Jab bhi jee chahe nayi duniya – Lata Mangeshkar – Lakshmi-Pyare – Sharmila Tagore | Daag (1973)


Today’s first post is the analysis of the song, Jab bhi jee chahe nayi duniya, from the Bollywood movie Daag (1973). The song has been analyzed on the basis of its context and visualization.

Movie – Daag (1973)

The song, Jab bhi jee chahe nayi duniya, 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, Rakhi, 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. Chandni’s (Rakhi) daughter, Pinky (Baby Pinky) is also studying there. Sonia’s past catches up with her and she is thrown out of the school. However, Chandni takes her home as a friend.

Things seem to be working out for Sonia. But fate has something else in store for her. It turns out that Chandni’s husband is none other than Sunil, living there under the name of Sudhir. Sonia and Sunil are shocked to see each other. That night Sonia sings this song.

Song – Jab bhi jee chahe nayi duniya

The lyrics of the song, Jab bhi jee chahe nayi duniya, were penned by Sahir Ludhianvi and the tune was set by Lakshmi-Pyare.

The song goes, “People change their faces at will. They also establish a new life, whenever they want.”

Video – Jab bhi jee chahe nayi duniya

Cinematography is by Kay Gee.

The video opens with the music beginning in the background and Rajesh Khanna sitting in darkness. Sharmila Tagore begins to sing this song looking at a wedding photograph of the lead pair.

She is sitting on a wicker chair and has tears in her eyes. Rajesh Khanna is smoking in the darkness. It is not clear if it is a cigar or a cigarette, due to the darkness. Sharmila Tagore is standing, now and turning toward the camera.

Rakhi and Baby Pinky are sleeping on the bed. Sharmila Tagore is sitting on a dining table with a 3-pronged candle stand, with 3 pink candles, on it. Rajesh Khanna is moving near an empty bed. It appears that there are 2 bedrooms near each other, partitioned by a curtain.

Sharmila Tagore continues to sing and the room, in which she is sitting, is in darkness except for the fire raging in the fireplace. The setting compliments the situation. Soon, the song peters out and the video also ends as she sobs.


Lata Mangeshkar sings this song for Sharmila Tagore. Rajesh Khanna, Rakhi and Baby Pinky are also seen in the video.

Cultural Influence

This song is a sad one, highlighting the disloyalty of supposed soulmates in our lives. The song depicts the pain of being deceived by the one we trust the most. It is a beautiful Lata Mangeshkar rendition. The song and the artists are fantastic. The video is watchable for the same.


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