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Dilrubaa dil pe tu

Posted on: August 26, 2010


This post is written by Raja, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a regular contributor of posts to this blog

There are few actors in Hindi cinema of yesteryear who evoke as much passion in film-lovers as Shammi Kapoor. He came into cinema at a time when pathos ruled and emotional tragedies, a la Devdas, were the order of the day. Although he made an effort to fit in, he was thankfully (for all of us) a miserable failure in his efforts.

The result was a total image makeover. The moustache went, the swagger came in. Those eyes began talking, those legs began walking in what was to become a Shammi Kapoor trademark. Heroes dancing in movies had been few and far between and except for typical folk songs and the odd Bhagwan or Kishore Kumar dance, serious heroes generally stayed away from feet-tapping.

Shammi Kapoor completely broke this mould. Perhaps influenced by the success of Elvis Presley in the West, he brought a paradigm shift in Hindi movies with taking dancing centre-stage the way Hindi movies would be in decades to come. Suddenly dancing by leading men was not only acceptable, it was something that everybody jumped onto. Biswajeet, Joy Mukherjee, Jeetendra followed but Shammi led the way.

It has been said of Shammi – by his own directors – that nobody directed him on a dance scene. He just knew he had to get from one side of the room to another. He would then do it entirely in his own way. And it was almost always so good that there was no question of any change to the shot.

Shammi brought to Indians of the 60s pure entertainment. His very presence in a movie meant total timepass for a cinema-goer. It helped that his movies usually had great songs, lovely music, excellent locales, everything that a movie-goer would want to enjoy to get his mind off his day-to-day life.

I have always been a Shammi fan and I just loved the way he used to walk. That walk had something special in it. I remember that walk in Teesri Manzil, in Professor, in Brahmachari, in many other movies. And the way he would just move around. If you did not know him better, you would think he was going to fall. But then you would realize that inspite of his apparent imbalance, he was pretty much balanced in the way he balanced himself – if you know what I mean.

Since his movies were full of glorious songs, it is no surprise that this blog has already posted many of his songs. However there are still some songs out there not yet posted.

And I am bringing one of those songs here to you.

It is “dilruba dil pe tu”. From Rajkumar (1964).

Now, this is one of my favourite Shammi songs. I know it is difficult to make a shortlist of Shammi songs but this one is special for me because it manages to not just bring out his own amazing charisma and style but also have Sadhana, frame for frame, matching him with her own oozing charm. And that is no mean task, when you are acting opposite Shammi.

Additionally, Rafi saab and Asha Bhosle are just brilliant in their controlled rendition of what is a pretty sensuous song. And the composition by Shankar-Jaikishen is just brilliant. SJ have composed lots of songs for Shammi movies, many of them have been huge hits but this one will be right up there for me.

The choreography, the picturisation in general – everything about this song is just so perfect!

I hope you like this song as much as I do. I can watch this (or even listen to just the audio) any number of times without getting bored.

Audio

Video

Song-Dilruba dil pe tu (Rajkumar) (1964) Singer-Rafi, Asha Bhonsle, Lyrics-Shailendra, MD-Shankar Jaikishan

Lyrics

aag mein jalte rahey
pyaar ke sholon pe chalte rahen
Dilruba
dil pe tu,
ye sitam kiye jaa
Kiye jaa
hay
Hum bhi to aag mein jalte rahey
Pyaar ke sholon pe chaltey rahey
O ho ho ho

Dilruba
dil pe tu,
ye sitam kiye jaa
Kiye jaa
Hum bhi to aag mein jalte rahey
Pyaar ke sholon pe chaltey rahey
Aha ha ha

Kya bataaun kya dil ka haal hai
Jis ghadi se miley hum
Jaise saikdon bijliyaan girin
Aur jal uthey hum

Haay,
kyon mujhe paap karne pe tuley hue ho zaalim
Aakhir kya bigaada hai maine tumhaara

Dilruba
dil pe tu,
ye sitam kiye jaa
Kiye jaa
aaa
Hum bhi to aag mein jalte rahey
Pyaar ke sholon pe chaltey rahey
O ho ho ho

Ang ang mein meetha dard hai
chhatpataaye meraa dil
Ek dafaa mein qatl kar de tu mujhko mere qaatil
Haay dil ki gehraaiyon ko cheerta hua ye dard
Ye kasak ye chubhan

Dilruba
dil pe tu,
ye sitam kiye jaa
Kiye jaa
Hum bhi to aag mein jalte rahey
Pyaar ke sholon pe chaltey rahey
O ho ho ho

Aaj dil ke tum itne paas ho
jaise meri dhadkan
Ek aaj se apne jism-o-jaan ek apne tan-man
Aaj ek saath
mehke hain do gulaab
Ek dor mein goonthe hain do moti
Ek saath dhadkey hain do dil

Dilruba
dil pe tu,
ye sitam kiye jaa
Kiye jaa
Hum bhi to aag mein jalte rahey
Pyaar ke sholon pe chaltey rahey
A ha ha ha

Dilruba
dil pe tu,
ye sitam kiye jaa
Kiye jaa
Hum bhi to aag mein jalte rahey
Pyaar ke sholon pe chaltey rahey
O ho ho ho

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