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CAT cat, cat maane billi

Posted on: November 28, 2008


Kishore Kumar has sung some wonderful comedy songs in his career. One of the first such songs, that won widespread public approval was in “Dilli ka thug”. In this movie, Kishore Kumar sang songs of different moods.

The song that became most popular was the delightful comedy song “C A T cat, cat maane billi”. It was a duet sung by Asha Bhonsle and Kishore Kumar. It was picturised on Nutan and Kishore Kumar. Majrooh wrote this funny lyrics, and Ravi created the music.

This song was so popular with public that this song finished number 2 in Binaca geetmala final of 1958. It was the highest that a Kishore Kumar song had reached in Binaca geetmala finals till then.

The picturisation shows Nutan teaching English vocabulary to Kishore Kumar, and Kishore Kumar, as was his wont, makes the drab lesson interesting. Kishore Kumar those days was making his mark as a comedy actor of note, and it is so delightful to observe that Nutan too plays a lighthearted role and is seen enjoying it.

In fact tragedy queens like Nutan and Meena Kumari, who were known to play weepy roles subsequently, can be seen laughing and enjoying life and playing happy roles when acting with Kishore Kumar. Such was the charm of Kishore Kumar. 😉


Song- C A T cat, cat maane billi ( Dilli ka Thug) (1958) Singers- Kishore Kumar, Asha Bhonsle, Lyrics- Majrooh, MD- Ravi

Lyrics

R A T rat, rat maane choohaa
C A T cat, cat maane chooha
are dil hai tere panje mein to kya hua
M A D mad, mad maane paagal
B O Y boy, boy maane ladkaa
are matlab iskaa tum kaho to kyaa huaa
C A T cat, cat maane billi
R A T rat, rat maane choohaa
are dil hai tere panje mein to kya hua
M A D mad, mad maane paagal
B O Y boy, boy maane ladkaa
are matlab iskaa tum kaho to kyaa huaa

aaa aaa
ari baawri tu ban jaa meri zaraa sun main kyaa kahtaa hoon
zaraa dekhle tujhe hai khabar tu hai kaun aur main kya hoon
ari baawri tu ban jaa meri zaraa sun main kyaa kahtaa hoon
zaraa dekhle tujhe hai khabar tu hai kaun aur main kya hoon
G O A T goat, goat maane bakri
L I O N lion, lion maane sher
are dil hai tere panje mein to kyaa huaa
M A D mad, mad maane paagal
B O Y boy, boy maane ladkaa
are matlab iskaa tum kaho to kyaa huaa

lage taakne kabhi aapne sheeshaa le ke munh dekhaa bhi
tum hi ek nahin jahaan mein haseen na hogaa koyi ham saa bhi
lage taakne kabhi aapne sheeshaa le ke munh dekhaa bhi
tum hi ek nahin jahaan mein haseen na hogaa koyi ham saa bhi
N O S E nose, nose maane naak
C R O W crow, crow maane kauwwaa
are matlab iskaa tum kaho to kyaa huaa
hmm C A T cat, cat maane myaaun
RAT rat,rat maane chooha
are dil hai tere panje me to kyaa huaa

haa haa
haa haa
milaa le nazar o jaan-e-jigar teraa kyaa karegi duniyaa
jahaan se daro ye sochaa karo hamen kyaa kahegi duniyaa
are milaa le nazar o jaan-e-jigar teraa kyaa karegi duniyaa
jahaan se daro ye sochaa karo hamen kyaa kahegi duniyaa
B A D bad, bad maane buraa
B U T but, but maane lekin
are dil hai tere panje mein to kyaa huaa
MAD mad, mad maane paagal
B O Y boy, boy maane ladka
are matlab iska tum kaho to kya huaa

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11 Responses to "CAT cat, cat maane billi"

I’m so glad to have the words to this song. I find myself singing it (often while walking my dog *for some reason*) but I can’t get past CAT Cat Cat Mane Billi 🙂 Yay, now I can!

Yes, indeed this song will help you as well as your dog.

You may have posted this one (I’m not nearly through your blog yet) but I love Kishore’s song from Miss Mary (1957) where he pretends not to be able to sing (“Gaana Na Aaya”)…it’s absolutely hysterical, esp. to watch.

Yes, I have posted that song too. In fact, I learnt about the movie “Miss Mary” from your blog.

Oh so happy that it can be a two-way street 🙂

the lyrics first two line should be
CAT cat cat maane billi
RAT rat rat maane chooha

It should be so, but that is not the case. Kishore Kumar actually sang the second line as I have posted and the error remained un- corrected.

If I go by what my 3 year old grandson does, Kishore Kumar must have deliberately done this error to tease Nutan :). He was known to improvise at the time of song recording without the consent of lyricist.

By the way, this song was written by MD Ravi himself (Source : “Hindi Film Songs – Music Beyond Boundaries” by Ashok Ranade)

Another cult song. Total timepass.
Nice movie. If I am not mistaken, it is a whodunit.

“In fact tragedy queens like Nutan and Meena Kumari, who were known to play weepy roles subsequently, can be seen laughing and enjoying life and playing happy roles when acting with Kishore Kumar. ”

A great observation! I can say the same thing even of a not-so-usually-weepy Vyjayanthimala, with Kishore Kumar in “New Delhi”

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