Cinema of the Week: APNE HUEY PARAYE (1964)
“APNE HUYE PARAYE”(1964) is Produced and Directed by Ajit Chakraborty for Mars and Movies. The Movie has Mala Sinha, Manoj Kumar, Shashikala, Aagha, Lalita Pawar, Ifthekhar, Dulari, Sundar, Chand Burque, etc in it.
Childhood sweethearts get separated as one family moves out of town. After growing up, they meet again, fall in love, marriage is almost within planning distance, when fate changes everything and the man is forced to marry a friend of his beloved. The lady is left alone, with financial problems. She sorts them out, but in the process loses her health and becomes seriously ill. The childhood friend who now is a Doctor, comes to treat her. The couple convince the lady to move in with them, so they can take better care of her. The move creates unwanted but expected complications, which actually has serious, rather fatal consequences.
Last Week it was ‘Hamrahi”, a Rajendra Kumar, Jamuna, Shashikala starrer, then came 1962’s “Hariyali aur Rasta” a Manoj Kumar, Mala Sinha & Shashikala starrer and this week it is “APNE HUEY PARAYE” again a Manoj Kumar, Mala Sinha & Shashikala starrer and the one thing common in all these 3 Movies and the subsequent 1965’s “Himalay ki Goad Mein” (Manoj Kumar, Mala Sinha & Shashikala starrer) are all of them star the trio of a Hero, a Heroine and Shashikala. This Movie and the other 2 of them pair Manoj Kumar and Mala Sinha with Shashikala playing the third woman out to disturb the happy romance between the couple. And, all these films have a roughly similar plot with a tweak here and a twist there. While “Hamrahi”. “APNE HUYE PARAYE” & ‘Hariyali Aur Raastha’ had Sj’s Music. ‘Himalay Ki Goad Mein’ had Kayanji Anandji’s Music.
After the death of her friend Nalini, Shobha (Dulari) adopts her orphaned daughter along with their maid Rampyari. She raises Lata as her own along with her own daughter Rekha. Rekha is friendly with her childhood friend Shankar and is sad when his family re-locates to Kanpur. Years later Rekha (Mala Sinha) has matured and has grown up to be kind-hearted woman like her mother while Lata (Sashikala) turns into a spoilt brat, influenced by the maid Ram Pyari (Chand Burque). Shankar (Manoj Kumar) returns as a qualified Doctor and he and Rekha fall in love. Shankar asks for Rekha’s hand in marriage, but before the engagement could take place, Rampyari finds that Shankar is having an affair with Lata, compelling both of them to get married, leaving Rekha heart-broken. After the marriage, Lata moves out to live with Shankar. Rekha’s mom passes away leaving her a heavily mortgaged house and many debts. Rekha re-pays the debts and moves out to live with her family servant, Fohkat (Aagha), his son, Makhan (Sunder), and Makhan’s wife, Misri (Naina). Rekha finds employment and falls seriously ill. Shankar comes to treat her and asks her to come and live with them. When Rekha refuses, Lata comes over and makes her change her mind and Rekha move into Shankar’s house. With Shankar still maintaining contact with his first love Rekha, Lata plans to destroy her forever. What follows is a murder of Lata by a freak accident and Court proceedings which not only turns everyone’s lives upside down but also throws open their individual lives to a public scandal. Seasoned Actors Ifthekhar & Lalitha Pawar have guest roles as Advocates pitted against each other
The highlight of the Movie is its Music.
All the songs from this song are superb songs. This movie in all has 7 melodious songs – 3 songs sung by Lata. Mukesh has 2 solos and Subir Sen has a duet with Lata and 1 Asha Bhonsle solo.
1. Bahaar banke woh muskuraaye – Shailendra – Lata.
A very melodious song composed by the Top musical showmen of all time SJ and sung by the Top most charismatic and highly-respected singer Lata Ji. This song brings a smile to anyone just by listening to it and the smiling is infectious, so spread it all around it. Wish we had a time machine to rewind back and reach to the good times of our childhood and teenage days.
2. Dupatte ki girah mein baand leejiye – Hasrat Jaipuri – Mukesh.
Mukesh was the primary singing voice of Manoj Kumar till the mid sixties when Mahendra Kapoor took over after the phenomena that was ‘Mere Desh Ki Dharti’. But even then, for softer tones and emotional songs, Mukesh did continue to step in as the voice behind Manoj Kumar
3. Gagan ke chanda na poochh hamse – Shailendra – Lata, Subir Sen.
A stage song picturized on Manoj Kumar and Shashikala. Manoj Kumar mostly lip synced in the voices of Mukesh, Mahendra Kapoor and Rafi, but here he lip syncs in an unusual voice of Subir Sen who has gave the playback for Manoj Kumar.
4. Apne huye paraaye – Shailendra – Lata.
This is the extremely popular title song of the movie. The picturisation shows a jilted in love Mala Sinha lip sync this melancholic song while “Apne” (Manoj Kumar) is becoming “Paraaye”, viz is getting married to another lady Sashikala. “Kismat ne kya din dikhlaaye”
5. Haaye mujhe loot liya sainyya tere pyaar ne – Hasrat Jaipuri – Asha Bhonsle.
Asha Bhpnsle, in her only song in the movie has lived upto the high standards set by the other songs of this movie. This song is picturised as a Mujra song in a wedding function on Padma Khhanna, then known as Padma Kumari. She is young and looks different. In opening scene Aagha can be seen tuning the tabla and Chand Burque, the ladydancing with pallu on her head of the Boot Polish fame is also in the frame for seconds..
6. Maine bulaaya aur tum aaye – Shailendra – Lata.(2 Versions)
7. Phir koyi muskuraayaa phir ek phool khilaa- Shailendra – Mukesh
This tune of SJ is actually inspired from the song ‘Old Beirut’ from ‘Arabian Nights’. It is one such lovely gem of a song and the rendition by Lata ji simply steals the heart away. The dreamy quality of the voice as it croons is enough to transport the listener to a dreamscape of moon, flowers and fairies. The soft emphasis on the words makes it feel as if someone very dear is meandering through the passages of the heart. Listening to this soft and slow paced melody lets the sounds of the emotions of love settle down slowly in the mind and the heart. Just enjoy the song, wonder, pray and be thankful that we have this great fortune of living on this earth when this angelic Music is present with us
Here is the Youtube Link to the song “Bahaar banke woh muskuraaye” –https://youtu.be/smVT-lv9l8k