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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.

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 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.

Yeh Hai Bombay Meri Jaan – 2
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         Bombay Gangout – Part 2
         After the Breakfast.

After having amicably negotiated the breakfast time, the gang members descended again to the secret basement chambers, to start the day’s proceedings in earnest.  I will have to now write a little bit more about Bombay syndicate members, as we were getting more and more familiar with every passing minute.  The most energetic and the most engaging personality of the hour was definitely the IndiaMan.  He has a joke ready for every occasion, for every topic. Let me tell you why I used the epithet – ‘the antithetic patella specialist’ for him.
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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.

 

Ye Hai Bombay Meri Jaan – 1
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        Silence. . .     Silence on the sets

        Lights. . .
        Camera. . .
        . . .
        . . .

        Breakfast. . .

On Sunday (21 Dec), when the gangout happened in Bombay, many things converged together, including a lot of birds of the same feather. And with it also came the ideas around another new series (this one).  But more about the series later.
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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.

Quiz time. What is the result of the marriage of an exceptional script writer- lyricist- poet with another script and story writer who was also a child star to add? And what happens if one adds a small amount of talented step mother whose own family is full of literary giants?
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This article is written by nahm, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a regular 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.

It is time to get on with the series and to finish it. Or it will soon be the day of Rafi sahab’s Birth Anniversary, if I keep dwelling on how to start a post and what to write in it. I have written 24 posts so far in this series and running out of steam. Or ideas-after all how much small talk one can indulge in, given the by and large, one way dialogue of this series. There is no doubt about it, that I have enjoyed doing this series.
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“Parivaar” (1967) was produced and directed by Kewal P Kashyap. The movie had Jeetendra, Nanda, Rajendra Nath, Lata Arora, Krishan Dhawan, Sev Anand, Deen Dayal, Kamal Dukhia, Dilip Dutt, Gulshan, Sumati Gupte, Jankidas, Sarita Khatau, Raj Kishore, Sulochana Latkar, Madhavi, Manmohan, Junior Mehmood, Jagdish Raj, Randhir, Om Prakash, Padma Rani, Johnny Whiskey, Tuntun, Sunder, Ratna, Salochana Chatterjee, Ramesh, Sharifa, Onkar, Amar Kumar, Raja, Sharmaji, Dabboo, Ommi Katyal, Raju, Roma, Darshan, Abhimanyu, Shyam, Bancha, Swarndada, Signor, Chandra etc in it.
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This article is written by Raja, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a regular contributor to this blog.

Disclaimer: If I appear to be even more incoherent in this post than I usually am (and that would be quite an achievement!), blame it on Saira Banu. :-) The line that comes to mind is “Kya kya na sahey hum ne sitam aap ke khaatir”. :-) Further explanation in the post.
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This article is written by nahm, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a regular contributor to this blog.

This is a Sonu Nigam song from the 1997 film Pardes. It happens to be one of those songs which were in my original list of desert songs. This is a Subhash Ghai film starring Shah Rukh Khan, Apoorva Agnihotri, Mahima Chaudhary, Amrish Puri, Anupam Kher etc. This was Mahima Chaudhary’s first film. And as per his penchant for naming the heroines he would launch in his movies, Subhash Ghai has given her the name ‘Mahima’. Just like, Meenakshi (Hero) and Madhuri (Ram Lakhan) etc. Having seen the film on its release, this song is there in the memory as one with a car driving fast on the interstate in the middle of desert. On seeing it again Irealised that only a little part of the song is on the road, in a car. The rest of it is in Las Vegas and Disney land.
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Though most Hindi movies of 1950s and 1960s had “mainstream” story lines, but a few comedy movies too were produced during that era. Quite a few of these movies had Kishore Kumar in the lead roles. Then there were some other actors who too were making their marks as comedy actors. I S Johar was one such actor.
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