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This article is written by Sudhir, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in sites like lyricstrans.com and ibollywoodsongs.com etc then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

Rare Performances – Things Unique and Unexpected #9
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So what did you say was so special about 31st Jan?  Well, to start with, the realization that, gosh, one full month has slipped by in what was just a few days ago, the New Year.  The year that was new, is now one month old.   And do you know how old is the blog today? OK, let me calculate.  With the start date of 19th July, 2008, we are looking at – oh, 6 full years + 6 full months + 13 full days.  A quick visit to the calculator tells us that this corresponds to 6.54 years.  So there, our blog is 6.54 years old.

And goodness, it has grown tall, taller than ever before.  How much you may ask?  Well, today it is exactly 10.8 tall.  Wo,wo, I am sure you will immediately object – what is this 10.8 business?  Is it feet, is it meters, what is it?  Well, it is 10.8 thousand songs tall.  Imagine if each song was a tile 1 centimeter thick, and we stacked them all vertically, we would get a tower which would be 108 meters tall.  That makes this blog equal to the 5th tallest statue in the world.  This is the statue of Buddha, called Guan Yin is situated on the south coast of China’s Hainan island.  For comparison sake, the Statue of Liberty is 93 meters high.

Welcome all to the 10K plus 800th song on this blog – the 108 meters tall target being accomplished in 6.54 years.  The saga continues undiminished.  The stewardship and the teamwork has been attended to many times.  But one aspect that I would like to highlight today is the wonder of the film song that we simply continue discovering.  Nary a day passes that we have not posted a fantastic gem, an obscure but a very attractive song, or a rare and lost oddity.  The more we put our efforts into it, the more fabulous and rare gems we continue to dig up.  I know, a time is going to come that we may exhaust all that is there is discover.  But till that time, the fun continues apace, relentlessly.

Keeping in that tradition, this song being posted, at the height of 108 meters, is a real rare, obscure oddity, and which deserves to be also labeled as a gem.  Why, you may ask?  For the rarity and obscurity, I will give you its details, and for the gem categorization, well you must listen to it, and then I am sure you will agree.  Rather, you must.  :)

With this special post, the significant milestone that we celebrate is the century of the songs by music director S Mohinder. And also, mark this – and also the debut of the very same person on this blog as a singer. Yes, this song, from his first film as an independent music director is also a song that he has sung himself.  This makes it an oddity, a rarity, an obscurity, and any other –ity you may want to add to it.  For the record, the Geet Kosh tells us that only three Hindi film songs exist in his voice.  This one takes precedence, as it is the first one.

Since the start of the film industry, performers and artists from other parts of the country have been moving to the major centers of film production.  In the initial decades of the Hindi film industry, Bombay has attracted the best music composers from Bengal, (Anil Biswas, Sachin Dev Burman and Hemant Kumar). There were great maestros from Maharashtra (C. Ramchandra and Shanker Jaikishan). Central India was represented by Sajjad Hussain and Ghulam Mohammad. Vasant Desai of Gujarat and Khem Chand Prakash represented the best from Rajasthan.  The biggest contingent of music directors, however came from Punjab.  Big names like Ustad Jhande Khan, Rafique Ghaznavi, Shyam Sunder, Khurshid Anwar, Ghulam Haider, Firoze Nizami, Pandit Gobind Ram, Husanlal Bhagatram, Hans Raj Behl, Vinod, Alla Rakha Qureshi, Sardar Malik, Roshan, Madan Mohan, Ravi and O.P. Nayyar shined all over. The name of S Mohinder belongs in this group.

My very first memory of this ‘sardar ji’ music director goes way back into childhood.  The year is 1969.  The Punjabi film ‘Nanak Naam Jahaaz Hai’ was released that year, and it became the biggest hit of the year in North India.  The performance was kind of unexpected, since Punjabi films do very little business outside the Punjab state.  But this film had hugely successful runs in practically all the neighboring states in North India, and was declared to be one of the highest grossing films of that year.

The success of the film was partly attributed to the religious and social sentiments this films touched, and also partly attributed to the film’s music.  The songs of this film, many of which are ‘shabads’ (bhajans contained in the Sri Guru Granth Sahib, the religious book of the Sikhs), captured the fancy and the minds of the listeners and became very popular.  Both the film and its music won the coveted national awards for that year – Best Picture and Best Music Direction.

My first introduction to the music director was an article in Filmfare.  There was a photograph of a young looking sardar ji, and an article that talked about the success of this film, its music, and then a brief about the life and times of S Mohinder.  Later I would find out that the ‘S’ initial in the name stands for his surname, his complete name being Mohinder Singh Sarna.

Mohinder was born in 1925, in the village of Silanwala near Montgomery in Punjab (now in Pakistan).  His father worked with the police department, and had a transferable job.  When he was about ten years of age, the family moved to Lyallpur (now called Faislabad, also in Pakistan).  According to him, his father was a religious person and was a good flute player.  After coming to Lyallpur, young Mohinder became a ‘shagird’ (student, apparentice) of Sant Sujan Singh, a singer of ‘shabads’ and bhajans, and a well known teacher of classical music.  After a few years in Lyallpur, the family moved again to Sheikhupura, close to Nankana Sahib, the birth place of Sri Guru Nanak.  In Sheikhupura, his music tutelage continued.  He came in touch with the legendary religious vocalist and musician Bhai Samand Singh, and continued to learn at his feet.  His name became known as a musician and a singer, and he often performed at the Lahore radio station.

When partition happened in 1947, the family moved to the Indian side of Punjab.  Mohinder traveled further, and went to Benaras, to continue his education in classical music.  His art was further groomed under the guidance of masters like Bade Ghulam Ali Khan and Lakshman Das.  After spending a couple of years in Benaras, he set out for Bombay, to try and make a name for himself as a music director.

He got his first break from producer director Arun Ahuja, who was then making the film ‘Sehra’.  This was followed 1949 with the film ‘Jeevan Saathi’.  In these years, which I prefer to call the watershed years in Hindi film music, S Mohinder’s music in these two films failed to get any attention from the listeners.  The story in 1950 was different though.  This year saw the release of the Suraiya – Dev Anand starrer ‘Neeli’.  With as many as seven songs in the voice of Suariya, the music for this film became popular and the people started to recognize this ‘sardar ji’ music director.  He joined Filmistan studios as a regular music director, and worked with them for some years.

In 1952, came ‘Shreemati ji’.  He just had one song in this film (remaining songs being composed by Basant Prakash and James Singh aka Jimmy).  But it was this Hemant Kumar-Geeta Dutt duet that became the most popular – “Do Naina Tumhaare Pyaare Pyaare”.  His other notable films in subsequent years are ‘Paapi’ in 1953 and ‘Naata’ in 1955.

Then came 1956, and the year when the songs of the film ‘Shirin Frahad’ became hugely popular, and for once, S Mohinder was a name that was now became known across the country.  But despite the phenomenal success of the music of ‘Shirin Farhad’,S Mohinder was unable to move into more of garde A films and production houses.  He continued to give music for another 10 years.  1966 is somewhat of a transition year for him, as he almost shut down his association with the Hindi film industry, and moved more towards the Punjabi films.  His last Hindi film is probably ‘Dahej’ in 1981.

And now, a little note about this very interesting song.  My question may sound silly to you.  But think about it and then reply for yourself.  Have you ever dreamt of flying?  If you answered ‘yes’, then this song is your song.  The words of this song are meant for the those who dream of having wings and taking to the skies, flying and gliding like the birds.  In that sense, I find this song to be a very, very, very unique song – it tells of developing wings and taking a flight in the open skies.  And line by line, in a very interesting manner, it also describes what all one will do when out there in the wide open skies.  Each and every thing mentioned is an idea that has been thought over in depth.  I am sure developing the lyrics of this song would have been quite a bit of work.

The song comes from the 1948 film ‘Sehra’.  This is the debut film for S Mohinder.  The film is produced by Arun Ahuja (father of actor Govinda) for his home company Arun Productions.  The film is directed by DB Joshi and RD Bali.  The available list of actors indicates the names as Arun (who I surmise, is Arun Ahuja himself), Nirmala (who I surmise to be mother of actor Govinda), Maya Devi, S Nazeer, Sheikh, and Leela Misra.

The ten songs of this film are written by three lyricists.  Although the Geet Kosh does no list the specific name of the lyricist for this song, the name identified from other sources is Surjeet Sethi, one of the well known literary figure in Punjabi literature.  Of course, the music direction and singing is by S Mohinder himself.

I have been just taken in by this song, which I heard for the first time yesterday.  I am sure you will be too.

So if you want to fly, or even if you are not interested in flying, listen to this song, and fly, enjoy.

Song – Ae Dil Udaa Ke Le Chal (Sehra) (1948) Singer – S Mohinder, Lyrics – Surjeet Sethi, MD – S Mohinder

Lyrics

ae dil udaa ke le chal
makhmoor fizaaon mein
parvaaz kar ke dekh lein
in kaali ghataaon mein
ae dil udaa ke le chal
makhmoor fizaaon mein
parvaaz kar ke dekh lein
in kaali ghataaon mein

ay ay ay ay ayyyy
chhaaya hai kis tarah duniya pe
aakash se aa poochhen
aakash se aa poochhen
aa so ke dekhen pal bhar
taaron ki chhaon mein
parvaaz kar ke dekh lein
in kaali ghataaon mein
ae dil udaa ke le chal
makhmoor fizaaon mein
parvaaz kar ke dekh lein
in kaali ghataaon mein

badli mein chhipe chaand ke
mukhde ko choom lein
badli mein chhipe chaand ke
mukhde ko choom lein
mukhde ko choom lein
aa dekhen ab wo terate
panchhi hawaaon mein
parvaaz kar ke dekh lein
in kaali ghataaon mein
ae dil udaa ke le chal
makhmoor fizaaon mein
parvaaz kar ke dekh lein
in kaali ghataaon mein

ay ay ay ay ayyyy
baadal ka shor lo suno
aise hai aa rahaa
baadal ka shor lo suno
aise hai aa rahaa
jaise paazeb dulhan ki
chhanke hai paaon mein
parvaaz kar ke dekh lein
in kaali ghataaon mein
ae dil udaa ke le chal
makhmoor fizaaon mein
parvaaz kar ke dekh lein
in kaali ghataaon mein
in kaali ghataaon mein
in kaali ghataaon mein

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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ए दिल उड़ा के ले चल
मख़मूर फिज़ाओं में
परवाज़ कर के देख लें
इन काली घटाओं में
ए दिल उड़ा के ले चल
मख़मूर फिज़ाओं में
परवाज़ कर के देख लें
इन काली घटाओं में

ए ए ए ए एssss
छाया है किस तरह दुनिया पे
आकाश से आ पूछें
आकाश से आ पूछें
आ सो के देखें पल भर
तारों की छाँव में
परवाज़ कर के देख लें
इन काली घटाओं में
ए दिल उड़ा के ले चल
मख़मूर फिज़ाओं में
परवाज़ कर के देख लें
इन काली घटाओं में

बदली में छिपे चाँद के
मुखड़े को चूम लें
बदली में छिपे चाँद के
मुखड़े को चूम लें
मुखड़े को चूम लें
आ देखें अब वो तैरते
पंछी हवाओं में
परवाज़ कर के देख लें
इन काली घटाओं में
ए दिल उड़ा के ले चल
मख़मूर फिज़ाओं में
परवाज़ कर के देख लें
इन काली घटाओं में

ए ए ए ए एssss
बादल का शोर लो सुनो
ऐसे है आ रहा
बादल का शोर लो सुनो
ऐसे है आ रहा
जैसे पाज़ेब दुल्हन की
छनके है पांव में
परवाज़ कर के देख लें
इन काली घटाओं में
ए दिल उड़ा के ले चल
मख़मूर फिज़ाओं में
परवाज़ कर के देख लें
इन काली घटाओं में


This article is written by Sudhir, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in sites like lyricstrans.com and ibollywoodsongs.com etc then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

A very adorable sweetness, that is what her voice always conveys.  Be it a song of joy or verses of pensive sadness, it is the amiable pleasantness of the voice that appeals the most.  Just earlier in the day, Bakhshish Singh ji and I were conversing about this anniversary today.  One of his comments sounded very charming.  He said, no matter what is the tone of the song, as you listen to it, you can feel a smile behind the sound.  May it be a cheerless song of sadness, even then the voice sounds as if there is a sweet smile behind it.  That is Suraiya’s voice for you.

Remembering this sweet and sad sound and the singer behind it, on the anniversary of her passing away today (31st January).

In hindsight, it is always the regrets that will outnumber the satisfactions.  Looking back, it is very simple to see and examine the outcome, and think about what could have been done differently.  It is a moot exercise, for the past is what it is.  And the easy thing always is to critically examine the action and the results.  What is missing from this equation is the sentiments and the emotional influences that would have prompted the actions.

She chose not to sing playback to other artists, thereby curtailing her own career by her own choice.  She fell in love, but the familial and social circumstances did not allow a consummation of her relationship.  She chose to remain within the family barriers, but then she also chose to remain single for the rest of her life.  As the career faded and the industry slipped past her in high gear, she chose a reclusive life, and shut out the external world for good.  Unfulfilled dreams, unrequited love and a discontented heart.  The proud and confident Jeet of ‘Jeet’ (1949) chose to give in to the pull of that melancholy, and let it be.

What remains are the celluloid memories of a young and enchanting beauty, and a collection of three hundred and some, twinkling gems that continue to be a source of joy for a multitude of her fans and followers.  A fabulous collection, enough to spend a lifetime on.

This is the second rare offering of another twinkling gem, that I bring to you today for your listening pleasure.  The film is ‘Khoobsruat’ from 1952, a Fazli Brothes Production directed by SF Hasnain.  The film has eight songs, written by three songwriters.  This song is written by Shams Azimabaadi.  The music is by Madan Mohan.  The film has Suraiya and Nasir Khan in the lead roles.  Other members of the cast include Yakub, Sengar, Noor, Husn Banu, H Prakash, Praveen, Shaheen, Meghmala, Shakeela, Munshi Munakka, Alka, Bhudo Advani, Baby Zubeda, Jankidas.

This is a lovely song of an expected encounter that is promised will happen.  The sentiments are expressed as if the search is over and the association is regained.

mil jaayegi mujhe meri khoi hui adaa
nazren jhuka ke phir mujhe sharmaana aa gaya

Aah, what a lovely expression, what expectation, and a what a perfect dream.  A dream that was not to be, in real life for her.

Memories remain, and will always tug at the strings of the heart.  Maybe, someone is still expected.
Listen and enjoy.

[Note: There appears to be a missed line in the second antaraa.  It sounds a little strange, but coming from the recording of a 78 rpm, it seems this is what it is.  I tried a couple of different sources, but the content is same.]

Song – Ae Chaand Ab Tu Jaa (Khoobsurat) (1952) Singer – Suraiya, Lyrics – Shams Azimabaadi, MD – Madan Mohan

Lyrics

kab talak mujhko rulaayenge rulaane waale
dil ye kehta hai zaroor
aayenge aane waale

ae chaand ab tu jaa
mera dewaana aa gaya
thi shamma jis jageh
wahin parwaana aa gaya

mil jaayegi mujhe meri
khoi hui adaa
mil jaayegi mujhe meri
khoi hui adaa
nazren jhuka ke phir mujhe
sharmaana aa gaya
thi shamma jis jageh
wahin parwaana aa gaya
wahin parwaana aa gaya
ae chaand ab tu jaa
mera dewaana aa gaya

wo aa rahe hain aaj mujhe
dhoondhte huye
deewaana aa gaya
thi shamma jis jageh
wahin parwaana aa gaya
wahin parwaana aa gaya
ae chaand ab tu jaa
mera dewaana aa gaya
ae chaand ab tu jaa
mera dewaana aa gaya

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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कब तलक  मुझको रुलाएंगे रुलाने वाले
दिल ये कहता है ज़रूर
आएंगे आने वाले

ए चाँद अब तू जा
मेरा दीवाना आ गया
थी शम्मा जिस जगह
वहीं परवाना आ गया

मिल जाएगी मुझे मेरी
खोयी हुई अदा
मिल जाएगी मुझे मेरी
खोयी हुई अदा
नज़रें झुका के फिर मुझे
शरमाना आ गया
थी शम्मा जिस जगह
वहीं परवाना आ गया
वहीं परवाना आ गया
ए चाँद अब तू जा
मेरा दीवाना आ गया

वो आ रहे हैं आज मुझे
ढूंढते हुये
दीवाना आ गया
मेरा दीवाना आ गया
थी शम्मा जिस जगह
वहीं परवाना आ गया
वहीं परवाना आ गया
ए चाँद अब तू जा
मेरा दीवाना आ गया
ए चाँद अब तू जा
मेरा दीवाना आ गया


This article is written by Peevesie’s Mom, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in sites like lyricstrans.com and ibollywoodsongs.com etc then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

So 31st January sees the pretty Priety Zinta turn 40. She completes 15 years in Bollywood. I agree yeh toh bachchi hain as far as our blog is concerned. But kya Karen? She is everything that we all love. A movie star who owns a cricket team ;-)

I am at a loss as to what all I like about her. The deep dimples in her cheek; or her natural way of acting. I have seen many of her movies, and I rate her as an accomplished actress. Preity is born and brought up in Simla, and completed her education there.  Interesting to note that she graduated with a degree in English Literature and then went on to do her post graduation in Criminal Psychology.  But of course, as we have always seen, destiny is to be blamed for all variations that happen in life.  She chanced to accompany a friend to an audition for advertising films, and although not on the list, she was selected for the Cadbury’s Perk Chocolate commercial.

One thing led to another and she met with Shekhar Kapoor who offered her a role in his upcoming film ‘Tara Rum Pum Pum’, opposite to Hrithik Roshan.  Eventually this film was cancelled, but Shekhar Kapoor introduced her to Mani Ratnam who was in the process of making ‘Dil Se’.  She took on the role as the fiancée of Shahrukh Khan (Manisha Koirala playing the other romantic angle in the film).  It turns out that her presence in the film is limited to twenty minutes of screen time.  Even with such an abbreviated role, she was able to capture the attention, to win a nomination for the Filmfare’s best supporting actress for the year.  Although this specific award did not come her way, she did earn the Filmfare award for the best debut for an actress, for that year, for her performances in ‘Dil Se’ and ‘Soldier’.  The year was 1998.

1999 saw her appear in a Telegu film, and in the film ‘Sangharsh’, she played the role of CBI officer who falls for a captured killer, played by Akhsay Kumar.  But her breakthrough came with her role in the 2000 film ‘Wah! Kya Kehna’ in which she assays the role of an unwed teenage mother, who is ostracized by her family and friends.  She is humiliated by the snobbish high society as well as her college mates. (Reminiscent of Aradhana, right). The movie goes on to tell the story of this girl who has the spirit to take on everyone who is against the unborn child, as she feels that the child has committed no crime and it is the parents who should be punished. She also questions as to why always in this kind of a situation the girl is cast off when the boy goes scot free. Wah! Kya Kehna! Is what I felt about the movie.  The powerful performance now brought her the nomination for the Filmfare best actress award for the year.

In 2002, she was part of the group of friends in the film ‘Dal Chaahta Hai’, whose destinies take them away from each other, and then back together again.  The next year 2003 was her best year with two colossal hits – ‘Koi Mil Gaya’ and ‘Kal Ho Na Ho’, the former being the biggest grosser of the year and the latter, in which she plays the role of an insecure and angry young Indian-American woman who falls in love with a man who has a fatal heart disease. Her performance won her the Filmfare award for Best Actress for that year.  The teenager tomboy had come of age.

Fast forward to 2008, and she plays the role of a young Indian woman in Deepa Mehta’s film, ‘Heaven On Earth’.  The lady gets married to an NRI from Canada, migrates to Toronto and becomes a victim of severe domestic abuse.  Her performance earned her the Best Actress (Silver Hugo) award at the 2008 Chicago International Film Festival.

Today’s song is from the film ‘Veer Zaara’, that was the top hit film of 2004.  Directed by Yash Chopra for his own banner of Yash Raj Films, the film is set against the backdrop of the face-off between India and Pakistan.  The film follows the unfortunate love story of an Indian Air Force pilot, and a Pakistani woman hailing from a rich political family of Lahore, who fall in love and unbeknownst to each other’s existence, are separated for 22 years.  After this long gap of time, a young Pakistani lawyer, finds out about this Indian pilot in a Pakistani prison and upon listening to his story, tries to get him freed.

The high point of the film is its music.  A matter of nostalgia for the lovers of music of the golden era of Hindi films, the music of ‘Veer Zaraa’ is based on old compositions by the late Madan Mohan.  His son, Sanjeev Kohli, did the search within his father’s archives of unused melodies, and arranged a set of fabulous scores to tune the songs with lyrics by Javed Akhtar.

The thing that I love about this song, is the very persona herself.  The song is all about the tomboy-ish personality that we see and read about.  The performance is unrestrained and with abandon she is expressing herself.  Another very significant high point of this song is a brief visit that the protagonist takes with her grandmother to the Nankana Sahib Gurdwara in Pakistan, giving a rare view of this holiest of the holy Sikh pilgrimage center, that is inaccessible to most of us in India.

In the video clip, we also see Zohra Sehgal, the grandmother, Kiron Kher, the mother and Divya Dutta, friend and companion.  With greetings once again to Preity.
Enjoy the song.

Song – Hum To Bhai Jaise Hain Waise Rahenge (Veer Zaara) (2004) Singer – Lata Mangeshkar, Lyrics – Javed Akhtar, MD – Madan Mohan

Lyrics

hmmmm mmmm mmmmm
hmmmm mmmm mmmmm
mmmmm mmmmm mmmmmmm

hum to bhai jaise hain
waise rahenge

hum to bhai jaise hain
waise rahenge
hum to bhai jaise hain
waise rahenge
ab koi khush ho
ya ho khafaa
hum nahin badlenge
apni adaa
samjhe na samjhe koi
hum yahi kahenge
hum to bhai jaise hain
waise rahenge
hum to bhai
jaise hain
waise rahenge

hmmmmmmm
hum dil ki shehzaadi hain
marzi ki mallika
haan. .aan
hum dil ki shehzaadi hain
marzi ki mallika
sar pe aanchal kyon rakhen
dhalka to dhalka
ab koi khush ho
ya koi roothe
is baat par chaahe
har baat toote
hum to bhai jaise hain
waise rahenge
hum to bhai
jaise hain
waise rahenge

hamen shauk mehndi ka
na shehnaai ka hai
ooo
hamen shauk mehndi ka
na shehnaai ka hai
hamaare liye to
apna ghar hi bhalaa hai
sunta agar ho
to sun le qaazi
lagta nahin kabhi
hum honge raazi
hum to bhai
jaise hain
waise rahenge
hum to bhai
jaise hain
waise rahenge
ab koi khush ho
ya ho khafaa
hum nahin badlenge
apni adaa
samjhe na samjhe koi
hum yahi kahenge
hum to bhai jaise hain
waise rahenge
hum to bhai jaise hain
waise rahenge

aaaaaa
haa aaa haa haa aaaa
aaa haaa aaaa aaaa
o ho o ho ho ho
o ho ho ho ho

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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हम्ममम मम्मम मम्ममम
हम्ममम मम्मम मम्ममम
मम्मम मम्ममम मम्ममममममम

हम तो भई जैसे हैं
वैसे रहेंगे

हम तो भई जैसे हैं
वैसे रहेंगे
हम तो भई जैसे हैं
वैसे रहेंगे
अब कोई खुश हो
या हो खफा
हम नहीं बदलेंगे
अपनी अदा
समझे ना समझे कोई
हम यही कहेंगे
हम तो भई जैसे हैं
वैसे रहेंगे
हम तो भई
जैसे हैं
वैसे रहेंगे

हम्ममम
हम दिल की शहज़ादी हैं
मर्ज़ी की मल्लिका
हाँ॰ ॰आन
हम दिल की शहज़ादी हैं
मर्ज़ी की मल्लिका
सर पे आँचल क्यों रखें
ढलका तो ढलका
अब कोई खुश हो
या कोई रूठे
इस बात पर चाहे हर बात टूटे
हम तो भई जैसे हैं
वैसे रहेंगे
हम तो भई
जैसे हैं
वैसे रहेंगे

हमें शौक मेहंदी का
ना शहनाई का है
ओ॰ ॰
हमें शौक मेहंदी का
ना शहनाई का है
हमारे लिए तो
अपना घर ही भला है
सुनता अगर हो
तो सुन ले क़ाज़ी
लगता नहीं कभी
हम होंगे राज़ी
हम तो भई
जैसे हैं
वैसे रहेंगे
हम तो भई
जैसे हैं
वैसे रहेंगे
अब कोई खुश हो
या हो खफा
हम नहीं बदलेंगे
अपनी अदा
समझे ना समझे कोई
हम यही कहेंगे
हम तो भई जैसे हैं
वैसे रहेंगे
हम तो भई
जैसे हैं
वैसे रहेंगे

आ॰ ॰ ॰
हा आ हा हा आ
आ हा आ आ
ओ हो ओ हो हो हो
ओ हो हो हो हो


This article is written by Sudhir, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in sites like lyricstrans.com and ibollywoodsongs.com etc then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

Entertaining Sales Pitch Songs – 1
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I remember a very interesting scene from a film, seen long back on Doordarshan, whose name I am not able to recall right now.  The scene is in a moving train.  I think it is a Kishore Kumar film, but not very sure.  A person is selling ‘barfi’ in the train.  (‘Barfi’ is an Indian sweet made from milk and sugar).  He is carrying a tray full of barfi pieces, and is trying to catch the attention of the travelers, to sell and to earn.  He is not having much success.  He comes in front of Kishore Kumar, and a dialogue ensues.  Kishore asks him why should I buy this barfi from you.  The seller gives some very simple answers like it is good to eat and he needs to earn money.  Kishore tells him he will never be able to make a sale with such kind of answers.  Then he offers to make the sales pitch for him.  He conjures up a funny and interesting jingle about the barfi on the spot, and tries to catch the attention of fellow travellers, singing the jingle he has just created.  Of course he is able to make a lot more sales.  The seller is very impressed, and the two strike a friendship that lasts through the film.

I think I have recounted fairly correctly, the scene as it is played out.  I cannot recall all the actors in the scene, but I am quite sure about Kishore Kumar being in this film and this scene.  (Or maybe it was a Yaqub – Gope scene.  I request other friends and readers to help verify this).

So, the purpose of the above recounting is to convey the idea that for selling your wares, you have to have an interesting and catchy pitch that will capture the attention of potential customers.  Whether it is Johnny Walker with a bottle of oil singing “Sar Jo Tera Chakraaye” or it is Babita selling tea with the song “Aahen Na Bhar Thandi Thandi“, or it is Dev Anand selling ice cream to the tune of “Zindagi Hai Kya Sun Meri Jaan“, the common thread here is that there is always a song to go along with the act of hawking one’s goods to the public.

The Hindi film world is replete with songs that are attempting to catch the attention of the potential customers.  These wonderful and imaginative creations have been used to sell anything and everything, in the films, for the past eight decades or so.  You can think of any roadside selling activity, and the creators of Hindi film songs have already visited that idea, with a catchy song.  I listed just three examples above, but there are a horde of such songs in Hindi films, selling everything from nariyal paani, to paao bhaji to life insurance.  Many of these songs are already showcased here.  There is a song category listed in the column on the right, called “Sales Pitch” song.  Click on that to check out all the songs that are already posted here.

With this song, I am starting a new series of posts on such “sales pitch” songs.  In this series I will cover some very entertaining songs, and also discover some very interesting and peculiar items being addressed, as the protagonist is using some very imaginative jingle based approaches to sell a variety of things.  Folks in Bombay will be familiar with the tapori act on the roadside where instant gambling happens.  Do you know there is a film song for that also – will be coming up in this series.

I kick off this series with a very slick and a very entertaining song that is selling services – for boot polish and tel maalish (instant head massage).  The film is ‘Dekhi Teri Bambai’ from 1961.  The interesting lyrics are from the pen of Aziz Kashmiri, and the rollicking music is from the mind of Vinod, the prodigal genius.  The singing voices are those of S Balbir and Sudha Malhotra.  The record labels and Geet Kosh identifies that there is a chorus also in this song.  But as I tried to listen carefully, my take is that there are two male voices and two female voices, that combine to make the chorus.  However, only S Balbir and Sudha Malhotra are identified.

The actors in this clip – there are two male actors and there are two female actors disguised as males.  The menfolk are selling boot polish services and the disguised womenfolk are selling head massage services.  One of the menfolk is Sheikh (made famous by his on screen performance of the iconic qawwaali “Hamen To Loot Liya Mil Ke Husn Waalon Ne“).  One of the womenfolk is Shammi.  And now I need help to identify the second artist in each pair.  Is the second gentleman Daljeet?  And the second lady, is she Kumari Aruna or is she Poornima?  Please help to identify.

The main attraction of the song is of course the catchy music.  But there is one more very attractive item in this song.  It is the lines that go like

tera boot hai kitna maila
tujhe love na karegi teri laila

One of those turns of phrases and combinations of words that will have you in stitches, especially when first heard.

Entertainment of first water.  Rollicking song, done so well.
Listen and enjoy.

Song – Paalish Kara Le O Baabu (Dekhi Teri Bambai) (1961) Singer – S Balbir, Sudha Malhotra, Lyrics – Aziz Kashmiri, MD – Vinod
Male Chorus, Female Chorus, Male + Female Chorus

Lyrics

o topiwaale baabu
o pagdi waale chhaila
kyun boot hai tera maila
tujhe love na karegi teri laila
paalish karaa le o baabu
paalish karaa le o baabu
tera boot hai kitna maila
arey maalish karaa le o baabu
maalish karaa le o baabu
chaahe paas na ho tere dhela
o baabu
baabu
baabu ji baabu ji baabboo
paalish karaa le o baabu
maalish karaa le o baabu

chamak damak par marte hain
ye zaalim duniya waale
hoo ooo ooo
ooo ooo ooo
aaa aaa aaaaaaa aaaaaa
aaaaaaa aaaaaa aaaaaa
ujle ujle ban kar phirte
mann hain inke kaale
hey dekh safaai
arey sun mere bhai
joota hai kitna maila
tujhe love na karegi teri laila
o baabu
baaboo
arey baabu ji baabu ji baabboo
paalish karaa le o baabboo
maalish karaa le o baabboo

main chamak chamak chamkaa doonga
joote mein munh dikhlaa doonga
ho balle
o balle
o balle balle
hoo ooo ooo
ooo ooo ooo
main zulfon ko mehka doonga
ik duniya nai basaa doonga
hey dekh safaai
arey sun mere bhai
joota hai kitna maila
tujhe love na karegi teri laila
o baabu
baaboo
baabu ji baabu ji baabboo
paalish karaa le o baabboo
o maalish karaa le o baabboo

suit naya aur boot puraana
hansta dekh zamaana
hoo ooo ooo
ooo ooo ooo
aaa aaa aaaaaaa aaaaaa
aaaaaaa aaaaaa aaaaaa
maikhaanon ki surat waale
sunder ban ke jaana
hey dekh safaai
o sun mere bhai
joota hai kitna maila
tujhe love na karegi teri laila
o baabu
baaboo
baabu ji
(lala ji)
baabu ji
(lala ji)
baaboo
paalish karaa le o baabboo
ho maalish karaa le o baabboo
chaahe paas na ho tere dhela
tera boot hai kitna maila
paalish karaa le
o baabboo

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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ओ टोपीवाले बाबू
ओ पगड़ी वाले छैला
क्यों बूट है तेरा मैला
तुझे लव न करेगी तेरी लैला
पालिश करा ले ओ बाबू
पालिश करा ले ओ बाबू
तेरा बूट है कितना मैला
अरे मालिश करा ले ओ बाबू
मालिश करा ले ओ बाबू
चाहे पास ना हो तेरे धेला
ओ बाबू
बाबू
बाबु जी बाबु जी बाब्बू
पालिश करा ले ओ बाबू
मालिश करा ले ओ बाबू

चमक दमक पे मरते हैं
ये ज़ालिम दुनिया वाले
हो ओ ओ
ओ ओ ओ
आ आ आsssss आssss
आssssss आssss आssss
उजले उजले बन के फिरते
मन हैं इनके काले
हे देख सफाई
अरे सुन मेरे भाई
जूता है कितना मैला
तुझे लव न करेगी तेरी लैला
ओ बाबू
बाबू
अरे बाबु जी बाबु जी बाब्बू
पालिश करा ले ओ बाब्बू
मालिश करा ले ओ बाब्बू

मैं चमक चमक चमका दूँगा
जूते में मुंह दिखला दूँगा
हो बल्ले
ओ बल्ले
ओ बल्ले बल्ले
हो ओ ओ
ओ ओ ओ
मैं ज़ुल्फों को महका दूँगा
इक दुनिया नई बसा दूँगा
हे देख सफाई
अरे सुन मेरे भाई
जूता है कितना मैला
तुझे लव न करेगी तेरी लैला
ओ बाबू
बाबू
बाबु जी बाबु जी बाब्बू
पालिश करा ले ओ बाब्बू
मालिश करा ले ओ बाब्बू

सूट नया और बूट पुराना
हँसता देख ज़माना
हो ओ ओ
ओ ओ ओ
आ आ आsssss आssss
आssssss आssss आssss
मैखानों की सूरत वाले
सुंदर बन कर जाना
हे देख सफाई
ओ सुन मेरे भाई
जूता है कितना मैला
तुझे लव न करेगी तेरी लैला
ओ बाबू
बाबू
बाबू जी
(लाला जी)
बाबू जी
(लाला जी)
बाबू
पालिश करा ले ओ बाब्बू
मालिश करा ले ओ बाब्बू
चाह पास ना हो तेरे धेला
तेरा बूट है कितना मैला
पालिश करा ले
ओ बाब्बू


This article is written by Sudhir, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in sites like lyricstrans.com and ibollywoodsongs.com etc then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

After almost four decades of a self imposed silence, finally the life breath behind this charming voice faded away, this day eleven years ago. A voice that was the darling of the listeners, for more than two decades prior to her reclusive phase.

Remembering Suraiya on the anniversary of her passing away (31st January).
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This article is written by Avinash Scrapwala, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in sites like lyricstrans.com and ibollywoodsongs.com etc then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

# Superstar Child Artist – Jr.Mehmood # Rafi Sings for Jr.Mehmood # 1
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When I initially took up this song for sharing, I only intended to share the lyrics. But after listening to this song, the subject of the song prompted me to share my own experience with it which is ‘Lottery’…

Here is what I wish to share:
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This article is written by Sudhir, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in sites like lyricstrans.com and ibollywoodsongs.com etc then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

The Many Colors of Love #27 – The Sorrows of Love
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And so wrote the scribe

keh do koi na kare yahaan pyaar
is mein khushiyaan hain kam
beshumaar hain gham
ek hansi aur aansoo hazaar
(
‘Goonj Uthi Shehnai’, 1959)

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This article is written by nahm, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in sites like lyricstrans.com and ibollywoodsongs.com etc then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

Mohammed Rafi : The incomparable – Song No. 01
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I think it is time to go back to the pavillion, meaning my comfort zone. Or I should say my favourite comfort zone of Rafi songs. I have been ‘ beating about the bush ‘ for the last one year and writing posts of various series. ‘Chandni raaten’ is still going on, as far as I know. Some songs are lined up for it, but I have not been able to find enough enthusiasm to write a post for some time. So no more ‘beating around the bush’ (this idiom is closer to what I mean by it), going straight to the matter of ‘Mohammed Rafi: The incomparable”
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This article is written by Sadanand Kamath, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in sites like lyricstrans.com and ibollywoodsongs.com etc then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

This is a tale of a classical vocalist par excellence who chose the bliss of marital life over money and fame through umpteen classical music soirees. Sukoon (peace of mind) was the main motto in her life which, in her view, cannot be compensated by money and fame. The name of the classical vocalist was Roshanara Begum who rendered mainly in Kirana gharana style.
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This article is written by Sudhir, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in sites like lyricstrans.com and ibollywoodsongs.com etc then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

The vast ocean of the Hindi film songs contains innumerable gems that lie hidden from the eyes, in the depths.  These gems, overshadowed by the waves of the popular melodies, more often than not, are even more endearing and more heartwarming than the popular tunes that capture the attention of the listening public.  And it is the true connoisseurs of this art that will delve into the deep to search out such gems.  It is these connoisseurs that value the sounds of the voices such as Suman Kalyanpur.

Greetings and best wishes to Suman Kalyanpur ji, on her birth anniversary (28th January).
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