Chodkar tere pyarka daman – Mahendra/Lata – Madan Mohan – Manoj/Helen | Woh Kaun Thi? (1964)


Today’s first post is the song, Chodkar tere pyarka daman, from the Bollywood movie, Woh Kaun Thi? (1964). The song has been analyzed on the basis of its context and visualization.

Movie – Woh Kaun Thi? (1964)

The song, Chodkar tere pyarka daman, appeared in Prithivi Pictures’ hit psychological mystery, Woh Kaun Thi? (1964); meaning – Who was she? directed by Raj Khosla and produced by N N Sippy under the banner of Prithvi Pictures. The movie starred Sadhana, Manoj Kumar, Prem Chopra, K N Singh, Helen, Parveen Chaudhary, etc.

Dr. Anand (Manoj Kumar) is driving a car at the beginning of the movie. Suddenly, a woman (Sadhana) comes in front of his car and he gives her a lift. She introduces herself as Sandhya. The moment she enters the car, the wipers stop working! Dr. Anand is even more spooked when the woman shows him the way, without proper visibility and directs him to a cemetery. When they reach the cemetery, the gates open, as if automatically and Dr. Anand hears someone singing Naina barse rimjhim rimjhim… The woman disappears in front of the cemetery gate.

Dr. Anand is expected to inherit a huge fortune from a distant relative. There is a catch here. He will get the inheritance only if he is mentally stable. It appears that there have been cases of insanity in his family in the past. Dr. Lata (Parveen Chaudhary), another medical expert in the hospital, loves Dr. Anand. However, he does not intend to leave his girlfriend Seema (Helen).

In the next shot, Dr. Singh (K N Singh), who is Dr. Anand’s boss and Lata’s father, announces a dance item by Anand and Seema and Dr. Singh doesn’t seem to be pleased that Anand and Seema are performing together.

Soon, Anand’s mother (Ratnamala) gives him an ultimatum regarding his marriage. On a date, he teases Seema regarding the same. When she gets offended, he sings this song.

Song – Chodkar tere pyarka daman

The lyrics of the song, Chodkar tere pyarka daman, penned by Raja Mehendi Ali Khan, were set to tune by Madan Mohan.

The man asks, “Were do I go, leaving your arms full of love?”

The girl replies, “I am afraid that I might die of happiness in your arms.”

Video – Chodkar tere pyarka daman

Director of Photography is K H Kapadia. Dance choreography is by Surya Kumar-Satyanarayan.

The video opens with Manoj Kumar beginning the song, as he stands up. Helen replies to him via the song itself and performs a few dance steps as she sings. The song has all the ingredients of a typical Bollywood song of yore, like garden, trees, rolling on the lawn, etc. Soon, the song peters out and the video also end as the pair come close to each other.


Mahendra Kapoor and Lata Mangeshkar sing this song on the playback for Manoj Kumar and Helen.

Cultural Influence

The music of this melodious song is very much commercial and does not have any influence of any culture on it. I love this song. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the same.


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