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Aapka chehra maashaa allah

Posted on: January 12, 2012


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

Janaury 12th is the birth anniversary of the great maestro Ramchandra Narhari Chitalkar, well known in Hindi film industry as C Ramchandra and also Chitalkar as a playback singer. C Ramchandra (CR) was one of the prominent music directors belonging to the golden era of Hindi films songs. If one goes by the number of songs he had composed of joyous mood, I guess, he must have been a fun loving person.

CR became a trendsetter when he composed meri jaan meri jaan Sunday ke Sunday in SHEHNAI (1947) based on western music andorchestration. On his birth anniversary, it would be in the fitness of thing to discuss one of his songs which was based on western music and orchestration. The song is Aapka chehara mashaa allah, zulf kapehara subhaan allah from ROOTHA NA KARO (1970).

A significant feature of this song is 1:10 minutes of orchestration preceding the actual singing. Although it is clear that the orchestration of this song was based on Bert Kaempfert’s orchestra ‘ That Happy Feeling’, I feel that CR has beautifully customised this song for the Indian listeners with good melody and rhythm. The simple worded lyrics of Hasrat Jaipuri have been sung by Mohammed Rafi and Asha Bhosle in their impeccable styles. Note how Rafi sings the words ‘subhaan allah’ differently in the second stanza and Asha Bhosle singing the line ‘aisa nasha hai behati jaaon’ in an ‘intoxicated’ style.

When this film was released in 1970, the song became popular though I felt at that time that this song was an average fare. It was only during the last 4-5 months that I have started liking this song. This song stands tall in front of most of the Hindi filmsongs churn out today.

Rootha Na Karo (1970) came at the juncture when C Ramchandra was passing through the trough of his career as a music director in the wake of the emergence of a new generation of music directors like Laxmikant-Pyarelal, R D Burman and also because Lata Mangeshkar was no longer singing for him. The songs of this film were well received and the film was successful at the box office. Unfortunately this success was not enough for the revival of his career as a music director in the Hindi film industry.


Song – Aapka chehra maashaa allah (Roothha Na Karo)(1970) Singers-Mohammed Rafi ,Asha Bhonsle , Lyrics-Hasrat Jaipuri, MD-C Ramchandra

Lyrics(Provided by Sadanand Kamath)

aapka chehra,
maashaa allah
zulf ka pehra,
subhaan allah
aapki baaten,
wallah wallah
itni mohabbat,
allah allah

zulf ka saawan gaal ki bijlee
donon ka deewaanaa hoon
zulf ka sawaan gaal ki bijlee
donon kaa deewaanaa hoon
mera haq hai o shehjaadi
mera haq hai o shehjaadi
chaahat ka parwaanaa hoon
aapka chehra,
aa aa aa aa
mashaa allah
hmm hmm hmm hmm
zulf ka pehra
oh oh
subhaan allah
ho
aapki baaten,
wallah wallah
itni mohabbat,
ho allah allah

pyaar ka saagar itna gehraa
do dil jisme doob chuke hain
pyaar ka saagar itna gehraa
do dil jisme doob chuke hain
duniyaa waale bhed na jaanen
duniyaa waale bhed na jaanen
doob ke ham to paar huyen hain

aapka chehra
hmm hmm hmm hmm
mashaa allah
oh oh oh
zulf ka pehra
hmm hmm
subhaan allah
aapki baaten,
wallaah wallaah
itni mohabbat,
allah allah

in baahon ke haar to daalo
apne galey se mujhe laga lo
in baahon ke haar to daalo
apne galey se mujhe laga lo
aisa nasha hai behki jaaoon
aisa nasha hai behki jaaoon
aaj mujhe tum khud hi sambhaalo

aapka chehra
aha aha aha
mashaa allah
oh oh oh
zulf ka pehra
hmm hmm
subhaan allah
aapki baaten,
wallaah wallaah
itni mohabbat,
allah allah

5 Responses to "Aapka chehra maashaa allah"

Ah, this song wasn’t posted yet? I remember this song very well from my childhood days.

Very nicely written, Kamathji.Indeed C Ramachandra has adapted the opening orchestration very well to Indian tastes. And Rafi saab and Asha Bhosle have made this a really lively song with just the enthusiasm in their voices. Thank you for writing this up.

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ditto to everything that Rajaji has said abt dis song

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this was one of the last few movies of Nanda as a heroine. Yes the song is very lilting and I have heard it on the radio so many times.

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