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Aankh jhuki si chaal ruki si

Posted on: February 4, 2011


This writeup is provided by Raja, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a regular contributor of articles for this blog.

There are some songs that grow on you. And there are some songs you fall in love with the very first time you hear them. It is like “love at first hear” instead of “love at first sight”.

In the first category, for me, I can think of songs like “mere naina sawan bhadon”, “hum bewafa hargiz na they” and “humen tumse pyaar hai kitna”. Before somebody comes to hit me with a baton or belan, I want to hasten to clarify that it is purely co-incidence that these are all Kishore numbers. But it is true that the first few times I heard these songs I did not like them – but they did gradually grow on me and now I’m always happy to hear these songs.

In the “love at first hear” category, I can readily think of “caravan guzar gaya”, “jaane kya dhoondhti rehti hain”, “tumko piya dil diya”, “pankh hoti to ud aati re”, “dil ke jharokhe mein” and a whole lot of others.

And just to prove that I have nothing against Kishore (in fact, I am a big fan of Kishore alongwith being a big fan of other singers too), I will add songs like “koi hamdam na raha”, “chhoti si ye duniya”, “mere mehboob qayamat hogi” to the “love at first hear” list. Happy now? 🙂

Ok, moving on from that benign wind-up (can’t help it, it’s my nature!) and getting back to the subject of this post after major digression (again can’t help it, it’s my nature!), I’d like to share with you a song that I heard only a few days ago and have madly fallen in love with. Yes, this is totally in the “love at first hear” category.

Nowadays, thanks to videos on youtube/dailymotion and similar sites, there is a huge chance of “love at first hear AND sight” (unlike in the past when you had radio for the hearing and you actually had to see a full three-hour movie for the “hear and sight” experience of a five-minute song).

Well, I chanced upon this video on youtube the other day – I am SO thankful to the person who posted it. It is from a movie Burmah Road (1962). I have not seen the movie but apparently it stars Ashok Kumar, Kumkum, Vijaya Chowdhary and Sheikh Mukhtar, among others. Sounds like a fun cast and I think I’d like to see the movie.

Coming to the song I am posting here.

It is a lovely, pleasant tune composed by Chitragupta and picturised on Ashok Kumar, Vijaya and Sheikh Mukhtar. It seems to be a scene, possibly in Burma, where Mukhtar is looking for Ashok Kumar. The latter, to escape him, puts on a disguise and comes up with a song-dance sequence with Vijaya. Good fun all the way.
PS-The lady is not Vijaya Chaudhary but Jeewankala, as pointed out by Mr Arunkumar Deshmukh.

A word about Chitragupta. When we talk about under-rated music directors, surely his name must figure somewhere very close to the top? I come across lots of songs that I fall in love with instantly – and later discover that they were Chitragupta compositions. His songs are invariably hummable, pleasant compositions that linger in your mind and on your tongue long after you’ve heard the song.

Ok, enough of the prelude – here is the song itself. “Aankh jhuki si, Chaal ruki si” from Burmah Road. Let me know what you think. Maybe you also fall in love with it at “first sight AND hear” 🙂


Song-Aankh jhuki si chaal ruki si (Burmah Road) (1962) Singers-Rafi, Lata, Lyrics-Majrooh Sultanpuri, MD-Chitragupta

Lyrics

Aankh jhuki si
chaal ruki si
gum hai kahaan matwaala
aankh jhuki si
chaal ruki si
gum hai kahaan matwaala
phir kabhi ye din
aaye na aaye
soch raha dilwaala
phir kabhi ye din
aaye na aaye
soch raha dilwaala
Aankh jhuki si
chaal ruki si
gum hai kahaan matwaala
phir kabhi ye din
aaye na aaye
soch raha dilwaala

dil mein koi khalish bhi hai
lab pe koi hansi bhi hai
dil mein koi khalish bhi hai
lab pe koi hansi bhi hai
honthon pe teri baat hai
dekho to dillagi bhi hai
zulf udi hai tyori chadhi hai
khoob ye dhang nikaala
zulf udi hai tyori chadhi hai
khoob ye dhang nikaala
phir kabhi ye din
aaye na aaye
soch raha dilwaala
aankh jhuki si
chaal ruki si
gum hai kahaan matwaala
phir kabhi ye din
aaye na aaye
soch raha dilwaala

honthon ko chup lagi hai kyun
chhedo na koi dastaan
honthon ko chup lagi hai kyon
chhedo na koi dastaan
uljha hua hai dil kahin
aise mein hosh bhi kahaan
hosh bhi kam kam
baat bhi kam kam
aaj hai rang niraala
hosh bhi kam kam
baat bhi kam kam
aaj hai rang niraala
phir kabhi ye din
aaye na aaye
soch raha dilwaala
aankh jhuki si
chaal ruki si
gum hai kahaan matwaala
phir kabhi ye din
aaye na aaye
soch raha dilwaala

dil mein lagi hai aag si
isko main maan jaaoon kya
dil mein lagi hai aag si
isko main maan jaaoon kya
chehre ka rang dekh lo
haal main khud bataoon kya
jaise ki ghaayal
jaise ki kaatil
jise koi matwaala
jaise ki ghaayal
jaise ki kaatil
jise koi matwaala
phir kabhi ye din
Aaye na aaye
soch raha dilwaala
aankh jhuki si
chaal ruki si
gum hai kahaan matwaala
phir kabhi ye din
aaye na aaye
soch raha dilwaala

4 Responses to "Aankh jhuki si chaal ruki si"

As far as my information goes,the dancing girl in this song is JEEVANKALA.The heroine Vijaya Chaudhary was in the role of CHEN,a Burmese girl in this movie and was in the get up of Chinese/Burmese appearance. The dancer is certainly not Vijaya Chaudhary.
I have seen this movie.

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Thanks for this information.

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Now that you mention it, I realise that I had got confused between Vijaya Chaudhary and Vijayalaxmi (of Shabnam).

I haven’t seen the movie – just seen the cast on imdb.
When I saw Vijaya Chaudhary, I got confused between her and Vijayalaxmi (of Shabnam). The dancer here does look to me like the latter (she is not, of course).

For the moment, let’s just take your word for it – that it is Jeevankala. I agree that it does not look like Vijaya Chaudhary.

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To see the cast of any film,you can go to ilovebolly.com,where not only the actors’ names but also their screen names in that movie are given.Also,plot of the film is also given in most cases.

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