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Maathe ki bindiyaa bole

Posted on: September 23, 2011


When one thinks of Helen, one thinks of a cabarat song(typically sung by Asha Bhonsle) where Helen, suitably under dressed by Indian standards, performs her dance and then bows out, playing no further part in the movie. There are many Helen fans though who would like to see her in meatier roles in these movies.

The requirements of a meatier role in an Hindi movie dictate that the actress looks and behaves like a Bhartiya Nari, which meant donning sari, singing bhajans, observing Desi festivals etc. There have been such movies were attempts have been made to “indigenise” Helen. 🙂 In “Cha Cha Cha” (1964) , for example, Helen was the heroine, no less. There she is a decadent western dress wearing decadent female, who sees the errors of her ways and starts wearing sari and by the end of the movie, she may well have given Meena Kumari a run for her money in Bhartiya narihood. Too bad that not too many movie goers watched the movie and as a result, Helen had to go back to square one and to her usual cabarat dancer roles.

After about 15 years, a similar meatier role beckoned Helen. The movie was “Lahu Ke Do Rang” (1979). In this movie, Vinod Khanna plays a recruit in Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose’s Indian natinal army and goes to far east, leaving his wife Chandrani Mukherji behind in India.In far east, he falls inn love with a Chine girl and marries her too. Guess who is this Chinese girl. It is none other than our own Helen. Wait a minute, if she is a Chinese Nari then how can she have a meatier role in a Hindi movie. No problem. The movie makers have already thought about that. So Helen began to learn aboout Indian customs, starts observing desi festivals like Karva chauth etc, and begins to dress like Indian women as well.

All this means that the hopes of people expecting to watch a cabarat performance is dashed. She sings songs, but they are songs as befitting a Bhartiya nari.

So, here is a “Helem” song with a difference. Here Helen is seen singing a song of matrimonial bliss with Vinod Khanna using words like “maathe ki bindiya”, “piyaa”, “sandesh” etc. 🙂

This song is sung by Anuradha Paudwal and Rafi. Farooque Kaiser is the lyricist. Music is composed by Bahhi Lahiri, who , like Helen was playing a typical Bhartiya Music director, before he would go berserk with his Disco brand of music. Bappi da obviously didnot draw any inspiration from Helen Jee. Here was a cabarat dancing lady aspiring to be a Bhartiya naari and here was a music director, who went whole hog to cross over from traditional Indian music to loud disco music.

Incidentally, Helen received the Filmfare award for the best supporting actress for her role in this movie. So her performance in this movie actually met with public approval, and her dreams of acting in a mainstream role (if she actually had any such dreams) were partially fulfilled in this movie.

Audio – All Parts

Video – Part I

Video – Part II

Video – Part III

Video – Part IV

Song-Maathe ki bindiyaa bole (Lahu Ke do rang) (1979) Singers-Anuradha Paudwal, Rafi, Lyrics-Farooque Qaisar, MD-Bappi Lahiri

Lyrics

hmm hmm hmm
hmm hmm hmm hmm
maathe ki bindiyaa boley
kaahe ko gori doley
sajna gaye re pardes
maathe ki bindiyaa boley
kaahe ko gori doley
sajna gaye re pardes
apne khabar na piyaa bataaye
bhejoon kise sandesh ho
bhejoon kise sandesh
ho ho ho
maathe ki bindiyaa boley
kaahe ko gori doley
sajna gaye re pardes

raah nihaaroon teri
hmm hmm hmm hmm
hmm
aage yaad nahin
mujhe yaad hai
raah nihaaroon teri
din ho ya rain haari
naahin re bhool paaye
tujhko ye nain haaye
chaand bhi dhokhaa de nahin paayaa
barson liyaa tera bhed ho
barson liyaa tera bhed
ho ho ho
maathe ki bindiyaa bole
kaahe ko gori dole
sajna gaye re pardes
ho ho
sajna gaye re pardes

7 Responses to "Maathe ki bindiyaa bole"

There is one more version of this song. I have seen the video some time back, but now only the audio link is available. It seems Bappi lahiri also created some iconic songs.

Itni mili na saansen
Waada nibhaane aate
Itni mili
na saansen
Waada nibhaane aate
Mar ke khatam na honge
Apne yeh rishte naate
Tere liye phir lenge
Janam ham
Aayenge phir tere des
Ho
Aayenge phir tere des
ho
Aayenge phir tere des

Oh ho oh ho
Oh ho oh ho
Oh ho oh ho

Barkha bahaar aayi
Rim jhim ka geet le ke
Saari jawaani de di
Do din ki preet le ke
Sajna gaye hain
Rophaa(?) kamaaye
Rupa (?) huey mere kes
Ho
Rupa (?) huey mere kes
ho ho ho
maathe ki bindiya boley
kahe ko gori doley
sajnaa gaye re pardes
ho ho ho
sajnaa gaye re pardes
pardes
sajnaa gaye re pardes

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s i think this song appears thrice in the movie

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I also felt the audio clip is having two separate parts, one is “itni mili na saansen” & second is starting from “oh ho oh ho”. Nincely sung by both Rafi and Anuradha Paudwal, though. I guess “Rophaa” or some such word should mean “Rupiya”, in bhojpuri (?). “Rupa” could mean white or “gori” , i think.

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