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Jo main hotaa ek tootaa taara raaton ka

Posted on: June 18, 2012


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

Vijay Anand, the youngest of the Anand brothers clan, is a name very familiar. More so as a producer and director, who has to his credit such rollicking hits like ‘Nau Do Gyaarah’ (1957), ‘Kaala Bazaar’ (1960), ‘Teesri Manzil’ (1966), ‘Jewel Thief’ (1967), ‘Johnny Mera Naam’ (1970) and ‘Tere Mere Sapne’ (1971). He was the director for the magnum opus production of ‘Guide’ (1965) for Dev Anand, arguably the best film of Hindi Cinema.

Vijay Anand, or Goldie as he was affectionately known as, has been acknowledged as one of the most talented and innovative directors in the industry. His films are taut, exciting, and always on the edge, may be so because he himself was a accomplished film editor also and edited most of the films he directed. He is best known for his handling of song situations in films. The songs in his films smoothly meld into the narrative, and their picturization has always been many notches above all other directors. The list of such memorable songs is just too long to be attempted to sample here. Just the names of the films listed above speak to his talents and the imaginative settings he created for the songs, and the fabulous performances he could extract from his actors.

Although mostly famous as a director, Vijay Anand was a multi-talented personality. He was a screen writer and a dialogue write par excellence, and has won awards for his contributions in these areas. He was an excellent film editor, as already noted above. But one aspect of his talents, as a lyricist. is not so well known. And that so, because he did not write lyrics for many films, maybe just for one.

‘Chhupa Rustom’ (1973) is a crime thriller from the house of Navketan. Produced by Dev Anand, the film is directed by Vijay Anand. It is for this film that Goldie shares the credits for song writing with Neeraj. The film is loosely based on the action thriller novel ‘Fear Is The Key’ by the British author Alistair MacLean. The acting credits are impressive and include Dev Anand, Hema Malini, Vijay Anand, Bindu, Prem Chopra, Ajit, Sajjan, Veena, Premnath, AK Hangal, Rashid Khan, Shyam Kumar, Sudhir, Uma Dutt, Kaamraan, Nawab, and many more. The music composition is by SD Burman.

The storyline revolves around a treasure city of gold that is discovered under the glaciers of Himalayas by an archeologist, played by AK Hangal. The information about the probable existence of such a treasure is also with a group of gangsters led by Ajit. Weather conditions go bad, Hangal is separated from his team and lands up at the camp of gangsters. Recognizing him, the gangsters capture him. He is tortured, but refuses to give the location information to Ajit. Meanwhile, Dev Anand, who is the son of Hangal, begins to search for his father, after losing contact with him. He is actually a police officer, and Vijay Anand is an associate. The storyline follows their efforts to track his father. The trail takes them to the wedding of Hema Malini, daughter of a rich man (Sajjan). The awkward alliance is with Prem Chopra, son of Ajit, for reasons of business coercion. Dev and his team kidnap Hema Malini, and get Ajit and his henchmen after them. The ruse is to somehow get the gangsters interested in Dev Anand, as the only person who can decipher the secret diary of Hangal, who is in the Ajit’s custody. After more machinations, finally Dev Anand leads Ajit and Prem Chopra to the treasure, only to trap them in the underground vault, and extract their confessions under the fear of death.

The film did not do well on the box office, but as is with the combination of Dev Anand + SD Burman + Navketan, the music of this film is really good. With this song, this film makes a debut on this blog. And I am sure that other songs from this film will soon find their place on this blog. There is a wonderful qawwaali based on the film title. And a fun parody of a classical song originally sung by Sachin Da himself – “Dheere Se Jaana Bagiyan Mein, Bhanwara”.

In this song, the singing voices are those of Kishore Kumar and Asha Bhosle. On screen, the song is performed by Vijay Anand and Bindu. Vijay Anand, although a police officer, dons the disguise of a swashbuckling cowboy, more like Zorro (minus the sword), for most part of the film. Bindu, who is an unwilling partner in the gangster’s team, has been sent after Vijay Anand to try and find out who he is and what are his intentions. Bindu offers a ride to Vijay Anand, who is on foot. And after an exchange of some flirtatious dialogue, they get together to sing this song. Theirs is an interesting sub plot in the film, as Vijay Anand, realizing Bindu to be a weak link in the gangster’s team, focuses his energies to break her away. So romance has to happen in a situation like this. 🙂 On screen, Vijay Anand does a very good presentation of tap dancing. When this film was released, in a interview or an article, it was said that he had specifically learnt tap dancing just for this song, from some expert from the west.

So enjoy this Vijay Anand assay in which he is the lyricist, he is the director and he himself is the actor who is performing this song on the screen. A light hearted song of flirting, simple words and a light melody that has an unmistakable flavor of RD Burman.

jo mein hotaa, ek tootaa taara teri raaton ka
to kya hotaa

What if
I were a broken star from your night sky
Then what?

jo mein hoti, koi bhatki kiran us taare ki
to kya hotaa

What if
I were a wayward glimmer of that broken star
Then what?

bantey sang sang, mit’te sang sang
jeetey sang sang, martey sang sang

Would come alive together
Would fade away together
Would live together
Would die together

jo mein hoti, udi udi neenden teri aankhon ki
to kya hotaa

What if
I were the unruly sleep of your eyes
Then what?

jo mein hotaa, meetthaa meetthaa sapna un neendon ka
to kya hotaa

What if
I were a sweet dream of that disturbed sleep
Then what?

jo mein hotaa
kismet ka likhaa tere haathon kaa
to kya hotaa

What if
I were the lines of destiny in your hand
Then what?

jo mein hoti
chhupaa chhupaa matlab teri baaton kaa
to kya hotaa

What if
I were the naughty allusion of your words
Then what?

bantey sang sang, mit’te sang sang
jeetey sang sang, martey sang sang

Would come alive together
Would fade away together
Would live together
Would die together

Audio

Video

Song-Jo main hota ek toota taara raaton ka (Chhupa Rustam)(1973) Singers-Kishore Kumar, Asha Bhonsle, Lyrics-Vijay Anand, Md-S D Burman
Kishore Kumar + Asha Bhonsle

Lyrics

(Kishore Kumar, Asha Bhosle, Both)

aaaaaah
tidi-ridi-ridi-r-dey-i-heee
tidi-ridi-ridi-r-dey-i-heee
hurrrrr-urrrr

jo mein hotaa
ek tootaa taara teri raaton ka
raaton ka
to kya hotaa
jo mein hoti
koi bhatki kiran us taare ki
taare ki
to kya hotaa

bantey sang sang
aaaa
mit’te sang sang
aaaa
jeetey sang sang
aaaa
martey sang sang
yedleyi-odleyi-odleyi-odleyi
odleyi-odleyi-uhh hoo

jo main hoti
udi udi neenden teri aankhon ki
aankhon ki
to
to kya hotaa

jo main hotaa
meetthaa meetthaa sapna un neendon ka
neendon ka
to kya hotaa

bantey sang sang
aaaa
mit’te sang sang
aaaa
jeetey sang sang
aaaa
martey sang sang
oh-ho-oh-ho-oh-ho-oh-ho-oh-ho-oh-ho-
ho ho

he
jo main hotaa
kismet ka likhaa tere haathon kaa
haathon kaa
to kya hotaa
jo main hoti
chhupaa chhupaa matlab teri baaton kaa re
baaton ka re
haan
to kya hotaa

bantey sang sang
mit’te sang sang
jeetey sang sang
martey sang sang

bantey sang sang
a haa haaaaa
mit’te sang sang
a haa haa haa haa haa haa
jeetey sang sang
haa haa haa haa haa
martey sang sang
haa haa haa haa haa aaaaaa
bantey sang sang
ho ho ho ho
mit’te sang sang
ho ho ho ho ho ho
jeetey sang sang
ho ho ho ho
martey sang sang
ho ho ho ho

6 Responses to "Jo main hotaa ek tootaa taara raaton ka"

Thank you for the song Sudhirji
Its a treat to watch Vijay anand directed movie always. That too I love is song picturisation very much.

My favourite from this movie is
one seductive song picturised on Bindu(& prem chopra,vijay anand himself) sung by Asha ji is excellent
“lakdi jali koylaa bane,koylaa banaa hai dhool, main paapan aisi jali,koylaa bani na dhool…..deikhe na dhuaan,dekhe na aggan”

Bindu ji told in an radio interview that this song is her favourite one.

Atulji
Lyrics of that Asha ji`s song is with you.

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Prakash ji,

Thanks for the message. Yes, the song you mention is also really a wonderful one. Should be coming up here very soon.

🙂

Rgds
Sudhir

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wow Sudhirji
Kya gaana select kiya aapne is film ke opening ke liye. borrowing atul’s style i wud like to say” heard it for the first tym today”
unfortunately not all Navketan films of that period worked at the box office. but still there songs were lovely

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Peevesie’s Mom ji

Thanks for the message. Yes, the songs in this film are special, and hope to see many of them on here soon. 🙂

Rgds
Sudhir

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Wow, never seen Vijay Anand like this, 🙂 Good to see – this song is so much fun, thank you for it, Sudhirji. I’ve heard it vaguely before, but had completely forgotten all about it. Anyway, I had no idea which movie it was from or who it was picturised on.

Didn’t know Vijay Anand had also tried his hand at lyrics. Love his movies – each one of them. He was truly an outstanding director. And, after seeing this song, I can say, he had multiple talents. 🙂

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I remember the song “dhire se jana khatiyan mein…..” from this movie in which Kishore Da has tried to copy the original song “dhire se jana bagiyan mein bhanwara…..” sung by S D Burman himself. Of course he took SDB’s permission and the music of Chhupa Rustam was given by SDB. Thanks Sudhirji for posting this song.

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