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Dekh to kyaa hai aaj ki mehfil

Posted on: September 25, 2011


This article is written by Greta (Memsaab), a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movies and its music and a regular visitor to this blog.

Atul is aware that this particular cabaret song and dance is one of my favorites, performed by the very lithe and graceful Faryal. It contains most of the peculiarly Indian cabaret traits that make me love them so: male background dancers, a fake Sheikh or two, a Boss lurking in silhouette, and a lively band clad in frilly outfits. So how perfect for it to be the 4700th song posted on this brilliant blog!

The men backing the female solo in these songs fascinate me particularly. There is something weirdly sexy and creepy about them; I am equally repulsed and enchanted. They match Faryal step for step, somehow managing to avoid eye damage from her sharp silver cone bra, and sporting greased-back hair, tight red pants and no shirts. My favorite of these guys, Oscar Unger (more famous generally as a choreographer with his partner Vijay), features prominently along with his sideburns. Faryal herself has more stuff on her head than she’s wearing on her body, not that anyone I am sure is complaining.

One of the chief functions of these types of songs (besides vivid entertainment) is to heighten suspense and illustrate that nefarious deeds are afoot. This one certainly does that in spades, thanks to RD Burman’s music, Asha’s voice and Faryal’s frantic shimmying, and members of the cast sprinkled about writing notes and hiding behind disguises. Joy Mukherjee is dressed as a Sheikh, Abhi Bhattacharya looks faintly disapproving and the film’s director, Ram Mohan Bohra—whose son Mahendra is in this too, his only film—squints at the crowd from behind his dark glasses, pipe clenched firmly in his mouth (sadly, his mandatory spy movie Accessory Cat is nowhere to be seen here).

I can say nothing about the lyrics, not speaking Hindi myself and having no subtitles to help me, so let’s just get right to all the Goodness, shall we? Let the trumpets pay tribute to post 4700 and Atul’s Song a Day!


Song-Dekh to kyaa hai aaj ki mehfil (Puraskaar) (1970) Singer-Asha Bhonsle, Lyrics-S H Bihari, MD-R D Burman

Lyrics

dekh to kyaa hai
aaj ki mehfil
aaj ki ye baaten
kal ko naa hongi
apni shaayad
phir ye mulaaqaaten
teri meri
meri teri
ye doori
ye doori
ye doori
kaisi hai
qareeb aa
aur zaraa
qareeb aa
dekh to kyaa hai
aaj ki mehfil
aaj ki ye baaten
kal ko naa hongi
apni shaayad
phir ye mulaaqaaten
teri meri
meri teri
ye doori
ye doori
ye doori
kaisi hai
qareeb aa
aur zaraa
qareeb aa

aisi raaten bhi kyaa
tu ru
tu ru ru
jin mein
dil na miley
aisi raahen bataa
to
tu ru ru
jinki ho manzilen
tujhse
chaahoon main
aur to kuchh bhi nahin
hey
hey
hey
hey hey hey hey
hey hey hey hey
hey hey hey hey
hey
hey hey hey hey
hey hey hey hey
hey hey hey hey
dekh to kyaa hai
aaj ki mehfil
aaj ki ye baaten
kal ko naa hongi
apni shaayad
phir ye mulaaqaaten
teri meri
meri teri
ye door
ye doori
ye doori
kaisi hai
qareeb aa
aur zaraa
qareeb aa

aankhen
kehti rahin
tu
tu ru ru
teri
hai justuzu
baaten
phir bhi meri
to
turururu
lekin
samjha na tu
lele
baanhon mein
mujhko
apni sanam
hey
hey
hey
hey hey hey hey
hey hey hey hey
hey hey hey hey
hey
hey hey hey hey
hey hey hey hey
hey hey hey hey
dekh to kyaa hai
aaj ki mehfil
aaj ki ye baaten
kal ko naa hongi
apni shaayad
phir ye mulaaqaaten
teri meri
meri teri
ye doori
ye doori
ye doori
kaisi hai
qareeb aa
aur zaraa
qareeb aa

duniyaa rangeen hai
tu ru
tu ru ru
lele
iska mazaa
jeena
pyaar binaa
he
tururu
yoon hai
jaise sazaa
dil se
dil ka
mel hi
jeewan hai
hey
hey
hey
hey hey hey hey
hey hey hey hey
hey hey hey hey
hey
hey hey hey hey
hey hey hey hey
hey hey hey hey
dekh to kyaa hai
aaj ki mehfil
aaj ki ye baaten
kal ko naa hongi
apni shaayad
phir ye mulaaqaaten
teri meri
meri teri
ye doori
ye doori
ye doori
kaisi hai
qareeb aa
aur zaraa
qareeb aa
dekh to kyaa hai
aaj ki mehfil
aaj ki ye baaten
kal ko naa hongi
apni shaayad
phir ye mulaaqaaten
teri meri
meri teri
ye doori
ye doori
ye doori
kaisi hai
qareeb aa
aur zaraa
qareeb aa
aa

30 Responses to "Dekh to kyaa hai aaj ki mehfil"

Atulji,

Congrats for another century.

Greta ji
Thanks
for the post and the song.

This is my favourite song too.

regards

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Thanks ! I became aware of this song only after I read the review of this movie in Greta ji’s blog.

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Mem Didi,

The manner in which you capture the ambience of a song situation just bowls me over. And your attention to detail is simply tremendous. The accomnpanying male dancers “barely managing to save their eyes” (LOL), the director lurking behind dark glasses etc. I must say that your reviews and your commentary is exactly what the movies are meant to be – enjoy and have fun.

And yes, a wonderful reminder of a song. Thanks a ton. 🙂

Rgds
Sudhir

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Atul ji,

Kudos and congratulations, for the 47 century milestone. The 5000 number does not seem intimidating any more. 🙂

Rgds
Sudhir

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Thanks ! Yes, the figure of 5000 now looks within striking distance. Of course we cannot afford to be overconfident. 🙂

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Thanks Prakash and Sudhir and Atul…it is a wonderful song indeed with many things to love. Just like this blog and its contributors 🙂

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Thanks a lot for this writeup. I absolutely loved it, and I in fact have played up this song on the blog many a times after posting it. 🙂 I must say that Faryal has done superbly in this song. It is so unfortunate that she in those days was regarded as synonymous with “waster of opportunities”. Perhaps she was too far ahead of times. The song is indeed quite a gem which I was not aware of till I read your review of this movie.

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She is such a great dancer, very athletic. I suppose she was a little “too bold” or maybe she wasn’t willing to do what it took to get opportunities at that time 😉

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Aameen to that 🙂

Sudhir

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Ha ha..typical Greta post. Just love it!!! 🙂

The way she is able to describe a scene, a song, a situation, a story – it never ceases to amaze me! You can see she throws herself into it and lets it flow – with an absolutely wicked sense of humor to boot! 🙂

This is a fab song and deserves to be much better known than it is. The Asha-RD combo is on full display here. And the dance? Awesome! Faryal and the men around her, all skimpily dressed, look like they’re having a ball!

I always felt Faryal was one of the few in Bollywood who felt very comfortable with her sexuality – no inhibitions, no half-measures, no hypocrisy. But in all the focus on her body, what sometimes gets overlooked is that she has very striking facial features too. The type that make her instantly recognizable in a crowd. Would be nice to know what happened to her after the mid-70s (imdb has her last movie noted as 1977).

Congrats, Atul, on getting to 4700!!! What a journey – and I’m so privileged to have been part of it from the very first day. All I can say is, keep it going, we are all here to help you in any way we can.

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Is it not a wonderful write up ? Greta ji manages to observe so many things in the picturisation that most mortals cannot even notice. and then she comes up with her inimitable way of describing them with her own sense of humour. I think we should have a name for this kind of humour-Gretaism, perhaps ? 🙂

Indeed we have reached to 4700 almost without realising it. And your contribution right from the earliest days have been a great source of support and encouragement to me. And I cannot thank you enough for all your contributions, a few of them almost without any prior notice.

With time, several like minded regulars have joined in and now it is a teamwork which is what is making all these centuries getting notched up at regular intervals.

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Atul, somebody on Greta’s blog came up with a brilliant term “gretacize”.

As in “Memsaab, when are you going to gretacize this movie?” 🙂

Let’s just say, we eagerly await the next song that memsaab will gretacize for your blog. 😉

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Thank you guys 🙂 You both make blogging so much fun with your wit and appreciation!

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i didn’t particularly like the song when i heard it yesterday. probably bcoz too much time lost in “bufferin”. but Greta Ji what a write up. Amazing!!! and the word that raja Ji has introduced “Gretacize” Wah!!! Kya Baat Hai!!! Subhanallah!!! {if i may use the term}

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Thanks Peevesie’s Mom 🙂

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Memsaab, don’t you also love their silvery scarves, matching Faryal’s outfit, and the fact that they haven’t shaved their chests? 🙂

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Amen to both those things Banno!!!!

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And Atul, congratulations on your 4700th post. Wow!

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Thanks a lot ! And welcome to the blog !

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Skimpily dressed male dancers in cabaret songs are sadly very rare in Bollywood, so thanks Greta for showing us this clip! The only other song clip I remember with half-naked male dancers is ‘Pyar do pyar lo’ from Janbaaz.

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I think they are there in several cabarat clips, it is just that they go unnoticed.

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Oh I could do a whole list of cabaret numbers with scantily clad men. What a good idea, actually!

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Indeed, that is a good idea for one of your forthcoming blog posts.

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I am just waiting to see that post of yours, and here’s my prediction – you will be getting a million, nay, a zillion hits that day!

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Whoa! That was a positively riotous write up by memsaab, matched by a riot of a song and dance by Faryal – “frantic shimmying”, “more stuff on her head than on her body” – you had me in splits there! I have never heard this song until today, but thoroughly enjoyed myself reading the write up and watching it and I am now wondering why this song didn’t make it to my attention in those days!
Congratulations on reaching your 4700th song, Atul! Song no. 5000 is right around the corner at this rate!

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Nice to see your comments again. Yes, this writeup shows us the way how to enjoy songs like this which many moviegoers may not have paid much attention to. The reason why this song is not all that well known is because it was from ‘Puraskaar” (1970) which was not a big production house movie. Even I was not aware of this song and this movie till I read the glowing review of this movie in memsaab’s blog.

Thanks a lot for your congratulations. Indeed, with 4700 songs up, 5000 hopefully should not be too far away.

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Ha ha, Lalitha, I just write down what I see! 🙂 There’s always a party going on in my head.

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who is the lady shown during the song. the one with a disapproving expression

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Whether she is SAPNA ????

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Yes, it is Sapna, the heroine of the film. IS Johar is in there too, disguised as a sheikh as well, I forgot to mention him (!).

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