Today’s second post is the analysis of the song, Waqt se din aur raat, from the Bollywood movie Waqt (1965). The song has been analyzed on the basis of its context and visualization.
Movie – Waqt (1965)
The song, Waqt se din aur raat, appears in 1965 flick Waqt (Time). It is a disaster drama produced by B R Chopra and directed by Yash Chopra under the banner of B R Films. The movie starred Balraj Sahni, Achala Sachdev, Raaj Kumar, Sunil Dutt, Sadhana, Shashi Kapoor, Sharmila Tagore, Madan Puri, Rehman, etc.
Waqt (1965) triggered off the series of films with the lost-and-found formula. This formula was originally seen in Kismat (1943) starring Ashok Kumar before this movie.
Lala Kedarnath (Balraj Sahni) has 3 sons, with the same birthday (different years). During their birthday celebrations, they meet a famous astrologer, who tells the Lala not to be proud of his achievements and not to be too optimistic about the future as fate plays an important role in life. Lala Kedarnath ignores the prediction and gets preoccupied with plans for an even wealthier future.
Post the birthday celebration when the Lala sings a song for his wife Lakshmi (Achala Sachdev), an earthquake devastates the entire area and the family members get separated. This song is heard at this point in the background.
Song – Waqt se din aur raat
The lyrics of the song, Waqt se din aur raat, were penned by Sahir Ludhiyanvi and the music was composed by Ravi Shankar Sharma (Ravi).
The song goes thus, “Day and night appear at their own time. Yesterday and today are also present due to time. Everything is dependent on time. Time governs everything in this cosmos.”
Video – Waqt se din aur raat
Cinematography is by Dharam Chopra.
The video opens with the shot of rubble in the place where a group of buildings were standing. Balraj Sahni is walking on the rubble looking for other members of his family from the movie.
His head is bandaged and his arm is in a sling. He is devastated. Elsewhere Achla Sachdev is carrying a child in grave silence. One of the kids is adopted by someone. Another kid has to scrub the floor to eke out a living.
Rain further creates havoc for Achla Sachdev and the kid. The hoarding with the name – Kedarnath and Sons – is broken into 3 pieces. A policeman asks Balraj Sahni what happened. He explains his situation. The policeman leaves.
The oldest boy, Balraj Sahni and Achla Sachdev are in despair. Achla Sachdev has to do the dishes and stitching clothes for others for livelihood. Soon, the song peters out and the video ends as she looks at the camera thoughtfully.
The playback has been given by Mohammad Rafi. Balraj Sahni, Achala Sachdev and others are also seen in the video.
There’s no cultural influence on this song. It essentially drives home the fact that time is a powerful factor that rules our lives. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the same.