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Jo ik baar keh do ke tum ho hamaare

Posted on: May 16, 2012

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

In around mid-50s, I used to often hear a song ‘chal chal re musaafir chal’ and I liked it. But I had no idea or rather I never ventured to know as to which film this song belonged. It was sometime in early 70s when I came across an used 78 RPM record of this song that I became aware of the film’s name and other details. The film was POOJA (1954) and it was a kind of surprise to me that the film which had Shanker-Jaikishan as music director had become an obscure film. No doubt, this film is yet to make a debut in this blog. Recently, I heard some more songs from this film on the internet. What a treasure of songs the film had.

POOJA (1954) was produced under the banner of Varma Films and directed by Bhagwandad Varma. Bharat Bhushan and Poornima were the lead actors with Om Prakash, Shankuntala, Raj Mehra, Hiralal, Ulhas, Janaki Das, Badri Prasad and S Nazir in supporting roles. From the synopsis of the film posted on Indian Films Trade website, the story revolves around a village temple where Keshav Das ( Om Prakash) is a temple singer. One day, Kala (Purnima), his young daughter who is a child widow, goes to temple to sing the song instead of her father who was ill. The temple priest likes her and she goes to the temple regularly and worships ‘Tulsi’ plant. When the priest comes to know that Kala was a widow, he forbids her from worshipping the ‘tulsi’ plant. As a protest, Kala’s father takes a decision never to visit the temple.

Now the temple priest is looking for a singer who could sing in the temple in the next temple festival. Not finding any other singer in the village, the Village Head invites a singer from the adjoining village. Here comes Deepak (Bharat Bhushan). Since his sitar was hidden by the Village Head’s daughter, he borrows another sitar from Keshav Das. Apparently, both the temple priest and Keshav Das are pleased with Deepak’s singing. Deepak shifts to Keshav Das’ house to learns more music from him and as one can foresee in the Hindi film, he falls in love with Kala without knowing that she was a widow. Kala does not respond to his overtures though she also likes him. But it often happens in most of the Hindi films, love is not smooth sailing and in an environment of a small village, there are many hurdles to cross them. So Bharat Bhushan finds an easy way out. He runs away from the village taking Kala with him and the films ends here.

One can well imagine as to why the film failed at the box office. The story was weak and the end was abrupt with no conclusion drawn. I think, the director developed cold feet on the question of taking a firm stand on the topic of child widow remarriage and the audience rebuffed him by cold shouldering his film. This may be one of the rare instances where the lucky mascot Bharat Bhushan could not save the film in spite of getting opportunity to lip sync as many as four outstanding Mohammed Rafi songs in a film.

As I indicated above, the song ‘chal chal re musaafir chal’ was my favourite in my childhood. But having access to more songs from this film, I have developed a liking for yet another song from this film ever since I heard this song on the internet few months back. The song is ‘jo ek baar keh do ki tum ho hamaare’ sung by Mohammed Rafi on the words of Shailendra. Since video clip of this song is not available, it is difficult to visualise under what situation this song was picturised except that the song may have been picturised on Bharat Bhushan. There is also a sad version of this song in which the first stanza of the lyrics is omitted. All other stanzas are the same except that some lines are repeated in the sad version.

Whenever I listen to both the versions of the song, I get a feel of spirituality in this ‘feeling of heart’ song. In my view, it is one of the best heart touching songs of Rafi.

And what a special occasion to discuss this song. It is Mohammed Rafi’s 1500th song on this blog.

Happy version

Sad version

song-Jo ik baar keh do ke tum ho hamaare (Pooja)(1954) Singer-Rafi, Lyrics-Shailendra, MD-Shankar Jaikishan


jahaan kahin deepak jaltaa hai
wahaan patangaa bhi aataa hai
preet ki reet yahi hai moorakh
tu kaahe ghabraataa hai
parwaane ki naadaani par
duniyaa hansti hai to hanse
pyaar ki meethi aag mein premi
hanste hanste jal jaataa hai

jo ik baar keh do
ke tum ho hamaare
to badle ye duniyaa badle nazaare
jo ik baar keh do
ke tum ho hamaare
to badle ye duniyaa badle nazaare
jo ik baar keh do

aakaash mein
ae ae ae
aakaash mein
chaand taare hansen
hamaare hi dil mein andheraa basey
nigaahon ki galiyon mein
chori se aake
jo tum muskuraao to khil jaayen taare
jo ik baar keh do

suhaani hai ye
ae ae ae
suhaani hai ye
zindagi pyaar se
hai moorakh jo pachhtaaye dil haar ke
ye baazi hai duniyaa mein sabse niraali
jo haare so jeete
jo jeete so haare
jo ik baar keh do

11 Responses to "Jo ik baar keh do ke tum ho hamaare"

Poornima was a beautiful woman. And she was a good actress too. Why and how did she end up doing minuscule roles in our movies? Such a pity……….


It sounds like it could have been a really good film, given the story. Pity the director/producer chickened out, and weakened it.


Yes, the storyline did sound interesting and could have been developed further. Nice song though. And congrats to Rafi saab and to Atul for getting Rafi saab’s 1500 songs on this blog. And the best thing is that I’m sure there are still plenty of gems out there, waiting to be posted. That’s Rafi saab for us. 🙂


Sadanand ji,
A good write up,as usual.
I had seen this film.As far as I know the end of the story was NOT abrupt at all.
First of all Omprakash was the Chief priest of the Temple and not singer Keshav Das-the role enacted by Badriprashad in the film.
When kala is forbidden to sing and keshav has refused to visit the temple,the elders of the village and the chief priest meet and some seniors suggest to call singer Raja Ram from the next village.When the messenger goes to invite Rajaram,it is found that he died few years back and now his son Deepak(Bharat Bhushan) sings.That is how Deepak gets invited.Deepak enters the village and he comes accross with Bimmo or Bimala(Shakuntala),who not only teases him but also takes away his Sitar,naughtily and runs away.So he borrows sitar from keshav.keshav also is impressed with him and starts teaching him music.Bimmo is the village Mukhiya’s(Heeralal) daughter.When she learns about Deepak and Kala’s love,since she also now loves Deepak,she and Mukhiya call a Panchayat.The panchayat ostracizes keshav and Kala and warns Deepak to stay away from Kala as she is a child widow and hence has no right to remarry.
keshav and kala starve for few days.meanwhile Deepak also stops singing in the temple.His neighbour Ramlal(Janakidass),suggests to him that Deepak should move ,with Kala to the nearby big town,where they will be accepted.They can marry and Deepak can also get a job there.
With this idea in mind,one day Deepak gives a long speech to the villagers,condemning their regressive thinking and declaring that he and Kala are leaving the village.
Then they leave and go to town,where the film ends.
This can hardly be called an abrupt end to the film.The synopsis given in the IFT site is drawn from a review which had appeared in Film India Magazine and is highly biased.Usually this site gives incomplete story of the film and hence can not be depended upon.
I think,the film did not do well because the theme of child widow etc. was outdated even in 1954.In addition 1954 was a year of golden music,in which films like Aar paar,Amar,jagriti,mirza Ghalib,Naagin,Nastik,Shabab,Shart etc were released.compared to these films,Pooja was nowhere in the run.Bharat Bhushan was never known to carry any film on his shoulders alone !


Can this be your 351st review?


Thanks for identifying the characters. I stand corrected.

I may have written only 25% of what you have given above. Your review is complete and I suggest that you should count it as such.


Kamath ji,
Thank you for your suggestion,but my synopsis will be meaningless without the first part related by you.Anyway,forget about it.It really does not matter who has written what,what matters is our readers must get the idea of the film’s story,that they must have got by now.


Khyati ji,
Kamath ji had already done the synopsis,so it is not fair to put a claim.I only added/corrected the story which was incomplete,giving rise to
a different conclusion.


Got your point. Now, we can start counting Kamathji’s review. Just kidding. Aap sab kitna kuchh jaante ho ki main to samaj hi nahin paa rahi hoon ki kaise sukriya ada karun.


Khyati ji,
For your info,see my comment on the song of film ‘Khota Paisa’ posted today.
It seems I had already reviewed this film on 2-3-2012,but had forgotten to count it in my tally,so now that is my film review no. 351.


Dear Arun Kumar Deshmukh Ji,
I had also seen the movie, when I was a young boy of 9 or 10 years, and I did not know much about movies and story line. However, to me as a child, the movie appeared as a extremely tragic one, and I was almost crying at the end. And I found that most of the people watching it in the picture hall were also very serious. Perhaps, ‘over-tragedy’ could be one more reason for its failure.
On the other hand, almost all the songs of the film were really sweet. I still remember one Holi song from the movie “Holi aayi pyari pyari, maro pichkari, rang do chunaria hamari. Ho Kanha, rang do chunaria hamari” I don’t find this song being played anywhere on TV or Radio, even on the eve of Holi, when other Holi songs are being played regularly.


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