Sunte hai koi maut ka – Hemant Kumar – C Ramchander | Insaniyat (1955)


My maternal granddad took my Mom to see this movie when it had just been released. This was the very first movie she had seen. He had taken her to see the movie to watch the gorilla Zippy’s acting. Since then, Mom became the fan of not only Zippy but also Dev Sahab. She did not get to meet Zippy. However, I took her to meet Dev Sahab when I had gone to meet him for an interview.

Movie: This song appeared in 1955 costume drama Insaniyat (Humanity) directed and produced by S S Vasan. The movie starred Dilip Kumar, late Dev Anand, late Bina Rai, late Shobhana Samarth, late Jayant, Agha, Mohana, Zippy, etc.


Post an altercation with a village girl Durga (Bina Rai), Bhanu Pratap (Dev Anand) renounces his service with the treacherous King Zangoora (Jayant) and comes and settles in the village where the life-changing incident took place. He is initially not accepted by the people for whom he had rebelled. But, Mangal (Dilip Kumar) and others come to his rescue as Bhanu Pratap had recently saved the life of Durga from a raging bull.

Zangoora gets the news that Bhanu Pratap has got settled in the village and is training the villagers against the oppressor. Mangal is in love with Durga, but cannot talk about his love to her. On the other hand, Durga has fallen in love with Bhanu Pratap. Mangal’s mother (Shobhana Samarth) realizes that he is in love with Durga and visits her father to arrange his son and Durga’s marriage. She returns home and informs her son, who is happy about it. But, when Durga’s father apprises his daughter about the alliance, she becomes sad. Her father realizes that she is in love with Bhanu Pratap. It’s anybody’s guess, how he gets to know about the exact person, she is in love with. He tells her that he will marry her to Bhanu Pratap only. She is elated and runs to inform Bhanu Pratap about it.

A friend of Mangal informs him that Durga and Bhanu Pratap are together and he comes to confront Bhanu Pratap. But, when Durga insists that she loves Bhanu Pratap, Mangal decides to back out and arranges for Durga and Bhanu Pratap to get married. The day they are being married, Zangoora’s soldiers attack the village. The villagers’ combined effort under the able leadership of Bhanu Pratap is successful in making the attackers run away from there.

Durga and Bhanu Pratap marry at the next auspicious time and she gives birth to a son Bindu. Zangoora sends some spies to the village. Despite warning from Bhanu Pratap, the villagers decide to celebrate an impending festival at a hill-temple outside the fortress. Zangoora also gets this message through spies and decides to attack them when they are not prepared for battle. They are actually a sitting duck in front of Zangoora’s army.

Zangoora’s soldiers catch hold of Bhanu Pratap, due to the treachery of the spies and recede from the temple. Durga blames Mangal for the treachery and goes looking for her husband, with her child, in the jungle and all the natural calamities befall her! Mangal and Bhanu Pratap’s sidekick Bhola (Agha) disguise themselves as street performers and reach the palace of Zangoora, to rescue Bhanu Pratap. They send Zippu to Bhola’s girlfriend Chameli (Mohana) and acquire a soldier’s dress through her, at night.

Mangal dresses up as a soldier and makes it to the dungeons where Bhanu Pratap has been locked up. Mangal convinces his friend to exchange their dresses and leave the palace.

Mangal encounters Zangoora’s wife Chanda (Vijayalakshmi), who convinces him to kill Zangoora with her knife. Mangal hesitates to kill the dictator while he is sleeping and wakes him up to challenge him to a fight. Zangoora confines him through treachery. Soon, Bhanu Pratap reaches Durga. But, they lose their child to Zangoora’s spies, who take him to their king. Bhanu Pratap attacks Zangoora’s fort in a bid to rescue Mangal and give justice to the citizens of the kingdom.

Zangoora uses the child to take Bhanu Pratap’s army to task. But, good old Zippu comes to the rescue of the child and takes him to Mangal. Bhanu Pratap kills the dictator, soon. In the process of taking the child to his parents, Mangal becomes prey to a soldier’s knife. He dies after giving the child to Durga and the villagers erect a mausoleum in his memory. This song is heard in the background at this time.

Song: The lyrics of this song were penned by Rajinder Kishan and the music was composed by C Ramchander.

The man says, “We have heard that someone has become the guest of Death. Some moth had sacrificed its life in a flame. Who is this? He had destroyed himself for other human beings. He was a human being, too. But, he has become God because of his good deeds.”

Video: The director of photography is P Ellappa.

The video opens with Shobhana Samarth crying over her son’s body. Dilip Kumar is lying on her lap. Bina Rai and Dev Anand look on helplessly. The next shot is of a mausoleum made in the name of the dead person. The villagers are standing around it. The song has begun in the background. Bina Rai, Dev Anand and Zippy are also present among the villagers. The song peters out and the camera pans to the sky. That is the end of the video as well as the movie.

Artists: The playback of this song was sung by Hemant Kumar and the onscreen performances are by Dev Anand, Bina Rai, Dilip Kumar, Shobhana Samarth, Agha, Mohana, Zippy and others.

Cultural Influence: This typically filmi sad song depicting the death of the side hero. The song and the artists are very good. The video is watchable for the same.

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