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Itni badi mehfil aur ek dil kisko doon

Posted on: December 4, 2011


When I was first exposed to Hindi movies as a young kid in 1960s, I noticed that the hero and heroine seemed to be the most miserable characters in the movie who looked sad and unhappy, and suffered at the hands of the villain (and/ or the society ) throughout the movie.

Instead of taking their adversaries head on, they relied upon fate to intervene on their behalf, and would spend their time singing sad songs, romantic songs etc instead of tackling their real problems. As a kid, I disapproved of the lead actors indulging in wasteful activities like ishq muhabbat pyaar vyaar. I would much rather see them indulge in fighting instead. But those were the days when good guys did not fight and good girls were not supposed to enjoy their lives in Hindi movies.

And I noticed that the bad guys lived lives to the full and ruled the roost. In the end of the movie, the lead actors somehow won and the baddies lost,and we were given an unconvincing explanation that the good had prevailed over the bad, but I was not convinced. Suffering for 17 reals and somehow getting the better of the villan (which could well be temporary) in the final reel- was it worth it ? I did not think so.

And who looked the happiest of them all in the movie ? Helen, the cabarat dancer of course! While the leading lady would wallow in self pity, singing sad songs in Lata’s voice, Helen would look happy and dance away a cabarat song in Asha Bhonsle’s song. She appeared immune from the unnecessary worries and complexes that the leading lady suffered from. In fact Helen did not seem to have any worries whatsoever ! In fact, I feel that the leading lady should have learnt the art of remaining happy and positive in life from Helen. But alas, the leading lady never went to places where Helen’s cabarat dance performances took place

Helen began to make her mark as a one cabarat dance performer in mainstream Hindi movies from late 1950s and one Helen dance per movie became the norm and remained so for next two decades.

“Dil Apna Aur preet Paraayi” (1960) is one of the earlier movies with a Helen cabarat. This movie was a Mohan pictures production and it was directed by kishore Sahu. The star cast of this movie had names like Raj Kumar, Nadira, Meena Kumari,Prothima Devi, Ruby Meyers(aka senior Sulochana) Shammi, Edwina, Kumari Naaz, Om prakash, Bihari, Tuntun, Kumar, Yusuf, Ravi etc in it.

Here is the cabarat song from “Dil Apna Aur preet Paraayi” (1960). It is sung by Asha Bhonsle. In addition to Helen, the picturisation also shows Raj Kumar, Nadira,Bihari etc.

Hasrat Jaipuri is the lyricist. Music is composed by Shankar Jaikishan. Or one should say that the music is inspired from Harray Belafonte’s Banana Boat Song.

Lyrics of this song were sent to me by Prakashchandra.

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Song-Itni badi mehfil aur ik dil kisko doon (Dil Apna Aur Preet Paraayi)(1960) Singer-Asha Bhonsle, Lyrics-Hasrat Jaipuri, MD-Shankar Jaikishan

Lyrics(Provided by Prakashchandra)

Uyeeee
itni badi mehfil aur
ek dil
kisko doon,
dil kisko doon
uyeeee
itni badi mehfil aur
ek dil
kisko doon,
dil kisko doon
ye dil ,
ye woh dil jisko paalaa tha humne bade naaz se
ye dil
ye woh dil jisko paala tha humne bade naaz se
uyee
koi to bataao
koi samjhaao
dil isko doon
ya usko doon
uyeee
itni badi mehfil aur
Ek dil
kisko doon dil kisko doon

hai yahaan aaj to
ek dhoom parwaanon mein
phans gayee jaan meri
beshumaar deewaanon mein
hai yahaan aaj to
ek dhoom parwaanon mein
phans gayee jaan meri
beshumaar deewaanon mein
mushkil to ye hai
kiski sunoon
apna yahaan pe kisko chhunoon
mushkil to ye hai
kiski sunoon
apna yahaan pe kisko chhunoon
Uyee
tan ke ye ujle man ke hain kaale
dil isko doon
ya usko doon
Uyeee
Itni badi mehfil aur
Ek dil
kisko doon
dil kisko doon

jab mile
ek nazar
Ek nazar pe bijli gire
chal padoon main jidhar
mere saath duniya chale
Jab mile ek nazar
kk nazar pe bijli gire
chal padoon main jidhar
mere saath duniya chalein
roke hain log raahein meri
thaame haseen baahein meri
roke hain log raahein meri
thaame haseen baahein meri
uyee
roop ki lootere
pyaar na jaane
dil isko doon ya usko doon
uyeee
Itni badi mehfil aur
Ek dil
kisko doon dil kisko doon
Ye dil,
ye woh dil jisko paalaa tha humne bade naaz se
Ye dil,
ye woh dil jisko paalaa tha humne bade naaz se
Uyee
koi to bataao,
koi samjhaao
Dil isko doon yaa usko doon
Uyeee
itni badi mehfil aur
Ek dil
kisko doon dil kisko doon

Uyee

5 Responses to "Itni badi mehfil aur ek dil kisko doon"

Atulji,
You are right…one of life’s most perplexing mysteries; why do good things happen to bad people — and so many bad things happen to good people? why righteous people suffer and the wicked prosper?

Edmund Burke was on the right track when he said, “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”

There is no tradition of tragedy in India, and Kalidasa’s plays always have happy endings.

Indian films are also highly influenced by Sanskrit drama, which basically meant that most of the movies with songs, dances, and a happy ending 🙂

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