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Ik meri galli ka ladka

Posted on: July 18, 2013


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

Today’s song is from film MILAN-1958, sung by Rafi and Shamshad Begum, with music by Hansraj Behl.

Hansraj Behl was born on 19-11-1916. He learnt classical music from Pt. Chunilal of Ambala. He started a Music school and was called a ‘Masterjee’ throughout his life. He undertook singing tours and stage shows. Finally landing in Bombay, his first film as a Music Director was ” Pujari”-1946 in which baby Madhubala sang her first film song.

Behl was a very talented composer and many of his songs became famous, like,’Haay jiya roye’-Lata in Milan, ‘Haay chanda gaye pardes-Lata in Chakori, ‘Dil e nashaad ko jeene ki’-Lata in Chunariya and ‘Jahan daal daal par’-Rafi in Sikander-e-Azam. He gave opportunities for First solo songs to Asha Bhonsle and Madhubala Zaveri. Initially he kept away from Lata but later he got her to sing some of her best songs.

Like many talented composers, Behl also never broke into the Big League and remained a B grade composer in films, a few of them produced by father Nihal Chand(N.C.Films) and brother Gulshan Behl.

He gave music to about 62 films. Hansraj Behl died on 20-5-1984.

The song that is featured here today is a Punjabi style Dance-Song sequence. This song reminds us of a similar type of situational song from film NAYA DAUR-1957, though the tunes are different and both were very enchanting and rhythmic. The zest and dance style has much in common with songs viz. “uden jab jab zulfen teri”.

Rafi and Shamshad paired in many hit songs from late 40s and the 50s/60s. As far as Rafi is concerned, the more I think about him, the more respectful I become. I had read somewhere that

” Rafi is Lata amongst Males and Lata is Rafi amongst females.” Though it sounds very funny, what is meant by this probably is the truth. Both Lata and Rafi had never compromised with quality of their singing and both were experts in singing ALL types of songs. Rafi sang from Bhajans to qawwaalis, Ghazals to Geets, Light classicals to Fun songs. No song was a taboo for him. He did justice to every song, that is why the listeners felt that Rafi had a separate voice for Johnny Walker, Dilip or Dev !

Born in Kotla in Amritsar District, he sang first in Gul Baloch when he was just 16 year old. After 3 years, he landed in Bombay, sang on Bombay A.I.R. and also stood in chorus songs. In the film “Laila Majnu” composed by Rafiq Ghaznavi and Pt.Govindram, Khan Mastana was the Chief singer and Rafi stood in Chorus. After 3 years,in the film Shaheed, Rafi sang for the hero Dilip and Khan Mastana sang for secondary actors. In K.Asif’s ‘ Love and God ‘, Rafi was the Main Singer and a paralytic, poor Khan Mastana stood in Chorus !! But mind you, it was not just ” Luck “. It took lot of hard work, dedication and intense desire to succeed before he reached that stage.

Just as Kishore Kumar bloomed in Burman Da’s songs, Rafi flowered in Naushad’s songs. Rafi, Naushad and Dilip first hypnotized us in DEEDAR, and then in Aan, Amar, Udan khatola, Kohinoor, Ganga-Jamuna, Leader, Aadmi, Dil diya dard liya and Sanghursh.

Even with O P Nayyar, Rafi made us to get up and dance. In Ustad, Rafi sang for Raj Kapoor and then in Hum kisi se kam nahin, he sang for Raj’s son, Rishi Kapoor. Hero, side hero, comedian and even beggars sang in Rafi’s voice in same films and we did not feel odd about it. In Madhumati, he sang for Dilip and then also for Johnny walker- same was the case in Naya Daur also.

Naushad always marvelled at the superhuman Voice Modulation of Rafi. Naushad and Rafi had a special relationship. Rafi never forgot what Naushad did for him.

I read one interview of Naushad, where he spoke only on Rafi. Here are few passages from it…

Very few people know that Rafi’s success story is incomplete without mentioning about Hamid bhai. Many thought that Hamid bhai was Rafi’s brother. Actually Hamid Bhai was a friend of Rafi’s elder brother. He was so much mesmerised by Rafi’s voice that he used to tell his friends,” Forget Saigal. This Rafi will rule the Hindi film industry one day.” Friends laughed and said, ” kahan Raja Bhoj aur kahan gangoo Teli “. Hamid bhai took it as a challenge. He sacrificed his personal life and came to Bombay with Rafi.

With Rafi, he used to visit all studios in Bombay telling how good Rafi sings. He had only one ambition-Rafi’s voice should be heard in all corners of India.

Hamid bhai and Rafi stayed in Bhendi Bazar. Rafi fell in love with a girl, but there was a problem. Her parents were not ready to marry the girl, unless her elder sister first was married. Hmid bhai came to Rafi’s rescue. He married the elder sister and made the ground clear for Rafi’s marriage.

All the efforts of Hamid bhai bore fruits and Rafi’s voice boomed not only across India but around the world too. Once Rafi got established as a successful singer, Hamid bhai handed over his charge to Zaheer Bhai and retired. His life ambition was fulfilled. Rafi also honoured Hamid Bhai and never disobeyed him. The credit for keeping Rafi away from bad habits like Drinks etc goes to Hamid Bhai. He never even took Non-Veg food !

To help Hamidbhai in his retirement, Rafi gave him an office in Hyderabad and the distribution rights of Ganga Jamuna and other films. When Hamid’s wife( Rafi’s sister in law) contracted T.B., Rafi kept her in a Sanatorium in Deolali-near Nashik. Rafi ensured proper education for Hamid bhai’s children and got them married. Hamid Bhai settled in Canada, with his children.

In his earlier struggling days, once Rafi went to Naushad. There was some recording of songs for Sikander by music director Meer Wali. Rafi said,” Naushad Saab, if you give me note for Wali saab, I will get a chance.” Naushad wrote the note and gave it to Rafi. But Rafi lingered there only. To the questioning glance of Naushad, he became nervous. Naushad said,” dont worry. You will get a chance in the chorus”. Seeing Rafi restless, Naushad asked,’ now what ?’ Rafi embarrassingly said,” Naushad saab, wahan jaane ke liye Paise nahin hain. ” Naushad gave him One Rupee for Bus fare. Later in life, Rafi earned millions, but always remembered Naushad’s One Rupee ! Rafi always respected Naushad so much that he never sat in his presence,until Naushad forced him to sit.

One day Rafi came smiling and gave some Keys to Naushad. he said,” I have bought a second Hand Austin car. I have learnt driving too. Let us go for a drive.” Naushad told him,”Jitni chaadar ho utne hi pair phailaao”. Rafi obediently said ” Jee Naushad Saab”. Later Rafi bought a Brand new studbecker and gave the keys to Naushad first.

Rafi was a poor talker. He gave playback to all, but his playback was first done by Hamid Bhai and later on by Zaheer Bhai. All the professional transactions were done by others, not Rafi. Rafi spent most of his life in Bombay, but did not know any main roads of Bombay or any areas by name. If someone asked something, he would look to Zaheer Bhai to talk.

After Rafi’s death, Zaheer said weeping,” whereever rafi saab went, took me with him, but today he has gone alone. If God asks him something, I will not be there to answer on his behalf !”

On hearing Rafi’s death news, Naushad said-

Kehta hai koi dil gaya,dilwar chala gaya
sahil pukarata hai,Samunder chala Gaya
Duniya se Mausiqi ka paigambar chala Gaya !!!

Talking about Rafi, Naushad became emotional. He told many more anecdotes of Rafi, which we will discuss, may be, some other time

( My thanks to Shirish kanekar and the book “Gaaye chala jaa” )

Here is a Bhangda dance and a song sequence from Milan-58,to cheer us up.
Enjoy…

Audio

Video

Song-Ik meri gali ka ladka (Milan)(1958) Singers-Shamshad Begam, Rafi, Lyrics-Prem Dhawan, MD-Hansraj Bahl
Female chorus
Male chorus

Lyrics

Ik meri gali ka ladka
aha
ik meri gali ka ladka
oho
kuchh bola to mera dil dhadka
haaye ji bade zor zor se
haaye ji bade zor zor se
ik meri gali ki ladki
aha
ik meri gali ki ladki
oho
Kuchh boli to ankh meri phadki
haaye ji bade zor zor se
haaye ji bade zor zor se

nazron se dil ko churaaye
aha
nazron se dil ko churaaye
oho
haaye ri koi bachaaye
mujhe bhi is chor chor se
mujhe bhi is chor chor se
hm chor sahi mastaane
aha
hum chor sahi mastane
oho
Chal le chal baandh ke thaane
tu naino ki dor dor se
tu naino ki dor dor se

is dor ke dhaage na kache
aha
is dor ke dhage na kache
oho
bandhe ismein achche achche
jaaoge kaise tod tod ke
jaaoge kaise tod tod ke
tode yaar na tere yaari
aha
tode yaar na tere yaari
oho
chhoden tere liye duniya saari
jaao na mukh mod mod ke
jaao na mukh mod mod ke

chal chhod de mera palla
aha
chal chhod de mera palla
oho
jaag uthhega saara mohalla
dekhoji mere shor shor se
dekhoji mere shor shor se
kar shor na gori itna
aha
kar shor na gori itna
oho
tu hai aafat to main fitna
daroon na tere shor shor se
daroon na tere shor shor se

kar hatt ke baat o chhore
aha
kar hatt ke baat o chhore
oho
tu daal ye pyaar ke dore
haaye ji kisi aur aur pe
haaye ji kisi aur aur pe
teri kaayam rahe jawaani
aha
teri kaayam rahe jawaani
oho
jab aayegi shaam suhaani
aaogi khud daud daud ke
aaogi khud daud daud ke

tere jaise aashiq mere
aha
tere jaise aashiq mere
oho
maren dar pe shaam sawere
haay ji sar phod phod ke
haay ji sar phod phod ke
sar phoote na dar tera chhoote
aha
sar phoote na dar tera chhoote
oho
hum aashiq nahin tere jhoothe
jaao na dil tod tod ke
jaao na dil tod tod ke

8 Responses to "Ik meri galli ka ladka"

Arun ji

Simply SUPERB post.

Regards
Prakash

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Thanks.

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Here is another version of the above song,from the same film-

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Arunji,
Enjoyed each and every informative word about Rafi Saab, specially interview of Naushad Saab. Every anecdote of his personal and professional life strengthens my love and devotion for this great master.
Zaheerbhai’s emotion proves the humbleness of Rafi even during his popularity.
“After Rafi’s death, Zaheer said weeping,” whereever rafi saab went, took me with him, but today he has gone alone. If God asks him something, I will not be there to answer on his behalf !”
These words makes you cry.
Thanks a million.

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Khyati ji,

Thanks for your comments. Whenever such intervies are read by me,my respect for Rafi saab increases Ten-fold.
I have translated the above interview from Marathi into English and I am glad that I could catch the exact emotions with similar effect in English.
-AD

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Arunji,
This Punjabi style of Rafi’s song reminds me of another song of his, sung in same style, Aiven duniya deve duhaayi….teki main jhuth bolayaa…. from Jaagte Raho-56 and accompanied by Balbir. Atulji, may I request to post this song on our blog? If Sudhirji can write and translate this song, it would be wonderful.
Thanks.

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Dear Arun ji, what a fantastic heartfelt write-up……. please accept my humble thanks for beautiful anecdotes….
Warm Regards,
Umesh

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