For the second post, let’s have the song, Aajkal yaad kuch aur rahta nahin, from the Bollywood movie Nagina (1986), continuing with the talk about my idol Sridevi.
Movie – Nagina (1986)
The song, Aajkal yaad kuch aur rahta nahin, was featured in Eastern Films’ fantasy Nagina (1986) produced and directed by late Harmesh Malhotra. The cast includes Rishi Kapoor, Sridevi, Sushma Seth, Prem Chopra, Komal Mahuvakar, Amrish Puri, etc.
The name of the movie is Nagina, but the precious stone is not shown throughout this movie and only references are made to it in dialogues.
Rajiv (Rishi Kapoor) is a wealthy land-owner, living in a palatial home with his mother (Sushma Seth). His mother wants him to get married to Vijaya (Komal Mahuvakar), the only daughter of Thakur Ajay Singh (Prem Chopra). But Rajiv is attracted to their old ancestral house where one day he finds a girl (Sridevi) singing a song. It turns out that her name is Rajni and she tells him several things from his past, which he does not remember. His mother (Sushma Seth) avoids the topic of his past, altogether. This intrigues him more.
Rajiv’s Munshi (Jagdeep) is celebrating his wedding anniversary and invites Rajiv to the event. Thinking Rajni would be there, he attends it. But, Rajni is actually sitting on the steps of the nearby temple. He goes to the temple; they meet and begin dating. Rajiv’s mother finalizes his marriage to Vijaya. He speaks to Vijaya and tells her that he cannot marry her. She is tearful but tells him that she would convince her father.
Thakur Ajay Singh is furious when he hears that Rajiv is not interested in getting married to his daughter and sends out one of his men (Viju Khote) to find out about Rajni. Rajiv also convinces his mother to meet Rajni after some melodrama. In the next shot, Rajiv is seen singing this song for Rajni, who is with him.
Song – Aajkal yaad kuch aur rahta nahin
The music of the song, Aajkal yaad kuch aur rahta nahin, was composed by Lakshmi-Pyare and the lyrics were penned by Anand Bakshi.
The man sings, “Now-a-days, I don’t remember anything after remembering you.”
Video – Aajkal yaad kuch aur rahta nahin
Cinematography V Durgaprasad. Dance choreography is by Saroj Khan.
The video opens with Sridevi walking on the rocks on the bank of a river. She plays with the water rhythmically. Rishi Kapoor is fascinated by her and approaches her. He begins to sing this song.
Their movements are rhythmically attuned to the music. She begins to dance very gracefully on the rocky bank of the river. Viju Khote appears on a nearby road in a jeep and looks at the pair.
As the pair dances, Viju Khote is watching them. The song peters out and Rishi Kapoor leaves in his jeep. The video also ends as Sridevi prances toward her home and Viju Khote appears before her.
Mohammad Aziz has sung this song for Rishi Kapoor and Sridevi is also seen in the video.
There is no influence of any culture on this song. This is a romantic song sung by the hero. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the same.