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Chal mere ghode tik tik tik

Posted on: June 26, 2010


(This song review is by Greta (Memsaab) who recently reviewed this movie in her blog.)

I had no idea when I first saw and heard this enchanting song a week ago that it is an integral part of Indian childhood. In the wake of my movie review, many people commented that they knew and loved the song but hadn’t known that it was a film song. Not only is the music beautiful (I’m still singing the refrain over and over), but the picturization of it is sublime. I had to rewind and watch the song two or three times before I could move on to the rest of the film.

Meena Kumari enacts all the parts (King, Queen, witch, Horse) as she sings to her little boy, played by Honey Irani. I said in my review that I hope Honey remembers shooting these scenes even though she was very young, because it must have been a magical experience. As the tale unfolds, Meena—by adjusting her body movements, facial expressions, hairstyle and the use of one or two small props—brings each character and the story alive. Her living room is fully integrated into it as well: the staircase in the house IS a big mountain, and there IS a horse prancing about the room, up and down over hill and valley.

And Honey—what fun she is having ! She throws herself equally into it; my favorite part is almost three and a half minutes in when Meena beseeches God to save her husband and Honey participates solemnly, swaying back and forth like a good devotee should. Meena can’t help laughing too, she is just that CUTE.

Lata infuses every phrase with the perfect intonation, changing for each different character, and her singing is very much a part of making it come so alive. And thank goodness the song is subtitled on my DVD as well. The lyrics by Prem Dhawan are just wonderful. So playful! Ravi has long been one of my favorite music composers as well, and this song perfectly illustrates why. Atul tells me that this duo collaborated on another well-loved children’s song from Vachan (1955) called “Chanda mama door ke” which I am off to see right now. Enjoy!


Song-Chal mere ghode tik tik tik (Chiraag Kahaan Roshni Kahaan) (1959) Singer-Lata, Lyrics-Prem Dhawan, MD-Ravi

Lyrics

sun mere nanhe sun mere munne
sunle ek kahaani
bahut dinon ki baat hai
ek tha raja ek thi rani
raja rani ke ghar mein tha rajkumar ek pyaara
ek ke dil ka tukdaa thaa wo
ek ki aankh ka taaraa
ek din raja ka man chaahaa
chal kar karen shikaar
nikal padaa wo hokar
ek nanhe ghode pe sawaar
aur maaloom hai
wo kyaa kahtaa jaa rahaa thaa ?
kyaa maan ?

chal mere ghode tik tik tik
chal mere ghode tik tik tik
rukne ka tu naam na lenaa
chalna tera kaam
chal mere ghode tik tik tik
chal mere ghode tik tik tik
rukne ka tu naam na lenaa
chalna tera kaam
chal mere ghode tik tik tik
chal mere ghode tik tik tik

chalte chalte uske aage aaya ek pahaad
chalte chalte uske aage aaya ek pahaad
raja man hi man ghabraayaa
kaise hoga paar
itne mein ek panchhi bolaa
apne pankh utaar
pankh bane hain ye himaat ke
le aur hojaa paar
pankh lagaa kar ghode ko raja ne ed lagaayi
dene lagi hawaaon mein phir ye aawaaz sunaayi
kyaa maan ?
chal mere ghode tik tik tik
chal mere ghode tik tik tik
rukne ka tu naam na lenaa
chalna tera kaam
chal mere ghode tik tik tik
chal mere ghode

le kar raja ko ek ban mein
aaya neelaa ghodaa
le kar raja ko ek ban mein
aaya neelaa ghodaa
dekh ke ek chanchal hirni ko
uske peechhe daudaa
lekin paas jo pahunchaa to
dekho kismat ki karni
roop mein us chanchal hirni ke
nikli jaadugarni
palat ke jaadugarni ne
jaadu ka teer jo chhodaa
totaa ban kar rah gayaa raja
patthar bankar ghodaa

phir kyaa huaa maan ?
phir kyaa huaa ?
phir
phir raja kaise kahtaa ?
kyaa maan ?
chal mere ghode tik tik tik
chal mere ghode tik tik tik
rukne ka tu naam na lenaa
chalna tera kaam
chal mere ghode tik tik tik
chal mere ghode tik tik tik

idhar mahal mein raah dekhte
vyaakul ho gayi rani
rajkumar ke komal mukh par
bhi chhaayi veeraani
tab ishwar se donon ne
ro ro kar kari pukaar
dede hamen hamaara raja
jag ke paalanhaar re
o jag ke paalanhaar
jag ke paalanhaar re
o jag ke paalanhaar

sunkar unki binti
door gagan mein jwaala bhadki
jaadugarni ke sar par ek zor ki bijli kadki
tote se phir nikla raja
aur patthar se ghodaa
rajmahal ki or wo pooraa zor lagaakar daudaa
aur bolaa
kyaa maan ?
chal mere ghode tik tik tik
chal mere ghode tik tik tik
rukne ka tu naam na lenaa
chalna tera kaam
chal mere ghode tik tik tik
chal mere ghode tik tik tik

dekhke raja ko aate
rani phooli na samaayi
rajmahal ke dwaar pe jhatpat daudi daudi aayi
raja aaya raja aayaa
bolaa raj kumar
apne haathon se raani ne jaakar kholaa dwaar

5 Responses to "Chal mere ghode tik tik tik"

Greta, thanks for a fabulous review of my favorite song! My sons will also probably say that it is their favorite, because of the countless times they have ridden on my back to the accompaniment of this song, tunelessly intoned by me!

The fact that this song is from a movie is not known to too many people including moms. If most moms are deeply into Bollywood songs like Lalitha, then I am sure their little ones will be highly grateful.

I recall my little one riding on my back, but I at that time was simply not aware of this song. In fact, on one occasion, she rode on my stomach while I was asleep. (My wife clicked a photograph as evidence).

Like most people, I was only aware of the first line of the song, and even little ones need more than one lines in order to get properly amused.

Fantastic review of a song that I know from as long as I can remember. Truly iconic song. As are many of the songs that Ravi composed but did not really get enough credit for.

That scene of Honey Irani praying – that is just hilarious and sooooooo sweet! :-)

I fell head over heels for Honey in this :) And Meena is just amazing. If we all had Moms who could act like that (Lalitha it sounds like your sons do!) :)

Even i remember the first line as being an integral part of my childhood – though frankly speaking couldnt recall much else till i saw the song here. Its such fun to see it again and am sure my son will love it too!

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