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Ham rang rangeeli joban ban ki titliyaan

Posted on: September 7, 2012

Today (7 september) is the death anniversary of Vasundhara Devi. She was a leading actress of Tamil movies in 1940s and 1950s. She also acted in one Hindi movie namely “Paighaam”(1959) where she played the role of Vyjyanti Mala.

I have read in wikipedia that she was the mother of Vyjyanti Mala and that Vyjyanti Mala grew up with her father after her parents separated. I am not sure about the authentication of this entry in wikipedia and I request our knowledgeable readers to throw more light on this matter whether THIS Vasundhara Devi was the mother of Vyjyanti Mala.
PS-Mr Arunkumar Deshmukh, our beloved inhouse encyclopaedia informs me that Vasundhara Devi was indeed the real life mother of Vyjyanti Mala.

Vasundhara Devi plays a long role of Vyjyanti Mala’s mother in “Paighaam” (1959). No song was picturised on her in this movie. So as a substitute here is a song from this movie which is picturised on Vyjyanti Mala and others. The picturisation shows college girls riding on the convertible car of Saroja Devi from their college to their homes. And they all sing this song while driving on the largely empty road. I presume that this song is picturised on Madras (now Chennai) of 1950s. I am quite fascinated to see wide empty roads and empty spaces adjacent to the road (no big buildings and no massive cutouts either) :).

This song, which is naturally a car song too, is sung by Suman Kalyanpur (for B Saroja Devi on the steering wheel), Asha Bhonsle (for Vyjyanti Mala seated on the passenger seat ) and chorus (for the other sahelis who are seated on the rear).

Pradeep is the lyricist and music is composed by C Ramchandra.

I am a bit doubtful about some of the words in the lyrics that I have noted down. “Ham rang rangeeli joban ban ki titliyaan“- the bold word sound like “chhipkaliyaan” to me 🙂 but “titliyaan” (butterflies) sounds more appropriate to me than “Chhipkaliyaan” (wall lizards). And I am not sure what “phuchkaliyaan” means. Perhaps I have got the word wrong. I request our knowledgeable readers to point our the corrections in the lyrics wherever needed.



Song-Ham rang rangeeli joban ban ki titliyaan(Paigham)(1959) Singers-Suman Kalyanpur, Asha Bhonsle, Lyrics-Pradeep, MD-C Ramchandra


Ham rang rangeeli joban ban ki titliyaan re
ham roop nagar ki hansti gaati phuchkaliyaan re

ham rang rangeeli joban ban ki titliyaan re
ham roop nagar ki hansti gaati phuchkaliyaan re

dhoondhnahin hai aaj kisi ko
ye aankhen mastaani
aa aa aa aa
aa aa aa aa

nazron se nazren takraa den
aen aen
chamka den bijliyaan
ham rang rangeeli joban ban ki titliyaan re
ham roop nagar ki hansti gaati phuchkaliyaan re

aji jawaani waali hoti
umr badi raswanti
aa aa aa
aa aa aa aaa
aa aa aa aa

aji jawaani waali hoti
umr badi raswanti
kabhi kabhi to baat baat mein
baat yahaan hai banti

anjaane hi dil waalon ki
ee ee ee
anjaane hi dil waalon ki
mil jaatee kundaliyaan
ham rang rangeeli joban ban ki titliyaan re
ham roop nagar ki hansti gaati phuchkaliyaan re

8 Responses to "Ham rang rangeeli joban ban ki titliyaan"

Atul ji,
VASUNDHARA DEVI indeed was VM’s mother in reality.She separated from her husband when VM was quite young,to get married again.This was the reason,VM always hated her.VM was brought up by her father and maternal Grandmother YADUGIRI DEVI,who had absolute control on VM’s personal and professional life.
All the contracts had to go thru Yadugiri Devi first and she would decide which hero should work with her.She had a very good opinion of Dilip kumar,but she was sceptical about Raj Kapoor.While Dilip was a ‘Prince’,Raj Kapoor was Awara,in her eyes.
During filming of Sangam,Yadugiri Devi was very careful about the relationship of RK with VM.She resisted shooting of ‘Mai ka karoon Ram,mujhe Buddha mil Gaya’.RK,in his usual style took her away by promising a Necklace which she had liked,and coolly shot the entire song in one day shift,before her return.
During the filming of Paigham-59,where Vasundhara Devi did VM’s mother’s role,they were not even on talking terms and Yadugiri Devi ensured that !


The hindi movie is a remake of tamil film Irumbu Thirai starring Sivaji, VM and SarojaDevi. In tamil Vasundra had a beautiful song filmed on her.


Thanks for this information.


Mohan-ji, as in ‘Irumbu Thirai’, Vasundhara Devi had a beautiful song in ‘Paigham’ too. It’s that plaintive, sorrowful “O ameero ke parmeshwar..” sung with such pathos by Asha Bhosale. This is a ‘do pehlu wala geet’. The second version is sung by Vyjyanthimala.


I read so many times that VM’s mother was an actress…and I always wanted to see her..I will watch this movie again after 53 years later…
I remember her screen mother singing a song…
phuchkaliyaan= it’s should pootkaliya…
Pootkaliya means …Doll …Gudiya.


I am aware of the word “kathputliyaan”, viz puppets, but pootkaliyaan is a new word for me.


pootli or putlu …mean statue…from that putaliya…doll…gudiya…


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