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Nanhe munne bachche teri muthhi mein kyaa hai

Posted on: September 11, 2011


There are many well known songs from yesteryears that are not yet discussed. In some cases, I am aware about this fact. In other cases, I was under the impression that these songs were already discussed.

Here is a much loved song from “Boot Polish” (1953) which is not yet discussed but I thought it was. Thankfully, I was finally woken up thanks to the lyrics of this song being sent to me by nahm.

What can be said about this song that has not been said ? This song is a much loved song and it is a song that has become an iconic song. This song is from ‘Boot Polish” (1953) which is about orphan kids and their dreams for a brighter future. I have not seen this movie and I do not think I have the ability to brave through this movie, with its kind of storyline. I would rather listen to the songs of this movie.

Here is this song, which is sung by Rafi, Asha Bhonsle and chorus. the song is picturised on David (lip syncing in Rafi’s voice), baby Naaz (lip syncing in Asha Bhonsle’s voice) and several kids lip syncing in chorus. The lyrics by Shailendra have gone on to become the part of Indian folklore. The song dreams of a future when there will be no poverty and no misery. This song was wtitten some six decades ago, and that future has already arrived. Has that dream visualised in this song been realised ? It is certainly some food for thought.

Music is composed by Shankar Jaikishan.

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Song-Nanhe munne bachche teri mutthi mein kyaa hai (Boot Polish) (1953) Singers-Rafi, Asha Bhonsle, Lyrics-Shailendra, MD-Shankar Jaikishan
Asha Bhonsle + chorus=Fuchsia

Lyrics(Provided by nahm)

Nanhe munne bachche teri muthhi mein kya hai
nanhe munne bachche teri muthhi mein kya hai
muthhi mein hai taqdeer hamaari
muthhi mein hai taqdeer hamaari
ham ne qismat ko bas mein kiya hai
ham ne qismat ko bas mein kiya hai

bholi bhaali matwaali aankhon mein kya hai
bholi bhaali matwaali aankhon mein kya hai
aankhon mein jhoome ummeedon ki diwaali
aankhon mein jhoome ummeedon ki diwaali
aanewaali duniya ka sapna sajaa hai
aanewaali duniya ka sapna sajaa hai
nanhe munhe bachche teri muthhi mein kya hai
nanhe munhe bachche teri muthhi mein kya hai

aaaa aaaa
aaaa aaaa

bheekh mein jo moti miley
loge ya na loge
aaaaaaaaa
zindagi ke aansuon ka bolo kya karoge
aaaaaaaaa
bheekh mein jo moti miley
loge ya na loge
aaaaaaaaa
zindagi ke aansuon ka bolo kya karoge
aaaaaaaaa
bheekh mein jo moti miley
to bhi hamna lenge

bheekh mein jo moti miley
to bhi ham na lenge

zindagi ke aansuon ki
mala pehnenge

zindagi ke aansuon ki
mala pehnenge

aaaaaaaaa aaaaaaaaa
mushqilon se ladte bhidte
jeene mein mazaa hai

mushqilon se ladte bhidte
jeene mein mazaa hai

nanhe munhe bachche teri muthhi mein kya hai
nanhe munhe bachche teri muthhi mein kya hai

aaaaaaaaaaa
aaaaaaaaa

ham se na chhupaao bachcho
hamen to bataao
aaaaaaaaa
aanewaali duniya kaisi hogi samjhaao
aaaaaaaaa
ham se na chhupaao bachcho
hamen to bataao
aaaaaaaaa
aanewaali duniya kaisi hogi samjhaao
aaaaaaaaa
aanewaali duniya mein
sab ke sar pe taaj hogaa

aanewaali duniya mein
sab ke sar pe taaj hogaa

na bhookhon ki bheed hogi
na dukhon ka raaj hoga

na bhookon ki bheed hogi
na dukhon ka raaj hoga

badlega zamaana
ye sitaaron pe likhha hai

badlega zamaana
ye sitaaron pe likhha hai

nanhe munne bachche teri muthhi mein kya hai
nanhe munhe bachche teri muthhi mein kya hai
muthhi mein hai taqdeer hamaari
muthhi mein hai taqdeer hamaari
hamne qismat ko bas mein kiya hai
hamne qismat ko bas mein kiya hai
nanhe munne bachche teri muthhi mein kya hai
nanhe munne bachche teri muthhi mein kya hai

10 Responses to "Nanhe munne bachche teri muthhi mein kyaa hai"

The kid who prompts David to laugh and sing is the same one who played ‘Birju” in “Mother India”. He was a bit older in “Mother India”, as there is four year gap between the two movies.

The children who were 7-10 in 1953 are post retirement age now. We are much more affluent and even the down trodden sections of the society are having “creamy layers”. As far as i know India has been self sufficient in food for some decades now. So it can be said that the dreams of “no misery and no poverty” have been achieved by and large. Some states are still industrially and agriculturally backward.

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Optimism, containment, messages to the society, philosophy of life were the hallmark of Shailendra’s poetry.

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Typo… it is ‘contentment’ and not containment :&

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Atul – contrary to your view, this is a story of hope and change, hope for a change, and of a certain confidence in the change. A change for the better, for brighter tomorrow; so much so they say -“bheekh mein jo moti miley, to bhi hamna lenge” – that shows an abundance of confifdence!

It is the nature of the human being never to be sastisfied with the status quo, and hope for the better. And it is certainly getting better, by any measurable standards, for the average human being. Granted there are pockets of despair, as there are everywhere – they exist even in the mighty United States, where I currently live.

One can see the glass as 1/3rd empty or 2/3rds full!

My hat’s off to Shailendra.

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very sweet song 😉

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Atul Ji, Boot Polish is marked as a movie where all songs are featured (red font) on the blog, and the total count is 7. I do not find “John Chacha” song in the list, and also a short song “Tu Badhta Chal”. I guess there are either 9 or 10 songs in the movie.

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