Movie: This song appeared in 1971 moderately successful K R Films’ romantic drama Patanga (Moth) produced by Kedar Kapoor and R S Sharma and directed by Kedar Kapoor. The movie starred late Shashi Kapoor, late Vimmi, late Ajit, late Rajinder Nath, etc.
Shyam (Shashi Kapoor) is Kunwar Amar Singh (Ajit)’s servant’s son. But, the Kunwar considers him his own younger brother and finances his education. Shyam meets Renu (Vimmi) on the first class coach of a train and immediately falls for her. She does not entertain his approach for friendship due to a misunderstanding created by pickpocket Kuldeep (Rajinder Nath), unintentionally. Soon, due to Shyam’s efforts, Renu also falls in love with him.
Tragedy strikes and Renu’s brother Manoharlal (Jagdish Raaj) dies in an accident. Manoharlal happens to be Kunwar Amar Singh’s friend and the latter brings his deceased friend’s family to his home. He also gets attracted to Renu because she is his former girlfriend Kamla’s look-alike. Shyam’s father (Sajjan) thinks Kunwar Amar Singh should marry Renu. These developments are unknown to Shyam and Kuldeep. Kuldeep happens to be Renu’s long-lost cousin brother. Shyam and Kuldeep have become friends because of the common factor of Renu.
Renu sees Shyam’s photograph in Kunwar Amar Singh’s home and feels comfortable. When Shyam returns home, he decides to back out, for his benefactor’s happiness. At Kunwar Amar Singh’s insistence, Shyam sings this song at this time.
Song: The lyrics of this song were penned by Neeraj and the music was composed by Shankar-Jaikishan.
The gist of the song is, “O my heart, sing this song with a lot of enthusiasm, so that the night passes but it does not dawn. Like a childhood story, which we remember partly and it is partly forgotten.”
Video: Cinematography is by Rajendra Malone.
The video opens with Shashi Kapoor sitting at the piano and beginning to play it. Vimmi is standing on the other side of the piano. Ajit and Leela Mishra are also sitting nearby enjoying the song. Soon, the song peters out and the video ends as Shashi Kapoor plays the endnotes on the piano.
Artists: The playback singer of this song is Mohammad Rafi and the onscreen performances are by Shashi Kapoor, Vimmi, Ajit, Leela Mishra and others.
Cultural Influence: There is no cultural influence on this typically filmi song. This song is a sad one in the guise of a happy one. The song and the artists are very good. The video is watchable for the same.