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Oh re taal mile nadi ke jal se

Posted on: July 22, 2009


“Anokhi Raat” (1968) was the last movie in which Roshan composed music. He died before the movie was released and the remaining work of music direction was taken up by his assistant.

Here is a song from this movie. This song-“Oh re taal mile nadi ke jal me” was written by Indeewar and it was sung by Mukesh. It was picturised as a bullock cart song. Sanjeev Kumar plays the bullock cart driver and sings the song, while Zaahida sits in the rear of the bullock cart.

This song became hugely popular and it finished number 2 in Binaca geetmala final of 1969.

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Song-Oh re taal mile nadi ke jal mein (Anokhi Raat)(1968) Singer-Mukesh, Lyrics- Indeewar, MD-Roshan

Lyrics

oh ha hai re hai re haire re
oh ha hai re hai re hai re
oh ha hai re hai re hai re
oh ha
hmm hmm
oh re taal mile nadi ke jal mein
nadi mile saagar mein
saagar mile kaun se jal mein
koyi jaane naa
oh re taal mile nadi ke jal mein
nadi mile saagar mein
saagar mile kaun se jal mein
koyi jaane naa
oh re taal mile nadi ke jal mein

sooraj ko dharti tarse
dharti ko chandrmaa
dharti ko chandrmaa
paani mein seep jaise pyaasi har aatmaa
pyaasi har aatmaa
o mitwaa re e
paani mein seep jaise pyaasi har aatmaa
boond chhupi kis baadal mein
koyi jaane naa
oh re taal mile nadi ke jal mein
nadi mile saagar mein
saagar mile kaun se jal mein
koyi jaane naa
oh re taal mile nadi ke jal mein

anjaane honthon par tu
pahchaane geet hain
pahchaane geet hain
kal tak jo begaane the janmon ke meet hain
janmon ke meet hain
o mitwaa re e
kal tak jo begaane the
janmon ke meet hain
kyaa hogaa kaun se pal mein
koyi jaane naa
oh re taal mile nadi ke jal mein
nadi mile saagar mein
saagar mile kaun se jal mein
koyi jaane naa
oh re taal mile nadi ke jal mein
oh ha hai re hai re hai re
oh ha hai re hai re hai re
oh ha hai re hai re hai re
oh ha hai re hai re hai re

19 Responses to "Oh re taal mile nadi ke jal se"

This movie is full of very good songs.
I am a big fan of Roshan – I don’t think he ever got proper credit for his music.

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His name was synonymous with great music. His name became such a brand name that his children, grandchildren etc have adopted the name “Roshan” as their surname !

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hi atul
let me correct you if allowed, i think the heroine in this movie was zaheeda (nargis’s niece) and that she also had a double role.
i am also ready to be corrected if found wrong.
doesn’t sanjeev kumar turn a dacoit in this movie?

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Of course you are right. I am a bit absent minded these days when it came to posting names. While posting other songs from this movie in the past, I have actually mentioned Zahida.

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Yes Roshan was really a great composer.But his music for Taj Mahal was fantastic. The movie was released in 1962 and I still remember the song ” Jo Wada Kiya Woh Nobhana Padega” a duet by Mohamed Rafi and Lata Mangeshkar which topped the first place in Binaca Geet Mala on radio Ceylon for one full year of 1963,and I believe that is a record.

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[…] (1968). What great songs this movie had. I had been listening to the songs of this movie like Oh re taal mile nadi ke jal se , Mile na phool to kaanton se dosti kar li(Anokhi raat), Mehlon ka raaja milaa ke raani beti raaj […]

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His wife Ira Nagrath completed the songs and Mahalon Ka Raja Mila was composed by her.

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She was also a singer in Hindi movies in 1940s under her maiden name Ira Nigam. But so far I have been unable to locate any songs sung by her.

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Atul ji,
the Heroine of ANOKHI RAAT(1968) was SHAHIDA and NOT Zahida.
Some of the other films of Shaida were
Shrimanji-1968 with Kishore kumar
Begunah-1970 with Devdutt
Samay bada balwan etc etc.
In this film Shahida is the daughter of a businessman Tarun Bose,who is trying to convince her to marry a boy of his choice.Suddenly,a dacoit-Baldev(Sanjeev kumar) who was earlier a straight person,enters their house.There are few other people also in the house.The dacoit finds Shahida a lookalike of his murdered wife.Shahida had a double role in this film(as rightly pointed by Peevesie’s mom earlier).
I think you had written her name correctly,but then changed it.
-AD

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The Heroine`s name is ZAHEEDA,who was there in Gambler & Prem pujari(with dev anand) Prabhat(1973)

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Arun ji,

Some corrections to names and details. The heroine in this movie is indeed Zahida – Zahida Hussain, niece of Nargis Dutt. Zahida’s father is brother of Nargis Dutt, which makes Zahida a cousin to Sanjay Dutt. Zahida is also the niece of Anwar Hussain. Zahida can be seen in some other movies – she played the second lead opposite to Dev Anand in Prem Pujari (1966), her debut movie. In Gambler (1971) she played the lead opposite to Dev Anand. In all, she appeared in a handful of movies; another I can recall is Prabhat (1973), leading lady opposite to Roopesh Kumar.

This film tells a story of literally a dark and stormy night, and a motley set of characters that converge on a rich man’s villa to visit or seek shelter. The villa is owned by Badri Prasad, a widower. He has a young daughter, played by Zahida. Badri Prasad is in huge debt, and the villa is lying ‘girvi’ (pawned). The lawyer cum mediator (played by Brahm Prakash) is trying to broker a deal whereby the old man Badri Prasad can save his villa. Another business acquaintance is ready to put up the money to pay off the debtors, only that in exchange, he wants to marry the daughter, Zahida. Badri Prasad is torn with the decision. The match is unbalanced, the age difference is very large. Whereas Zahida has informally agreed to the proposal to save her father’s villa. This night all the concerned people with this potential deal are gathered at the house, much to the misery of Badri Prasad. Accompanying Tarun Bose is another friend, Nana Palsikar. Nana Palsikar plays another old businessman, who had acquired a very young wife (played by Aurna Irani), just by being a philanthrophist for an orphanage for girls. The guests are all in, the discussion is unpleasant and the dinner is about to be served. The bell rings, and in steps Ajay Sahni, a wandering artist, who has lost his way and is seeking shelter from the storm. Nobody likes this intrusion, except for the hosts, whose household tradition is never to turn back anybody from the door. The environment and the interactions get readjusted to accommodate this stranger; the dinner is about to get going when the bell rings once again. This time, the entry is forced, as soon as the door is opened. The notorious dacoit, Baldev (played by Sanjeev Kumar), enters with his gang, partly to seek shelter and of course to loot.

Now the dacoits gang is getting adjusted into the environment; but then there is a confrontation. Sanjeev Kumar comes face to face with Zahida, and is dumbstruck. Zahida looks exactly like his long dead wife; and he cannot believe he is seeing her. A set of flashbacks narrate the story about Baldev’s previous life as a simple caretaker at a govt guest house, his love for Gopa (played by Zahida), his marriage, the gang rape of Gopa on the wedding night, and the murder of the culprits at the hands of Baldev, following which he becomes a dacoit.

As the time passes, the storm continues to rage outside. Phones are not working. The servant somehow escapes from the house and sets off to get the police on foot. In the interim, the complete situation about the old man, his difficulties, the deal being brokered for his daughter, and the role of all guests are slowly revealed to the stranger artist and the dacoit. Some passages are extremely powerful considering the collection of actors / characters, especially Sanjeev Kumar and Ajay Sahni. It becomes known that the servant likely gone to get the police. As the time starts getting out of hand, Baldev is torn between his prerogative to run away from the villa, and his desire to somehow help the young lady, who looks like his departed wife.

More time passes, and the police gets to house and surrounds it. And Baldev makes a decision to give himself up. There is a prize money for his capture, and he insists that the reward be given to the young lady, that would take care of the family debts, and get her out of the deal of a forced marriage.

A very powerful and a gripping movie, it is directed by Asit Sen.

Rgds
Sudhir

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Sudhir,
Thanks for the story in capsule form.
I did see the movie (I think) way back in the late 60’s, but the details I forgot; except for the very moving song, taal milE nadee kee jal sE.

Don’t remember how the movie did at the Box Office. It seems a bit of a gamble, without the usual masala mix of ingredients.

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Sudhir ji,Prakash ji,Kamath ji and peevesie’s mom ji, and Atul ji,

I stand corrected and thanks for the corrections.

-AD

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hullo Deshmukhji
let me quote a few quotes that i ve heard on the way to being a grown up—
1) proper nouns can be written any way specially Indian names unless written in Devnagari get hammered up when written in ENGLISH e.g. we can write Lakshmi or laxmi or luxmi (ki pharak painda yaaron)
2) a rose smells just as good even if called any thing else– Naam main kya rakha hain?
so it does not matter whether it is Zahida or Shahida as long as we r not offending the concerned person or the person concerned does not take offence. what say sir?

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Peevesie’s Mom ji,
Thanks for your kind words and the implied meaning.
I can reassure you that,out of enthusiasm,sometimes inadvertant words can/may cause misunderstandings between two persons,but judgements have to be always on an overall basis and not on stray unintentional
incidences.I try always to be courteous and have the ability to accept mistakes too.It can happen to anybody who is a Human being.
your words-‘as long as we r not offending the concerned person’ are applicable to everybody.
-AD

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hullo Deshmukhji
anyway d best thing abt this site is we all enjoy the mosic here. and get loads of it thanks to Atul.
and my thanks to you too for all d additional infos u give.u remind me of my dad who fostered this craze for HIndi movies of those times in me.

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Peevesie’s Mom ji,
You are right.
Thanks to Atul ji,of course.
I thank you also for happy ending.
-AD

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very meaningful song 😀

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