Today’s second post is the analysis of the song, Aage bhi jaane na tu, from the Bollywood movie Waqt (1965). The song has been analyzed on the basis of its context and visualization.
Movie – Waqt (1965)
The song, Aage bhi jaane na tu, 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. Due to Lakshmi’s health issues, Vijay has to move to the city to earn money for his mother’s surgery. He’s working as Raja’s boss Chinoy’s (Rahman) driver.
Raja realizes that Meena and Ravi have fallen in love with each other and decides to kill Ravi. With this intention, when he enters Ravi’s room, by mistake he drops a photo placed on top of a side table. The photo turns out to be Ravi’s childhood picture. Raja recognizes the picture as his younger brother’s and decides against killing Ravi. He picks up the childhood picture and leaves without disturbing the sleeping man.
Renu and her parents are visiting his friend, Mittal and during Ravi and Meena’s engagement party at the Mittal home, Renu insists that Meena sing a song and post the song, Raja requests Meena to make Ravi happy all through their married lives. Raja also blesses her and tells Ravi that he can consider the older man as an elder brother.
When Vijay visits the Khannas’ home to drop Renu, Ravi insults the younger man, which results in Ravi’s altercation with Renu. Piqued, Renu reminds Ravi that he is not the Khannas’ real son. The Mittals overhear the conversation and break the Meena-Ravi engagement.
At Chinoy’s home, Raja sells his services again as a thief in return for the rich man to keep his mouth shut regarding Raja’s criminal career to others. Chinoy arranges for a party where a queen (Shashikala) is invited besides the Khannas and the Mittals. Raja arranges for Meena to meet Ravi at the party. Chinoy wants Raja to steal the queen’s jewelry, during the party. One girl (Erica Lal) sings this song at the party.
Song – Aage bhi jaane na tu
The lyrics of the song, Aage bhi jaane na tu, were penned by Sahir Ludhianvi and the music was composed by Ravi Shankar Sharma (Ravi).
The girl says, “You can’t comprehend the future or the past. Whatever is present is the current moment.”
Video – Aage bhi jaane na tu
Cinematography is by Dharam Chopra.
The video opens with Erica Lal beginning the song and swaying to the tune of the song. Some couples are performing the ballroom dance, following the rhythm of the music. Raaj Kumar is dancing with Shashikala.
Sunil Dutt and Sadhana are standing in the garden of the house. Sharmila Tagore looks at Shashi Kapoor, who is standing in the parking lot. Sunil Dutt and Sadhana come closer and the song and the video end abruptly.
Asha Bhonsle sang this song for Erica Lal. Sadhana, Sharmila Tagore, Sunil Dutt, Raaj Kumar, Shashi Kapoor, Rahman, Shashikala and others are also seen in the video.
There’s no cultural influence on this song. It is a melodious and dreamy romantic song where the singer insists that living in the moment is more worthwhile than thinking about the past or the future. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the same.