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Jaane waale zaraa hoshiyaar yahaan ke ham hain Rajkumar

Posted on: July 5, 2011


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

This is the typical Shammi Kapoor fun and exuberance solo. In many of his successful movies, one will find a solo song, sung by Rafi, almost within the first 10 or 15 minutes of the movie, “Jawaanian Ye Mast Mast Bin Piye” from Tumsa Nahin Dekha, “Kisi Na Kisi Se Kabhi Na Kabhi” from Kashmir Ki Kali, “Dil Deke Dekho, Dil Deke Dekho” from Dil Deke Dekho, “Laal Chhadi Maidaan Khadi” from Jaanwar, “Aji Aisa Mauka Phir Kahaan Milega” from An Evening In Paris, and so on. It used to be like making a dynamic musical entry. 🙂 Such songs used to be the staple diet of pre teen boys like me. I would listen to a Shammi Kapoor song like this only once, and it would be committed to memory. And I used to be very much in demand at the family gatherings and birthday parties, to perform these songs. (Wow, I used to do that? What fun!!)

In this song, Shammi Kapoor, the prince and heir to the throne, is returning to his state, after his education in the west. He is being taken from wherever the last transportation point would have been, to his state in a procession of cars, horses and elephants with a large contingent of the army in attendance. The year was 1965, and I wonder even at that time were there any kingdoms that would afford such luxuries. Plus the fact that the persona of honor himself is doing all kinds of antics, jumping from car to elephant to horse to car, walking with the flag in hand, and also singing a song, declaring himself to be the prince. Talk about blowing his own trumpet – wow.

The other actors one can identify in the clip are Rajendranath and Pran; and the barrel of a gun in the hands of someone not visible on the screen. And suddenly part of the script is open to you. Pran has apparently planned for an assassination which of course does not happen. (In the movie, Pran is the brother of Shammi Kapoor’s step mother).

The song is definitely catchy. The combination of Shailendra, Shankar Jaikishan and Mohammed Rafi can never be anything but a wonderful pleasing song. One effect of the song definitely is that it attracts the tribals in the nearby forests, and at the end of the song, he has his first meeting with Sadhna (not in this clip), the princess of the tribal king.

Enjoy this racy composition, a very typical Shammi Kapoor product.


Song-Jaane waale zaraa hoshyaar yahaan ke ham hain Raj Kumar (Rajkumar) (1964) Singer-Rafi, Lyrics-Shailendra, MD-Shankar Jaikishan

Lyrics

hoshiyaar
hoshiyaar
jaane waale
jaane waale zaraa hoshiyaar
yahaan ke hum hain rajkumaar
oy hoy
aage peechhe
aage peechhe hamaari sarkaar
yahaan ke hum hain rajkumaarrrr
jaane waale

Amreeki andaaz bhi seekhe
hum Europe ke raaz bhi seekhe
Amreeki andaaz bhi seekhe
hum Europe ke raaz bhi seekhe
hum se jo baazi lekar jaaye
hai koi aisa saamne aaye
hai koi aisa saamne aaye
ho saari duniya
saari duniya mein apni jaikaar
yahaan ke hum hain rajkumaar
hoy hoy
aage peechhe hamaari sarkaar
yahaan ke hum hain rajkumaar
oy hoy
jaane waale

dard sa apne dil mein jo paaya
jaan gaye hum kisne bulaaya
dard sa apne dil mein jo paaya
jaan gaye hum kisne bulaaya
un se hi milne jhoom ke nikley
hoy thhathh se nikley dhoom se nikley
thhahh se nikley dhoom se nikley
un ko bhi hai
un ko bhi hai hamaara intezaar
yahaan ke hum hain rajkumaar
hoy jaane waale zaraa hoshiyaar
yahaan ke hum hain rajkumaar
oy hoy aage peechhe hamaari sarkaar
yahaan ke hum hain rajkumaar
aaye haaye
jaane waale

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2 Responses to "Jaane waale zaraa hoshiyaar yahaan ke ham hain Rajkumar"

Sudhir ji,
You have aptly cought the spirit of the Shammi kapoor movies,by stressing on the “entry” songs. Well done !
As far as the lines “The year was 1965,and I wonder even at that time were there any kingdom that would afford such luxuries / “…….
I would point out that Mrs. Indira Gandhi abolished the privy purses of Maharajas/KingsIQueens/Nawabs etc. in 1969 and till then,it was a commom thing to take out a mammoth procession for any important matter concerning the Head of the state.I have seen such processions in Hyderabad,Mysore,Gwalior,Indore and such other ‘states’.
Ofcourse what is shown in the movie is merely theatrical and takes a cinematic liberty of exaggeration(for the entertainment of masses).
-AD

Arun ji,
You are right; I recall the princely states did have the wherewithal, before their privy purses were abolished in 1969. That and the cinematic liberties, together give us the situations for these songs. 🙂

Rgds
Sudhir

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