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Isi sheher ki kisi galli mein

Posted on: September 21, 2012


This aricle is written by Pamir Harvey, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a contributor to this blog.

Going through Atul’s index of movie-wise songs I was astonished to find that so many film titles begin with “Mr.”. One “Mr.” title though I didn’t find there and that was Mr. Romeo (1974) . Till 2003 I hadn’t even known that such a movie existed till I saw its score on Music India Online. R. D. Burman has given the film a good score. He usually did that to for-us-now obscure films. It seems to be the launching vehicle for the leading lady Rinku Jaiswal. I think this was her only movie.

While the heroines of the 50s and 60s at the most ran away, if they did not approve of their bridegroom that they were introduced to; the heroine here rebels against her parent’s choice. She even has the ‘impudence’ to tell the prospective bridegroom in the face that he will never fit the bill.

The song itself is multi-layered. It is on one side a very rebellious song, but at the same time also depicts the very childish dreams of a teenager, which is very much evident in her dreams of a knight in shining armour on a white horse. As adults we may not have much sympathy for her silly dreams but they are sweet and innocent in their own way.

The lyrics are in their structure very much different than the ones we see usually. In most Hindi film songs the mukhda gets repeated after every antara or at least its opening lines, here only the last lines are repeated. The antara themselves are still more complicated. The antaras are mostly similar in structure in a given song. Here the second antara has totally different structure than the first one and ends very abruptly and goes off into recitative and then the third stanza gets the structure of the first stanza.

Rahuldev Burman used a similiar recitative in “sapna mera toot gaya” from “Khel Khel Mein”(1975). Especially the line “kahin main akeli chali jaa rahi hoon” sounds very much like “aapki tarah mera bhi ek sundar saajan thaa”.

PS-I thank Ava Suri for the corrections in the lyrics.


Song-Isi sheher ki kisi gali mein (Mr Romeo)(1974) Singer-Asha Bhonsle, Lyrics-Anand Bakshi, MD-R D Burman

Lyrics

Isi shehar ki
kisi gali mein
isi shehar ki
kisi gali mein
piyaaa ka ghar hai
mujhe yakeen hai
mujhe pata hai
mujhe khabar hai
o mera deewaana
mera parwaana
mera mastaana
hai
kahin na kahin
magar
hai nahin
magar yeh nahin
yeh nahin,
yeh nahin,
yeh nahin,
yeh nahin,
yeh naheeen

milaakar nigaahen
bhare sard aahen
kahe ae haseena:
“haay! mushkil hai jeena!”
kahe ae haseena
huaa ek maheena
nahin neend aayi
haay teri duhaai
main tera hoon saudaai
wo kaisa ho?
wo kaisa ho?
ham jaisa ho
khoobsoorat haseen
magar yeh nahin
magar yeh nahin
yeh nahin,
yeh nahin,
yeh nahin,
yeh nahin,
yeh naheeen

aji chaand jaise sitaaron mein
woh ho ek laakhon hazaaron mein
samajh lo nazar ka ishaara yeh
nigaahon mein ubhra nazaara yeh

(recitative)
yeh naatak hai kaisa?
karo farz aisa
kahin main akeli chaleee jaa rahi hoon
andheri hai raatein
main ghabra rahi hoon
achaanak abhi maine dekha
koi chor daaku lutera
mere raste mein khada hai
khatarnaak manzar bada hai
(recitative ends)

bhagaakar yoon ghoda
mera hero dauda
chale khoob ghoonse
chale khoob ghoonse
lutere ke munh se
laga khoon behne
to socha yeh maine
bhai waah waah wwah
kya kehne
o mera diljaani
main deewaani
jiski raani
hai
yahin hai yahin
magar yeh nahin
magar yeh nahin
yeh nahin,
yeh nahin,
yeh nahin,
yeh nahin,
yeh naheeen

isi shehar ki
kisi gali mein
piya ka ghar hai
mujhe yakeen hai
mujhe pata hai
mujhe khabar hai
o mera deewaana
mera parwaana
mera mastaana
hai kahin na kahin
la la la
la la la
la la laa

(to the tune of
magar yeh nahin
magar yeh nahin
yeh nahin,
yeh nahin,
yeh nahin,
yeh nahin,
yeh nahin
)

9 Responses to "Isi sheher ki kisi galli mein"

Thank you Harvey ji for the superb song.Rare find.
Iss baar bahut intezaar karwaayaa aapne.
Further,If I am not wrong,Rinku Jaiswal was there in Vakil baboo(Shashi kapoor),Aathish(as jeetendra`s sister or ??, Neetu singh),Intezar(Padmini kapila, baldev khosa-music by chitragupt)

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Thanks Prakashji for the appreciation!
After I had posted teh song, I looked up in imdb and you are right,s he did act in a few more films!
Chitragupt in the 70s! I will have to look up Intezar!

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If I am not wrong,It was a directed or produced by Subodh Mukherjee who produced or directed Shagird(saira banu),Sharmilee(rakhee)I have to check that one.

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The actors featured in the song:
Krishnakant(a few days back blog mentioned his song from post box no. 999)
Anita Guha/dutta &
Raj Kishore(the guy who is there in Padosan-one of the chelaas of kishore kumar and He was also in Sholay playing a Jailmate where Asrani was the jailor-He acted in a guy`s role who behaves like a female)

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Thanks for the info Prakashji!
I didn’t know the name of the father. Krishnakant is a new name for me. And I also tend to forget Raj Kishore’s name, who acted as a junior artiste quite often.

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OH! So that is why I was being asked to listen carefully to the song!!!!

Great!

I do remember spotting Rinku Jaiswal here and there in movies of that era. But she was never the lead actress, I think, not too much anyway.

Great write up Harvey. Trust you to notice such details in a song 🙂

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Thanks for the appreciation, Ava!
Just wrote up what comes up on its won! 😉

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Is it really isi shehar ki?
I heard it as kisi shehar ki!

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Yes I heard this song with headphones on. 🙂

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