Mera toh jo bhi kadam hai – Mohammad Rafi – Lakshmi-Pyare – Sudhir Kumar Sawant | Dosti (1964)

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Today’s second post is the analysis of the song, Mera toh jo bhi kadam hai, from the Bollywood movie, Dosti (1964). The song has been analyzed on the basis of its context and visualization.

Movie – Dosti (1964)

The song, Mera toh jo bhi kadam hai, appears in 1964 super hit award-winning social Satyen Bose-directed drama Dosti (Friendship) produced by Tarachand Barjatiya under the banner of Rajshri Productions. The movie starred Sushil Kumar Somaya, Sudhir Kumar Sawant, Sanjay Khan (debut), Baby Farida, Uma Rajoo, late Nana Palsikar, late Abhi Bhattacharya, etc.

Ramnath or Ramu’s (Sushil Kumar) father dies during an accident in the factory where he worked. The factory refuses to pay compensation and Ramu loses his mother as well. He himself gets injured in an accident and loses a leg. Crippled and penniless, he is thrown out of his rented home. While roaming about the streets of Bombay (Mumbai now), he saves blind Mohan (Sudhir Kumar) from an accident.

Mohan is looking for his sister, who had joined a city hospital as a nurse so that she could pay for her brother’s treatment. She had left him with a caretaker in the village. But Mohan is washed away from his shelter by flood and thus had to leave the village.

Ramu plays the harmonica well and Mohan is a good singer. They decide to sing songs on the streets to earn money together from people on the streets. They soon meet a small girl, Manjula (Baby Farida), who has a rheumatic heart. She is a rich man Ashok’s (Sanjay Khan) sister. She also develops a sibling-like friendship with both of them.

Ramu wants to finish his studies and they need Rs.60 as the fees. They decide to ask the amount as a loan from Manjula. But, when Ashok gets to know about it, he gives them Rs.5 and sends them off, telling them not to return again. Ramu is sad and is dejected. Mohan immediately tells him not to lose hope. They somehow earn enough money for Ramu to join a school. One of the teachers Sharma (Nana Palsikar) takes pity on him and becomes his guardian.

Ramu is admitted in school post a brilliant performance in the entrance test, scoring 294 out of 300. Someone tries to steal their hard-earned money while they dwell on the footpath and they get a place in the slum area. Ramu excels in studies in school, but, is ridiculed by the richer students. The headmaster and teacher Sharma take Ramu under their wings. Sharma also declares himself Ramu’s guardian. Sharma visits Ramu’s house and after seeing the poor neighborhood, which is not fit for study, insists that he move in with him. But, Ramu is loyal to Mohan and stays back.

One day, as he is singing, Mohan hears Ashok call out to Meena and rushes to embrace his long-lost sister. Meena is not only looking after Manjula but also, she and Ashok are attracted to each other. Thus, Meena refuses to recognize her brother, who is in a poor condition. But soon Meena confesses to Ashok about her brother and he consoles her that soon she would be with her brother. Mohan is reminded of Manjula as he sleeps and tells Ramu about it. Both decide to go and meet her but she is dead. Ashok brings Mohan home to give him Manjula’s chime as her remembrance. Ashok also attempts to tell Mohan about Meena. But Mohan gets angry and insists that he was alone in this world, except for his friend Ramu.

Soon, Ramu gets into trouble with some goons and is mistakenly arrested by the police during a burglary. Sharma comes to his rescue and bails him out. He tells Ramu that he would be staying with him from then on. He also tells him to keep no contact with Mohan. Mohan is heartbroken and tries to meet his friend. But Sharma does not allow him to talk to Ramu. Soon, Sharma expires and Ramu is left alone to fend for himself and decides not to take his exams since his did not have the fees. When Mohan gets to know about it, he goes out to beg, though he is severely ill and sings this song.

Song – Mera toh jo bhi kadam hai

The lyrics of the song, Mera toh jo bhi kadam hai, were penned by Majrooh Sultanpuri and the music was composed by Lakshmi-Pyare.

The gist of the song is, “I walking in your path. You may live anywhere; you are still within my sight.”

Video – Mera toh jo bhi kadam hai

The cinematographer is Marshall Braganza.

The video opens with Sudhir Kumar Sawant walking on puddles created by rain water on the road in bare feet. He begins to sing the song and is seen in many South Bombay (Mumbai now) locations. At Marine Drive, the sea waves engulf him and almost take him away with them.

He continues to sing on the streets despite the rain pouring on him and he getting wet. People drop coins into his extended hand. Others are walking on the footpath with umbrellas, wicker baskets or without any such protection. Soon, the song peters out and the video also ends as Sudhir Kumar Sawant continues to walk in the rain with his hand extended in front of him.

Artists

Mohammad Rafi sings this song for Sudhir Kumar Sawant and others are also seen in the video.

Cultural Influence

In this typically filmi sad song, the boy says that he will walk on his friend’s path. When we see the songs from the beginning of the movie, they are becoming slower in rhythm as the boy loses all those who were close to him.

This song is very slow, making it a very sad and melodious one. I don’t have to say anything about how Mohammad Rafi Sahab has sung it. Just ammmmazing (intentional spelling)! The song and the artists are good and the video is watchable for the same.

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