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O jaalimaa chalaa kahaan

Posted on: November 21, 2010


When I was growing up, I used to hear that the story of Hindi movies mostly consisted of hero and heroine falling in love with each other and then singing songs running around trees.

Watching the Hindi movies of those days, I could confirm it that the hero and heroine in fact invariably fell in love and sang songs. In fact, I , and my fellow pre teen colleagues were quite fed up with this state of affairs. “Don’t they have better things to do than fall in love, like say fight, or play football, or listen to cricket commentaries”- some of us would complain. We were also not amused by the fact that the hero invariably got thrashed by the villain (Pran). In fact, in our books, cowardly hero who could not thrash the villain had no right to fall in love, if he had to fall in love in the first place.

Though the hero and heroine fell in love in Hindi movies without fail as I had heard, I could never find then running around trees while singing songs. I thought that perhaps I had not watched the “right” movies and so I had missed watching this spectacle.

Now, even after I have watched thousands of songs,most of them old and therefore from the “right” movies, the scene of hero and heroine singing songs while running around trees continues to elude me. The nearest to it has been the song of “Magroor” (1950) which is Tera mujhko sataanaa mere jiyaa ko jalaanaa (Magroor) . But finding just one such song out of thousands cannot be clinching proof.

That makes me wonder. Who was it who created this myth of hero and heroine running around trees ? It has to be someone and others eagerly lapped up this myth and continued to perpetuate it.

During those days, I S Johar (the popular comedian and an iconoclast movie maker) wrote a popular column in magazines. In this colum, people would ask him question and I S Johar would give witty replies. Once he was asked the same question that I have discussed, viz, why is it so that Hindi movie hero and heroine do nothing but keen running around trees all the time. I S Johar replied-” Our heroes and heroines in any case look like apes. So why should we be surprised if they behave like apes and run around trees.”

Now that I think about it, a tree can serve as a good prop for romancing duo. why just run around it ? Why not climp over it, and why not use the tree to swing from it Tarzan Style ? The possibilities are endless. And as suggested by I S Johar, apes are indeed naturals when it comes to running around trees and swinging from it. So why not use actual apes in such romantic songs ? If I S Johar is to be believed, movie watchers may not be able to tell the difference.

The only objection to a romantic song being picturised on apes is that we will not know who will give playback for them, since apes, though they are great in dealing with trees, are no good in exercising their vocal chords. So it would be better if a human plays the hero and sings the song, with an ape playing his love interest.

Do you think I am out of my mind and I am talking through my hat ? Not at all. At least one movie maker actually implemented this idea and picturised a song like this. Yes, in this song a man (Sheikh) sings a romantic song to a chimp (Pedro) duly running around the trees. In addition, the duo also pass though the hollow part of the tree trunk, and undergo somersault. Not just that, Pedro also hangs from the tree and performs other stuff during this song.

Here is this “running around the tree” song from “Zimbo” (1958). It is sung by Rafi. Majrooh Sultanpuri is the lyricist and Chitragupta composed the music. Listen to this song, and watch the picturisation. They do not make songs like this, nor do they make movies and picturisation like this. Great stuff, really.

Audio

Video

Song-O jaalimaa chala kahaan (Zimbo) (1958) Singer-Rafi, Lyrics-Majrooh Sultanpuri, MD-Chitragupta

Lyrics

o jaalimaa
chalaa kahaan
o jaalimaa
chalaa kahaan
berukhi ka waqt ye
nahin hai meri jaan
o jaalimaa
chalaa kahaan
berukhi ka waqt ye
nahin hai meri jaan

haaye re ye husn
ye ubhaar
ye jawaani
dil hai khoon khoon
aur jigar hai paani paani
haaye re ye husn
ye ubhaar
ye jawaani
dil hai khoon khoon
aur jigar hai paani paani
karke khoon paani
arre kyaa milegaa jaani
aa palat ke aa
yahi hai pyaar ka samaan
o jaalimaa
chalaa kahaan
berukhi ka waqt ye
nahin hai meri jaan
o jaalimaa
chalaa kahaan
berukhi ka waqt ye
nahin hai meri jaan

naaz ka adaa ka
yoon na maar yaar phandaa
is tarah na chal ki
chaal bhool jaaye bandaa
naaz ka adaa ka
yoon na maar yaar phandaa
is tarah na chal ki
chaal bhool jaaye bandaa
haay hay haay
dil kuchal na jaaye
ik zara sambhal ke nikli
nikli meri jaan
o jaalimaa
chalaa kahaan
berukhi ka waqt ye
nahin hai meri jaan
o jaalimaa
chalaa kahaan
berukhi ka waqt ye
nahin hai meri jaan

kyaa karoon buzurg
kah gaye hain baat aisi
dil lagaa gadhi se to
pari ki aankh kaisi
kyaa karoon buzurg
kah gaye hain baat aisi
dil lagaa gadhi se to
pari ki aankh kaisi
koi kuch to parkhe
arre ik meri nazar se
tu mujhe pasad hai to
chalta hai jahaan
o jaalimaa
chalaa kahaan
berukhi ka waqt ye
nahin hai meri jaan
o jaalimaa
chalaa kahaan
berukhi ka waqt ye
nahin hai meri jaan

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