Love in the Qutab Minar …

Only Dev Anand could create romance within the dingy confines of the Qutb Minar. No flowering trees for the hero and heroine to run around, no chirping birds, no blue skies, nothing but ancient stone and a dark winding corridor. And yet this song became an evergreen hit.

Mohammad Rafi’s exceptional voice was one of the highlights of this 1963 social comedy made by Dev Anand and directed by his brother Vijay Anand. Each of Rafi’s songs in Tere Ghar ke samne made the top of the charts. My personal favorite was ‘Tu kahaan yeh bataa’, picturised on Dev Anand and Nutan.

‘Dil ka bhawar’ was the first and only song to be entirely picturised inside the Qutb Minar. No other producer would have thought of picturising a romantic number in such a grim place. All that Dev Anand and Nutan did was to simply walk down the tower. Nutan’s lovely face and Dev Anand’s charm were enough to make the song an immortal classic. Nutan said not a word during the song, her eyes said it all. The song was shot in monochrome, but who needed color when Dev Anand was around?

I saw Tere Ghar Ke Samne in our good old Nataraj Talkies at Chembur, when it was re-run as a matinee show in the early 1980’s. It had an unusual but funny story line, about a young architect, played by Dev Anand, who is simultaneously hired to design a grand bungalow, by his father and by his neighbour, who is his father’s arch business rival. The rival has a lovely daughter, played by Nutan, and the architect promptly falls in love with her and is caught in a dilemma. Finally, he ends up designing the same house for both rival fathers, and manages to win his lady-love, and, as it usually happens in Hindi movies, all ends well.

With Dev Anand at his charming best, Nutan in the prime of her beauty, solid performances by Om Prakash and Harindranath Chattopadhyay as the warring fathers, and superb vocals by Mohammad Rafi, Tere Ghar Ke Samne is a fine tribute to Dev Anand’s skills as an innovative film-maker.

You are still evergreen, Devsaab!

Cheers … Srini.


One thought on “Love in the Qutab Minar …

  1. Very nice article. Enjoyed reading it. It brought alive my memories of this film.

    Apparently, the song ‘dil ka bhanwar’ was shot in a studio set up of just a quarter circle of the qutb minar steps. So, basically, Dev Anand and Nutan kept climbing down the same quarter and it was shot wonderfully and edited by Vijay Anand to give us the whole circle feeling.And what a song! I love the part where Dev sings ‘baat yeh hai tumse pyar hai’ and Nutan deliberately does the mock-‘sharmana’.


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