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Mr John ya Baba Khan ya Lala Roshandaan

Posted on: August 18, 2009


In 1940s and 1950s, Bollywood music was undergoing a paradigm shift. Initially the music was based on Indian classical music. But then other influences came in. Indian folk music was one, and that helped take Bollywood music to the masses.

Western music was also coming in. In those decades, pioneers like C Ramchandra, Vinod etc created westen music based songs that became quite popular those days.

Here is a western music based song from “Baarish” (1957). Ironically, the creators of this song were the same persons who are also creators of some of the most well known folk music based songs. Rajinder Krishan and C Ramchandra came together to create this new kind of song.

This song goes “Mr John ya Baba Khan ya Lala Roshandaan”. This song was sung by Asha Bhonsle and it was picturised on Helen. It was perhaps the first time that Asha Bhonsle sang a song for Helen, and thus a great tradition of Asha Bhonsle-Helen songs began that would continue for next two decades and more.

This song was very popular in 1957 and it stood 20th in Binaca geetmala finals of 1957.


Song-Mr John ya Baba Khan ya laalaa Roshandaan (Baarish) (1957) Singer-Asha Bhonsle, Lyrics-Rajinder Krishan, MD- C Ramchandra

Lyrics

Mr. John
yaa Baabaa Khaan
yaa laalaa Roshandaan
Mr. John
Baabaa khaan
yaa laalaa Roshandaan
jo koyi dekhe meraa jalwaa
ho jaaye qurbaan
Mr. John
Baabaa Khaan
yaa laalaa Roshandaan
jo koyi dekhe meraa jalwaa
ho jaaye qurbaan
yaa qurabaan
yaa qurabaan
yaa qurabaan
Mr. John
Baabaa khaan
yaa laalaa Roshandaan

jhoom ke barse baadal
main jo zulfen apni kholoon
jhoom ke barse baadal
main jo zulfen apni kholoon
duniyaa samjhe moti barse
main jo kuchh bhi boloon
karoon jo ek ishaaraa
jhuke zamaanaa saaraa
mere aage bichhte jaayen
dilwaale naadaan
Mr. John
yaa Baabaa Khaan
yaa laalaa Roshandaan
jo koyi dekhe meraa jalwaa
ho jaaye qurbaan
Mr. John
yaa ho Mr. John
yaa ho Baabaa Khaan
yaa ho Baabaa Khaan
yaa ho Mr. John
yaa ho Mr. John
yaa laalaa Roshandaan

meri khaatir duniyaa kyaa kyaa
bharti hai bahroop
meri khaatir duniyaa kyaa kyaa
bharti hai bahroop
meri nazar se par nahin chhuptaa
kisi kaa asli roop
zaraa si aankh dabaaun
to duniyaa ko bharmaaun
ek nazar mein bech ke rakh doon
main sau sau insaan
yaa qurbaan
yaa qurbaan
yaa qurbaan
yaa qurbaan
Mr. John
Baabaa Khaan
yaa laalaa Roshanadaan
jo koyi dekhe meraa jalwaa
ho jaaye qurbaan
Mr. John
yaa ho Mr. John
yaa ho Baabaa Khaan
yaa ho baabaa Khaan
yaa ho Mr. John
yaa ho Mr. John
yaa laalaa Roshandaan

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5 Responses to "Mr John ya Baba Khan ya Lala Roshandaan"

As a kid, we used to have the 78 rpm of this song. The other side had “Daane daane pe” by Chitalkar.

“Ina Mina Dika” is similar orchestration as “Mr John” and both are enjoyable.

Abhay

daanE daanE pE – is that the song from one of Dev Anand’s movies, with SD Burman as the MD?

daanE daanE pE likhA hai dEnE waalE kaa naam
lEnE waalE karOD, dEnE waalaa ek rAm

yes, eena meena Deeka (with a very provocative poster of Vyjayantimala in a swim suit, I remember) and this song were wildly popular during the late 50’s.

There have been other songs in the genre, but not really none that are comparable to these two. probably the (of course, who else?) Helen song in Junglee – ayyayyA, sookoo sookoo- would come close.

This song is from “Baarish” (1957). It is a Dev Anand movie alright, but its music director is C Ramchandra. This song is already posted.
Daane daane pe likha hai(Baarish)

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