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Meri baat ke maane do

Posted on: August 10, 2013


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

It feels like only yesterday that I said I would post more non-Rafisaab, non-Kishoreda songs because these two singers dominate my posts and I want to pay tribute to other singers too. It feels like just yesterday. Wait, it WAS yesterday! ?

But today, with this first song after making this remark, I am already in danger of not sticking to my word. For this post is yet another Kishoreda song.

My only explanation is that this is a song that I had been meaning to write about a long time ago. Somehow I never got around to doing it – and it would be a pity if, purely due to self-imposed constraints, I never got to post it at all.

So I would rather say that while I will try to balance my posts to reflect more singers, it certainly does not mean that Rafisaab or Kishoreda will not feature prominently anymore. They were extremely prolific singers – and I happen to know more songs of these two singers than anybody else.

The song for today is “meri baat ke maane do” from Paise Ki Gudiya (1974).

This is a song that, I think, was fairly popular in its time. At least I had heard it a lot then, without having a clue which film it was from. If Atul were to make a category “known in childhood but no clue about film” and my knowledge were the basis, this could be quite a populated category. ? Off the top of my head, I remember songs like “tu laali hai saverewaali”, “jaan-e-chaman, jaan-e-bahaar”, “kasam khuda ki”, “bas ab tarsaana chhodo” all in this category. They were all fairly popular, I’d hear them off and on (either on radio or on loudspeaker or a classmate would sing them), but I had no idea then which films these songs were from.

And “meri baat ke maane do” falls fairly and squarely in this list.

The film does ring a bell, though I initially confused it with Mom Ki Gudiya (a movie best-known probably for Anand Bakshi singing a couple of songs).

This film, Paise Ki Gudiya, stars Navin Nischol and Saira Banu. Now this pair had had a big hit with Victoria No.203, a couple of years earlier. I don’t know exactly how Paise Ki Gudiya fared but I think it is safe to say that the success of Victoria No.203 didn’t quite get repeated.

The story of the film goes something like this. Ashok Kumar is a rich Bombay city man who on one of his business trips to Banaras, meets a Saira Banu (daughter of a prostitute) by chance. She is running away from Sapru, a rich man who has “bought” her and is trying to rape her.

Ashok Kumar feels sorry for her and brings her home, not revealing her true identity to his wife Sulochana Latkar. Saira begins to serve the family and wins the confidence and love of both Ashok Kumar and Sulochana.

Enter the hero, Navin Nischol, son of Ashok Kumar. Returning from abroad, after the usual initial comic misunderstanding, he falls head over heels in love with Saira Banu. After some initial hesitation, she too falls in love with him. He doesn’t know her identity of course initially but she confides in him later. And he’s perfectly fine with it.

Navin also has a sister, Padma Khanna, who is totally spoilt and very prone to waywardness. Asrani, a very close friend, loves her and tries to make her see sense but she is in her own world. She cannot stand Saira Banu’s goody-goody nature and the fact that her brother loves Saira.

Ashok Kumar has a friend, Murad, who has a daughter Naaz. As is very common in Hindi movies, the fathers want want their children to marry each other. Navin is friends with Naaz but he flatly refuses to marry her, telling his father that he loves Saira Banu.

All hell then breaks loose, of course. Only Ashok Kumar knows Saira’s true identity – and there is no way he’s going to allow the daughter of a prostitute to marry his son. Giving her shelter in his house is one thing, making her his daughter-in-law, a totally different proposition.

But Navin is adamant. Ashok Kumar then plays the age-old game of talking to Saira and giving her a guilt trip. He wants her to leave the house immediately and stay away from his son.

Meanwhile, Sapru lands up at her doorstep. Apparently he is also one of Ashok Kumar’s friends and Asrani’s father. And he still has an eye for Saira Banu.

Anyway, the movie then moves towards its conclusion where the message is that Saira Banu isn’t really “fallen”, she is just a victim of circumstances. In other words, a Paise Ki Gudiya. The real culprits are those in society, usually rich men like Sapru, who take advantage of the helplessness of women like Saira.

That’s more or less it.

I don’t remember exactly when this song features in the film but clearly it must be at a time before the drama of Navin refusing to marry Naaz. Maybe a birthday or a homecoming part for Navin, I’m not sure.

The song itself is easy listening. Uncomplicated lyrics by Verma Malik, the music is by Laxmikant Pyarelal. And of course it is vintage Kishore da.

I hope you listen to, and enjoy the song. Thank you.

Audio

Video

Song-Meri baat ke maane do (Paise Ki Gudiya)(1974) Singer-Kishore Kumar, Lyrics-Verma Malik, MD-Laxmikant Pyarelal

Lyrics

meri baat ke maane do
meri baat ke maane do

meri baat ke maane do
meri baat ke maane do
jo achha lagey wo apna lo
jo buraa lagey usey jaane do
meri baat ke maane do
meri baat ke maane do
jo achha lagey wo apna lo
jo buraa lagey usey jaane do
meri baat ke maane do
meri baat ke maane do

insaan ke saare jeevan mein
bas ek jawaani hoti hai
insaan ke saare jeevan mein
bas ek jawaani hoti hai
kabhi wo apni hoti hai
kabhi begaani hoti hai
kabhi begaani hoti hai
isi umar mein aake toh
bante hain afsaane do
jo achha lagey wo apna lo
jo buraa lagey usey jaane do
meri baat ke maane do
meri baat ke maane do

duniya jis ko dil kehti hai
wo do rangon ka hota hai
duniya jis ko dil kehti hai
wo do rangon ka hota hai
mil jaaye to ye hanstaa hai
aur toot jaaye to rota hai
toot jaaye to rota hai
thukraana hai thukra do
Milta hai mil jaane do
jo achha lagey wo apna lo
jo buraa lagey usey jaane do
meri baat ke maane do
meri baat ke maane do

ye chehra bhi ek darpan hai
do tasveerein dikhlaata hai
ye chehra bhi ek darpan hai
do tasveerein dikhlaata hai
mann mein hai khushi ya koi gam
sab is pe nazar aa jaata hai
sab is pe nazar aa jaata hai
mere dil mein jo baatein hain
mujhko aaj bataane do
jo achha lagey wo apna lo
jo buraa lagey usey jaane do
meri baat ke maane do
meri baat ke maane do
jo achha lagey wo apna lo
jo buraa lagey usey jaane do
meri baat ke maane do
meri baat ke maane do

2 Responses to "Meri baat ke maane do"

Wow post no 101.

I remember this song from my younger days as well.

Nice post.

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