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Main kaa karoon raam mujhe buddha mil gaya

Posted on: August 28, 2012


Here is yet another song of the “how come this song was not discussed earlier” genre. This evergreen song from “Sangam” (1964) added a new term to the Hindi lexicon, viz “Buddha Mil Gaya” to indicate mismatched pairings where the boy is many years senior to the girl. Such pairings were not unusual till a few decades back. This phrase was used in the title of a 1971 movie as well. And if I remember correctly, one song (either this song or another song from “Buddha Mil Gaya” (1971)) found itself in troubles with Indian censors. I have forgotten which song it was and I request our knowledgeable readers to throw more light on this matter.

Coming to this song from “Sangam” (1964), the song is sung by Lata and it is picturised on Vyjyanti Mala and Raj Kapoor. The lyrics are by Hasrat Jaipuri and music is composed by Shankar Jaikishan.

I have not seen the movie and so I am not familiar with the circumstances that leads to this song. In this song Vyjyanti Mala teases Raj Kapoor calling him buddha. I suppose that this song , as well as a few other situations in the movie were meant to show disagrrements between the duo that would lead to misunderstanding and as a result marital disharmony culminating into a song like Dost dost na raha pyaar pyaar na raha (Sargam).

Looking at the picturisation of this song and listening to the song, I feel that this song is quite an insensitive song, and perhaps that is how it was meant to be in the movie. Calling one’s man “buddha” just once and that too jokingly will spell disaster and here the lady calls her man buddha repeatedly throughtout the song, and in several different manners too !

Hindi movie songs influence public behavious a great deal. We have read of songs which moved hardened people to tears. And there are songs that inspired people and galvanised them into action. On more personal level, there are songs that may cheer people up or depress them or bring up some other feelings.

I feel that this song has the effect of destroying relationships. A lady should never ever sing this song to her man even as a joke because the man will not regard it as a joke, no matter how understanding and accomodating he may be. And I can empathose with Raj Kapoor’s feelings in this song. Vyjyanti Mala with her insensitive teasing in this song contributes in creating serious rift in their relationship, which miraculously gets sorted out in the end, but one should not count such miracles to happen in real lives.

When one looks at the age profile of the two actors, one finds that Raj Kapoor was 12 years senior to Vyjyanti Mala, so that does make Raj Kapoor older than her and generation gap between two individuals of such age difference is inevitable. Rajendra Kumar, the third angle of the triangle was seven years older to Vyjyanti Mala, and that way he was closer in age to her.

Those were the days when terms like political correctness etc were not known and people were far less sensitive/ aware about the feelings of others or also about the potential havoc their acts could wreak. Thus we find that people of those era acted in activities like felling trees, killing tigers, using insensitive terms about fellow tuman beings, smoking like chimney etc. All these acts are now illegal and /or undesirable now a days.

In India (and even abroad), man becoming a decade or more older than the lady was the norm in olden times. Fortunately this tendency is lesser now, especially in cases where the lady is well educated. A age difference in couple should not be more than a few years at the maximum. And moreover, one should never tease one’s partner so insensitively as in this song. Calling someone “buddha” or worse “budhiya” is extremely and irretrievably damaging. So it is a song which should come witn a disclaimer- ‘Do not try this song with your partner’. 🙂

The lyrics of this song were sent to me by atif M.


Song-Main kaa karoon raam mujhe buddha mil gaya (Sangam)(1964) Singer-Lata, Lyrics-Hasrat Jaipuri, MD-Shankar Jaikishan

Lyrics(Provided by Atif M)

main kaa karoon raam
mujhe buddha mil gaya
main kaa karoon raam
mujhe buddha mil gaya
hoy hoy buddha mil gaya
ho buddha mil gaya
haaye main kaa karoon raam
mujhe buddha mil gaya
main kaa karoon raam
mujhe buddha mil gaya

sab jo gaye baagh
mera buddha bhi chala gaya
sab jo gaye baagh
mera buddha bhi chala gaya
sab to laaye phool
buddha gobhi le ke aa gaya
sab to laaye phool
buddha gobhi le ke aa gaya
main ho gayi badnaam
mujhe buddha mil gaya
haye ka karoon raam
mujhe buddha mil gaya
hoy hoy buddha mil gaya
ho buddha mil gaya
haye main kaa karoon raam
mujhe buddha mil gaya

main gudiya haseen
meri morni si chaal hai
main gudiya haseen
meri morni si chaal hai
sar mein safed
sar mein safed
uske dada ji ka baal hai
sar mein safed
uske dada ji ka baal hai
kya hoga anjaam
mujhe buddha mil gaya
haye ka karoon raam
mujhe buddha mil gaya
hoy hoy buddha mil gaya
hmm buddha mil gaya
main kaa karoon raam
mujhe buddha mil gaya

pariyon ke des
mujhe buddha le ke aa gaya
pariyon ke des
mujhe buddha le ke aa gaya
maine jo uthaaya ghoonghat
buddha gussa kha gaya
maine jo uthaaya ghoonghat
buddha gussa kha gaya
bigde saare kaam
mujhe buddha mil gaya
haye kaa karoon raam
mujhe buddha mil gaya
hoy hoy buddha mil gaya
haye buddha mil gaya
haye main kaa karoon raam
mujhe buddha mil gaya
main kaa karoon raam
mujhe buddha mil gaya

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11 Responses to "Main kaa karoon raam mujhe buddha mil gaya"

If my memory serves me right, I had read somewhere many years back that initially Lata Mangeshkar was reluctant to sing this song. It was only after some ‘naughty’ words from the lyrics were replaced, Lata agreed to sing this song.

Yes you are right. And also there was some rift between her and Rajkapoor in this regard. Lata considers this song as a black mark and had never sing this song in any of her concerts/live performance.

This video clip gives the background to the song and also what happened after the end of this song.

Video link : http://youtu.be/621MeGhEaCA

The word ‘buddha’ is used in the context of ‘thinking like an old man’.

Dear Mr. Atul,
Kindly see the movie or the song completely, check its background, the context and then “comment”
Your comments are more “toxic” than the lyrics of the song. There is so much advice, wrong judgement, false interpretation, etc. You have gone as far as commenting on the social norms of the times which is also quite incorrect.
The song in fact is cute, light and teasing. And for those times Vyjantimala looks sexy and slim. And mr Kamath is write in his interpretation.
And all this I have been noticing since quite some time and in the begining i used to write and correct the wrong “perceptions” put up on the songs. I stopped, realising, you have an innate pressure to comment “something” on each song. Instead of seeing the essence of each piece you go to extremes, either praise heavily a very ordinary song or mock. In fact long back i have stopped reading your commentaries. Somehow because I like this song I read and lo!, you are at it again.
I write all this because on a social forum one has to be more sensitive and aware of one’s output, because there are many impressionable minds reading this. And instead of creating sensitivity and respect for old songs, you are taking them away from it through ridicule and contempt. Or let each listener decide for themselves whether they like the song or not.
Sorry if this hurts you, but hopefully you would introspect a little on this.
maya

(1) I think you are being unreasonably harsh. The write-up for this song clearly states “I have not seen the movie and so I am not familiar with the circumstances that leads to this song.”. If after watching the movie and understanding the song situation, Atulji provides false perception of the song, I might agree with u.

(2) Just like u have the freedom of speech to express ur views, dont u think he has the rights to express his opinions on HIS blog, no matter how unpopular they might be?

(3) Bollywood movies are made for ENTERTAINMENT and not just for a social cause, so both movies and blogs about movies need to be taken as such and nothing more. This is NOT a social service. If u think there are impressionable minds out there, reading this and getting false perceptions from the song descriptions provided here, I would suggest u to provide some of ur own writings about movies and songs. You can contribute to this blog and that would really be a constructive feedback. I would love to see ur write-ups.

Best Regards.
PS – I’m neither a contributor here nor associated with this blog. I just make comments at times.

Atulji.
Have you had “Ich Liebe Dich” song yet from this film?
The tune was composed by Raaj himself.
I think singer was one one bass/violin player of s-j orchestra.
He used to go by his name as Vivian…
Any way. about this song they tricked Lata to sing this song…but Lata refused to sing any song in Mera naam….and the result ?
Well, than they patch up for Bobby
.
Mayaji,
you may disagree with his writing and that’s perfectly alright, it’s your prerogative to do as you wish.
Same way Atulji has every right to express himself in whatsoever, humoros/funny/sad/interesting/thoughtful, way he wishes..

I agree with you all, it is HIS blog and he has every right to do what he wants to, on HIS blog.
I am sorry to have commented.
Maya

Ek Hi Ullu Kaafi Hai, Barbaad-e-Gulistaan Karne Ko,
Har Shaakh Pe Ullu Baitha Hai, Anjaam-e-Gulistaan Kya Hoga…

“I have not seen the movie and so I am not familiar with the circumstances that leads to this song. In this song Vyjyanti Mala teases Raj Kapoor calling him buddha. I suppose that this song , as well as a few other situations in the movie were meant to show disagrrements between the duo that would lead to misunderstanding and as a result marital disharmony culminating into a song like Dost dost na raha pyaar pyaar na raha (Sargam).”

When Mr. Atul is not familiar with the Circumstances that lead to the song, how can he interpret that this song leads to misunderstanding of the couple? That is not at all the case in the film. The song is taken in lighter vein in the movie. Sunder too takes it lightly in the movie. Now please dont ask who this Sunder is. It is supposed to be fun song. People having sense of humour alone could enjoy this song. Even though this is HIS blog, it is public. So, whoever place comments should be careful of the words used. One should pass on the interpretations or comments, after gaining full knowledge. I fully support Maya on this.

You need to READ carefully the words. He says “I Suppose”, he didnt say “This song leads to disharmony between couple”. It is a premise he is building, not a definitive fact that he is suggesting. The entire post he has written is clearly based on the fact that he has not watched the movie and he is just making a wild guess. All of us would end up doing the same if we happened to end up listening just the audio of the song on the radio or something and we had no clue about the movie or the actors. This just happened to be a very popular song and most people would know about the song situation. You guys need to lighten up. THE KEY in this post is “I Suppose”! Nowhere he is implying in his writing that this is what happened in the movie!

Let me tell you, as a woman and living in USA for 43 years, my personal view..lots of time my western society married ladies friends have used the word “my oldman” as a refering to her husband. Mostly the word was used when they differ their point of view or even lots of times OLD MAN was used as a terms of endearment.
THIS SONG IS HIGHLY FIGURATIVE…it’s a metaphorical and not literal.
I bet if wife ever saiid “Buddha” to her husband in their private moment.. this will be a great aphrodisiac word to her husband 🙂

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