Atul’s Song A Day- A choice collection of Hindi Film & Non-Film Songs

Chhuri bann kaanta bann o my son

Posted on: December 21, 2012


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

It would be an injustice to call Om Prakash just a comedian. Although that is the performance for which he is most famous. In a career that spans almost six decades (from mid 40s to early 90s), Om Prakash has acted in more than 300 films. And yes, most of them in comic roles. But what sets him apart from the regular crop of comedy actors on the Hindi screen, is his
ability to handle serious roles as a character artist. His portrayals in films like ‘Khandaan’ (1965), ‘Gopi’ (1970), ‘Buddha Mil Gayaa’ (1971) and ‘Annadaata’ (1973) are serious characterizations that stand on par with the leading artists of his time.

19th Dec is the birth anniversary on this unforgettable actor. Born in 1919 (what a date; 19-12-1919) in Lahore, as Om Prakash Bakshi, he was gifted with spontaneity and presence of mind, important characteristics for comic performances. He was still in his teens, that he got employment with All India Radio in Lahore, in 1937. In a short while, he gained popularity with the listeners, and became a well known figure. And then a chance encounter with DS Pancholi (Dal Sukh Lal Pancholi) occurred. Both gentlemen were invited guests at a wedding ceremony. Om Prakash was regaling a group of friends at the event, when DS Pancholi got to see him, and was impressed. A job offer was made and accepted on the spot, and Om Prakash got onto his career in films. His first documented appearance is in the Pancholi Arts production from 1944 – ‘Daasi’, followed by ‘Dhamki’ in 1945.

When partition happened, Om Prakash moved to Delhi, without a serious thought about a career in films. But that is not what was supposed to be. In Delhi, he met with the journalist turned film director, BR Chopra, who invited him to Bombay. In the Bombay film world, he started his career once again, with the film ‘Lakhpati’ (1948). The role was that of a villain.
This was followed with ‘Lahore’ (1949) and ‘Raat Ki Rani’ (also 1949), continuing to play the villain’s role. Then followed ‘Sargam’ (1950) with Raj Kapoor, in which his role caught the public’s attention. Over the next four decades, this many faceted actor made an indelible place for himself, in the Hindi cinema.

Om Prakash has a handful of songs to his credit, that he has performed on screen. I present today this fun song with a serious message, from the film ‘Jaali Note’ (1960) – a film that has some very wonderful melodies created by OP Nayyar. The film has 8 songs in all, of which, five have already made it to this blog. The film is produced by SS Pachchi under the banner of SP Pictures, Bombay, and is directed by Shakti Saamant. The impressive star cast includes Dev Anand, Madhubala, Om Prakash, Bipin Gupta, Madan Puri, Helen, Krishnakant, Tun Tun, Kundan, Vishwa Mehra, Bhardwaj, Pachchi, Kehsav Rana, Uma Dutt, Mahendra Sood, Sailen Bose etc.

The songs of this film are penned by Anjaan and Raja Mehndi Ali Khan. This song is written by Raja Mehndi Ali Khan and rendered with gusto by Mohammed Rafi. Apparently 50s was the time when the distasteful concept of ‘chamcha’ and ‘chamcha giri’ (crony and cronyism) gained currency in the society. Maybe it was the politicians, or maybe it was the famous actors, who would coalesce around themselves a group of hangers on or mindless but motivated lackeys, looking for opportunities to benefit themselves, all the while singing true/false praises of their ‘master’. The concept eventually added to the Hindi vocabulary, and the word ‘chamcha’ has become a derogatory reference, akin to an invective.

And so goes this song, cautioning against becoming a ‘chamcha’. Apparently Om Prakash works in a restaurant. A group of waiters and a maitre d’ follow him as prances about on the sidewalks, singing this song. The actor playing the maitre d’ (wearing a bowtie), appears familiar, but I am not able to put a name to this face. In the group of waiters though, one can make out the young Mohan Jerry (the rightmost person at 0:20 in the clip), as he makes an uncredited appearance, probably he was too new and too junior at this time to merit a place in the cast list. (One may recall Mohan Jerry’s small but important role as the dim witted young villager in the film ‘Guide’ (1965).)

So listen to this song and the message it contains – representing a changing idiom of the society in the 50s. And enjoy the antics of Om Prakash.

chhuri bann kaanta bann, o my son
sab kuchh bann, kisi ka chamcha nahin bann

O my dear friend
You may be a sword or a spike
(In the hands of another)
Or you may become anything else (for someone)
But pray, never be a crony to anyone

arre wo chaahe bin maange hi deve phaad ke chhappad
wo chaahe to khench ke maare tere moonh pe thappad
is duniye ke peechhe tu deewaana nahin bann

This world, and its people
They are willful and bizarre
One day, they may fill your home with riches
And another day, they might slap you in the face
So beware
And do not hanker after this world, these people

jo bhikmanga in sadkon pe aaj bajaaye baaja
o deewaane tu kya jaane kal hoga wo raja
ik din tere saamne wo ghoomega bann tthaann

(And what does one know about fate and destiny)
The one you see on the street today
Singing and begging to survive
What do we know
He might become a king tomorrow
And parade his dandy riches
In your face

Audio

Video

Song-Chhuri bann kaanta bann o my son(Jaali Note)(1960) Singer-Rafi, Lyrics-Raja Mehdi Ali Khan, MD-O P Nayyar

Lyrics

chhuri bann kaanta bann
o my son
sab kuchh bann
kisi ka chamcha nahin bann
chhuri bann kaanta bann
o my son
sab kuchh bann
kisi ka chamcha nahin bann
chhuri bann kaanta bann
o my son

wo chaahe bin maange hi
deve phaad ke chhappad
wo chaahe to khench ke maare
tere munh pe thappad
arre wo chaahe bin maange hi
deve phaad ke chhappad
wo chaahe to khench ke maare
tere munh pe thappad
is duniye ke peechhe tu deewaana nahin bann
is duniye ke peechhe tu deewaana nahin bann
chhuri bann kaanta bann
o my son
sab kuchh bann
kisi ka chamcha nahin bann
chhuri bann kaanta bann
o my son

jo bhikmanga in sadkon pe
aaj bajaaye baaja
o deewaane tu kya jaane
kal hoga wo raja
jo bhikmanga in sadkon pe
aaj bajaaye baaja
o deewaane tu kya jaane
kal hoga wo raja
ik din tere saamne wo ghoomega bann ththaann
ik din tere saamne wo ghoomega bann thhaann
chhuri bann kaanta bann
o my son
sab kuchh bann
kisi ka chamcha nahin bann
aaloo bann, shoraa bann
o my son
sab kuchh bann
kisi ka chamcha nahin bann
chhuri bann kaanta bann
o my son

6 Responses to "Chhuri bann kaanta bann o my son"

Jaali Note always reminds me of the song Chaand Zard Zard Hai, and I did not know about this song above, and it is a really nice song, beautifully sung by Rafi saab. Thank you Sudhir Ji.

Like

Sudhir Ji, Atul Ji, we have covered 6 songs from the movie now, and there is only one song left to be covered.. “Gustaakh Nazar Chehre Se” by Asha & Rafi. Arun Ji to confirm of course :).

Like

Atul ji,
There are total 8 songs in the film.
The remaining 2 songs are-
1. Idhar dekh,mera dil tera deewana hai-Asha/Shamshad and
2. Gustakh nazar chehere se hata…-Asha/Rafi
-AD

Like

Thank you Arun Ji, did not know about the song “Idhar Dekh Mera Dil”

Like

Sudhirji,
Thanks for the post and tribute to one of the most versatile and respected actor of Hindi cinema. I remember talking to him during my cousin’s wedding reception. I was sitting in the middle of Asha Parekh and Om Prakashji and he was just asking me “normal questions” -beti tera naam kya hai, padhayi kya kar rahi ho, …… I was young then, so was not that much interested in meeting/talking to actors. Abhi soch ti hoon ki ek photo ya autograph bhi le sakti thi.
Like you have said, I have loved all his movies that I have seen. Zanjeer-73 and Hariyali Aur Raasta-62 are also his memorable movies. I was thinking of sending the song/bhajan Duniya mein tera hai bada naam-loafer. Thanks again.

Like

Thanks a lot for a wonderful post on a jovial actor. Actually i saw this song a few days back and had written down the lyrics of this song to send.

Any way it seems this movie has a Asha -shamshad duet ‘idhar dekho mera dil….’ ( smashits.com ) which is yet to be posted apart from the Asha-Rafi duet ‘ gustakh nazar chehre se hataa’.

Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

What is this blog all about

This blog discusses Bollywood songs of yesteryears. Every song has a brief description, followed by a video link, and complete lyrics of the song.

This is a labour of love, where “new” songs are added every day, and that has been the case for over TWELVE years. This blog has over 16200 song posts by now.

This blog is active and online for over 4000 days since its beginning on 19 july 2008.

Important Announcement

(© 2008 - 2021) atulsongaday.me The content of this site is copyrighted and it may not be reproduced elsewhere without prior consent from the site/ author of the content.

Total number of songs posts discussed

16242

Number of movies covered in the blog

Movies with all their songs covered =1252
Total Number of movies covered =4410

Total visits so far

  • 14,234,559 hits

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 1,934 other followers

Bookmark

Bookmark and Share

Category of songs

Current Visitors

Historical dates

Blog Start date: 19 july 2008

Active for more than 4000 days.

Archives

Stumble

visitors whereabouts

blogadda

blogcatalog

Music Blogs - BlogCatalog Blog Directory
%d bloggers like this: