The first time I ever got hooked onto Hindi songs was when I heard this song sung by one of my schoolmate at a performance in middle school. Oh it could be that I had a huge crush on him (which lasted for, oh, let’s say 4 months. **Wicked Grin**) that got me hooked…but whatever the reason I have enjoyed music ever since.
Anyways, this is a classic romantic musical from 1964 hit Hindi movie Kashmir Ki Kali (= Flower of Kashmir) Sung by Mohd. Rafi, Music composed by O.P. Nayyar to the Lyrics penned by S.H. Bihari. Most of the songs are still classics, the review of the movie would definitely have to be another post. Enjoy the song in the meanwhile.
There are so many things about this song that I feel so compelled to mention:
- Sharmila Tagore’s debut movie becoming a super blockbuster putting her on the top overnight.
- Shammi Kapoor’s simple steps in the little boat done with so much ease that it makes you want to shake.
- The very charming Sharmila shaking like a leaf towards the end when she realizes that he was actually serenading love as opposed to just charm.
- The director must have had a tough time getting all the boats go around in a circle, but he got it.
- Note that Shammi Kapoor had not repeated a single step for the entire song.
- Kashmir seen at a different era in a different way. I wonder if it still is the same now, although it has become more a sad place than heaven as most of the times it was described.
- Note one of the background dancer who misses her step to right herself from falling. Wonder why the director kept the scene and had not done a retake. (@ 3.58)
- The last step that Shammi Kapoor takes to reach out to Sharmila Tagore when he forgets that he was on a boat instead of land and falls into the water, comes off so natural.
- And finally to the amazing Lyrics that made this song immortal, as always Romanized in Hindi / Urdu: