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Mujhe na bulaa

Posted on: June 8, 2012


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

Produced by P. Aadi Narayana Rao and directed by Vedantam Raghavaiah in 1957, the Hindi version Suvarna Sundari (original in Telugu) is rightfully remembered most for its iconic raagmalika (a multi-raag number) – perhaps a first in a Hindi movie – the famed Lata-Rafi duet Kuhu-kuhu bole koyaliya. It is already on this blog with a comprehensive write up both on the movie and this number.

The movie has many other fine numbers but none, with the exception of the aforementioned iconic duet, matches the Lata solo Mujhe na bulaa on Anjali Devi. She plays the lead role in the movie as the golden apsara Sundari (hence the movie title Suvarna Sundari) who performs in the celestial court of Lord Indra (played by D.K. Sapru). The song shows a love-smitten Suvarna Sundari Anjali Devi inexorably drawn by the sweet tunes of her earth-bound lover Jayant’s flute (played by the main protagonist Akkineni Nageshwara Rao). Torn between her love for Jayant and duty at Indra’s celestial court, her inner turmoil finds expression in Pandit Bharat Vyas’s poignant lyrics and surpassingly sweet vocals of the Sur Saraswati Lataji in full flow. P. Aadi Narayana Rao’s music envelopes the listener … and lingers in the ears well after the song itself is over – not something one experiences all that often! This intricate number is in the none-too-easy Raag Malkaus in which Lataji has sung only a few numbers. But she has rendered this one as flawlessly as ever and with great panache!

Video

Audio

Song-Mujhe na bulaa (Suwarna Sundari)(1957) Singer-Lata, Lyrics-Bharat Vyas, MD- P. Aadi Narayana Rao
Chorus

Lyrics

aaa aaa aaa
aaa aaa aaa aaa
aaa aaa aaa aaa aaa

mujhe naa bulaa,
mujhe naa bulaa
chhup chhup chhaliyaa re
mujhe naa bulaa
chhup chhup chhaliyaa re
mujhe naa bulaa
mujhe naa bulaa,
mujhe naa bulaa
chhup chhup chhaliyaa re
mujhe naa bulaa
chhup chhup chhaliyaa re
mujhe naa bulaa
mujhe naa bulaa
aaa aaa aaa
aaa aaa aaa
aaa aaa aaa

raat andheri
kaise nikaloon mein ghar se
aa aa aa aa
aa aa aa aa

raat andheri
kaise nikaloon mein ghar se
aa na sakoon mein piyaa
duniyaa ke Dar se
jaag rahi hain saas nanandiyaa
jaag rahi hain saas nanandiyaa
run-jhun bole,
bhed khole re paayaliyaa
run-jhun bole,
bhed khole re paayaliyaa
mujhe naa bulaa,
mujhe naa bulaa
chhup chhup chhaliyaa re
mujhe naa bulaa
chhup chhup chhaliyaa re
mujhe naa bulaa
mujhe naa bulaa
aaa aaa aaa aaa
aaa aaa aaa aaa

paaon padoon main tere
jaadugar chhaliyaa
aaa aaa aaa aaa
aaa aaa aaa aaa

paaon padoon main tere jaadugar chhaliyaa
ghaayal kare mohe teri ye muraliyaa
raag teri piyaa aag lagaaye
raag teri piyaa aag lagaaye
kuhu kuhu bhooli
preet jhooli re koyaliyaa
kuhu kuhu bhooli
preet jhooli re koyaliyaa
mujhe naa bulaa,
mujhe naa bulaa
chhup chhup chhaliyaa re
mujhe naa bulaa
chhup chhup chhaliyaa re
mujhe naa bulaa
mujhe na bulaa
aaa aaa aaa aaa
aaa aaa aaa aaa

15 Responses to "Mujhe na bulaa"

This is an amazingly sweet song.

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Gupta ji,
thank you for posting this song.

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contd…
This is a song of my immense liking.
When Suvarn Sundari in Telugu was released in 1957 in Hyderabad,I went to see it as I know telugu very well.I came out mesmerised with the music.
The original Telugu songs,pericularly,” Ayee,Ayee,Ayeega”
(Kuhu kuh bole in Hindi) sung by Jikki and Ghantasala and
“Pilvaku ra,alugaku ra”(mujhe na bula in Hindi) sung by the melody queen P.Susheela were just divine.They have to be heard to be believed .

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contd… There is some problem in the blog today.it is there for the last 2 days.the postings are not getting properly posted.
personally I rate the Telugu songs above these 2 Hindi songs in melody and sweetness.
Thanks once again.
-AD

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Arunji,
I know that Atul’s blog is on Hindi film songs, but your mention of Ghantashala and Sushila is too tempting for me not to talk about the following:

I was a trainee sales manager in Andhra Pradesh in the late 80’s. While travelling through the interiors of the state I would stop by at the local equivalent of the North Indian dhabas for my “mealsu” I could hear this old song “mabbulo yemunidi, manusulu, yemunidi…” a duet by Ghantashala and Sushila. I did not Telugu them, and I am just about familiar with it now. But I loved this song.

You may have heard this song. I wonder if this has this been done in Hindi cinema too.

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Santosh ji,
I left Hyderabad in the early 60s .Though I have been visiting AP for last 50 odd years,my knowledge of Telugu songs has become limited.If you can give any other clue like film name or the correct starting wordings,I can still get the info…

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The reply button is deactivated on your comment window, as it is indeed on mine too. So I am writing here.

The song is of a vintage much prior to when I heard it. I don’t know whether it was late or early sixties. Probably even earlier.

I cannot tell you more about it except that I still have a recording of the song on a cassette. Ghantashala’s mellifluous voice still plays back to me even now after a few decades.

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Here is the link

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Santosh ji,
I have found out all details about your haunting song.
The song is from Telugu film LAKSHADHIKARI(Millionaire)-1962,directed by D.Madhusudan Rao and MD was T.Chalapathy Rao.
The song is sung by Ghantasala and P.Suseela.The song is filmed on NTRama Rao(in the role of Varaprasad) and Krishnakumari(in the role of Padma).
This is a movie where Dr.Varaprasad(NTR) is in search of his biological parents and finds some startling truths,mostly in his favour.
I have not come accross any Tune copy in Hindi for this song,nor is the film anyway dubbed or remade in Hindi.
-AD

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Arun ji,
Thank you very much for this information.

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You’re most welcome, Arunji. Thanks for your informative and knowledgeable comments on this and other postings which add so much more value to a post.

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I looked at the post on ‘kuhu kuhu..’ after seeing this post. I roo feel that the Telugu version of ‘kuhu kuhu..’ is better for my Telugu years. I am not so sure about this, I could only listen to scratch version of the Telugu equivalent. I find the post on ‘ kuhu kuhu..’ may have missed a couple of things. Both tunes seem to be the same to me. Probably dances are reshot,certainly the dance in Telugu film on YouTube is slightly different for this song. In the Telugu version of Anarkali, Adinarayana Rao copied many of the tunes from the Hindi film and he may be trying to pay back his debt here.

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Anjali Devi married Adi Narayana Rao very soon after this movie. They led a very happy life till Adi died. Today, Anjali Devi has retired from films and leads a contented life.
By the way, I have seen the Tamil version of this movie. But I don’t remember the title as I was a kid and was dragged into the theatre screaming and kicking!.

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Could someone please post Tarana sung by Lata & Sudha Malhotra in same film, it is not available on YT AFAIK

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