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Raat gayi phir din aata hai

Posted on: May 12, 2012


In olden days, Hindi movie watchers often loved to watch movies telling sad and tragic tales. Personally I never liked watching such movies. I have never watched “Boot Polish” (1953) for this reason.

The movie has nice songs though. In olden days, one needed to sit through the whole movie if one needed to watch the songs. These days one can just watch the songs treating them as standalone songs and be done with it.

It appears that I am not alone. Khyati Bhatt, who sent me the lyrics of this song from “Boot polish” to me also could never bear to watch the movie.

Here is this song from “Boot polish” (1953). The song is sung by Asha Bhonsle, Manna Dey and chorus. Asha Bhonsle sings for Master Ratan as well as Naaz. Manna Dey sings for David and other kids sing in chorus.

Shailendra is the lyricist. Music is composed by Shankar Jaikishan.

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Audio

Song-Raat gayi phir din aata hai (Boot Polish)(1953) Singers-Asha Bhonsle, Manna Dey, Lyrics-Shailendra, MD-Shankar Jaikishan
Chorus

Lyrics(Provided by Khyati Bhatt)

hmm hmm hmm
hmm hmm
hmm hmm hmm
hmm hmm
hmm hmm hmm
hmm hmm hmm hmm

aa aa aa
aa aa aa
aa aa aa
aa aa aa aa aa
aa aa aa aa

raat gayi
ho oo oo oo
raat gayi phir din aata hai
issi tarah aate jaate hi
ye saara jeewan jaata hai

ho o o
raat gayi
raat gayi

raat gayi phir din aata hai
issi tarah aate jaate hi
ye saara jeewan jaata hai

ho o o
raat gayi ee
raat gayi

itna bada safar duniya ka
ik rota ik muskaata hai
ik rota ik muskaata hai

ha aa aa aa aa
kadam kadam rakhta hi raahi
kitni door chala jaata hai
ek ek tinke tinke se ae ae
ek ek tinke tinke se ae
panchhi ka ghar ban jaata hai

ho oo oo
raat gayi ee ee
raat gayi

kabhi andhera kabhi ujaala
aa aa aa
kabhi andhera kabhi ujaala
phool khila phir murjhaata hai

aa aa aa aa aa
khela bachpan hansi jawaani
khela bachpan hansi jawaani
magar budhaapa tadpaata hai
magar budhaapa tadpaata hai
khela bachpan hansi jawaani
magar buddhapa tadpaata hai

sukh dukh ka pahiya chalta hai
wohi naseeba kehlaata hai

ho oo oo oo
raat gayi ee ee
raat gayi

raat gayi phir din aata hai
issi tarah aate jaate hi
ye saara jeewan jaata hai

ho o o
raat gayi ee ee
raat gayi

john cha cha tum kitne achhe
tumhe pyaar karte sab bachhe
john chacha tum kitne achhe
tumhe pyaar karte sab bachhe

john chacha tum kitne achhe
tumhe pyaar karte sab bachhe
john chacha tum kitne achhe
tumhe pyaar karte sab bachhe

humein bataa do aisa kaam
koi nahin kare badnaam
humein bataa do aisa kaam
koi nahin kare badnaam

humein bataa do aisa kaam
koi nahin kare badnaam
humein bataa do aisa kaam
koi nahin kare badnaam

chacha kya hoti taqdeer
chacha kya hoti taqdeer
ho chacha kya hoti taqdeer
chacha kya hoti taqdeer
kyun hai ek bhikhaari chacha
kyun hai ek ameer
kyun hai ek bhikhaari chacha
kyun hai ek ameer

chacha hum ko
kaam nahin
kyun kaam nahin
kyun kaam nahin
bheekh maang kar jeene mein
kuchh naam nahin
kuchh naam nahin

badhta chal
ho oo oo
badhta chal
ho oo oo
badhta chal
ho oo oo
tu ek hai pyaare laakhon mein
tu badhta chal

badhta chal
badhta chal
badhta chal
badhta chal
ho oo oo
badhta chal
ho oo oo
tu ek hai pyaare laakhon mein
tu badhta chal

badhta chal
tu badhta chal
badhta chal
tujhe rukna nahin
tujhe jhuk na nahin
ghabra na kahin
teri hai zameen
tu badhta chal

tu badhta chal
tujhe rukna nahin
tujhe jhuk na nahin
ghabra na kahin
teri hai zameen
tu badhta chal

tu badhta chal
taaron ke haath pakadta chal
ho oo oo
taaron ke haath pakadta chal
ho oo oo
tu ek hai pyaare laakhon mein
tu badhta chal

badhta chal
tu badhta chal
badhta chal
ye raat gayi
ye raat gayi
wo subah nayi
wo subah nayi
ye raat gayi
ye raat gayi
wo subah nayi
wo subah nayi
ye raat gayi ee ee
wo subah nayi

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18 Responses to "Raat gayi phir din aata hai"

I was just 4 years old when I first saw ‘Boot Polish’ and frankly, I had enjoyed neither the movie nor the songs. Years later, while in college in Bombay, my friend and I had bunked class and gone for a morning show at a theatre nearby. This time, I loved the movie thoroughly. I’m not ashamed to tell you that I wept during some scenes.
‘Boot Polish’ had some superb songs. And the story too was very good.
It sent out a message that earning your money by doing some job is so much more honourable than begging for money. Rattan Kumar and Baby Naaz were the lead actors. David was just superb as ‘John Chacha’!
Rattan Kumar was quite a popular child actor those days. He was so convincing as a cripple in ‘Jagruthi’
His parents, however took a decision that was to have a catastrophic effect on this young actor. They migrated to Pakistan!
His career didn’t take off. Years later, there was a small news item in the newspapers here that he had passed away. He had been leading a life of utter penury.
Perhaps death may have come as a relief to this poor soul.
And now, it’s trivia time…..Look closely at the boy standing behind Rattan Kumar. Recognize him? No? He’s Mohan Choti!

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Thanks for these details.

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Menon ji,
For additional info on Rattan kumar,pl see my comments dt-7-7-2011 on the Jagriti song ‘Aao bachhon…’
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Arunkumar ji,
I couldn’t find the ‘Jagriti’ song and your comment on 7th July, 2011. Can you help me? I’m interested in knowing something more about Rattan Kumar.

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Menon ji,
You have to simply click on ‘songs moviewise’ and then scroll down to Alphabet J films.Jaagriti is there very much.Once you get the list of songs,click on ‘Aao bachhon’.In its comments section you will find my comments on 6th and 7th july.Anyway here is the link-
https://atulsongaday.me/2009/01/21/aao-bachcho-tumhein-dikhaayen-jhaanki-hindustan-ki/#respond
I hope you should now get it.
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I linked to western reviews of this film in
http://gaddeswarup.blogspot.com.au/2008/03/raj-kapoors-boot-polish.html
Unfortunately the first review is now behind a pay wall but some excerpts are in the above post.

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Arunkumar ji, thank you very much for the info.

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The most interesting thing about BOOT POLISH is that the first cut of the film didnot have any song! When Raj Kapoor watched the movie in his now famous “cottage”, he felt dejected. He said if I didnot like the film, who will? Next day he called in his team — S-J, Shailendra, Hasarat etc. and again saw the movie. This time Raj stopped the movie at places where he wanted a song, and they got cracking. In one song he had Shailendra lip sync — chali kaun se desh gujaria. This film does not have any song of Mukesh ! Music was the highlight of the film when it released and Baby Naaz was a craze with her dances. And Atulji do, please, see the film after this fact and appreciate the importance of film songs in the narration of a film. This is unique to Hindi films and mastres of Hindi films have been those who knew how to use music to help the narration of the film. Songs are not stand alone thing in a good Hindi film. You cannot imagine a Raj Kapoor film without music. He even had songs in JAGTE RAHO when in the original screenplay there was no scope of any song. The climax of this film when Nargis gives water to Raj Kapoor and ‘jago mohan pyare jago’ plays in the backdrop cannot have been so effective without music!

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Gupta ji,
Your info is absolutely right about adding songs in Boot Polish afterwards.
In this connection there is an interesting episode about the song,’Lapak zapak tu aa re badarwa’ by David and others.if you see the song once again,you will find a funny character Bhudo Advani(with a mouth without teeth).For this song Raj kapoor wanted only Bhudo in the song’s audience.For this Raj Kapoor used to send his personal car to fetch Bhudo Advani for the shooting and later drop him in the car.
I have described it with guest comments,on Memsaabstory blog,in the interview of Bhudo’s son, taken by me.
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Sir,
Puease give me the link to this blog. I would like to know more about Bhudo Advani.

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Gupta ji,
here is the link for Bhudo Advani-
http://memsaabstory.com/2011/12/08/guest-post-bhudo-advani/
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I do agree with you Sir about RK’s films with melodious songs. I may have watched very few of his films, but have so many cds of his movies. Like Atulji, I can never bear the torture on poor, downtrodden, specially when it comes to a child. I remember watching Do Beegha Zameen in my young age and crying so bitterly during the movie. Itni buri yaad jhoodi hai ki ab kabhi bhi woh movie dekh nahin sakti. But like I said, I have all the cdc of these so called “reality” movies from this classic category. Truth is always bitter, but sometimes or for some people, it crosses all the boundaries. My husband and my boys always explains me that only this bitterness will purify someone’s heart. Kyunki dekhne ka nazariya badal jaata hai.

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My response is for Guptaji

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I guess that different people remember different things and messages from these films; these of course evolve with time reenforced by later viewings and new interpretations coming from reading about them. For me with almost no knowledge of Hindi, films like ‘Boot Polish’ and Jagte Raho, while showing the seemy side of life still offer hope. As the Time review I mentioned above says “”Boot Polish (R. D. Purie; Hoffberg),the first Indian-made film to be released generally in the U.S., has drawn quick comparison to Shoeshine, Vittorio De Ska’s 1947 Italian classic. The comparison, apparently based on the similarity of titles, is unfortunate. The two films move in opposite directions—Shoeshine despairingly toward the lower depths, Boot Polish wistfully toward the light. More importantly, their coupling might becloud the fact that Boot Polish is a nearly flawless little gem of a fable that glows with its own brilliance, without need of outside illumination.”
And one of the moving parts of the film reenforced by the review is “From her scrawny, seven-year-old frame, Actress Naaz somehow sums up the whole history of her sex, chattering happily as she works with her brother, huddling against him for warmth, patting his arm in a crisis and reassuring him, “I’ll manage it somehow.” “

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Thank you, Arunji & Khayatiji,
Budo Advani features in JAGTE RAHO & SHRI 420 also. And did you, by the way, notice the number on David’s shirt — 420 ! David was called John Chacha for a number of years after the release of this film which was a moderate success. Please see early R K Films AAG, BARSAT, AWARA, AAH, BOOT POLISH, SHRI 420, JAGTE RAHO, AB DILLI DOOR NAHIN & JIS DESH MEIN GANGA BEHTI HAI and see how the songs add to the narration. This was the period when Raj Kapoor lived cinema. Notice also how the music is similar although he has used 4 different MDs — Ram Ganguly,Shankar-Jaikishan, Salil Chowdhury & Duttaram.

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Dear Atul,
This is written by Saraswati Kumar “Deepak”. and Shailendra’s son Dinesh Shankar Shailendra just confirmed it.

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Dear Yaminiji,

Thanks for your confirmation. How do you know about Shailendraji’s son Dinesh? How can I get in touch with him? I want to know so much about Shailendraji. Was Dinesh “Shaily Shailendra” who completed the song ‘kahta hai joker’ when Shailebdraji passed away untimely?

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Atul ji, I guess there are 2 or 3 versions of this song in the movie. Arun ji, please confirm.

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