Today’s second post is the analysis of the song, Kaun aayake nigahon mein chamak, from the Bollywood movie Waqt (1965). The song has been analyzed on the basis of its context and visualization.
Movie – Waqt (1965)
The song, Kaun aayake nigahon mein chamak, 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. Kedarnath’s eldest son is taken into the orphanage of an oppressor (Jeevan). Post a severe beating, he runs away. Kedarnath visits the orphanage to meet his son. On hearing of the manager’s misbehavior, Kedarnath kills the man and is imprisoned.
2 decades later, Raja (Raaj Kumar) is an undercover thief, who lives the life of a rich man. He is in love with Meena (Sadhana), the daughter of another rich man, Mittal (Manmohan Krishna). But Meena is in love with Ravi (Sunil Dutt), who is actually Kedarnath’s second son, who has just completed law. Ravi has actually been adopted by Khanna (Surendra Nath), who happens to be Mittal’s very good friend and is expected at Mittal’s home to start practise. Meena sings this song at this point, thinking of Ravi.
Song – Kaun aayake nigahon mein chamak
The lyrics of the song, Kaun aayake nigahon mein chamak, were penned by Sahir Ludhianvi and the music was composed by Ravi Shankar Sharma (Ravi).
The song goes thus, “Who has arrived and brightened my eyes?”
Video – Kaun aayake nigahon mein chamak
Cinematography is by Dharam Chopra.
The video opens with Sadhana opening the Venetian blinds. The music has already begun and she begins to hum, placing flowers inside flowerpots. As she starts singing the song, Raaj Kumar enters the home. He thinks she is singing for him. Sadhana moves a translucent white curtain, revealing a brown piano.
She is at a higher level, i.e., floor, lying on a red carpet and he climbs the stairs to approach her. As he reaches the upper level, she begins to play the piano. Soon, the song rises to a crescendo and ends abruptly. The video also ends as she turns to discern Raaj Kumar, who raises his hands to applaud.
The playback was given by Asha Bhonsle for Sadhana. Raaj Kumar is also seen in the video.
There’s no cultural influence on this song. It is a romantic song that depicts the waiting for a beloved, by a girl. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the same.
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