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Neeli neeli ghataa o bheegi bheegi hawaa

Posted on: September 24, 2011


I had mentioned in an earlier discussion that Helen’s aspirations (if any) of playing mainstream rolers in Hindi movies (where mainstream roles means donning a sari /salwar kurta etc and singing songs that are the preserve of leading ladies) were realised on movies like “Cha Cha Cha” (1964) and “Lahu Ke Do Rang” (1979). She in fact won the Filmfare award for best supporting actress too, for her role in “Lahu Ke Do Rang” (1979).

I now find that the first opportunity of donning a sari and behaving in a homely fashion came Helen’s way as early as in 1960 itself . This was in “Ham Hindustani” (1960) where she played the second lead pair with Joy Mukherji.

Here is a song from this movie where Helen is seen enjoying herself as a typical Bhartiya Nari is supposed to enjoy herself, viz. singing a duet with her beloved while going around the various landmarks of Bombay. It is surprising to see just how deserted Bombay used to be half a century ago. For instance, look at the Gateway of India. There are no structures around it in the picturisation. Compare it with the present situatuation where so many other structures have come up around it.

This lovely duet is sung by Asha Bhonsle and Mukesh. Lyricist is K. Manohar. Music is composed by Usha Khanna.

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Song-Neeli neeli ghata o bheegi bheegi hawaa (Ham Hindustani) (1960) Singers-Asha Bhonsle, Mukesh, Lyrics-K Manohar, MD-Usha Khanna
Asha Bhonsle + Mukesh = Fuchsia

Lyrics

Neeli neeli ghata
o bheegi bheegi hawaa
hai nashaa hi nashaa
kahin kho jaayen aa
hai nashaa hi nashaa
kahin kho jaayen aa
neeli neeli ghata
o bheegi bheegi hawaa
hai nashaa hi nashaa
kahin kho jaayen aa
hai nashaa hi nashaa
kahin kho jaayen aa
neeli neeli ghata

mausam deewaanaa
behka zamaana
saawan ke mauj mein
do dil akele hain
teri nigaahen
aa haa haa
meri nigaahen
aa haa haa
donon sharaabi hain
masti ke mele hain
aa jhoomen zaraa
neeli neeli ghata
o bheegi bheegi hawaa
hai nashaa hi nashaa
kahin kho jaayen aa
hai nashaa hi nashaa
kahin kho jaayen aa
neeli neeli ghata

palkon se chhalke
aa haa haa
gaalon pe dhalke
aa haa haa
saawan ki boondon mein chanchal ishaare hain
samjho ishaaraa
de do sahaaraa
tum bhi hamaare ho
ham bhi tumhaare hain
aa jhoomen zaraa
neeli neeli ghata
o bheegi bheegi hawaa
hai nashaa hi nashaa
kahin kho jaayen aa
hai nashaa hi nashaa
kahin kho jaayen aa
neeli neeli ghata

lehron kaa aanchal
saahil pe doley
barkhaa ki raani bhi
zulfon ko khole he
lehron mein kho jaa
aa haa haa
ojhal tu ho jaa
aa haa haa
manzil ye apni hai
dil meraa boley hai
aa jhoomen zaraa
neeli neeli ghata
o bheegi bheegi hawaa
hai nashaa hi nashaa
kahin kho jaayen aa
hai nashaa hi nashaa
kahin kho jaayen aa
neeli neeli ghata

mausam kaa jaadoo
aa haa haa
aankhen beqaaboo
aa haa haa
poochhe tumhi se ye
hogaa aur aage kyaa

jannat yahi hai
mujhko yaqeen hai
mere paas tu jo hai
dil aur maange kyaa
aa jhoomen zaraa
neeli neeli ghata
o bheegi bheegi hawaa
hai nashaa hi nashaa
kahin kho jaayen aa
hai nashaa hi nashaa
kahin kho jaayen aa
neeli neeli ghata
o bheegi bheegi hawaa
hai nashaa hi nashaa
kahin kho jaayen aa
hai nashaa hi nashaa
kahin kho jaayen aa
neeli neeli ghata
o bheegi bheegi hawaa
hai nashaa hi nashaa
kahin kho jaayen aa
hai nashaa hi nashaa
kahin kho jaayen aa
neeli neeli ghata

10 Responses to "Neeli neeli ghataa o bheegi bheegi hawaa"

Dear mr. Atul. I realise that in Surinam,my motherland, we mostly got A grade movies.So this picture, Hum Hindustani was a huge succes. The title only made me proud that my father came from U.P,In a country which is a melting pot of cultures, we were very protective about our Indian roots. The first language at home was Hindi, and especcialy “Sudh Hindi”as my Pitadjie used to say. With this song I am back in my teens, in a dark movie hall, in awe with Sunil and Joy. Thanks for bringing me back in my youth. Greetings from Holland. Roos

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Atul ji,
HUM HUNDUSTANI(1960),a Filmalaya production,produced by S.Mukherjee,was directed by Ram Mukherjee-who did the s/play also.
The story of this picture was to highlight the Indian culture,sacrifice,traditions and values etc.No wonder this made Ms.Roos very proud,reminding her their roots.
Dewan Saheb(Hari Shivdasani),his wife Savitri(Leela Chitnis) has 2 sons and 1 daughter.They are a happy,wealthy family,respecting and following all possible indian traditions,culture,sanskriti etc.Dewan,due to his straightforward and truthful nature loses all his wealth and they become poor.The elder son Surendranath(Sunil Dutt)’s engagement with a girl whom he has not seen is broken.He toils,works hard etc to meet the family’s ends.Younger brother,Satyendranath(Joy Mukherjee) also works
hard to earn and to entertain girl friend Kalpana(Helen).He is employed by brother in his master’s shop.Surendra writes a book in night to earn more money.Sudha(Asha Parekh),the girl ex-engaged makes friendship with him and they fall in love.
A large amount of cash is stolen in the shop where brothers are working,but Styendra is arrested,while he is convinced that elder brother has stolen it,but sacrifices.
The plot thickens to make it complicated with a noble idea of relieving the viewers immensely after it is clarified.
The film is full of sacrifices,sorrows and melodrama,but finally,everything is sorted out to everybody’s(including the Viewer) satisfaction and you are allowed to go home peaceful and proud of being a Hindustani !
-AD

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thank you atul for the vdo. ve heard dis song b4. singing it 4 d 1st tym.
& u r right. the park outside the Gateway with Shivaji statue is also not der.
& i think that was an englishman’s statue wheer hutatma chowk is these days!!!

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Atul ji,

What a wonderful reminder, yet again. One of memorable songs from this film, although not heard very often lately.

Helen has done wonders with her mannerisms and facial expressions, it is a pity that the producers and the public still saw only the cabaret dancer side of her. But then. . .
We may not have seen some of the most sensuous and perfect dances on the Hindi screen. Well . . . 🙂

Rgds
Sudhir

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Dear mr. atul.
I digged in my memories, and maybe Iam wrong, but i think that Helen also had a serious role in Woh kaun Thi. Once you are choosen for a particular role, you never come out of it.wated talents. Do you agree with me? nice day. Gr. from roos

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Correction. I mean wasted talents

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Helenji tried again her hand at serious roles and roles with different shades
1)against Amithabh Bachchan in
Imaan dharam(1977)(directed by Art director-Desh Mukherjee)(starring shashi kapoor, sanjeev kumar, rekha, aparna sen,utpal dutt)

2)Humkadam(1980)(as Rakheeji`s office mate/ friend-a Rajashree production movie)

3)Pyar Ka sapna(1969)(directed by Hrishida and starring ashok kumar, bishwajeet,Mala sinha)

4)Aansoo jo ban gaye phool(1969)(against Pran saab and directed by Satyen bose and starring Ashok kumar, nirupa roy,Deb mukherjee,alka)

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