Today’s second post is the analysis of the song, Hum jab simatke aapki bahon mein aa gaye, from the Bollywood movie Waqt (1965). The song has been analyzed on the basis of its context and visualization.
Movie – Waqt (1965)
The song, Hum jab simatke aapki bahon mein aa gaye, 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 she is in love with him.
One day, Raja requests that he wants to visit Meena’s place for a cuppa tea made by her. She tells him that she would be honored to serve him. But Ravi visits her before Raja reaches her home and swipes her off her feet. Ravi takes her via a boat from her backyard and Raja is left watching them leave.
Meena sings this song at this point.
Song – Hum jab simatke aapki bahon mein aa gaye
The lyrics of the song, Hum jab simatke aapki bahon mein aa gaye, were penned by Sahir Ludhianvi and the music was composed by Ravi Shankar Sharma (Ravi).
The girl says, “When I come into your arms, several sweet dreams come into my eyes.”
Video – Hum jab simatke aapki bahon mein aa gaye
Cinematography is by Dharam Chopra. Dance choreography is by Prem Dhawan-Harbans.
The video opens with the music beginning and Sadhana running on a small bridge, over an artificial stream, into Sunil Dutt’s arms. She also begins singing. He performs an aalap. Then, she is seen laying on a hammock.
I love her lemon yellow chudidar kurta. He helps her up from the hammock and when she continues to sing, he joins her in the song. Then, the song almost peters out with the pair going, “lalalala…”
The scenic beauty of the mountainous region is ammmazing! There’s a change of scene at this point and the camera shoots the beautiful cottony clouds on the mountains. She is approaching him and they come close. As that happens, the song and the video end abruptly.
Asha Bhonsle and Mahendra Kapoor sang this song for Sadhana and Sunil Dutt.
There’s no cultural influence on this song. It is a romantic duet where the girl reveals to her beloved how she feels when she is in his arms. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the same.