Safar was such a beautiful film. Based on a novel, it was a remake of Asit Sen’s own 1956 Bengali movie Chalachal. It went on to become a top grosser, counted among the 17 consecutive hit films of Rajesh Khanna between ’69 and ’71, an extraordinary feat in a short span of two years! He turned in a sterling performance along with the rest of the cast.
If memory serves well, Feroz Khan and Sharmila Tagore have just got married and are on their honeymoon, happily driving through the mountains in an open car. He is besotted with her and professes his unconditional love for her all the way…chahenge, nibahenge, sarahenge aap hi ko…aankhon mein nam hai jab tak, dekhenge aap hi ko…apni zuban se aapke jazbaat kahenge…beautifully written by Indeevar and so well sung by Mukesh.
Hidden in the music by Kalyanji Anandji is an underlying note of alarm and misgiving, a harbinger of tragedy to come…and it does, with the death of Feroz Khan who commits suicide when he wrongly believes he has lost the love of his life to another man…dete na aap saath toh mar jaate hum kabhi ke…Just too tragic.
Originally written on 21 March 2018
Madhur Trivedi is a homemaker who went to school and college in Delhi, where she still lives. She is a fine painter and writer. And a cerebral person, as well as a die-hard music buff.