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Roop tumhaaraa aankhon se pi loon

Posted on: July 12, 2011

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

Ajit Merchant, a leading music director for Gujarati films and for the theatre world in Bombay, passed away about 4 months ago (18th March, 2011). He was 80 plus. Although better known for his work in the Gujarati cinema, he did compose music for Hindi movies, albeit a small number. By some accounts, his offerings in the Hindi film world number less than 10. An accomplished music director, Ajit Merchant gave a first important break to a struggling Jagjit Singh in the late 60s. Raj Kapoor was also a fan of Ajit Merchant. It is said that after hearing the song “mari ankh no afini tara roop no bandhani . . .” (from the Gujarati film “Divadndi” he requested Shankar Jaikishan also to listen to it. The result of this reference was the song “Mera joota hai japaani” from film Shri 420, based on the tune of the Gujarati song.

This song is a musical gemstone lost somewhere in the folds of time. Sapera is an obscure movie from 1961, a costume action drama. Produced by Indo Africa Films and directed by BJ Patel, the movie did not have any actors to write home about. The lead pair is Jyoti and Ranjan, and the supporting cast is Tiwari, Sunder, Jeevankala, Uma Dutt, Neena, Rajan Kapoor etc.

And as we have discovered so many times before, obscure movies did not work well on the box office for many other reasons, but the music from these movies is no less exemplary than the successful and well known A grade movies. The lyrics of this song are by Indeewar, and the singing voice is that of Manna Dey, who has rendered this song with a careful, deliberate slowness, that has added to the beauty of this song.

A real lovely song, that deserves to be played and heard more often.

Song-Roop tumhaaraa aankhon se pi loon (Sapera)(1961)Singer-Manna Dey, Lyrics-Indeewar, MD-Ajit Merchant


roop tumhaaraa
aankhon se pee loon
keh do agar tum
mar ke bhi jee loon
mar ke bhi jee loon
roop tumhaaraa
aankhon se pee loon
keh do agar tum
mar ke bhi jee loon
mar ke bhi jee loon

aankhon se chhalke teri
amrit ki dhaaraa
tera saath gori mujhko
jeewan se pyaara
miley donon hum tum jaise
lehar se kinaaraa
roop tumhaaraa
aankhon se pee loon
keh do agar tum
mar ke bhi jee loon
mar ke bhi jee loon

nigaahen jhukaa ke phir se
zaraa muskuraa do
kaanpte labon se dil ki
kahaani sunaa do
kyaa hai tumhaare dil mein
hamen bhi bataa do
roop tumhaaraa
aankhon se pee loon
keh do agar tum
mar ke bhi jee loon
mar ke bhi jee loon

5 Responses to "Roop tumhaaraa aankhon se pi loon"

Sudhir ji,
some more information on the film DIWA DANDI (1949).
It was produced by Ajit Merchant himself under the banner of Neelam Pictures ( his wife’s name was Neelamben).
The song ‘Maro aankhni affni……’ was written by Venibhai Purohit and sung by the popular gujrati singer Dilip Dholakiya (DD was also a Music Director in Gujarati.He has also given music to few Hindi Films).
It is said that the song became so famous and popular that “many singers and Musicians shamelessly took the credit for this song”.
Unfortunately,not a single print of this movie is avalable anywhere today.


What a beautiful melody!


Sadanand ji,

Yes, this is truly a delightful melody. Check out another song from the same film – “Kis Ne Chheena Hai Bolo Mere Chand Ko”, available on the blog at



Hi passionate music lovers , what a gem of a song / compo/ singing by team ,when one attempts to sing this song soulfully , he would realise power paked emotions underneath , & surely he has to be in tears while singing … is our moral binding to bring it on surface & make it immortal …. at various forum. one can not make this tunes by order ….. it flows very very occasionally….. .




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