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Patli kamar naazuk umar

Posted on: November 19, 2011


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

Luteraa (1965) is a musical bonanaza that boasts of absolutely fabulous music by Laxmikant Pyaarelal, who had just arrived on the music scene two years prior. All the songs in this film are veritable gems. In all seven songs are present in this film, all penned by Anand Bakshi. All the songs are dance songs, all songs are in female voices. Yes, interesting that there is not a single song in a male voice. Of the total seven songs, six of them are in Lata ji’s voice. As mentioned all are dance numbers, four of them performed by Nishi, who is the leading lady in this film, one by Helen and one by Bela Bose. All these six songs are already present on this blog.

The seventh song, as I had indicated in my earlier posts related to this film, is a different and a very curious song. It is the only non-Lata song in the film. The singing voices are those of Shamshad Begum and Kamal Barot. Now this is also a dance song, but not performed by the regular dancers in the star line up. By the way Luteraa, is a typical pirates movie, with an esteemed star cast that includes Dara Singh, Prithviraj Kapoor, Nishi, Helen, Hiralal, Jeevan, Maruti, Bela Bose and others. The story is about two brothers who are separated as children. Prithviraj Kapoor plays the role of the elder brother, who grows up to be the leader of a pirate group. Dara Singh also grows up to be a sort of vigilante who operates as a loner. Hiralal is a king, and Nishi is his daughter, the princess. Jeevan is the Wazir in the court of Hiralal.

And so, as I was saying this song is performed not by the regular dancers listed in the star cast, but by others who are less known for their dancing prowess. But talking about the story line, well as it progresses, it makes a lots of complicated twists and turns as it tries to sort out the multiple threads of lost siblings, cunning and scheming Wazir who wants to marry the princess and sieze the throne, the vigilante with whom the princess falls in love, the old mother who is the king’s prisoner in the dungeons, the court dancer who is in love with the Wazir and has been promised status of a queen, and more. There are battles at sea, and skullduggery in the palace, and what else not in the story plot.

Aah, as I was on the topic of this seventh dance song, did I already not mention that the music of this movie is remarkable, simply superb. (I think I did, but let me emphasize it again). 🙂 The songs are written by Anand Bakshi, and the compositions are by Laxmikant Pyaarelal. The movie does not have a single song in a male voice. All songs are sung by female singers, and that too, by Lata, except for one song. There are four dance songs, and two romantic solo, all sung by Lata. Each song is wonderful gem in itself and the dance numbers are incomparable in their own right. The seventh song, a duet sung by Shamshad Begum and Kamal Barot, is a peculiar and fun song and the surprise of the movie.

I would like to tell you that Luteraa (1965) is a typical grade B action drama – a story of pirates and palaces and princesses. But I think I said it already. Let’s get on with discussing this seventh song. It is duet dance, unlike the other songs, which are solo performances. Four of these are dance numbers, and done really well. The Bela Bose dance number “O Dilwaalo, Saaez-e-Dil Pe. . ” is a typical, but a terrific Bela Bose dance number, that she has performed so well on the deck of a ship, hundreds of sailors in accompaniment. It is an enthralling movement.

No, no; fear not; I am not going to discuss in detail the six songs already posted. Let’s skip them. I am writing this post about the seventh song, and that is what I will proceed with. I am just thinking did I leave out anything. See, since this is the last song from this film to be posted, I just want to ensure that we have covered everything that we need to talk about this film, since we won’t now get another opportunity to discuss this film again on this blog. So I am just being cautious. So let’s see – star cast? That has been described. A brief about the film? I think a brief brief is covered, and let’s forget the detailed brief which can really be boring, so I will not go there. Hmmm, lyricist – check, composer – check, song situations – check.

(Yes, yes – I am coming to the seventh song, in just a minute). Given the star cast, this movie made a reasonably good impact on the box office in its time. But more than the star cast, it is the music of this movie that makes it a memorable production. There are six remarkable songs by Lata, and a duet by Shamshad Begum and Kamal Barot. (Am I beginning to sound repetitive – oh OK, let me skip all this) 😀

Before I get on with the song, a question for you. It is a peculiar question, and I assure you that it is not designed to offend any diehard fans. But if some are offended, I would like to apologize to them in advance, and request such offended readers to skip this post altogether. Think of this question as if you are sitting in the hot seat of KBC (Indian version of ‘Who Wants To Be A Millionaire’), Mr. Bachhan is facing you across the computer screen, and you have just one more question to get to the magic figure of 1 crore. There is however one difference; this question does not have a multiple choice answer, nor does it have any life lines. It is simply a Yes/No type of the question.

Are you feeling bored and extremely edgy, enough to knock me out if I were standing in front of you? I am sure some of you would answer Yes. OK, hold on, this is not the question that I am talking about. That is a different question. I just brought in this rhetorical statement, wanting to give an option to impatient readers to go to the next post and abandon this one. But I warn you, you would be doing it at the risk of losing out something really fun and curious.

OK, OK, enough already. Let me get to the question. So here is the question, on the computer screen in front of you. 😀 😀 😀 the pun was intended, ha ha ha.

Oops, sorry, the question. . .

Q. Have you seen Dara Singh dancing, in a ghaagraa?

(Ghaaghraa is a ladies dress worn in the Indian sub continent).

There, that is the question.

If you answered ‘Yes’, you have the reward of being the first one to continue reading this post on your computer screen.

If you answered ‘No’, you still get the reward of being the first one to continue reading this post on your screen, with a subtle difference of course. You will have to proceed without the thought ‘Yes, I knew it’, which is the privilege of those who answered ‘Yes’.

😀 😀

Yes, this song is performed on screen by Dara Singh and Maruti, in full female attire, complete with falsies, with long hair, plaids right down to their knees, and make up on their faces. Actually, in the story line, Dara Singh the vigilante, and Maruti, his side kick are on the run from the royal soldiers. They board a ship, trying to get away, but as their luck would have it, they are stopped by another ship which carries more royal soldiers, led by their commander, Rajan Haksar. The soldiers come on board, enticed by the sight of “females” on the boat, as seen through telescopes. The commander of the royal forces, commandeers the “ladies” for the pleasure of his soldiers. And the chief of this ship full of “ladies”, he offers his best “prisoner”, Saloni, to the commander Rajan Haksar. He points towards the “lady” standing with her back to them. He calls out “her” name, she turns around and lo, the audience (which now includes you) can clearly see that it is Dara Singh. What follows for the next three minutes or so, is a hilarious spoof of a dance, attempted by Dara Singh and Maruti, who is also wearing a lehnga and choli.

The sight of Dara Singh, singing on screen is something you may have experienced before. Most likely you are experiencing a dancing Dara Singh for the first time. And even more so, you are likely viewing a Dara Singh dressed as a huge buxom lady and singing, and dancing. Watch how he is making the “delicate” movements of the hands, and the waist, and how “lightly” he moves about on his feet, and how “lithe” are his movements as he attempts the various dance steps and movements. Be a judge of it for yourself.

The funniest part of this song is the lyrics, and then more than that, it is two huge portly fellows trying to conduct themselves as per the words in the song – variously trying to perform like ‘being made of glass’ or ‘being a speck of diamond’ or ‘being a tender flower bud’. In your mind, try to apply these epithets to Dara Singh and Maruti, it will be a difficult match, and then view this performance again, as the gangling pair try to perform these words. It is a wonderfully hilarious perfromance. Especially the manner in which the line “arre hatt muye. . .” is delivered, by the singing voices, and by the performers on the screen. Simply a riot.

Do confirm the truth that you have not seen this Dara Singh perform as such before, and if you did, you had forgotten all about it, till just before you read this write up. 😀 :D. Enjoy.

patli kamar, naazuk umar
arre hatt muye, mujhe lag jaayegi nazar
thhandi thhandi aahen na bhar
arre hatt muye, mujhe lag jaayegi nazar

(I am) a delicate slender lass
With a slim waist, and a fragile adolescence
Leave me alone
Go away you wretched cur
Don’t sully me with your inauspicious unbecoming glances
Don’t sigh so despairingly
Go away you wretched cur
Don’t sully me with your inauspicious unbecoming glances

main hoon nannhi si kali, main hoon naazon ki pali
bhanwre chaley aaye, saare meri gali
chain meraa kho gayaa, neend meri udd gayee
kabhi idhar udd gayee, kabhi udhar udd gayee
mere khudaa, mein jaa’un kidhar
arre hatt muye, mujhe lag jaayegi nazar

I am tender flower bud, just sprouted
I have been cared for and nurtured with dainty attention
All the honey seeking wasps and bees
Seek out my address and come to me
Peace of my heart is gone
And my sleep and flown away with the winds
(sometimes this way, and sometimes another)
O Allaah, tell me whither I should go
And you, go away you wretched cur
Don’t sully me with your inauspicious unbecoming glances

meri zulfen hain ghanee, mein hoon heere ki kani
haaye na toot jaaun, mein hoon sheeshe ki bani
paas nahin aanaa mere, door se hi dekhnaa
nainon se ye teer chale, aur bache ek naa
jaan-e-jahaan, jaan-e-jigar
arre hatt muye, mujhe lag jaayegi nazar

My tresses are thick and dense
I am a speck of a diamond
Handle me with care, I am made of fragile glass
Stay away from me, just watch from afar
None, not even one can escape
When my the arrows from my eyes are launched
O the life of my world, o the breath of my being
Get away from me you wretched cur
Don’t sully me with your inauspicious unbecoming glances


Song-Patli kamar naazuk umar (Luteraa)(1965) Singers-Shamshad Begam, Kamal Barot, Lyrics-Anand Bakshi, MD-Laxmikant Pyarelal
Shamshad Begam +Kamal Barot
Chorus=Fuchsia

Lyrics

(whistling)
eeee heeee
hennnnh
eeeeee
hennnnh haanh

patli kamar
naazuk umar
arre hatt muye
mujhe lag jaayegi nazar
arre hatt muye
mujhe lag jaayegi nazar
patli kamar
naazuk umar
arre hatt muye
mujhe lag jaayegi najarrr

thhandi thhandi
aahen na bhar
arre hatt muye
mujhe lag jaayegi nazar
arre hatt muye
mujhe lag jaayegi nazar

main hoon nanhi si kali
main hoon nannhi si kali
main hoon naazon ki pali
bhanwre chaley aaye
saare meri gali
meri gali meri gali
meri gali meri gali
haaye haaye
chain meraa kho gayaa
aaye haay
neend meri udd gayee
arre kabhi idhar udd gayee
arre kabhi udhar udd gayee
haaye haaye
haaye haaye
mere khudaa
main jaa’un kidhar
arre hatt
arre hatt naa
nahin hatt’taa
abey hatt muye
mujhe lag jaayegi nazar
patli kamar
naazuk umar
aaye haaye
patli kamar
naazuk umar
arre hatt muye
mujhe lag jaayegi nazar
arre hatt muye
mujhe lag jaayegi nazar

meri zulfen hain ghanee
haaye allaah
meri zulfen hain ghanee
mein hoon heere ki kani
haaye na toot jaaun
mein hoon sheeshe ki bani
sheeshe ki bani
sheeshe ki bani
sheeshe ki bani
sheeshe ki bani
haaye haaye re
paas nahin aanaa mere
door se hi dekhnaa
nainon se ye teer chale
aur bache ek naa
haaye
haaye
haaye
haaye
jaan-e-jahaan
jaan-e-jigar
arre hatt
arre hatt naa
nahin hatt’taa
arre hatt muye
mujhe lag jaayegi nazar
patli kamar
naazuk umar
aaye haaye
patli kamar
naazuk umar
arre hatt muye
mujhe lag jaayegi nazar
arre hatt muye
mujhe lag jaayegi nazar
thhandi thhandi
aahen na bhar
arre hatt muye
mujhe lag jaayegi nazar
arre hatt muye
mujhe lag jaayegi nazar
arre hatt muye
mujhe lag jaayegi nazar
abey hatt
arre hatt muye
mujhe lag jaayegi nazar
abey hatt
arre hatt muye
mujhe lag jaayegi nazar
abey hatt
arre hatt muye
mujhe lag jaayegi nazar
ay chal bhag be bhag
chal bhaag be
arre hatt muye
mujhe lag jaayegi nazar
chall bhaag
arre hatt muye
mujhe lag jaayegi nazar

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4 Responses to "Patli kamar naazuk umar"

i like this post though it is way tooooooooooooo loooooooonnnnnnnnngggggg. but it beats me as to y i am so short on patience these days and can’t get myself to read anything long. but i must say it is a good write up (that is only about the 2/3rd that i read) honestly speaking i skipped the translation part. sorry

He does a great song in drag in The Killers too, where he looks just as hideous 🙂

😀 😀

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