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Mera joota hai Japani

Posted on: April 12, 2010


I have posted over 2400 songs in this blog already. I just realised that the iconic song “Mera Joota Hai Japani” is not yet posted. I will not call an oversight. In fact, it is a tribute to the quality and quantity of awesome songs that one can post so many songs and still many more great songs would still be left undiscussed.

So here is this song from “Shri 420” (1955). This song was the most popular song of 1955. It finished number one in Binaca geetmala final of 1955. It is sung by Mukesh and picturised on Raj Kapoor. Shailendra is the lyricist and Shankar Jaikishan composed the music.

The popularity of this song was not confined to India alone. This movie in general and this song in particular transcended the barriers of borders as well as time. This song made Raj Kapoor a well known person in the then Soviet Union (now Central Asian Republics of CIS) and in many Eastern European nations.

This song is a timeless song. Everyone has listened to this song countless times. Still, one can keep listening to this song ad infinitum, such is the magic of this song.

The song is well known as a Mukesh solo, but it also has a brief Mukesh Lata duet version which gets played at the end of the movie.

Audio – Part I (Mukesh solo)

Video – Part I (Mukesh solo)

Video – Part II (Mukesh Lata duet)

Song-Mera joota hai Japani (Shri 420)(1955) Singer-Mukesh/Mukesh-Lata, Lyrics-Shailendra, MD-Shankar Jaikishan
Lata,
Mukesh + Lata
Chorus

Lyrics

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Part I
——————————
Mera joota hai Japani
ye patloon Englishtaani
sar pe laal topi Roosi
phir bhi dil hai Hindustani
mera joota hai Japani
ye patloon Englishtaani
sar pe laal topi Roosi
phir bhi dil hai Hindustani
mera joota hai Japani

nikal pade hain khuli sadak par
apna seena taane
apna seena taane
manzil kahaan kahaan rukna hai
oopar waalaa jaane
oopar waalaa jaane
badhte jaayen ham sailaani
jaise ik dariya toofaani
sar pe laal topi Roosi
phir bhi dil hai Hindustani
Mera joota hai Japani
ye patloon Englishtaani
sar pe laal topi Roosi
phir bhi dil hai Hindustani
Mera joota hai Japani

aaa aaa aaa aaa aaa aaa
aaa aaa aaa aaa aaa aaa aaa
Oopar neeche neeche oopar
lahar chale jeewan ki
lahar chale jeewan ki
naadaan hain jo baith kinaare
poochhen raah watan ki
poochhen raah watan ki
chalnaa jeewan ki kahaani
rukna maut ki nishaani
sar pe laal topi Roosi
phir bhi dil hai Hindustani
mera joota hai Japani
ye patloon Englishtaani
sar pe laal topi Roosi
phir bhi dil hai Hindustani
mera joota hai Japani

honge raje rajkunwar
ham bigde dil shehzaade
bigde dil shehzaade
ham sinhaasan par jaa baithen
jab jab karen iraade
jab jab karen iraade
soorat hai jaani pehchaani
duniya waalon ko hairaani
sar pe laal topi Roosi
phir bhi dil hai Hindustani
mera joota hai Japani
ye patloon Englishtaani
sar pe laal topi Roosi
phir bhi dil hai Hindustani
mera joota hai Japani

——————————————–
Part II (Mukesh-Lata duet)
——————————————–
Nikal pade hain khuli sadak par
apna seena taane ae ae
apna seena taane
manzil kahaan kahaan rukna hai
oopar waalaa jaane
oopar waalaa jaane

badhte jaayen ham sailaani
jaise ik dariya toofaani
sar pe laal topi Roosi
phir bhi dil hai Hindustani
Mera joota hai Japani
ye patloon Englishtaani
sar pe laal topi Roosi
phir bhi dil hai Hindustani
Mera joota hai Japani

aa aa aa aa aa aa
aa aa aa aa aa aa
aa aa aa aa aa aa

aa aa aa aa aa
aa aa aa aa aa
ho o o o
hai Hindustaaani

4 Responses to "Mera joota hai Japani"

I remember singing this song and hearing over and over again during my youth in Goa !

I’m looking for another OLD son, but in Konkani that goes… johny tum maká zaió, tum casari maca nacá…… egloss bombay tussrea goian….

Shukria !

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This song reminds me of my younger years because I used to live near an Indian Family in Mauritius, always playing many India Songs. All beautiful indeed !

I am not Indian, but I do appreciate those romantic songs. I also love Indian foods, very spicy !

Cheers !

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an unforgettable song 😉

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