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Ye chanda Roos kaa na ye Japan kaa

Posted on: February 27, 2011


Lyrics of this song have been provided by Sudhir, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a regular contributor to this blog

It may be unimaginable today for the present generation, but when India became independent over six decades ago, the country was industrially undeveloped and there was hardly any infrastructure to speak of. Indian leadership of that time decided that India needed to adopt the Soviet Union model of planned economy for nation building. Accordingly, there used to be five year plans those days and based on the decisions taken for these five year plans, various infrastructure projects were undertaken.

During those days, several movies were made on the theme of nation building. “Insaan Jaag Uthaa” (1959) is one such movie. This movie had Sunil Dutt and Madhubala in lead roles.

Both of them work in a construction site. Sunil Dutt is a crane operator and Madhubala is a labourer. Waah ! What a pretty labourer !

Unlike most workers going about the job of nation building silently, Hindi movie lead actors cannot help but break into a song at every opportunity, including while working at a construction site.

Here,in the picturisation,Madhubala inadvertently walks into the trolley attached to a large crane, and Sunil Dutt, seated at the control lifts the trolley up in the air, with Madhubala trapped in the trolley dangling up dangerously in air.

And what does the hero do ? He bursts into a song. Using construction site and equipments as the proverbial tree to sing a teasing song ! Now that is something new !

The lyrics are interesting too. It contains a commonly used word like “Chandaa” and at the same time also uses the names of nations like Roos- Russia, though technically it was Soviet Union those days, Japan and Amreeca (America). The song states that this “Chanda” (Moon) -viz Madhubala does not belong to Russia, Japan or US, rather she is very much India’s.

All this while, Madhubala is rightly feeling righteously indignant, trapped high up in air.

The song is sung by Rafi. Shailendra is the lyricist and S D Burman composed the music.

The picturisation also shows many other construction workers, including Minu Mumtaz,Sundar, their supervisor Shivraj etc.

This song with its unusaul picturisation has prompted me to create a new tag viz “crane” song tag.

Here is this song from “Insaan Jaag Uthaa” (1959) with the statutory advise not to try this at home. If you have to express your love to a female colleague, do it at ground level 🙂 instead of doing it the way it is shown here in this song.


Song-Ye chanda Roos ka na ye Japan ka (Insaan Jaag uthaa) (1959 ) Singer-Rafi, Lyrics-Shailendra, MD-S D Burman

Lyrics

ree daiyyaa
ree daiyyaa
ree daiyyaa

dekho re dekho log ajooba
ye beesween sadi ka
dekho re dekho log ajooba
ye beesween sadi ka
aasmaan ke chand to chhoone
niklaa chaand zameen ka
re logo
ye chanda roos ka
na ye japaan ka
na ye amreekan pyaare
ye to hai hindustaan ka
ye chanda roos ka
na ye japaan ka
na ye amreekan pyaare
ye to hai hindustaan ka

gorey gorey mukh par tu ne
aisa ghoonghat daalaa. . . . haay
gorey gorey mukh par tu ne
aisa ghoonghat daalaa
aankhon waale taras gaye
dekhoon mein kismat waalaah aahe waah
ye chanda roos ka
na ye japaan ka
na ye amreekan pyaare
ye to hai hindustaan ka
ye chanda roos ka
na ye japaan ka
na ye amreekan pyaare
ye to hai hindustaan ka

dushman dekhe jal jal jaaye
dost kahe kyaa kehne. . . .
dushman dekhe jal jal jaaye
dost kahe kyaa kehne
dekhen kis par karam karey tu
kaun ye sehraa pehne
aha haa haa haa
ye chanda roos ka
na ye japaan ka
na ye amreekan pyaare
ye to hai hindustaan ka
ye chanda roos ka
na ye japaan ka
na ye amreekan pyaare
ye to hai hindustaan ka

roop nagar se prem nagar tak
roz karey ik phera. . . . aaaa haaaa
roop nagar se prem nagar tak
roz karey ik phera
teri ik muskaan shaam
aur ik muskaan saveraa
o maarraa
ye chanda roos ka
na ye japaan ka
na ye amreekan pyaare
ye to hai hindustaan ka
ye chanda roos ka
na ye japaan ka
na ye amreekan pyaare
ye to hai hindustaan ka
ye chanda roos ka
na ye japaan ka
na ye amreekan pyaare
ye to hai hindustaan ka
haa haa
ye chanda roos ka
na ye japaan ka
na ye amreekan pyaare
ye to hai hindustaan ka
haa haa
ye chanda roos ka
na ye japaan ka
na ye amreekan pyaare
ye to hai hindustaan ka
haa haa
ye chanda roos ka
na ye japaan ka
na ye amreekan pyaare
ye to hai hindustaan ka
haa haa
ye chanda roos ka
na ye japaan ka
na ye amreekan pyaare
ye to hai hindustaan ka

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4 Responses to "Ye chanda Roos kaa na ye Japan kaa"

its been years since this song has been seen or heard. thank you to the team that uploaded this post

Thanks for this song, Atul! It has indeed been ages since I listened to this song, but I do remember hearing it on the loudspeakers when we lived in Bombay, once upon a time. It must have been around the time the Sputnik program was launched, and the US had its own satellite program, in an effort to reach the moon first, so someone must have thought that this moon (Madhubala!)does not belong to either the US or the USSR, but to India! And what a wonderful moon she was!

Your description of the filming of this song on screen is so vivid and lively that it made me travel down memory lane while I was in my teens and visited the film in its released year. The concept of the film, its story and catching songs were somewhat quite different than the normal course prevalent.

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