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

Kehte hain mujhko Raja

Posted on: August 9, 2013


This article is written by Raja, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a regular contributor to this blog. This is his 100th writeup in the blog.

As I post this song here today on this blog, I have mixed feelings.

No, they are all good feelings – just, that they are mixed.

As usual, I feel honoured that I am writing a post for this blog. I always do, with every post I write here.

Mixed with this, is the happiness associated with this blog reaching another milestone. This song marks the 8500th song on this blog. That’s 85 hundreds that this blog has clocked up in a little more than 5 years! The century milestones are now coming at a good clip, every 16-17 days or so, as Atul manages to post 6-7 songs each day.

These are normal feelings I have, whenever I write a post marking a blog century.

But today, in addition to these feelings, there’s another feeling that is overwhelming.

I feel a very strong sense of humility as I write this post. Yes, friends, I feel extremely humbled today as this post marks my 100th write-up here.

As is not uncommon on such occasions, the mind tends to go down memory lane and reminisce about the journey. No destination, final or interim, is reached without a journey. And this journey for me, from a visitor, to a tentative contributor, to now writing up my 100th post here is one that is chock full of very pleasant memories for me. So if you permit me, this blogpost will be largely about my thought processes around writing up a post for this blog.

When this blog started in July 2008, I was one of its first visitors. Atul and I knew each other from a cricket site that both of us used to actively participate in. So the day Atul started this blog, I was keen to check it out.

In those days, it was just Atul who used to write up a song each day. Just one song a day. I would visit daily, enjoy the song posted – and often leave a comment.

I would also bombard Atul with requests (farmaishes). Many of them. Almost every other day. My thirst for seeing more songs on this blog seemed unquenchable – and Atul did his very best to try to fulfil my requests as quickly as possible.

Mind you, this was meant to be HIS song blog, to write about HIS favourite songs. But very early on itself, I managed to hijack this blog to serve my interest. ? That some others also began doing the same, seemed to rationalize this “farmaishes” practice and lend an element of legitimacy to the hijacking effort . So much so that not only did Atul add a separate farmaishes page, but he also stepped up the number of songs per day. Otherwise there was no way he was going to keep pace with demand.

This went on for quite a while.

And then one day , on the 25th of June 2010 (so almost two years after the birth of the blog), I got this e-mail from Atul in my mailbox:

As you know,I write all my comments on my posts in my song blog. I thought that it would be an interesting idea if some of my regulars wrote the comments on a few songs. For instance I have requested Greta to write the review of “chal mere ghode tik tik tik”. I wonder if you will be interested in writing the reviews of a few songs too. You only need to write the review, I will take care of the lyrics etc. For instance, what about writing the review for “teri umar naadaana hai” (Aankhon Aankhon mein), which incidentally is your farmaish. I have the lyrics of this song ready, and if you can provide the comments, I will post this song tomorrow. This will bring some “fresh blood” in the writeup of the song,I feel.

To which I replied:
Sure, I will write up something later today. It will not be as good as you write, so don’t expect too much. 🙂

To which Atul replied:
It will be an interesting experience to have your take on this song, I am sure.

Thus was born the first of my write-ups for this blog. It was posted on the 26th of June 2010. Here is that first write-up. https://atulsongaday.me/2010/06/26/teri-umar-naadaan-hai/

From there, till this 100th song, it has taken over three years.

During this period, the blog has also evolved tremendously. The number of contributors – in various capacities – has increased a lot, thereby making this blog more and more of a team effort. It is always heartening for me to see more and more guest posts here, or more and more lyrics contributions from regulars. It is a sign that everybody feels he/she belongs. And wants to do his/her bit for the blog.

My own write-ups have been largely sporadic. Sometimes I get a request from Atul to do a write-up for an occasion. Thankfully, so far I’ve never not been able to fulfil this request. Sometimes I just get enthusiastic myself and immediately hit the keyboard.

Once I started doing write-ups, I practically stopped sending Atul farmaishes. I decided if I wanted to get a song on the blog, I might as well write it up myself, so that Atul only has the job of posting it. As the number of visitors grew, I didn’t want my farmaishes to come in the way of others’ farmaishes.

The write-ups have also been, in my opinion, somewhat eclectic. Ok, so I’ve not ventured yet into songs of the last 25 years but amongst the ones I have written up, there are songs of all decades from the 40s to the early 80s. Sad songs, happy songs.

I must admit many of the songs are indeed of the 70s. And this is certainly not because I rate songs of this decade more than those of any other period. Far from it.

The main reason for this is that I grew up (I’m talking biological age here) in the 70s. I watched more movies in that decade than ever since. I have my own personal memories of watching many of the films. Besides, I felt I “knew” what was going on reasonably first hand (well, to some extent through magazines) – and I cannot say that for earlier decades. I remember many of the films being released, how they did, how their songs did. Yes, I have a good comfort feeling when I discuss the 70s.

Talking of comfort feeling, when I want to post a particular song on the blog, I often try to see the film before doing the write-up, if possible. It helps me put the song in context, as also describe the film a bit while talking about the song. I don’t always succeed but it is something I prefer doing.

Another thing I like doing is to discuss relatively less-known songs. If I look at the 100 songs I’ve written up so far, a very small number would be famous songs. Just like favouring the underdog, I like bringing less-known songs to light. Often I feel many of these never became famous because the film tanked – and that’s not the song’s fault. So I’d much rather discuss “laanat hai aisi mohabbat pe pyaare” from Holiday in Bombay to a famous song that has anyway been discussed umpteen times amongst people. After all, one of the objectives of this blog is to uncover yesteryear gems.

As I was going through my list of songs today, I feel that I haven’t done justice to some artistes. There’s a lot of Rafi saab and Kishore. Not quite enough of the others. I’d never realized this till today – since this state of affairs is entirely unintentional, I plan to redress this balance in my future posts.

I started by saying that it is a great honour to do a write-up for this blog. And indeed it is. Whenever I do a write-up, I feel passionate about it, I have a lot of thoughts running in my mind. I then start typing in a frenzy, just dumping my thoughts as they come. The idea is to first get the thoughts down, and then sit and organize them in a structured manner, editing out unnecessary stuff.

But a combination of laziness and impatience means that by the time the post is done, I am in no frame of mind to read through it even once. I just save, open e-mail and send it to Atul. Later when I read it on the blog, I feel “What have I written? How could I have been rambling so much? Was I out of my mind?” ?

Everytime I think “Next time, I’m going to read it once after writing it. Clean it up and only then send it to Atul”. It’s never once happened – and I’m not going to promise it will happen with this post.

Early on, I said that I feel humbled – I don’t think I explained it well enough. One feels humble only when one sees oneself in a bigger context. Human beings might think they own the earth but they would feel humbled if they realized they are just one of thousands of species on this planet. The earth itself might seem the ultimate to some, but it is a humbling realization when you think that it is just one of so many objects in the galaxy.

It is in this context I feel humble. I might have clocked 100 write-ups today (and I’m happy about it) but in the bigger picture, it is but a very small contribution to this blog which has recorded its 8500th song. And this blog itself is a contribution to the many artistes who have given us so much to relish and enjoy over the years. So this blog has a long way to go still – and I have a long way to go still in my contribution to this blog. At least that is how I would like to see it.

Ok, enough of all this. This is a song blog – I better stop talking about myself now.

Or maybe just a little bit more. But in the context of the song for today.

A few days ago (on Kishore Kumar’s birth anniversary), I had posted a fun song “baamcheekchik chaamcheekchik”. It was from the film “Kehte Hain Mujhko Raja”.

While doing the write-up for that song, I noticed another song from this film which is also fairly zany and also typically Kishore da. I have decided to use that as the song for day.

The film was only an average film, the songs were also not really well known. But then, many an obscure song has been posted on this blog and then come into prominence.

I therefore present to you today “kehte hain mujhko Raja” from Kehte Hain Mujhko Raja.

See, I told you I was supposed to play the lead role in this film! Biswajeet who made the film really wanted me in it, he said he’d name the film after me, the main character after me, he even got Majrooh to write a title song for me. He knows I love zany songs, that too in costume, so this whole song was planned to be along these lines.

But at the last moment, I couldn’t give him dates. Biswajeet couldn’t find another actor and therefore decided to take on the role himself.

This is a total timepass song. From this scene, the storyline seems to be something like this:
Biswajeet is a common man performing road tricks to earn his living. Somehow he gets mistaken for a rich man, Raja, who is either supposed to be missing or dead. Biswajeet masquerades as Raja, gets into his palatial home and tries to find out the truth. Clearly Raja had many enemies, probably keen on his wealth. Even during this song, there are many who seem to want to bump him off.

Anyway guys, enjoy the song. It is a typically fun Kishore song – as usual, his energy and enthusiasm come through strongly. Others who can be seen include Nadira (always lovely to see her), Rekha and Shatrughan Sinha.

PS: I hope there is nobody out here who takes my above story seriously – you never know! I am given to joking all the time. When you have a name like Raja, and right from your early days, you hear people pulling your leg saying “Raja, tera kab bajega baaja” and singing songs like “bhaiya Raja bajaayega baaja” and “Raja ki aayegi baaraat” and “Nazar laagi Raja tohre bangley pe”, you begin to not just take it in your stride after a while, you begin to join in the fun. 🙂

Enough now from me. Please just listen to this song – and enjoy with Kishore da.

Audio

Video

Song-Kehte hain mujhko Raja (Kehte Hain Mujhko Raja)(1975) Singer-Kishore Kumar, Lyrics-Majrooh sultanpuri, MD-R D Burman

Lyrics

Hehe
heehehe
hahaha
hehehe
arre ye
aur ye
kehte hain mujho
Raja
arree bajaa de
ae bajaa de pyaare tu
baaja
aaa aa aa aaa aa aa
aa

hey ye lo main aa gaya
ae logon
ye lo main aa gaya
na jaane kyon kehte hain log
Raja mujhe
Raja mujhe
Kehte hain log
Hey
ye lo main aa gaya
Ae logon
ye lo main aa gaya
ae na jaane kyon kehte hain log
Raja mujhe
Raja mujhe
Kehte hain log
arrey kehte hain log
yeaaah

ba-adab
ba-mulaahiza
arrey hoshiyaar
ha ha
Raja hoon to sadaa lagaao
ba-adab ba-mulaahiza
chaal phir main aisi dikhaoon
aa hi jaaye mazaa
waah waah waah
Raja hoon to sadaa lagaao
ba-adab ba-mulaahiza
chaal phir main aisi dikhaoon
aa hi jaaye mazaa
doston
dushmanon
meri jai bolo
jai bolo
doston dushmanon
meri jai bolo
heyyyy
hey ye lo main aa gaya
ae logon ye lo main aa gaya
he Na jaane kyon kehte hain log
Raja mujhe
Raja mujhe
kehte hain log
arrey kehte hain log
Yeaaah

munh mein Ram aur bagal mein chhuri
Laagey aiso ka ye nagar
ke ye jisko galey lagaayen
uska dam baahar
yeah
munh mein Ram aur bagal mein chhuri
Laagey aiso ka ye nagar
ke ye jisko galey lagaayen
uska dam baahar
hai patey ki ye baat
hai ki naa bolo
bolo bolo bolo
hai patey ki ye baat
Hai ki naa bolo
Heyyyy ae ae
Hey
ye lo main aa gaya
ae logon ye lo main aa gaya
he Na jaane kyon kehte hain log
Raja mujhe
Raja mujhe
kehte hain log
arrey kehte hain log
haha

arrey thoda to sab mein hi jhol hai
Lekin yahaan to jhol jhaal hai
kehte hain ki duniya gol hai
Lekin yahaan to gol maal hai
Hey hey

Ajnabi sa hai sab ka chehra
kuchh bataao ataa pataa
kaun chacha hai kaun maama
kaun meri maata
Maaaa
ajnabi sa hai sab ka chehra
kuchh bataao ataa pataa
kaun chacha hai kaun maama
kaun meri maata
tum ho kaun
tum ho kaun
munh zaraa kholo
Oh kholo re
tum ho kaun
tum ho kaun
munh zaraa kholo
Heyyyy
hey ye lo main aa gaya
Ae logon ye lo main aa gaya
na jaane kyon kehte hain log
Raja mujhe
Raja mujhe
kehte hain log
Arrey kehte hain log
Arrey kehte hain log
Arrey kehte hain log
Yeaaah
ayya
ba ba ba ba
pa pa pa pa
Lalalala lala lala
Lalalala lalalala
heyyy
Lalalala la
La
La
La
Lalalalalalala
La la la la la
Lalalalalalala
La
La
La

18 Responses to "Kehte hain mujhko Raja"

Raja ji

Congratulations on your 100th post and I always enjoy reading your posts very, very,very much.

Waiting for many more such rare gem of songs, interesting posts.

Regards
Prakash

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Thank you very, very, very much, Prakashji. 🙂

This blog belongs to each one of us – it is always a pleasure to not just visit here, but also contribute in whatever way we can to the blog. It is a way of contributing also to the legends who have given us so much over the years. The least we can do is to not just enjoy their music but also try to preserve it for future generations.

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Raja ji,

Congratulations on achieving the Century mark. A century from you is special to this Blog and we the readers,because of your association with the Blog from the begining. You are like a father figure to it,watching and enjoying its growth and its new family members. it surely must be giving you a sense of pride too,i am sure.
May you keep writing for the Blog,inspiring the other contributors and may you scale newer heights in coming years.
Thanks.
-AD

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Thank you so much, Arunji.

Indeed, I do feel a sense of great pride when I see how this blog has developed over the years. Today we have so many visitors from all over the world, so many contributors, 8500 songs posted now – all of this is something to be celebrated. And this is all thanks to Atul, who started this a little over five years ago.

It is so wonderful to see the spirit this blog has fostered – it has brought complete strangers close together, sharing their thoughts and memories, enjoying music as it was meant to be – as food for the soul.

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Atul ji and all my DEAR friends of Atuldom

Congratulations on blog`s 8500th song.

Love and regards
Prakash

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8500 in 5 years is amazing. 6-7 posts in a day- where you have to painstakingly write down the lyrics to each song is not a joke. It is serious work. This is truly art for art’s sake.

I congratulate you too, Raja, on completing 100 posts. We must egg you on to complete 100 more in the coming year. You should pull your socks up and get to it.

I have heard this song often as well. I think I remember hearing Radio Programmes of this movie quite often on the radio during the 70s. But luckily I remained innocent of the film itself.

Did your wedding band play – Raja ki aayegi baraat?

Many congratulations to Atul and Raja.

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Haha, no, that particular song was not played at my baraat. 🙂
If it was, I don’t remember – my mind was elsewhere. 😉

Thanks for your encouragement – it most certainly does help. Not that I would not write for this blog otherwise (I would) but it’s nice to get encouraging feedback from others.

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Raja ji – Heartiest Congratulations on your 100 th post.
Please keep us reviving with the magic of Seventies, reliving with and bringing the memories, giving us more insight on Sahir ‘the poet’, and more of the magic, charishma and style of Rajesh Khanna (these are the few key points that i like about your writings and always like and feel them when i read) … maine to pichhle post ke comment mein hi likha thha ‘shayad isiliye kehte hain Aapko Raja’ ab kehta hoon ‘ haan tumhi to ho ‘RAJA ‘…!!! thanks

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Thank you so much for your kind words. It is people like you who give me so much encouragement and support to come up with write-ups. Yes, I plan to continue to write up songs of the 70s. 🙂

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Aha, so the Royal Hundredth we talk about, has been scaled.

Congratulations Raja ji,
A singular accomplishment, and an all quality painstaking innings. May have been long or short, but your write ups are always engaging.

Thanks for the onoing, and best wishes for upcoming.

And, ah yes, of course, hum aapko Raja ji hi kehte hain na. 🙂

Atul ji,

Greetings on the 85th century. 15 of them more, and the ten thousand mark does not seem so distant or zany any more.

Rgds
Sudhir

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Thank you, Sudhirji. My write-ups are very Test match-like, they need a lot of patience to sit through. 🙂

Yes, now that we are at 8500, the big one is just about beginning to be visible. Every journey begins with a single step. We’ve taken 8500 of those now. 🙂

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Humar Kaha Mano Rajaji
Humar Kaha Mano Rajaji
kabhi post likh ke
“Next time, I’m going to read it once after writing it. Clean it up and only then send it to Atul” na karo.
so that we can enjoy all that is going on in your mind.
Clap Clap Clap for you 100 not out.
And also to Atul for the 85th century
Ab Sachin should beware. we are fast reaching his 100 centuries

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Haha. Thank you.
Everytime I say this, but I never ever have the patience to read the post again. So no worries on that front. 🙂

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Raja,
You are the Raja of the blog. Its like Rajbhog.
Atulji and all of us,
Congrats on the 8500th song. Thanks

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Thank you, Nitinji. My posts are definitely expansive but this is the first time I’m hearing them being compared to Rajbhog. Never thought of them that way before. 🙂

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Congratulations Rajaji! Thanks for all your informative 100 posts. Hope to see the speedy double century. 🙂
Atulji,
Congratulations on the 8500th song.

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Thank you, Khyatiji. 🙂

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Wow ! your hundredth blog post ! That sure must feel great. And 8500 songs in 5 years is no mean feat. Kudos to both of you, Atul ji and Raja ji. Congratulations ! 🙂

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