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’s (Ajit) 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. 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.
The Kunwar asks for Chandan Singh’s (Ashok Kapoor) sister Rajkumari’s (Parveen Paul) hand for Shyam. Chandan Singh feels insulted due to it and breaks his friendship with the Kunwar. Their rivalry increases. Kuldeep meets Rajkumari and they fall in love with each other. Ramu Kaka thinks Renu as the right match for the Kunwar and hopes that he would finally marry her. Renu sees Shyam’s photo in the Kunwar’s home and feels comfortable there. When Shyam returns home, he finds that Amar Singh is falling for Renu. Thus, Shyam decides to back out of his relationship with Renu. Renu is compelled to marry the Kunwar, by her family.
Shyam stays away from Renu and does not encourage any romantic feelings between them. Soon, Amar Singh gets suspicious that Shyam is in love with some girl. But, Shyam categorically denies it. Renu is still in love with Shyam and waits for an official proposal from him. Shyam acts wayward to convince Renu to leave him alone and give up the love that she has for him. He tells Kuldeep to bring Renu to the club at this time. Shyam is seen drinking there. Renu informs the Kunwar that Shyam has gone wayward and is visiting a brothel. Shyam is seen singing this song and dancing with the brothel dancer Champa (Lakshmi Chaya).
Song: The lyrics of this song were penned by Neeraj and the music was composed by Shankar-Jaikishan.
The gist of the song is, “The night does not allow me to sleep. Talk something at this time. Let this meeting become auspicious. Say something.”
Video: Cinematography is by Rajendra Malone. Dance choreography is by B Sohanlal-Surya Kumar-Kamal.
The video opens with Laxmi Chaya beginning her performance on the song. Shashi Kapoor is taking a swing from a glass of whiskey. He goes forward to hold her hand and begins the song. She continues to dance around. He again catches hold of her hand.
She pulls him down with her on the floor and throws the edge of her dupatta on his head. He continues to sing and stagger around. Soon, the song peters out and the video ends as Shashi Kapoor lies on one of the mattresses arranged around the dance area.
Artists: The playback singer of this song is Mohammad Rafi and the onscreen performances are by Lakshmi Chaya, Shashi Kapoor and others.
Cultural Influence: This typically filmi song is a sad rendition in the guise of a happy one. I get the feeling that the song is meant to praise the heroine in the guise of praising the brothel dancer. The song and the artists are very good. The video is watchable for the same.