Din hain baharke – Asha/Mahendra – Ravi – Sharmila/Shashi | Waqt (1965)

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Today’s third post is the analysis of the song, Din hain baharke, from the Bollywood movie Waqt (1965). The song has been analyzed on the basis of its context and visualization.

Movie – Waqt (1965)

The song, Din hain baharke, 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), and a playboy. Khanna happens to be Mittal’s very good friend. The adopted son is expected at Mittal’s home to start practise. When Ravi arrives at the airport where Meena is waiting for him, Raja is also present. Raja realizes that Meena is in love with Ravi.

On the other hand, Khanna’s daughter, Renu (Sharmila Tagore) is in love with Vijay (Shashi Kapoor), who is Kedarnath’s third son and has been brought up by Lakshmi. Vijay considers himself a jinx because the family faced a devastating separation on his birthday. Renu and Vijay are classmates in the same college and go for a picnic with other classmates. They sing this song at this point.

Song – Din hain baharke

The lyrics of the song, Din hain baharke, were penned by Sahir Ludhianvi and the music was composed by Ravi Shankar Sharma (Ravi).

The girl says, “These are days of spring when we express our love. The supporter of my heart, come let’s love each other.”

The man sings, “When the millions of sorrows are against love, how can be love each other?”

Video – Din hain baharke

Cinematography is by Dharam Chopra. Dance choreography is by Prem Dhawan-Harbans.

The video opens with a group of people clapping in front of the camera. Only their hands are visible. The music has already begun. They are on top of a river barge dancing and playing different musical instruments.

Sharmila Tagore begins to sing and dance and approaches Shashi Kapoor to coax him to accept her love. He replies to her in the same note that he is helpless due to sorrows in his life. The members of the entire group clap their hands, which takes the song forward.

The lead pair shift to a yacht anchored close to the barge and leave on it, together. The song peters out and the video also ends as they are leaving and the others continue dancing on the barge.

Artists

Asha Bhonsle and Mahendra Kapoor sang this song for Sharmila Tagore and Shashi Kapoor. Other actors are also seen in the video.

Cultural Influence

There’s no cultural influence on this song. It is a romantic duet where the girl tries to convince her beloved to accept her love. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the same.

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