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Bolo bolo kuchh to bolo

Posted on: August 16, 2012


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

When ‘Dil Deke Dekho’ was released in 1959, the only thing I remembered at that time about the movie was that it was a film in which Asha Parekh was introduced as a new heroine to pair with Shammi Kapoor. The film was a super hit and its songs became very popular. But little did I know at that time that the film’s songs were composed by a new music director called Usha Khanna. In fact, I carried a wrong impression for some time that O P Nayyar was the music director of this film. Even for her second film ‘ Hum Hindustani’ which was released in 1960, I thought that the music director was Dattaram, the music assistant to Shankar-Jaikishan. I carried these impressions as the music compositions of these two films were very close to the styles of O P Nayyar and Shankar Jaikishan respectively. After about 4 decades when I revisited her songs, mostly of 60s and 70s, I felt that she had developed her own style of music for the songs of her later films.

Usha Khanna was the daughter of Manohar Khanna who was a lyricist and singer during the 40s and 50s. It is said that O P Nayyar introduced her to Shashdhar Mukherjee, the owner of Filmalaya who told her to compose two songs per day for one year. If it was true, it looked more like an attempt by Shashdhar Mukherjee to test her endurance rather than her ability to compose songs. However, she did compose tunes for two songs every day and made him to listen to them. Within a few months, Shashdhar Mukherjee signed her as the music director for his film ‘Dil Deke Dekho’ (1959).

Despite the initial success, Usha Khanna had to struggle a lot to establish herself as the music director in the face of tough competitions from music directors like S D Burman, Shanker-Jaikishan, O P Nayyar, Madan Mohan etc in the 60s and from R D Burman and Laxmikant-Pyarelal in the 70s and 80s. During her career as a music director, she composed music for about 100 films spanning over 3 decades. She occasionally did playback singing both for her own compositions and also for other music directors. She also composed music in some Malayalam films.

Recently I listened to a relatively lesser known song amongst many popular songs from her first film DIL DEKE DEKHO (1959). The song is ‘bolo bolo kuchh to bolo’ sung by Mohammed Rafi which has not yet been discussed in this blog. In my view, this song is one among many such genre of songs written by Majrooh Sultanpuri who is regarded as a ‘master craftsman’ for writing such songs. Since this was Usha Khanna’s first film and she had composed tunes in advance as part of her test, it is amazing to note that each and every words of this song fit very well in the musical notes to give an impression that the song was written first and tune was composed later. I like the use of the verse ‘phir jo ho ho so ho’ in the song. The context is “if you love me say ‘yes’ and if you do not love me, say ‘no’. Thereafter whatever happens will happen”. So there is no equivocation.

As I said earlier, the orchestration of the song resembles that of the style of O P Nayyar . It is quite possible that Shashdhar Mukherjee may have instructed her to compose songs of this film as well as his next film ‘Hum Hindustani’ (1960) on the styles of O P Nayyar and Shankar-Jaikishan who were two of the leading music directors at that time. This type of demand from the producers were quite common those days. Even Madan Mohan had to succumb to such demand when he composed music for ‘Night Club’ (1958) adopting O P Nayyar style.

Audio

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Song-Bolo bolo kuchh to bolo (Dil Deke Dekho)(1959) Singer-Rafi, Lyrics-Majrooh Sultanpuri, MD-Usha Khanna

Lyrics

bolo bolo
kuchh to bolo
pyaar ho to keh do yes
pyaar nahin to keh do no
pyaar ho to keh do yes
pyaar nahin to keh do no
phir jo ho ho so ho
ho ho
phir jo ho ho so ho
haay
pyaar ho to keh do yaa aa aa aa

kaahe ko nazar ghabraayi si hai
mehfil bhi hai tanhaayi bhi hai
kaahe ko nazar ghabaraayi si hai
mehfil bhi hai tanhaayi bhi hai
chhupe chhupe tum
ruke ruke ham
socho zaraa aa
bolo bolo
kuchh to bolo
dil na todo
gussaa chhodo
thokar lage na sambhaalo sanam
pyaar ho to keh do yes
pyaar nahin to keh do no
phir jo ho ho so ho
ho ho
phir jo ho ho so ho
haay
pyaar ho to keh do yaa aa aa aa

kahaan chale ji zaraa haal suno
kisi dilwaale kaa sawaal suno
kahaan chale ji zaraa haal suno
kisi dilwaale kaa sawaal suno
wahaan khade tum
yahaan khade ham
socho zaraa aa
bolo bolo
kuchh to bolo
dil na todo
gussaa chhodo
ab to nigaahen milaa lo sanam
pyaar ho to keh do yes
pyaar nahin to keh do no
phir jo ho ho so ho
ho ho
phir jo ho ho so ho
haay
pyaar ho to keh do yaa aa aa aa

aapki adaaon kaa hisaab nahin
laakhon mein hamaaraa bhi jawaab nahin
aapki adaaon kaa hisaab nahin
laakhon mein hamaaraa bhi jawaab nahin
kam nahin tum
kam nahin ham
socho zaraa aa
bolo bolo
kuchh to bolo
dil na todo
gussaa chhodo
aise na aanchal chhuda lo sanam
pyaar ho to keh do yes
pyaar nahin to keh do no
phir jo ho ho so ho
ho ho
phir jo ho ho so ho
haay
pyaar ho to keh do yaa aa aa aa

3 Responses to "Bolo bolo kuchh to bolo"

She was just 16 I believe. Imagine a chit of a girl rehearsing giants like Rafi, Asha, next year Lata with a harmonium. It would have been sights for the Gods. There has to be some photographs of them. Love to see them. Hats off to her to take on OP, SJ et al head on

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Filmalaya’s S.Mukherjee was having a tiff with O.P.Nayyar in those days on some issues.When usha Khanna produced some tunes in OP style,S.mukherjee was overjoyed and saw an opportunity in this girl,to snub OPN.That’s why he gave DDK to her.It is true that she was only 16 that time.
In order to evoke respect from the orchestra players,she was instructed by Mukherjee to come to the studio only in Sarees in the recording rooms.
Usha Khanna was only the Third Composer(after S-J and L-P) whose very First film was with a Hit music.It is another matter that each and every tune in this film was copied from famous western songs.That way she is the FIRST to give all songs in debut film based on used tunes.
A trivia-The song and tune of her song-Chhodo kal ki baten from Hum Hindustani was used in Bajaj Scooter Advt. for more than 10 years.
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I think Asha and Usha both were born in 1942. So both were 16 years during this film. During shooting of this film one day the makeup artist of Ashaji didn’t showed up Geeta Bali did the make up for her. Gettaji told Shammi let’s adopt her…she is a doll.
In 1960’s I used to read advertised about her performance of famous dance ballets like “Chauladevi” @ Sunmukhanand Hall. I always wanted see her dance performance. In 1973 She came to America and I went to see her dance show…
.She was first to have a hospital bearing her name. Best of all, she is a humanitarian and a philanthropist.

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