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Nigaahon ki jaadoogari

Posted on: June 18, 2011


This article is written by Sudhir, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie songs and a regular contributor to this blog.

Shabnam (1964) is a fantasy adventure, a mix of comedy, action and intrigue in the royal palace. With the combination of Mehmood (still trying at that time to succeed as a hero), Sheikh Mukhtar, Jeevan, Helen, Vijay Laxmi, Mukri, Mohan Choti etc., the roles and story line is almost predictable. Memsaab’s blog carries a very interesting review of this movie (click here to go to the review). The movie has had a pretty successful run in its time, in the B circuit release cinema houses. But more than that, this movie is remembered for its music, rather it is a musical blockbuster, as Atul ji has mentioned in his post for one of the songs ‘Har Nazar Mein Sau Afsaane’.

Shabnam boasts of many hits; almost all its songs are well known and hummed even to this day. Take the Mukesh song, ‘Teri Nigaahon Pe Mar Mar Gaye Hum’, or the two Rafi creations, ‘Mein Ne Rakha Hai Mohabbat Apne Afsaane Ka Naam’, and ‘Ye Teri Saadgi, Ye Tera Baankpan’. Or the two Lata sizzlers, ‘Hasnun Ala Hai Ya’habi’ (aka ‘Har Nazar Mein Sau Afsaane’), and the song for this post, ‘Nigaahon Ki Jaadugari, Adaaon Ki Ye Dilbari’. Or the Helen and Vijay Laxmi face off on the floor of the royal court ‘Anaadi Hai Shikari Dekho Dillagi, Nishaana Kare Apna Hi Dil’, a duet sung by Asha Bhosle and Usha Khanna, or the fun song ‘Allah Meri Jholi Mein Chham Se Chale Aao’, sung by Rafi, Manna Dey and Usha Khanna for the on screen antics of Sheikh Mukhtar and Mukri. And then there is another Helen solo in the royal court, ‘Shabnam Bhi Dekhi, Shola Bhi Dekha’ sung by Usha Khanna again.

In the story line, Haroon (played by Sheikh Mukhtar) owns a seraai (in today’s terms it would be called a highway dhaba), where traveler on long journeys take a break to relax and have food. His daughter, Shabnam (played by Vijay Laxmi) performs dance at this seraai for the entertainment of the guests. The two numbers, ‘Har Nazar Mein Sau Afsaane’, and the song of this post are both such dance numbers. It is wonderful to hear Lata sing these fast paced solo dancing numbers, very melodious and very hummable. In this clip, one can also see Mehmood come into the seraai to watch the dance performance with his sidekick Mohan Choti. In this role, Mehmood plays a bumbling prince who cannot hold a straight sword. But in reality, he is Zingaroo, take off on the Zorro character from the Hollywood movies.

The lyrics of this song are by Prem Dhawan, and the wonderful compositions are by Usha Khanna. Enjoy this most wonderful grade A creation from a supposed grade B movie.


Song-Nigaahon ki jaadoogari (Shabnam) (1964) Singer-Lata, Lyrics-Prem Dhawan, MD-Usha Khanna

Lyrics

nigaahon ki jaadoogari
adaaon ki ye dilbari
yoon hi nahin khuda ki kasam
koi to hai mera bhi sanam
nigaahon ki jaadoogari
aaaaaaaaaaa

behke kadam hain mere to bin piye
armaan hain mere ke jalte diye
behke kadam hain mere to bin piye
armaan hain mere ke jalte diye
kehti hai dhadkan ke aayegaa wo
tadpoon hamesha main jiske liye
aaaaaaaaaaaaaa

nigaahon ki jaadoogari
adaaon ki ye dilbari
yoon hi nahin khuda ki kasam
koi to hai mera bhi sanam
nigaahon ki jaadoogari

koi to jahaan mein deewaana hai mera
kisi ke to lab pe fasaana hai mera
koi to jahaan mein deewaana hai mera
kisi ke to lab pe fasaana hai mera
maane na maane zamaane ki khushi
kisi ke to dil mein thhikaana hai mera
aaaaaaaaaaaaaa

nigaahon ki jaadoogari
adaaon ki ye dilbari
yoon hi nahin khuda ki kasam
koi to hai mera bhi sanam
nigaahon ki jaadoogari

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3 Responses to "Nigaahon ki jaadoogari"

Goo dresearch by Sudhir. Shabnam was an enjoyable movie for us as were its songs. Usha Khanna had come into her own by 1964. Prem Dhawan was a “naami shayar” by that time. Mehmood was to get his own ground soon thereafter. All in all, Sudhir’s blog took me back to my college days.

Oh, why is the “embedding disbled upon reqeust”? Why are we being directed to You Tube to watch the song? I did, and visited that serai of old!

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