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Dekho dekho ji kuchh bhi kar lo

Posted on: July 17, 2013


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

This is a youthful song from film-Naujawan-1951, sung by Lata and Kishore with music by Burman da.

Both Lata and Kishore were Burman’s favourites and he gave them the maximum solo songs among male and female singers. While Rafi had 45 solos, Kishore had 52 solos and while Geeta had 44 solos, Lata sang 130 solo songs for Dada. Though for some period,due to a misunderstanding, Lata did not sing for dada, and Dada used Asha in her place, still once Lata came back to him, Burman’s First choice remained his ‘ Lota ‘.

The magic of old films and old songs is such that once you get into this, wherever you are, you continue thinking about it. Recently I was in Hyderabad for a short holiday. Naturally I was away from my computer, the Blog and other sites, Fb etc. If I had wanted, I could have taken my Lap Top with me, but then the very purpose of a Holiday would have been defeated( in addition to angry looks from my better half !).

However I took the opportunity of contacting and meeting one of my Facebook friends for the First Time, though for a short time. She is Ms. PRIYA LAKSHMI.

She is a very knowledgeable person in the field of old films and its music. She runs 2 groups on Facebook- 1. Vintage Era (upto 1950) and 2. The fabulous 50s (1950 to 1959). There is a Telugu group also called ” Madhur Geetham”. Priya ji is also an administrator of several other similar Groups ,discussing old films and music.

Priya ji is a highly respected person in the Blogosphere. She has a fantastic collection of old Photographs, posters, Booklets, Advertisements etc, which ,very kindly, she shares with all members. It was a great honour for me that she came and met me.

Most of the times, when I require information on some South film, Priyaji is always there to help me out with prompt answers.

It is a thrilling experience to meet someone with whom you have only spoken on Phone or discussed on facebook, exchanging comments-or even a Blog, for that matter. Towards this end it was a very rewarding experience of meeting Ms. PRIYA LAKSMI ji and her family, in Hyderabad. Thanks Priyaji.

I dedicate today’s post to PRIYA Ji.

S D Burman used to like Kishore Kumar’s singing very much. He first used Kishore in PYAR-1950. It was an irony of fate that Kishore wanted to be a Singer and the producers wanted Kishore to be an actor in their films ! Barring his close friends Bhola Shreshtha and Dada, other composers used Kishore for playback only for himself. But Dada was different. For him, Kishore was a Singer first and then an actor. In “Pyar” Kishore gave playback to Raj kapoor .

When Burman became a fixture for Navketan films, he used Kishor first time for Dev in Baazi-51. Kishore was a very odd character. It was a difficult task to get Kishore do the song rehearsals. It was a great headache, but Dada had found out a way.

Dada knew that Kishore was very fond of Bengali food. Whenever Dada wanted him to do the song rehearsals,he used to phone Kishore, telling him that he was reaching his house with home made Rasgullas or Macher Zol (Fish curry). After feeding Kishore full, dada skillfully used to start his song rehearsals !

As Kishore’s film assignments diminished, his songs assignments also became less and he was in trouble by 1968-69. That is when Luck came to his rescue through dada Burman.

When dada was composing for film ARADHANA-69, he had recorded 2 duets of Rafi Then Rafi went to Haj for 2 months. Dada wanted to record a special song-‘ Roop tera mastana’ which was a ditto copy of Dada’s own bangla geet-“Eto kache dujone” and also another song- “Kora kagaz tha”-which was a ditto copy of another Dada Bangla geet-“Aaj hridoye Bhalobese”.

Dada called Kishore. Those days Kishore was singing only for himself or Dev Anand. When dada gave him these two songs, he could not refuse and in two days, three songs of ARADHANA were recorded. This proved to be a turning point for kishore’s singing career. the Haj yatra of Rafi for 2 months also came very handy and Kishore became the busiest singer for the next 10 odd years !!.

This is what I call ‘A Luck Factor ‘ in film industry !

However busy kishore would be, he never turned down dada’s calls, for he knew Dada’s contribution in his success. Dada too had a great respect for kishore’s singing, which he often used to call as ‘a God’s Gift ‘. S D Burman and Kishore Kumar gave us hundreds of melodious songs. We are grateful to this pair for that.

Today’s song is from the early years of Kishore, but the trace of Excellence is unmistakable in it.

The film Naujawan was more famous for its songs than its story or acting. As such ,in this film, Nalini jaywant was older than Premnath in age, but still looked pretty and vivacious. Nalini started her career in 1941 with film Bahen-41 and did about 50 films and had two failed marriages.

When she started working in 1941, there were atleast 6 Nalinis in the industry doing roles from heroine to mother. These were-

Nalini Tarkhad
Nalini jaywant
Nalini Nagpurkar
Nalini Borkar
Nalini Dhere
Nalini Gupte.

Later two more Nalinis came- Nalini Saraf (who became actress Seema Deo,w/o Ramesh Deo) and Nalini Chonkar-actress/Dancer (daughter of Master Krishnarao Chonkar, actor/singer).

Nalini Jaywant is probably one of very few actresses, who acted in 2 films of the same name- Nastik-1954 and Nastik-1983.

After 1983, she lived a life of seclusion and anonimity, alone,in her Bungalow in Chembur, Mumbai. by co-incidence, it was bang opposite to the Bungalow of Ashok Kumar. Saadat Manto describes in his book mentions how Ashok Kumar and Nalini Jaywant were in love and how they decided to elope (since she was already married) and get married, but how at the last minute Ashok Kumar developed cold feet and did not reach the appointed place. however, Ashok Kumar accepted in one interview that till the last, he had an attraction for her and would watch her doing gardening ,from his window !

Nalini Jaywant died in Mysterious circumstances and her body was discovered by her enquiring relative on 20-12-2010.

What an irony of fate that once a famous heroine died so anonymously !

To revive the memory of a playful, naughty Nalini Jaiwant, let us now enjoy this song….

Audio

Video

Song-Dekho dekho ji kuchh bhi kar lo(Naujawaan)(1951) Singers- Kishore Kumar, Lata, Lyrics-Sahir Ludhianvi, MD-S D Burman
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Lyrics

arre kahaan laike jaiho raam
arre kahaan laike jaiho raam
o zulmi naina

hoy dekho
arre dekho ji
kuchh bhi kar lo
jeet hamaari hai
dekho
arre dekho ji
kuchh bhi kar lo
jeet hamaari hai
dekho
O dekho ji

o zulmi nainaa waalon
tum daaman laakh bachaa lo
o zulmi nainaa waalon
tum daaman laakh bachaa lo
hamse bachnaa hai mushqil
ye nainon ko samjhaa lo
jahaan chaloge sang chalenge
ban kar tumhri chhaayaa
aa aa
ban kar tumhri chhaayaa re
hoy dekho
arre dekho ji
kuchh bhi kar lo
jeet hamaari hai
dekho
O dekho ji

tum aisi qismat laaye
ke ham jaison ko paayaa
tum aisi qismat laaye
ke ham jaison ko paayaa
aur ham wo qismat waale
ke tumne khud bulwaayaa
arre kyaa daataa ki den hai dekho
raah mein heeraa paayaa
aaa
raah mein heeraa paayaa re
hoy dekho
arre dekho ji
kuchh bhi kar lo
jeet hamaari hai
kahaan lay ke jaiho

o o o o o
kahaan lay ke jaiho raam
kahaan lay ke jaiho raam
O zulmi nainaa

Ho o o o
o o o o
ye zulmi nainaa tere
o nainon ke matawaale
dheere-dheere ye man
huaa teraa sajan
din aaye milan waale
dheere-dheere ye man
huaa teraa sajan
din aaye milan waale
jeet kahaan ki haar kahaan ki
dil khoyaa dil paayaa
aa aa
dil khoyaa dil paayaa re

hoy
dekho
arre dekho ji kuchh bhi kar lo
jeet hamaari hai
dekho

aa haa
dekho ji dekho ji dekho
dekho dekho dekho ji

hoy dekho
dekho ji kuchh bhi kar lo
jeet hamaari hai
dekho
arre dekho ji kuchh bhi kar lo
Jit hamaari hai
dekho

3 Responses to "Dekho dekho ji kuchh bhi kar lo"

Wonderful to read this, Arunji. Especially about your meeting with Priyaji in Hyderabad. You must have had a great time discussing about movies and artistes from the 1940s. 🙂

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Thanks,Raja ji.
Yes,it was a very satisfying experience,to meet somebody with whom you have only spoken on phone,till then.
-AD

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Always a pleasure to read your articles Arun ji. Thank you.

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