Hawa chale kaise – Lata Mangeshkar – Lakshmi-Pyare – Sharmila Tagore | Daag (1973)


Today’s first post is the analysis of the song, Hawa chale kaise, from the Bollywood movie Daag (1973). The song has been analyzed on the basis of its context and visualization.

Movie – Daag (1973)

The song, Hawa chale kaise, was featured in the Yash-Raj Films’ romrama Daag (1973), produced and directed by Yash Chopra. The movie starred Rajesh Khanna, Sharmila Tagore, Prem Chopra, etc.

Sunil (Rajesh Khanna) and Sonia (Sharmila Tagore) are collegemates and are dating each other. They get married with the support of her maternal uncle (Madan Puri), though her aunt (Achla Sachdev) is against the alliance. During the newlyweds’ honeymoon, they stay at his employer’s home. Sunil, soon, ends up killing his employer’s son, Dheeraj (Prem Chopra), in a bid to save his wife from getting raped by the wayward man.

Sunil is sentenced to life imprisonment but on the way to the jail, the police van encounters an accident and all those inside it, are feared dead. Sonia’s uncle brings her back home. However, she is already pregnant with Sunil’s child and her aunt finds it affecting their reputation.

Sonia leaves her uncle’s place and moves elsewhere to give birth to a boy. Some years later she is a teacher at the school where her son Rinku (Master Raju) studies. One day, she is explaining something to Rinku when she sings this song.

Song – Hawa chale kaise

The lyrics of the song, Hawa chale kaise, were penned by Sahir Ludhianvi and the tune was set by Lakshmi-Pyare.

The song goes, “How does the air move? Neither do you know nor I. Only God knows.”

Video – Hawa chale kaise

Cinematography is by Kay Gee.

The video opens with Sharmila Tagore beginning to sing the song and the music also starting. Master Raju is looking up at her from the bed. She is putting the kid to sleep. The next shot shows beautiful snow-covered mountains and large houses on these mountains. Now, some little kids wearing school uniforms and Sharmila Tagore are walking toward the camera on a road, with snow on either side.

The kids are shown playing on the premises of the school. Then, Sharmila Tagore is playing the piano inside the school and continues to sing. Baby Pinky and other kids are also present with her. Master Raju is standing on her right. She visits a garden with the kids and continues to sing. Sharmila Tagore perceives a butterfly on a rose and shakes the flower so that the butterfly flies away.

She squats near Master Raju and Baby Pinky and continues to sing. They return to the school and the song continues. The kids travel in a train with her and she continues to teach the kids in the interesting ways she is currently doing. The kids sing with her. They are holding red, green and blue flags. The train with a single passenger compartment behind the engine is moving on snow-covered tracks.

Next, the kids run around a beautiful snow-covered basketball court. One of the kids winks at Sharmila Tagore and she winks back at him. Baby Pinky approaches her and requests the older lady to share more knowledge with the kids. The song, soon, rises to a crescendo and ends with a whistling sound. The video also ends as the kids follow their teacher in a very disciplined way, away from the camera, on another mountain path, surrounded by snow.


Lata Mangeshkar sings this song for Sharmila Tagore. Master Raju, Baby Pinky and other actors are also seen in the video.

Cultural Influence

The song is a song that explains the importance of God to kids. It is a beautiful Lata Mangeshkar croon. The song and the artists are fantastic. The video is watchable for the same.


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