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Chehra kyaa gulaab hai

Posted on: January 12, 2012


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

‘Dilli Ka Dada’ is a film from 1962. As I started to write this piece, just wondered, how many films have been made whose names are based on city names, referring to someone from there. At first I thought, may not be many, but as I start to think about it, just in a couple of minutes, I could identify ‘Baghdad Ka Chor’ (1932, 1946, 1955), ‘Hyderabad Ki Naazneen’ (1952), ‘Arab Ka Saudagar’ (1956), ‘Dilli Ka Thug’ (1958), ‘Bombay Ki Billi’ (1960), ‘Bambai Ka Babu’ (1960), ‘Bombay Ka Chor’ (1962). And I am sure there are many more yet to be listed. Let’s see how many more such names our readers can up with. 🙂

Anyways, so ‘Dilli Ka Dada’ is film produced under the banner of Film Saagar, Bombay, and is directed by RS Tara. Two poets share the writing for lyrics for this film. They are Sahir Ludhianvi and Jaan Nissaar Akhtar. The music is composed by N Dutta. The star cast of this film includes Sheikh Mukhtar (of course, any film whose title contains the word ‘Dada’), Shekhar, Sahira, Mukri, Nishi, Leela Mishra, Ram Singh, Siddhu, Kumar, Johnny Whisky, Jeevankala, Ravikant, Bhola, Chaube, Kapoor, Lala etc. (hmmm, so many one word names).

This particular song is penned by Jaan Nissaar Akhtar, and the singing voices are those of Mohammed Rafi and, yes, Usha Khanna. Known better for being a music director, this is one of the very few songs that Usha Khanna has sung in the films, and somewhat more special, as she is singing under the direction of another composer. There is possibly a third voice in this song, that sings some words. This third voice is not identified as yet; again requesting other knowledgeable readers to help identify this voice.

The song itself is a racy rapid composition, and the lovers are praising and extolling each other with superlatives, and what they mean to each other. The exuberance sets in as soon as you hear the first line rendered by Rafi Saab, and the tempo just continues all through the song. A very entertaining song full of joy and hurrah – it is really fun to hear. Enjoy.

chehraa kyaa gulaab hai, jalwaa be-hisaab hai
tera kya jawaab hai, bhayee mashaa-allaah

Your face, is a wonderful rose flower
It’s splendor is immeasurable
There is none equal to you
It is the will of God

sad’qeh
tu meraa shabaab hai, mera aaftaab hai
tera kya jawaab hai, bayee mashaa-allaah

You are the glory of my youth
You are the sun for me
There is none equal to you
It is the will of God

mashaa-allaah = As God has willed
sad’qeh = variation of sad’qah – an offering or a sacrifice for divine favors
(NOTE: this word is used in many songs and dialogues. The context is that I sacrifice myself for the divine grace to be upon you).

loshay = a Pashto word meaning ‘hurraah’
walwaleh = excitement, passion, fervor
gilli = an expression of happiness; joy (likely of Arabic, or even Hebrew origin)

phool hai anaar kaa, chaand hai bahaar kaa
jhoomti nigaah mein, rang hai khumaar kaa
tu hi meri zindagi, tu hi mera khwaab
tera kya jawaab hai, bhayee mashaa-allaah

You are a flower of pomegranate
You are the moon in springtime
In jovial eyes full of cheer
You the color of stupor
You are my life
You are my dream
There is none equal to you
It is the will of God

aankh tujh se ja mili, har haseen adaa mili
jo teri nazar utthi, mere dil se ja mili
ik taraf hai shokiyaan, ik taraf hijaab hai
tera kya jawaab hai, bhayee mashaa-allaah

My glance met with yours
And I got (from you)
All the elegant flairs and grace
And your rising glances
Settled into my heart
There is mischief one hand
And yet a coy bashfulness, on the other
There is none equal to you
It is the will of God

(NOTE: ‘hijaab’ is the veil, or the burqaa. The poet says, there is mischief (shokhiyan) and alongside there is bashfulness (as indicated by ‘hijaab’, i.e. being covered, being restrained), both behaviors are being expressed simultaneously).


Song-Chehra kyaa gulaab hai (Dilli Ka Dada)(1962) Singers-Rafi,Usha Khanna,Other, Lyrics-Jaan Nisaar Akhtar, MD-N Datta
Chorus

Lyrics

chehraa kyaa gulaab hai
jalwaa be-hisaab hai
tera kya jawaab hai
bhayee mashaa-allaah
sad’qeh
o tu meraa shabaab hai
mera aaftaab hai
tera kya jawaab hai
bayee mashaa-allaah

walwaleh bhayee walwaleh bhayee walwaleh
gilli gilli gilli loshay

phool hai anaar kaa
chaand hai bahaar kaa
bayee chaand hai bahaar kaa
walwaleh bayee walwaleh bayee walwaleh
phool hai anaar kaa
chaand hai bahaar kaa
bayee chaand hai bahaar kaa
jhoomti nigaah mein
rang hai khumaar kaa
bayee rang hai khumaar kaa
tu hi meri zindagi
tu hi mera khwaab hai
tera kya jawaab hai
bhayee mashaa-allaah

oye qurbaan
chehraa kyaa gulaab hai
jalwaa be-hisaab hai
tera kya jawaab hai
bhayee mashaa-allaah

aankh tujh se kya mili
har haseen adaa mili
bayee har haseen adaa mili

walwaleh bayee walwaleh bayee walwaleh
aankh tujh se kya mili
har haseen adaa mili
bayee har haseen adaa mili
jo teri nazar utthhi
mere dil se ja mili
oye mere dil se ja mili

ik taraf hain shokiyaan
ik taraf hijaab hai
tera kya jawaab hai
bhayee mashaa-allaah
loshay
oye tu meraa shabaab hai
mera aaftaab hai
tera kya jawaab hai
bhayee mashaa-allaah

chehraa kyaa gulaab hai
jalwaa be-hisaab hai
tera kya jawaab hai
bhayee mashaa-allaah
loshay
oye tu meraa jawaab hai
mera aaftaab hai
tera kya jawaab hai
bayee mashaa-allaah

loshay

9 Responses to "Chehra kyaa gulaab hai"

Sudhir ji,
you have brought up a very interstng issue of Film names based on or involving City names.
When I started counting them I was astonished as the list came to almost 50.And mind you,I excluded names like Arab,India,Punjab,Africa etc as they are not specific town/city names.
Here is the list,may not be a comprehensive one,though.
Agra Road,Ab Dilli door nahin,Ayodhya ka raja,Ayodhyapati,Baghdad-52/61,B-ka chor-34/46/55,B-ka jadu,B-ki raten-62/67,Bulbul e baghdad,Basre ki hoor,bombay to Goa,bhowani Junction,bombay,B-by night,B-calling,B-central,B-405 miles,B-Mail 35/36,B-ka chor,B-Race course,Bambai ka babu,Bombay town,Calcutta after midnight,Cal-ki raat,Delhi exp-35/49,D-junction,D-ka dada,D-ka thug,new Delhi,new delhi times,Gokul-46/85,G-ka chor,G-ka raja,Golkonda ka qaidi,holiday in Bombay,Hoor e Baghdad,Jhansi ki Raani,London Exp,Love in Bombay,L-in Simla,L-in Tokyo,Miss Bombay,Miss Calcutta,Night in London,Night in Calcutta,Simla Road,Singapore,Sitapur ki geeta,Vijaygarh,Zanzibar.
-AD

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Thanks a lot for the list of movie titles containing the names of towns/cities. It is very interesting and informative indeed to realise that there have been so many titles containing the names of towns/cities.

A similar exercise could be to find the names of titles with important landmarks- viz “Laal Quila”, “Gateway of India”, “Tajmahal” etc.

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Atul ji,
As per your suggestions,i could find only the following film titles-
Anand Bhavan(at Allahabad)
Asman Mahal(at Hyderabad)
Chandni Chwk,
Char Minar
Deccan Queen(Mum-Pune Train)
Rajdhani Express
Dilli Darbar,
Jaliyanwala Bagh
Ganga Jamuna Saraswati,Ganga Maiyya
Gateway of India,Teen batti Char Raasta(a spot in Mumbai)
Vijay Marg(Delhi)
-AD

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Mr X in Bombay, Rampur ka Laxman, Dilli (?)ka Thug, Banarasi Babu,Banarasi Thug, Banarasi Bala, Jai Chittor

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some more city walas
Tarzan comes to Delhi,bambai ki billi,Bambai ki mohini,Bambai ki Sethani,bambai ki sair,bambai raat ki bahon mein,Bambaiwali,Banarasi Bau,Barasi Thug,Bombay calling,Bombay by night,Bombay ka chor,bombay mail,Bombay Town,Love in Goa.
-AD

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hahahaha god what a list!!! i didn’t ve the time yesterday to do a similar exercise but our in house encyclopedia—- wah ustaad! wah!!!!

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I wonder woh kaun si category hai jiski baat hamare Arunji, Mr. Encyclopedia ko pata nahin hogi. Meri puri family Arunji ko naam se pahechanti hai kyun ki mein yeh blog ki baatein karti hi raheti hoon, specially Atulji, Arunji, Sudhirji, Sadanandji, Prakashchandraji, Rajaji, and all contributors who give all music lovers so much pleasure by sharing info/songs. Thanks again to all of you.

-Khyati Bhatt

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