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Dekhoji mera haal badal gayi chaal

Posted on: October 3, 2009


“Solva Saal” (1958) was a lovely movie based loosely on “It happened one night”. And “Solva Saal” had great songs to boot !

Most people are only aware of the Hemant Kumar song from this movie viz-“Hai apna dil to aawaara” which was the most popular song of the year in Binaca geetmala in 1958. But this movie had other nice songs as well that did not become popular , but they were superb songs, nevertheless.

The songs were used nicely in the movie. That is especially true of this song under discussion. Laaj ( Waheeda Rehman) elopes with her boyfriend taking an expensive necklace from her home. Her boyfriend ditches her and gets away with her expensive necklace. Dev Anand, a newspaper reporter, who is nosing around, offers to help her. Though Waheeda Rehman is averse to the idea, she reluctantly takes his help and she loses no opportunity in making her dislike of Dev Anand apparent to him.

Later, feeling that the necklace was gone and that her reputation was sullied for ever, she asks Dev Anand to go away and then she jumps into a river trying to commit suicide. Dev Anand, who was following behind, saves her. She is unhappy and remonstrates with him, but Dev Anand gives her moral support and asks her not to lose heart as she still had a few hours left in which to get the necklace back. A passing policeman, who looks at the duo with suspicion, is convinced by Dev Anand that she is his wife and she had suffered a fit. “What are you doing here. Take her home”- advises the pandu.

As both of them had their clothes wet from diving in the river, they need to have them dried. In later years, lead actors in such a situation would help themselves by taking their clothes off and drying them in open air, while singing a romantic song. But back in 1950s they were more practical. Dev Saab locates a washerman and approaches him to have their clothes dried. The washerman, prompted by his wife, asks for a hefty sum, to which Dev Saab agrees. Dhoban gives them some other dry clothes and asks them to go inside the hut and change into dry clothes. Go inside and change in the presence of Dev Anand ? Laaj is scandalised at the thought, but then she realises that they are masquerading as husband and wife.

They go inside, and change, separated by a curtain. The two of them find themselves holding wrong clothes, which they then hand over to each other by lobbying them over the curtain. Dev saab catches his clothes well, but Waheeda Rehman finds her clothes landing on her face. She would not make for a good fielder in cricket, I am sure !

While slipping into dry clothes, the ice finally breaks between the two when Laaj “innocently” enquires about Dev Anand’s marital status ( asking about his kids ) etc. This scene which precedes the song is one of the sweetest scenes that I have watched in a Bollywood movie.

After they come out of the hut and hand over the wet clothes for drying, a couple of young dhobans are ready to break into their song and dance performance. This song is picturised wonderfully well. The lyrics by Majrooh Sultanpuri is written with great attention and care. The music by S D Burman begins with lovely use of percussion instruments and anyone listeneing to it will feel like shaking a leg or two. There are two dhobans who dance. The one in dark clothes is the one who does most of the dancing. Any idea who are these buxom dhobans in this song ?

Dev saab also joins in singing, if not the dancing. Waheeda Rehman is not amused by the attention that Dev saab pays to the dhoban. The expressions of jealousy that Waheeda Rehman displays throughout the song are just priceless. And after the song, she enquires from him whether he was previously acquainted with the dhoban. On being told “No” , she comments sarcastically that the way the two were singing, they could well have known each other for years.

Indeed this song, including its build up and the follow up,makes it a gem of a song, not to be missed. It is a remarkable, must watch song .


Song-Dekhoji mera haal laagaa solva saal (Solva Saal) (1958) Singers-Asha Bhonsle, Sudha Malhotra, Rafi, Lyrics-Majrooh Sultanpuri, MD-S D Burman

Lyrics

dekhoji mera haal badal gayi chaal
dekhoji mera haal badal gayi chaal
dekho mohe laaga solva saal
dekho mohe laaga solva saal
dekhoji mera haal badal gayi chaal
dekho mohe laaga solva saal
dekho mohe laaga solva
na na na na na na
hmm hmm hmm

chaand sitaare dekhoon babu
to rahe nahin kaaboo
chalaaye jaise jaadoo
raaten bahaar ki
achchaa !
haan
chaand sitaare dekhoon babu
to rahe nahin kaaboo
chalaaye jaise jaadoo
raaten bahaar ki
hoy hoy hoy hoy hoy
do dinon ki ye jaawani
ajab mastaani
ho sunke deewani baaten bahaar ki
kahengi mera haal
kahengi mera haal
ye uljhe uljhe baal
dekho mohe laaga solva saal
dekho mohe laaga solva

raah chaloon jo akeli
to laakhon albele
pukaare dil lele
o nainwaaliye
aisa !
haan
raah chaloon jo akeli
to laakhon albele
pukaare dil lele
o nainwaaliye
arararara
tod ke akal ki dori
nikal padi gori
kaahe ko chori chori
jo nain waaliye
ye seedhi saadhi chaal
ye seedhi saadhi chaal
huyi re janjaal
dekho mohe laaga solva saal
dekho mohe laaga solva

shabba
shabba
shabba
ho rahi main bholi bhali
usiki matwaali
nazar jinne daali
o dekh bhaal (?) ke
huh !
ho rahi main bholi bhali
usiki matwaali
nazar jinne daali
o dekh bhaal (?) ke
sambhal ke gori
tera jag hai deewaana
jo ankhiyaana milaana
kadam jo uthaana
to dekh bhaal ke
ajab hai ye saal
ajab hai ye saal
samajhta hai chaal
dekho mohe laaga solva saal
dekho mohe laaga solva

shabba
shabba
shabba
zaat mardon ki choti
nazar inki khoti
labon pe jhoothi jhooti
hai baat pyaar ki
samjhe bhai
zaat mardon ki choti
nazar inki khoti
labon pe jhoothi jhooti
hai baat pyaar ki
shh
chodo gori ye kahaani
hai kitni suhaani
ye rut mastaani
ye raat pyaar ki
sunaaun jise haal
sunaaun jise haal
bichaaye wahi jaal
dekho mohe laaga solva saal
dekho inhen laaga solva saal
dekho inhen laaga solva saal

6 Responses to "Dekhoji mera haal badal gayi chaal"

Lovely.
Everything about it, the build-up, the song, the music – just superb.
And like you say, the pre-song dialogue between Waheeda and Dev saab are among the sweetest in Hindi cinema.

And I doubt Waheeda would make a good fielder in cricket. May not be much worse than some others we have at the moment though. 😉

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Sounds like you actually watched the film Atul??? 😀

This movie is one of my all-time favorites, it is just superb, and the songs are all delightful. Love your explanation of the build-up 🙂

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I discovered this movie in January 2008 and loved it. And I wondered why this movie was not better known. Now that you have also liked this movie and you have reviewed this movie, I am happy that more people have become aware of this movie.

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Atul, I think the dhoban in dark clothes is Sheila Vaz.
She was also the one in “Ramaiya vastavayya” and “leke pehla pehla pyar”.

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raja ji,there is heera sawant along with sheila vaz as dhoban dancer.

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Thanks for identifying the Dhoban, Raja. Somehow I was not expecting her to be known as Sheila Vaz. This sounds too westernised a name for such desi dances. 🙂

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