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O babu o lala

Posted on: December 5, 2009


Bar dance was a very popular song and dance form in Bollywood movies in 1950s, which also took the form of cabarat dance in 1960s and 1970s.

One song that served as the template for bar dances in 1950s was “Howrah Bridge” (1958) song “Mera naa chin chin choo”. Many songs came up which were clearly influenced by this song.

Here is a me too song from “Dilli Ka Thug” (1958). This movie had music by Ravi and there were some superb songs sung by Kishore Kumar and Asha Bhonsle in this movie. Here is the bar dance song from this movie. Like “mera naam chin chin choo”, this song too is sung by Geeta Dutt.

But who is the dancer ? It is not Helen. It is someone not known to me. The credit for this movie shows female actors as Nutan, Smriti Biswas, Minu Mumtaz and Ratna. Now, the bar dancer is not Nutan, Smriti Biswas or Minu Mumtaz. For all I know, Ratna could well be someone playing Maa roles. What confusion. They should have just used Helen and it would have simplified my life. 😉

There were two lyricists in this movie, viz Majrooh Sultanpuri and S h Bihari. This song is written by S H Bihari.


Song-O babu o lala (Dilli Ka Thug) (1958) Singer-Geeta Dutt, Lyrics-S H Bihari, MD-Ravi

Lyrics

o baabu o laala,
mausam dekho chalaa
sun le dil kyaa bolaa,
hai koyi pyaar karne waalaa
o baabu o laala,
mausam dekho chalaa
sun le dil kyaa bolaa,
hai koyi pyaar karne waalaa
o baabu o laala

sun jaa kyaa kahti hain
ye bheegi bheegi raaten
aankhon hi aankhon mein
ho jaayen do do baatein
sun jaa kyaa kahti hain
ye bheegi bheegi raaten
aankhon hi aankhon mein
ho jaayen do do baatein
hamse nigaahein to milaa
o baabu o laala,
mausam dekho chalaa
sun le dil kyaa bolaa,
hai koyi pyaar karne waalaa
o baabu o laala

khoyi khoyi rut hai
kuchh bahki kuchh bahkaayi
mahfil ki mahfil hai
tanhaayi ki tanhaayi
khoyi khoyi rut hai
kuchh bahki kuchh bahkaayi
mahfil ki mahfil hai
tanhaayi ki tanhaayi
aajaa mitaa den faaslaa
o baabu o laala,
mausam dekho chalaa
sun le dil kyaa bolaa,
hai koyi pyaar karne waalaa
o baabu o laala

aaja dil ke raahi
ye hain ulfat ki raahen
saathi ban jaa meraa
baahon mein leke baahen
aaja dil ke raahi
ye hain ulfat ki raahen
saathi ban jaa meraa
baahon mein leke baahen
haathon mein mere haath laa
o baabu o laala,
mausam dekho chalaa
sun le dil kyaa bolaa,
hai koyi pyaar karne waalaa
o baabu o laala

4 Responses to "O babu o lala"

I recently came upon your blog. It is really good. Are you still doing this on a daily basis? Just curious.
Raja

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Yes, I try to post songs on a daily basis, though the number of songs being posted daily has come down.

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in youtube Shri Chandrashekhar Gupta-ji says it is Smriti Biswas –Geeta Dutt singing for her– and Madan Puri and Iftekhar in the frame.

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Just read the post for this song.
The dancer is Smriti Biswas.
The Ratna mentioned in the cast later became Ratna Bhushan. She played Kishore Kumar’s sister in this movie.

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