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Ek chatur naar

Posted on: October 17, 2008


It is undeniably one of the funniest picturisation of a funny song in the history of Bollywood movies. Kishore Kumar and Mehmood, two of the funniest men in Bollywood combine in this song, along with a support cast of Sunil Dutt, Saira Bano and others, and the result is a laugh riot.

When it comes to the audio, Kishore Kumar, Manna Dey, Mehmood let their hair down and come up with an awesome song. Rajinder Krishan, a legendary lyricist of that era, comes up with lyrics that can bring the house down with laughter even today.

What is forgotten by all though, is that this movie, and its songs turned the course of playback singing and music direction in Bollywood for the next one decade and more. Kishore Kumar as singer, and R D Burman as music director took Bollywood by storm and they ruled the roost in Bollywood music world for many years ever since. Many established music directors (and one legendary singer ) were affected as a result of their unprecedented success as a team.

That way, this song and this movie saw history being made in more ways than one. And this song has a large number of people associated with it. I have talked about funny men like Mehmood and Kishore Kumar associated with it, but did you notice that Keshto Mukherji too was in this song ? He was one of the sidekicks of Sunil Dutt in this movie and indeed in this song.

PS-Mr Sadanand Kamath points out that the song draws inspiration from several older songs:-

This song is not only inspired from JHOOLA (1941), but also from ‘Van chale Ram Raghurai’ [SANT TULSIDAS (1939)] for the line ‘….Dekhi teri chaturayee’ and from ‘ Chanda re ja re ja re’ [ZIDDI (1948)] for the line ‘… Kaalaa re ja re ja re’. This song took nine-hour long rehearsal for both Manna Dey and Kishore Kumar. At the time of final recording, Kishore Kumar played his pranks, improvising ‘ O tedhe, seedhe ho ja re…….’ by a sudden outburst which took Manna Dey by surprise but R D Burman signalled that they should carry on. [ Source : The book ” R D Burman – The Man, The Music” by Anirudha Bhattacharjee & Balaji Vittal]

The verse ‘padh ke botan chir bi chakkar’ from this song was taken from ‘Ankh seedhi lagi’ – HALF TICKET (1962).


Song- Ek chatur naar (Padosan) (1968) Singers-Kishore Kumar, Mehmood, Manna Dey, Lyrics-Rajinder Krishan, MD-R D Burman

Lyrics

yek chatur naar kar ke singaar
yek chatur naar kar ke singaar
mere man ke dwaar ye ghusat jaat
ham marat jaat, are he he he
chatur naar kar ke singaar…

pa re sa, sa sa sa ni dh sa
sa re sa dha dha pa
pa dha sa re sa
sa re ga dha pa

yak chatur nar kar ke singaa… r

ummm dham
ayyo !
are dham, o dham, o dham dham dham ruk
umm bru
umm bru
o a aa ae ae u U e ai o au an a
um nam nam nam nam nam nam
nam nam lama lama lama lama la
um bal bal bal bal re,
bal bal bal bal re, bal bal bal bal re
umm

ek chatur naar badi hoshiyaar
ek chatur naar badi hoshiyaar
apne hi jaal mein phansat jaat
ham hasat jaat are ha ha ha ha ha !
ek chatur naar badi hoshiyar

tuu ..kyon…
chhi re

tu kyon gori dhyaan kare
kare laakh laakh duniyaa chaturaai
chhutti kar doongaa main uski
abke jo awaaz lagaai
chhutti kar doonga, aa aa aa…
ta jum, taka jum, taka num, yaka jum
tak tankidia
ta jum, taka jum, taka num, yaka jum
tak tankidia…

padh ke botan chir bi chakkar
padh ke botan chir bi chakkar
har bud khudi-budi khud kar
har bud khudi-budi khud kar
chhitake to rere mon makhan
chhitake to rere mon makhan
sab chale gaye, sab chale gaye chidamudh chiting chitubud
chitubud gaay, chitubud gaay, chitubud haay haay haay

ja re, jaa re kaare kaaga
ka ka ka kyon shor machaaye
us naari ka das na ban jo
rah chalat ko rah bhulaaye

kaalaa re
kaalaa re jaa re jaa re
khaare naale mein jaake tu munh dhoke aa
Kaalaa re ga re ga re

ye gadabadji
o ga re ga re
ye sur badla
o ga re ga re
ye hamako mataka bola
o ga re ga re
ye sur kidhar hai jee, ye sur…; ye…, ennaaya idhu
yek chatur naar…
am chhodegaa nahin jee
yek chatur naar…
am pakadke rakhegaa jee

mere man ke dwar ye ghusat jaat
ham marat jaat are ae ae ae
chatur naar karke singaar

naach na jaane aangan tedha

tu kya jaane kya hai naari
jis sang laage more naina
uspe saari duniya waari

naach na jaane, aangan tedha
Tee..dha, Tedha Tedha Tedha, tedha
Tedha Tedha Tedha, tedha

o Tedhe!
oy
o kede!
o ya
are seedhe ho jaa re
seedhe ho jaa re
seedhe ho jaa
seedhe ho jaa
waah ri chandaniyaa, waah re chakore
Raam banayi ye kaisi jodi
kare nachaiyya taa taa thaiyya
taal pe naache langdi ghodi
are dekhi
are dekhi teri chaturaayi
ye phir gadbad
are dekhi teri chaturaayi
phir bhatkaaya
tujhe sur ki samajh nahin aayi
toone kori ghaas hi khaayi
are ghode!
ye ghoda bola
o nigode!
ye gaali diyaa
are dekhi teri chaturaayi
yek chatur naar…
ghode dekhi teri chaturaayi
yek chatur naar…
ghode dekhi teri chaturaayi
yek chatur naar…
ek chatur naar…
ayyo ghode teri…
are ghode teri…
ek chatur naar…
ayyo ghode teri…
are ghode teri…
kyaa re ye ghoda-chatur, ghoda-chatur
ye ghoda chatur ye ghoda chatur ye kya re
yek pe rahana ya ghoda bolo ya chatur bolo… gaao
ek chatur naar karke singaar
ek chatur naar badi hoshiyaar
mere man ke dwar ye ghusat jaat
apne hi jaal mein phasat jaat
ham marat jaat
ek chatur naar!

badi hoshiyaar!
ye ghusat jaat
ham marat jaat, marat jaat
sa re ga ma pa he aa aa he
ye atak gayaa !!!

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7 Responses to "Ek chatur naar"

I have said so much about this song so many times that there is nothing more to say.
It is really right up there in terms of one of the all-time timepass songs that one can come up with in Hindi cinema.

Indeed . But it is interesting to note that this song was hardly popular enough in its days to figure in the Binaca geetmala finals. It is only with pasage of time that this song has acquired its phenomenal popularity.

[…] song that inspired another song nearly three decades later. The song of “Padosan”, viz. Ek chatur naar takes its inspiration from a song of “Jhoola” (1941). This “Jhoola” (1941) […]

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This song is not only inspired from JHOOLA (1941), but also from ‘Van chale Ram Raghurai’ [SANT TULSIDAS (1939)] for the line ‘….Dekhi teri chaturayee’ and from ‘ Chanda re ja re ja re’ [ZIDDI (1948)] for the line ‘… Kaalaa re ja re ja re’. This song took nine-hour long rehearsal for both Manna Dey and Kishore Kumar. At the time of final recording, Kishore Kumar played his pranks, improvising ‘ O tedhe, seedhe ho ja re…….’ by a sudden outburst which took Manna Dey by surprise but R D Burman signalled that they should carry on. [ Source : The book ” R D Burman – The Man, The Music” by Anirudha Bhattacharjee & Balaji Vittal]

It is interesting to note that in a comeptition song ‘Ketki gulab juhi champak’ in BASANT BAHAR (1956), Manna Dey ‘beat’ the doyen of Hindustani classical music Pandit Bhimsen Joshi while in this song Manna Dey, a classical singer got ‘beaten’ by Kishore Kumar who was not a classically trained singer.

Just noticed that the verse ‘padh ke botan chir bi chakkar’ from this song was taken from ‘Ankh seedhi lagi’ – HALF TICKET (1962).

leaves me wit a 😛 😀 😉 🙂 each time i hear 2 it!!!

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