Unforgettable — ‘Gar tum bhulaa na doge…

Somewhere along the way, deep within, I’m probably a romantic. Or else, why would Hasrat Jaipuri’s syrupy lyrics resonate with me? Rafi’s voice does full justice to the onscreen actor Dharmendra. Sharmila Tagore, all of 24-25 at the time, sporting a bouffant even in the rain for this song in Yakeen (1969) is coy, or was she shy of the ever-romantic macho hero’s advances?

Shankar-Jaikishan’s music is melodious, memorable and echoes in my head to this day.  My favorite lines: “Jeevan ke har safar mein hum saath hee rahenge, duniya ki har dagafr par hum saath hee chalenge”. Okay, let’s just hear the song before I feel super embarrassed about writing this.


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