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Nainon mein sooraj ki kirnen

Posted on: August 14, 2013

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

Today, the 14th of August 2013, is the second death anniversary of our beloved Shammi Kapoor.

It feels like just yesterday that news of his death splashed on TV, shocking many of us and keeping us in a state of sadness for days after the event. And yet, it is two years already. How time flies!

To be absolutely honest, I remembered the occasion today only a few minutes ago. I feel a bit bad about it – I am a big Shammi fan and I should have remembered it much earlier. But I am getting increasingly forgetful nowadays (age?) and since I don’t maintain a calendar as such, I am prone to forgetting dates. I had also not checked this blog’s anniversary page – my mistake.

Anyway, as soon as I realized it, I checked this blog to see if any Shammi Kapoor songs had been posted yet today. Since Atul posts songs with a few hourly intervals, I couldn’t find any song as of the time of writing this. Maybe as a sort of atonement for forgetting the occasion (though it isn’t a happy one), I felt like doing a write-up for Shammi, even if just a short, quick one. That’s the least I can do, I felt.

So here it is.

I’ve written about Shammi Kapoor before – he is easily one of my favourite Hindi film actors. As such, I do like a number of them – and each of them has his own appeal. For example, with Dilip Kumar you are always assured of acting of such quality that it looks most natural.

With Shammi Kapoor, the one word that comes to your mind first is style. Ok, maybe fun too. Let’s say two words – “style” and “fun”.

He had his own unique style – the way he walked (if you can call it a “walk” – check out the scene in Teesri Manzil at the railway station) was unique in its own way. Then the way he would roll his eyes, the way he would say his dialogues, the faces he would make. All fun, all special to him. Some actors did try to copy his style (notably Feroze Khan) but Shammi always felt different.

He was also fabulous in his dance scenes – a natural. Even choreographers have admitted that they never really needed to teach him steps – he would just go on the floor and improvise with his own steps and moves. In the Swinging Sixties, where every other film had a dance sequence, the ability of an actor to dance was a big plus.

Shammi Kapoor was tall, he was extremely handsome, he had style, he would woo the heroine in great style, he acted mostly in fun movies (as opposed to tearjerkers), he could dance like a dream – no wonder women swooned over him. ? That perhaps set him apart from the likes of Rajendra Kumar, who while also delivering several hits at that time, lacked this extra “swoon” factor.

The story of how Shammi Kapoor got transformed from a “typical 50s” hero in sad, tearjerker movies to the “swashbuckling” Yahoo-hero has been documented and talked about many times. With Tumsa Nahin Dekha, he not only changed his hairstyle, he changed Hindi cinema’s image of the leading man for the next decade at least. The Sixties were full of Shammi-type movies, even if they didn’t feature Shammi Kapoor. The beneficiaries were often others like Joy Mukherjee and Biswajeet but the stamp was unmistakably Shammi Kapoor’s.

Also, colour in Hindi cinema became big at exactly that time, so locations also got much more outdoors than indoors, as film-makers wanted to exploit the colours of nature in their films. Shammi Kapoor was perfect for this – his films often featured Kashmir or Simla or some such exotic location.

Shammi Kapoor’s films were also a guarantee for lovely songs, many of them in these exotic locales. The combination was heady – Shammi Kapoor, exotic locales, lovely music. What was not to like?

Towards the end of the sixties, as happens with anybody, Shammi Kapoor’s career began declining. His knees were increasingly bothering him, years of putting them under strain had taken their toll.

By the end of the decade, as the next big star, Rajesh Khanna announced himself with a bang, Shammi Kapoor began winding up his “hero” assignments. After a break for a bit, when he did return to acting it was in character roles.

Fine, so he was a big star in the 60s – but then so were many others at different points in time.

What makes Shammi Kapoor so special?

I think Shammi Kapoor’s appeal goes far beyond just his films.

When he took to the internet (one of India’s pioneers in this respect), he embraced today’s India. He did not just disappear into the setting dusk, he started a new chapter of engaging with the world and his fans.

Of course his fans, spread all around the world, were thrilled. Till now, he had only been a name for many, a face they’d seen on film. Now they saw him interacting on the net. He had his own blog in which he would share his thoughts, share pictures of his family, narrate rare anecdotes.

Suddenly he became approachable, he connected with everybody.

He was very active on the net, and kept in touch with his fans. I remember sending him an e-mail and getting a prompt (if brief) reply from him. Our beloved Greta (“memsaab”of, who is one of the biggest Shammi Kapoor fans around, has also not just had e-mail communication with him, she also got to meet him on one of her trips to Mumbai. She vouches for his warmth and charisma.

What I found particularly impressive about Shammi Kapoor in his later years was that, inspite of his failing health, he always had a positive outlook towards life. He would need to go to the hospital for dialysis about three times a week. But his attitude was so positive he would say “the hospital may have three days of my week, but the remaining four days are my own” or something like that. This is a remarkable attitude – and one that we can all learn from.

There is also a series of Shammi Kapoor interviews available on youtube which throw light on his experiences in life. From his childhood, to his acting days, to his later years. He talks with a lot of love and warmth – stories of his playing days with friends in Matunga, his getting an e-mail form an old friend, now in Pakistan. His relationship with various other film personalities, especially Rafi saab. His fear of being on that helicopter during the shooting of “aasman se aaya farishta” for Evening in Paris. It is a lot of fun – I would recommend the series to Shammi fans, if they haven’t seen it yet.

All of this made a difference to Shammi Kapoor’s image in the minds of his fans. He was not just “the big star hero of the 60s”. In fact, I would think many of his fans are probably under 40. They were not even born when he was a big star.

But maybe that is what being a star really means. Not just that you have a few hits and be a heartthrob during that period. But that you become an enduring memory in the lives of people, long after you are gone.

And that is why for many of us, though Shammi Kapoor is no longer physically around, he will remain in our hearts forever.

Now coming to the song for this post.

It is from the Shammi Kapoor – Nutan starrer Basant (1960).

I happened to see this film only a couple of years ago for the first time. Nutan happens to be one of my favourite Hindi film actresses so a Shammi-Nutan film would be as good as it gets for me. (Sadly, not only did they not act much together but the other film they did act in was Laat Saheb – a film I haven’t seen but haven’t heard particularly good things about. I think I might still like to see it, for just these two).

I thought Basant was OK – I wouldn’t call it a classic by any standards, to be honest. It starts off very promisingly – and till about halfway, holds its own. But I felt the second half went all over the place, the storyline got difficult to keep up with (maybe there were cuts too, I don’t know). By the end of the movie, I felt somewhat let down because the romance and build-up of the first half had been so much fun.
Anyway, this sort of thing happens all the time. Memsaab has a term for it – “the curse of the second half”. ?

My memory is such that I cannot remember what I had for lunch when I’m sitting for an evening coffee. When I go out of my house, it is sometimes a miracle that I know which house to return to. ? I therefore do not remember the exact situation in which this song is sung.

From what I do remember, Nutan, who has run away from home, ends up meeting a troupe of performing artists. She meets Shammi Kapoor there – and after the usual initial misunderstandings, begins to like him. He is of course smitten from the first moment. Nutan’s father has announced a reward for anybody who can bring his daughter back home. So Johnny Walker, who happens to be a co-passenger with Nutan on a bus journey and recognizes her as the runaway girl, tries to “capture” her and take her back home. Much of the first half of the film is with Shammi and Nutan on the run – including this song. Johnny Walker is in a burqa because of a CSP scene immediately preceding this scene.

Sorry, but this is about as much as I remember about the movie. And oh, the movie also has a lovely Minoo Mumtaz who is obsessed with Shammi Kapooor and willing to go to any lengths to win him over. Sadly, although he likes her, he doesn’t quite reciprocate her love. No prizes for guessing what her fate finally is. ?

Anyway, please listen to this song “nainon mein sooraj ki kirnein”. It is a pleasant and simple song. I will admit that I picked it as much for Nutan as for Shammi. ? It is lovely to see them together – I wish they’d done more films together. Apparently Prithviraj Kapoor was good friends with the Samarth family. And Shammi and Nutan were good friends too. Shammi talks about this in that interview series too.

Let’s listen to this song – and think of both Shammi Kapoor and Nutan.



Song-Nainon mein sooraj ki kirnen (Basant)(1960) Singers- Rafi,, Asha Bhonsle, Lyrics-Qamar Jalalabadi, MD-O P Nayyar


nainon mein sooraj ki kirnein
chanda jaisa roop hai ae ae
nainon mein sooraj ki kirnein
chanda jaisa roop hai
bachna baabu jal nahin jaana
bahut kadi ye dhoop hai

nainon mein sooraj ki kirnein
chanda jaisa roop hai

chaand ko chhoone chala hai dekho
ud kar ek chakor re
chaand ko chhoone chala hai dekho
ud kar ek chakor re
oye oye oye oye oye oye
kaise pahunchega tu chakorey
par tere kamzor re
par tere kamzor re

paagal panchhi ye nahin jaane
chanda kitni door hai
bachna baabu jal nahin jaana
bahut kadi ye dhoop hai

nainon mein sooraj ki kirnein
chanda jaisa roop hai

phool ki khaatir maali ko
kaanton se nibhaana padta hai
phool ki khaatir maali ko
kaanton se nibhaana padta hai
oye oye
oye oye oye oye oye
pyaar to hai ik aag ka dariya
doob ke jaana padta hai ae
doob ke jaana padta hai

jo kuchh hoga sab seh lenge
is dil ko sab manzoor hai
ho bachna baabu jal nahin jaana
bahut kadi ye dhoop hai

nainon mein sooraj ki kirnein
chanda jaisa roop hai

5 Responses to "Nainon mein sooraj ki kirnen"

I can’t believe its two years already. Time marches on!

The kind of movies Shammi did were such fun, they made you forget your sorrows. He was so romantic. I still remember the goosebumps I got when he sung ‘E Gul badan’ in Professor. That was a magic moment.

Lovely post, Raja 🙂


Don’t you think that this ‘Basant’, Ek Baar Kaho’ (* Navin Nischol & Shabana) & ‘Mann’ (* Aamir Khan, Manisha) based on the same story!


I haven’t seen the other two films you mention. But there are many stories of the runaway rich girl (The Raj-Nargis Chori Chori comes to mind, which itself was based on It Happened One Night). Of course, the rest of the storyline is different.


In all these 3 films, the story is very similar. Hero-Heroine depart & promise to meet each other after some time, & in all these films, the heroine damaged her legs & became handicapped. So she decided not to see the hero. Hero felt that the heroine had ditched him !
‘Chori Chori’, ‘Ek Jhalak’, ‘Suhana Safar’, ‘Dil Hain ki Manta Nahi’ are some of the films, which were based on ‘It happened One Night’.


Wow ! Have always loved Shammi Kapoor and as you say, he was handsome, fun and danced like a dream; what’s not to like ? It’s easy to guess some of the fun and charisma must’ve poured over to his personal life.Some of the facts about his active participation on the net, I was aware of, but learnt so much more today. Hadn’t heard this song before. Thank you for bringing to us these songs which are rarely heard.


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