (Kamal Mehra) wearing his coat. Rajesh adorns the guide with his own hat and makes him pretend to Roopa that he is ‘Ravi’. When Roopa moves away with ‘Ravi’, Rajesh sings this song.                                                                   

Song – O tu kya jane

The lyrics of the song, O tu kya jane, were penned by Anand Bakshi and were set to tune by Kalyanji-Anandji.

The man sings, “Do you know I live my life mentioning your name, day and night?”

Video – O tu kya jane

The director of photography is Pratap Sinha.

The video opens with Asha Parekh and Kamal Mehra climbing down a few steps and the music beginning in the background. Asha Parekh is limping because she stumbled and fell down a little before the song.

Dev Anand is smiling amusedly. Asha Parekh and Kamal Mehra sit on a long seat and she tries to shoo him off by saying ‘bye’. But the actor sticks to her. Dev Anand begins this song. She runs away taking with her the comic actor.

Dev Anand follows them, continuing to sing. Kamal Mehra pulls a rickshaw with Asha Parekh in the passenger seat. Dev Anand is right behind them and stops the rickshaw, to Kamal Mehra’s relief. She is beginning to smile but still acts offended.

Asha Parekh pulls away Kamal Mehra with her. They go for a horse ride and again Dev Anand is present at that place, stopping them from going further. The song peters out and the video ends as the comic actor and the leading lady go ahead on their horses.


Kishore Kumar has sung this song for Dev Anand. Asha Parekh, Kamal Mehra and others are also seen in the video.

Cultural Influence

There is no influence of any culture on this song. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the same.


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