Mere dil mein aaj kya hai, by Rahila Ahmed Ariff

Daag: A Poem of Love is a 1973 Bollywood film produced and directed by Yash Chopra in his debut as a producer, which laid the foundation of Yash Raj Films. It is an adaptation of the Thomas hardy novel The Mayor of Casterbridge. Rajesh Khanna impressed audiences and critics with his performance, and the film was a super hit.

Here are some awards the film received or was shortlisted for:
Filmfare Best Director Award–Yash Chopra
Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award–Raakhee
Filmfare Nomination for Best Actor-Rajesh Khanna
Filmfare Nomination for Best Music-Laxmikant Pyarelal
Filmfare Nomination for Best Male Playback Singer-Kishore Kumar for the song “Mere Dil Mein Aaj”

In this song, the hero is proposing to the heroine. In fact, just before the song, the lady, Sharmila, acting naive, says that she does not know what Rajesh Khanna is talking about. And then Rajesh Khanna breaks into this song, explaining to her what it was that he was talking about.

And as it happens in Bollywood songs, the hero does not propose in a direct way, but does so in a roundabout way, dropping clearcut hints about what he wants to say. And by the end of the song, the heroine, in true Bollywood style, indicates her acceptance of the advances made by Rajesh Khanna towards her 🙂

It is a good song which has been picturised well. But I hope they could have done something about that moustache of Rajesh Khanna that he sports in this song.


(Originally written: 21st April 2017)

Rahila Ahmed Ariff was born and raised in Madras, now called Chennai. She lived for decades in Sharjah, The United Arab Emirates, and has now come back to live in Bangalore.

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