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Rang rangeela mausam

Posted on: March 11, 2012


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

Early sixties, and a new kid on the block is trying to catch attention with the clarion call “Banda Parwar, Thhaam Lo Jigar” (‘Phir Wohi Dil Layaa Hoon’ (1963)). Catapulting directly into the top bracket of leading roles, no one can say that Joy Mukherjee had a dearth of roles or big name pictures. The young lad was very handsome, with an open smiling face, and had histrionic talent also. And as is evident from the roles in the first decade of his career, he had lots of energy and had a lots of zeal. Btw, the song I mentioned in this paragraph, well it is not on this blog yet. (Hint, hint. :))

If one examines the first few years of his career, Joy Mukherjee’s list of opportunities is really enviable. Coming into the industry as the son of Shashadher Mukherjee (who established the Filmalaya banner), and nephew of Ashok Kumar, Joy Mukherjee had a jump start that is not available to many in this fickle industry. A partial list of his films from 1960 to 1967 reads like a dream list – Love in Simla (1960), Hum Hindustani (1960), Ek Musafir Ek Hasina (1962), Phir Wohi Dil Laya Hoon (1963), Ziddi (1964), Ji Chahta Hai (1964), Ishaara (1964), Door Ki Awaaz (1964), Aao Pyaar Karen (1964), Yeh Zindagi Kitni Haseen Hai (1966), Love in Tokyo (1966), Shagird (1967). Great banners, absolutely marvelous music and leading ladies that are the top names from that era. And yet his career graph did nothing remarkable.

After a decade of being in the films, he was nowhere near success. Once, as a child, I remember I was in a room watching a film on TV, along with many other folks. It was a Joy Mukherjee film. Sometimes during the film, one of the elderly persons just simply commented, ‘Shakal to badi soni hai, par ye ban kuchh nahin paaya’ (the face is very handsome, but alas he could not accomplish much). The implication of that comment escaped me at that time, but I came to understand its intent, many years later.

The resounding scream of “Yahoo” had already happened in 1961 and competitors were searching for a tune, a cry and a style, to make a bigger impact on the silver screen, and in the hearts of the audience. With the hindsight of 40+ years of history, we now know that nothing ever came close to the original ‘Yahoo’. But in the years 1962, 63, 64, 65. . . there were young men, and music directors still hunting for that holy grail, to do better than the original. Shashi Kapoor tried it in ‘Jab Jab Phool Khile’ (1965) with “Affuu Khudaayaa. . .” , and so did Jeetendra in ‘Farz’ (1967) with “Mast Bahaaron Ka Mein Aashiq”. Joy Mukherjee made the closest attempt in 1964 with this song in the film ‘Ji Chaahta Hai’.

In his debut film ‘Love In Simla’ (1960) he had pulled the hand rickshaw on the streets of Simla, carrying the petite Sadhna around while he sang “Haseenon Ki Sawaari Hai . 1964 saw four releases with Joy Mukherjee as the hero, his busiest year ever. And in the film ‘Ji Chahtaa Hai’, he plied a hand rickshaw once again, this time carrying Rajshree as the passenger.

The scene appears to be foggy, but it is evident that the song is shot inside a studio. Hasrat Jaipuri and Kalyan ji Anand ji teamed up to create the songs for this film. Hasrat Jaipuri had a hand in the runaway success of the music and songs of ‘Junglee’ (1961), although the signature song ‘”Yaahoo” was written by Shailendra. So now, it was a turn Hasrat wanted to play. And the lyricist and music director came up with the sound ‘Yaan Kaa’. How much effect it had on the audience of that time, and what impact this has on the listeners today, I leave it up to individual judgment to decipher.

‘Ji Chahtaa Hai’ (1964) is a social romantic drama, produced and directed by Vibhuti Mitra, under the banner of Mitra Productions. The star cast is impressive and besides Joy Mukherjee and Rajshree in lead roles, it also includes names like Motilal, Nazir Hussain, Shyama, Achla Sachdev, Rajendranath, Jankidas, Badri Prasad, Protima Devi, Baby Farida, Master Shahid, Jagdish Kamal etc. From the words of the song and the on screen action, it appears as if the two lovers are eloping. I would request other readers to please add more information about the situation of this song and the film itself.

Joy Mukherjee passed away two days ago, on 9th March in Bombay. May his soul be blessed with peace.

rang rangeela mausam, le ke chala ek dulhan
shokh haseena muskuraa di aaj khuda ki kasam

This most colorful weather
Taking along a bride for me
The charming, demure lady
She has a smile for me
Swear upon God

gori chali hai pee ke nagar, dil pe liye chaahat ka asar
maang bharenge chaand sitaare, honge sadqe mast nazaare

kaun hai is ka balam
To her lover’s home she goes
In her heart, a fond adoration
This moon, these stars
Will conduct the wedding
And the jubilant vistas offer their blessings
Wondering who is her prince valiant

moti lutaaye oodi ghataa, nagme sunaaye thandi hawaa
mere sang meri manzil, mein hoon toofan wo saahil
gaaye mere qadam

The soft gray clouds send a shower of pearls
And the cool breeze is singing songs of love
My destination, she is right here with me
I am the storm, and she is the shore I come to rest upon
My feet, they sing today


Song-Rang rangeela mausam (Jee Chaahta Hai)(1964) Singer-Rafi, Lyrics-Hasrat Jaipuri, MD-Kalyanji Anandji

Lyrics

yaaaan-kaaa

rang rangeela mausam
le ke chala ek dulhan
shokh haseena muskuraa di
shokh haseena muskuraa di
aaj khuda ki kasam
rang rangeela mausam
le ke chala ek dulhan
shokh haseena muskuraa di
shokh haseena muskuraa di
aaj khuda ki kasam
rang rangeela mausam
yaaaan-kaaa

gori chali hai pee ke nagar
dil pe liye chaahat ka asar
gori chali hai pee ke nagar
dil pe liye chaahat ka asar
maang bharenge chaand sitaare
honge sadqe mast nazaare
kaun hai is ka balam
rang rangeela mausam
le ke chala ek dulhan
shokh haseena muskuraa di
shokh haseena muskuraa di
aaj khuda ki kasam
rang rangeela mausam
yaaaan-kaaa

moti lutaaye oodi ghataa
nagme sunaaye thandi hawaa
moti lutaaye oodi ghataa
nagme sunaaye thandi hawaa
mere sang meri manzil
main hoon toofan wo saahil
gaaye mere qadam
rang rangeela mausam
le ke chala ek dulhan
shokh haseena muskuraa di
shokh haseena muskuraa di
aaj khuda ki kasam
rang rangeela mausam
yaaaan-kaaa

yaaaan-kaaa

1 Response to "Rang rangeela mausam"

sudhir ji,
Thanks for a well written note on Joy M.
He was one of my fav heros.
Though his debut film Love in Simla gave him instant stardom,as he once said in an interview later,he was not even the first choice for that film.many newcomers-including Dharmendra-were considered before RKNayyar saw him in his house one day and convimced him to act in the film.he was just 21 year old that time.His chocolate boy looks and Sadhana’s Audrey Hepburn hairstyle took both on the top with L in S.
From 1963,he teamed up with Sadhana’s rival,Asha Parekh in 3 musical films-Phir Wohi dil laya hoon,Ziddi and L in Tokyo.
Joy’s magic lasted till Rajesh khanna’s rise only,though Joy tried hard with his own prod/directed Humsaaya with a double role to boot in end 68,but then his magic waned after that.
-AD

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