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Ek to soorat pyaari aur oopar se ye naaz

Posted on: June 4, 2012


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

Today, the 4th of June, is the birth anniversary of Bina Rai.

It also happens to be the birth anniversary of Nutan. In fact both Nutan and Bina Rai were born on the exact same date – the 4th of June 1936. What a coincidence!

Last night I happened to see Vallah Kya Baat Hai (1962) – starring Bina Rai. And I absolutely loved her in it! So it seems quite an opportune moment to write up a song for her, seeing as it is her birthday.

I’ve had a look at Bina Rai’s filmography – and I find she was not quite as prolific as many other heroines of her time. I do remember hearing her name from a very young age though. From her list of films, there are only two that I could remember seeing – Anarkali and Taj Mahal.

I saw Anarkali when I was in high school – I liked the movie, I loved the songs. I knew it was Bina Rai in the movie but I forgot her face soon after the movie.

I saw Taj Mahal just a few years ago (had been wanting to see it for years). I remember Bina looking beautiful in it – but then she was dressed very much in costume. I didn’t get to see her in normal dress.

I can’t remember seeing any other movie of hers – though I think I need to see Ghunghat (1960) – apparently she won an award for that movie.

So I would count Vallah Kya Baat Hai as only my third Bina Rai movie. And she stunned me. Not only was she beautiful, she played multiple characters (all fun characters) with ease, she had this gorgeous smile on her face – I was totally sold!

VKBH pairs Bina opposite Shammi Kapoor. That’s an odd combination for me – but a pleasant change from the usual pairings. I thought they looked good together too – both in very vibrant roles. I am of course used to Shammi’s vibrancy – but it was Bina’s vibrancy that took me completely by surprise. When all you’ve seen of her before this is Anarkali and Taj Mahal, you can be excused for thinking she is in the weepy mould. In this, she was most certainly not!

Another, possibly even more, odd aspect of VKBH is that the music is composed by Roshan saab. Now Roshan saab composing for a Shammi movie in the 60s – that’s special and rare. The film is not from the usual stable of film studios (not a famous director like Shakti Samanta either). It is produced and directed by Hari Walia – imdb lists this as his only movie as producer, and one of only two films as director (the other being Shammi’s Lattsaab). Maybe this explains the use of Roshan as composer instead of the usual Shankar Jaikishen or some such more Shammi-like composer team.

I didn’t have any expectations from the film, to be honest. It is one of Shammi’s less-known films. And I was watching it ONLY for Shammi.

What a pleasant surprise it turned out to be. It’s a fun movie – and if it had not got a bit hurried and messy in the last 30 minutes (I have a feeling lot of footage is missing) – it would have been even better! There’s Nishi too in the film – always good to see.

And the songs! Ok, so they are not half as famous as so many other Shammi Kapoor songs but WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS WORLD? I know my taste has often raised eyebrows (and totally justifiably so) 😉 but some of the songs of this movie are just SO MUCH FUN!!! Why, oh why, are they then not better-known? I’m not talking about music connoisseurs (they’ve probably heard these songs), I’m talking about the common man.

I think the fact that the movie isn’t much-known, has hurt the popularity of the songs. There cannot be ANY other reason for Roshan saab’s fun compositions here not being better known. In some respects, I felt this was similar to the Basant (1960) story. That movie too had lovely songs – but they too are hardly known outside the world of hardcore old-movie film buffs. Both these movies seem to have become victim to the bigger Shammi Kapoor movies like Junglee, Kashmir Ki Kali and Teesri Manzil. Not just in terms of the movies themselves (understandable) but songs too (a tad unfair, methinks, no disrespect meant to the music of these movies).

Anyway, this blog prides itself on promoting lesser-known songs and movies, so VKBH also deserves to be represented in this blog to no less an extent than the other more famous Shammi Kapoor films.

In the songs of this movie, Roshan saab shows a different side to his enormous repertoire of talent. Normally when you think of Roshan saab, you think of qawwalis, you think of classical songs. But here, totally in keeping with Shammi Kapoor’s exuberance, Roshan saab’s music is also delightfully different from his usual genre. You could mistake him for OP Nayyar or Ravi. I’ve always been a massive fan of Roshan saab – and I was just SO thrilled to see this side of his music too. For me he will be right up there amongst the best composers ever.

VKBH has quite a few fun songs – here is one that I fell madly, madly in love with when I heard it for the first time yesterday. I am already a huge fan of Shammi Kapoor, I fell madly in love with Bina Rai yesterday – and then when I see them together in this song, that too with the rain beating down so hard – and to this teasing tune composed by my Roshan saab – how could I NOT fall in love with this song? I’ve been listening to it all day today – and am still not done with it. Not by a long way. (There’s a 50-sec dialogue in this clip preceding the song – even that is so romantic and so much fun).

So I just HAD to post this here – firstly as my contribution for Bina Rai’s birth anniversary. But also because I want to share it with others here. What a lovely, lovely song this is!!!

I hope you enjoy this too. If you don’t, there’s either something very wrong with your idea of romance – or I’ve just re-confirmed to myself that I’m a romantic fool. 

Lyrics for this song have been provided by Prakashchandra.

Audio

Video

Song-Ek to soorat pyaari aur oopar se ye naaz(Vallah Kya Baat Hai)(1962) Singers-Rafi, Asha Bhonsle, Lyrics-Prem Dhawan, MD-Roshan

Lyrics(Provided by Prakashchandra)

ek to soorat pyaari
aur oopar se ye naaz
dil lene ke taubaa
ye kaise hain andaaz
tum hi bataa do ae ji
kyaa sachchi hai ye baat
neeli aankhonwaale
hote hain dhokhebaaz
ek to soorat pyaari
aur oopar se ye naaz
dil lene ke taubaa
ye kaise hain andaaz

idhar ye nigaahein
udhar woh ghataayein
dil kyaa kare ae ae ae
deewaanaa
ye baatein anjaani
na janoon main deewaani
tum hi zaraa aa aa aa
samajhaanaa
idhar ye nigaahein
udhar woh ghataayein
dil kyaa kare ae ae deewaanaa
ye baatein anjaani
na janoon main deewaani
tum hi zaraa aa aa samajhaanaa
he he he
hey deewane ko kyaa samjhaayegaa
deewaanaa
ahhhaaaaa
ek tho surat pyaari
aur oopar se ye naaz
dil lene ke taubaa
ye kaise hain andaaz
tum hi bataa do ae ji
kyaa sachchi hai ye baat
neeli aankhonwaale
hote hain dhokhebaaz

barsti bahaarein
machalti phuhaarein
uff ye samaa aa aa aa mastaanaa
ye rimjhim paani
kare hain manmaani
dil bhi huaa aa aa begaanaa
barsti bahaarein
machalti phuhaarein
uff ye samaa aa aa mastaanaa
ye rimjhim paani
kare hain manmaani
dil bhi huaa aa aa begaanaa
he he he
hey yehi tho hai jee
dilwaalon ka zamaanaa
ahhhaaaaaa..aaaa…aaaa
ek tho soorat pyaari
aur oopar se ye naaz
dil lene ke taubaa
ye kaise hain andaaz
tum hi bataa do ae ji
kyaa sachchi hai ye baat
neeli aankhonwaale
hote hain dhokhebaaz

jidhar hum jaayein
chaman khil jaayein
hansne lage ae ae
ye nazaare
jahaan pe ruk jaayein
wohi pe jhuk jaayein
kyaa chaand kyaa …aaa…aaaa
ye sitaare
he..he he
hey ishaaron pe chale hamaare
ye zamaanaa
ahhhaaaaaa…..
ek to surat pyaari
aur oopar se ye naaz
dil lene ke taubaa
ye kaise hain andaaz
tum hi bataa do ae ji
kyaa sachchi hai ye baat
neeli aankhonwaale
hote hain dhokhebaaz
ek to surat pyaari
aur oopar se ye naaz
dil lene ke taubaa
ye kaise hain andaaz

3 Responses to "Ek to soorat pyaari aur oopar se ye naaz"

‘Vallah kya Baat Hai’ had another feet tapping Asha Bhosale/Mohammed Rafi duet..” Khanke to khanke yoo khanke ye humko kare ishaare, tera kangana hai, hai re tera kangana…”. This song had a distinct O P Nayyar ‘chhappa’ to it though it was composed by Roshan, another wizard of those times…..

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Bina Rai was a famous beauty of those times. I have seen only Anarkali and thought she was lovely.

This is certainly an unusual pairing. The song is very pretty. ‘neeli ankhon wale hote hain dhokhebaaz’ wah! That little bit of dialogue was really good, I used to love it when the songs were preceeded by a bit of a dialogue. Esp remember that exchange between Asha and Shammi that preceeded the the O mere sona re sona song from Teesri Manzil.

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